Catalogs, Databases, & Collections Guides

MO: Manuscripts Online

The Rosenbach holds a rich and varied collection of manuscripts illuminating the personal and professional lives of some of the most important figures in American history, including Abraham Lincoln, Robert Morris, and George Washington. Manuscripts Online is a searchable database of high-resolution images of these manuscripts.

Rosy: Library Catalog

Rosy is the library catalog of the Rosenbach and a gateway to the catalogs of several other Philadelphia-area libraries. In Rosy you will find detailed records for the Rush-Williams-Biddle Family Papers and approximately 60% of the printed books in the Marianne Moore Collection. You can find help for using Rosy with the Help link in every screen. See also our page of Tips for Using Rosy for information about some of the specialized indexes.

Most other manuscripts are in a database that can be searched on site; printed materials can be searched in the card catalog. Some manuscript collections also include photographs; these can be searched and viewed in the Rosenbach’s fine and decorative arts catalog, Phil. A small number of selected manuscripts are available in full text and high-resolution images through the Rosenbach’s database Manuscripts Online (MO).

Please contact the Librarian if you do not find what you are looking for in Rosy.

Phil: Object Catalog

This catalog contains records for the fine and decorative arts collections and photographs at the Rosenbach. You can search the catalog for specific objects or browse the collection.

Collections Guides

Collections guides offer researchers a lens through which select segments of our collection can be viewed. Collections guides may be works by and about a specific population, or by a single author.


PACSCL Finding Aids

Created and hosted by the University of Pennsylvania, the Philadelphia Area Consortium of Special Collections Libraries catalog presents finding aids (or guides to the collections) and not facsimiles of manuscripts, images, and other archival material. Unless specifically noted, the holdings described within the guides are physically available in the respective reading rooms of the participating repositories, and not digitally available through the web.

If you need further assistance, the collections staff also welcomes and answers brief inquiries from off-site researchers by phone, e-mail, or via our on-line Collections-Based Inquiries form.

Catalogue of English Literary Manuscripts 1450-1700 (CELM)

Detailed descriptions of the Rosenbach’s complete holdings of selected British authors of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. For a list of the authors included see

Union First Line Index of English Verse

The Union First Line Index, hosted by the Folger Shakespeare Library (Washington, D.C.), contains entries for all the poems in the Rosenbach’s twelve 17th-century commonplace books, searchable by first line, author, title, shelfmark, and keyword.

Marianne Moore Digital Archive

In partnership with the Marianne Moore Digital Archive at the University at Buffalo, select Marianne Moore notebooks from our collection have been digitized. A group of Moore scholars is using the digital images to transcribe the contents, which include notes on the vast array of reading, lectures, conversations, and other sources from which Moore drew inspiration for her poems; as well as drafts of some of the poems themselves.