The Rosenbach Podcast: Episode 7

A Mother’s Grief, a University’s Library – How Eleanor Elkins Widener’s Loss on the Titanic Changed the Rare Book World. A Conversation with Leslie A. Morris, Dr. Susan D. Block, and Dr. Sue E. Morris of Harvard University (continued)

Susan Block (left) and Sue E. Morris (right)

In this episode of The Rosenbach Podcast, a continuation of Episode 6, our team of experts from Harvard University continues to reflect on what Eleanor Elkins Widener’s recovery from grief following the loss of family members onboard the R.M.S. Titanic reveals about the grief process—and how her construction of the Harry Elkins Widener Memorial Library at Harvard might have aided that process.  (Listen to Episode 6 before Episode 7; this episode is a continuation of the conversation begun in Episode 6.) 

Curious to learn more about Lynnewood Hall, the palatial estate where the Widener family lived—and where Eleanor Elkins Widener grieved the loss of her son? Check out this recent newspaper article.


Eleanor Elkins Widener (1861–1937), autograph letter signed to A.S.W. Rosenbach. [July? 1914]. Rosenbach call number RCo I:181:31.