The Rosenbach Presents Nathan Raab, Author of The Hunt for History

Date / Time

  • October 26, 2023
    6:00 pm - 7:15 pm


2008-2010 Delancey Place, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 19103, United States


  • This is an in-person program held at the Rosenbach. Please check your spam folder for your email confirmation. If you have questions, please call (215) 732-1600 or email [email protected].
  • This event is free for Delancey Society | $15 general public | $7.50 for members 
  • Registration opens for Delancey Society members on Wednesday, August 16, for Rosenbach members on Wednesday, August 23, and for the general public on Wednesday, August 30.



As the Rosenbach considers the fascinating history of the American presidency in its new exhibition Succession: Why Presidential History Matters Now, join us for a unique, behind-the-scenes glimpse into the world of buying and selling historical books and documents with Nathan Raab, one of the world’s premier dealers in early Americana. The evening will begin with a conversation between Raab and Succession’s co-curators, Rosenbach staff members Dr. Alexander L. Ames and Judith M. Guston, about what it’s like to work in the rare book, manuscript, and autograph trade, and how the market for early Americana has evolved since the time of our founder, the famed bookseller and American history enthusiast Dr. A.S.W. Rosenbach.  Then, join Raab, Ames and Guston in the Succession galleries for a private tour of the exhibition, and to hear their insights into the incredible pieces of presidential history on display in the show.  They will each present their favorite single item on display in Succession, from their own unique viewpoints.  Copies of Raab’s book The Hunt for History will be available for purchase and autographing in the Rosenbach lobby following the gallery tour.  

This program is presented as part of programming in support of the Rosenbach’s new exhibition Succession: Why Presidential History Matters Now. 


About the Speaker

About the Presenter: Nathan Raab is one of the world’s most knowledgeable and respected experts in historical documents. His writing has appeared in The New York Times and The Philadelphia Inquirer, and he frequently writes a column, “Historically Speaking,” for Forbes. The author of The Hunt for History, he lives with his family in Pennsylvania.  Learn more about The Hunt for History here: