Blog Archive - September 2015

Susan Finque as Nancy Drew in the Archives: In Search of the Actors' Contract

With the support of the Witham Fund for Dissertation Research, I was able to spend a week this summer delving into the archives of one of the Americas' most beloved small libraries. The Rosenbach Museum and Library is tucked away on Delancey Street, in a tree-lined neighborhood just off center city Philadelphia's historic Rittenhouse Square. Staged in the former home of Abraham Simon Wolf Rosenbach, his brother Phillip, and their mother and sisters before them, the Rosenbach houses some of the most treasured and important manuscripts of literature, theatre, history of the Americas, Judaica, and the written word itself.  By its own mission statement, the trustees of the Library are clearly impassioned with the vision of the Library as a dynamic space of gathering:

"The Rosenbach of the Free Library of Philadelphia seeks to inspire curiosity, inquiry,...

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