The Rosenbach Podcast

Thousands of rare books, manuscripts, and works of art—some famous and some rarely seen—live within the walls of The Rosenbach, and each one has a story to tell.  Institutions like The Rosenbach are more than just repositories of history; they provide a space for people to come together and make sense of their shared futures.

In our new podcast, members of The Rosenbach’s Collections staff reveal what it’s like to spend your 9-to-5 caring for generations of history, and share some of their favorite surprises that reside on our shelves. From Dr. Rosenbach’s tragic connection to the sinking of the R.M.S. Titanic to his work in refugee resettlement on the eve of the Second World War, there are endless stories to tell.

Along the way, we’ll be joined by thought leaders including Philadelphia Poets Laureate Trapeta Mayson and Yolanda Wisher, Philadelphia-based book artist Colette Fu, and bibliophiles from around the world, for conversations about the place of rare books, libraries, and museums in modern life.

Episode 1: The Celtic Muse: Afternoon Tea, Scones, and Celtic Harp with Dr. Alexander Lawrence Ames, Host of The Rosenbach Podcast – available on December 1

Episode 2: Parlor Talk: Exploring the History and Collections of The Rosenbach with Judith M. Guston, Curator & Director of Collections at The Rosenbach – available on December 1

Episode 3: Live from the Reading Room: Studying Rare Books and Manuscripts with Elizabeth E. Fuller, Librarian of The Rosenbach – available on December 1

Episode 4: Artifacts of Inspiration: Authorship, Activism, and the Archive. A Conversation with Philadelphia Poets Laureate Trapeta Mayson and Yolanda Wisher – available on December 1

Episode 5: Titanic: The Rise of Dr. A.S.W. Rosenbach. A Conversation with Judith M. Guston, Curator & Director of Collections at The Rosenbachavailable on December 8

Episode 6: 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, Susan D. Block, and Sue E. Morris of Harvard University – available on December 15

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, Susan D. Block, and Sue E. Morris of Harvard University (CONTINUED) – available on December 22

Episode 8: The Quaritch Connection: A Conversation with London Booksellers at Bernard Quaritch Ltd. About Their Titanic Connection, and the Rare Book Trade Today – available on December 29

Episode 9: A Royal Relic: Dr. A.SW. Rosenbach Receives a Gift from Great Britain’s King George V – available on January 5

Episode 10: The View from Windsor: A Conversation about Rare Books and Stewarding National Heritage with Rachel Scott of Royal Collection Trust – available on January 12

Episode 11: The Refugees: The Activism of Dr. A.S.W. Rosenbach on the Eve of World War Two – available on January 19

Episode 12: The Case for Libraries and Museums in a Troubled World: A Discussion with Richard Ovenden, Bodley’s Librarian at the University of Oxford – available on January 26

Episode 13: “Freedom is Everybody’s Job!” Contested History Rides the Freedom Train in 1940’s America – available on February 2

Episode 14: The Art of the Book: A Conversation with Pop-up Book Artist Colette Fu About Libraries and the Visual Arts – available on February 9


The Rosenbach Podcast is made possible by The Evelyn Toll Family Foundation.