When the RMS Titanic sank in the icy waters of the North Atlantic on April 15, 1912, it took with it Dr. ASW Rosenbach’s friend and collecting protégé, Harry Elkins Widener. Harry’s mother, socialite Eleanor Elkins Widener, turned to Dr. Rosenbach for help creating the Harry Elkins Widener Memorial Library at his alma mater, Harvard, setting the stage for the Rosenbach Company’s legendary success. This Hands-On Tour tells the intertwined story of the Wideners, the Rosenbachs, and the Titanic by letting you view and even handle rare documents relating to history’s most famous tragedy at sea. On the tour, you will experience a moment in history that Dr. Rosenbach would later call “the most glorious incident in the romance of book-collecting.” Hands-On Tours allow you unparalleled access to rare and important items that are not usually on view to the public. Space is limited and advance registration is strongly recommended. After the tour stay for Continuing The Conversation to discuss the program with our curators while enjoying light refreshments.


  • Occurred Wednesday, August 14th, 2019 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm


The Rosenbach Museum and Library

2008-2010 Delancey Place
Philadelphia, PA 19103


The Rosenbach Museum and Library

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