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Visit Rosenbach Library/Museum, Sat. June 24th

On Saturday June 24th, the Friends of the Rutgers University Libraries will visit an unassuming town house in Philadelphia, PA that is packed with literary and cultural treasures. Community members are invited to participate.

The Rosenbach Museum & Library was the home of two brothers, Dr. A.S.W. and Philip Rosenbach, premiere American rare book collectors and traders in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. The museum & library, founded to preserve their personal collections, has grown into a major cultural resource with exciting and eclectic holdings.

These holdings range from Herman Melville’s bookcase, to first editions of Emily Dickinson and Nathaniel Hawthorne, to one of eleven existing copies of the ‘Bay Psalm Book’ (first book published in the American colonies; 1640), to the living room furniture of poet Marianne Moore, and much more.

Participants on this Friends’ trip will view the special exhibit “At Home: The Personal Effects of the Rosenbach Brothers.” They will also enjoy the museum/library’s standing exhibits featuring original drawings by children’s author/artist Maurice Sendak, original manuscripts of James Joyce’s Ulysses, and antique 18th and 19th century furniture owned by the Rosenbach family.

After visiting the Rosenbach, participants will enjoy lunch together at Capital Vietnam, an exciting Vietnamese restaurant in Center City Philadelphia that comes highly recommended.

Following lunch, the group will proceed to the Philadelphia Free Library on Vine Street, where they will view the Rare Book Department’s exhibit “Horace: The Philadelphia Collection.” The exhibit features a Renaissance manuscript, editions by great printers over six centuries, notable bindings and association copies, and other rare items that highlight the life and work of the influential Roman poet.

Participants will also receive a special guided tour of the Rare Book Department, where they will see treasures such as illuminated medieval manuscripts, letters written by or to Charles Dickens, samples from the Library’s collection of Early American Children’s Books, Sumerian clay tablets, and other riches of the Philadelphia Free Library.

The bus will leave from in front of Alexander Library, on Rutgers' College Ave. Campus in New Brunswick, at 8:30 a.m. The group will depart from Philadelphia at approximately 3:30 p.m., returning to New Brunswick by 5:00 p.m.

Cost for this trip is $40/person for members of the Friends of the Rutgers University Libraries and $50/person for non-members. Lunch, transportation, all admission fees, and tips are included in these prices. Please send checks (payable to "Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey"), along with the names, addresses, phone numbers, and email addresses of all participants, by June 22nd to:

Friends' Trip to The Rosenbach Museum & Library
c/o University Libraries Administration
Archibald S. Alexander Library
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
169 College Ave.
New Brunswick, NJ 08901-1163

For more information on this trip, please call Harry Glazer at 732/932-7505 or send him email at hglazer@rci.rutgers.edu.

Posted June 13, 2000