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 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.
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 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.
- View the James Joyce collections guide here
- View the Oscar Wilde collections guide here
- View the Bram Stoker collections guide here and the guide to Dracula- and vampire-related holdings here
- View the Irish Authors collections guide here
- View the Native American history and culture collections guide here
- View the Marianne Moore collections guide here
- View the Mexican Government Broadsides collections guide here
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.
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 http://www.celm-ms.org.uk/authors.
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.
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.