The Rosenbach Podcast: Episode 5

Titanic: The Rise of Dr. A.S.W. Rosenbach. A Conversation with Judith M. Guston, Curator & Director of Collections at The Rosenbach

The Rosenbach is eternally linked to the sinking of the R.M.S. Titanic by means of Dr. A.S.W. Rosenbach’s friendship with young Philadelphia book collector Harry Elkins Widener, who died onboard the ill-fated vessel.  In this episode of The Rosenbach Podcast, the first in a four-part miniseries about the Titanic, join podcast host Dr. Alexander L. Ames and Rosenbach Curator & Director of Collections Judith M. Guston in the Rosenbach reading room to learn the basic details of The Rosenbachs Titanic and Widener family story, as the two view historic documents and rare books in the collection that record this tragic but pivotal episode in the lives of The Rosenbach’s founders. 

Walter Crane (designer) and J.A.J. Wilcox (engraver), bookplate of Harry Elkins Widener, with inscription “To Mr. Philip H. Rosenbach in return for many kindnesses. Harry E. Widener.” Rosenbach bookplate collection.

Further Resources

Curious to learn more about The Rosenbach’s holdings connected to the Elkins and Widener families? Try searching those names in our online objects and manuscripts database.

To learn more about Harry Elkins Widener’s bookplate and view letters sent by famous designer Walter Crane to Widener, check out this digitized volume of correspondence held at the Houghton Library, Harvard University.