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Manuscripts Online (MO)

Welcome to Manuscripts Online, a searchable database of high-resolution images of American historical manuscripts in the collection of the Rosenbach Museum & Library. "MO" is named after Moses Polock, known as Uncle Mo, the maternal uncle of museum founders Philip and A.S.W. Rosenbach. It was Uncle Mo in whose book shop young Abie learned what would become his life's passion and it was Uncle Mo who told his nephew, "My boy ... Americana! That's the stuff to collect!"

The Rosenbach holds a rich and varied collection of manuscripts illuminating the personal and professional lives of some of the most important figures in our country's history. MO currently includes documents by:

Abraham Lincoln - browse | about
(complete Rosenbach holdings) -- now online!

  • You can also explore our Lincoln collections (and share your thoughts) through our 21st-Century Abe web project.

Robert Morris - browse | about
(complete Rosenbach holdings)

George Washington - browse | about
(26 selected documents)

The Rosenbach intends to expand this database to include images of the remaining Washington manuscripts as well as many, many more from the rest of its American historical collections including Adams, Jefferson, Franklin, Hancock, and more. Please visit this site in the future as it continues to grow.

The creation of this site was funded by The Raab Collection and document digitization was supported by the Raab Collection and an anonymous donor. If you are interested in helping us add one or more pieces of American history to this site, please contact us.

Use the Browse feature to view items in any of the collections. Throughout your search, you can get help with search functions by clicking the help link in the top navigation bar.

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