The Rosenbach Family

The merchant Philipp Heymann Rosenbach was born 1779. He married Adelheid, born Meier, born Oct 13, 1793. They acquired the upper half of Kirchenstrasse 11 in Gunzenhausen in 1813.

Their children were:

Heinrich Rosenbach born Aug 14, 1814 He emigrated to America.
Moritz Rosenbach born May 14, 1820 He emigrated to America in 1844 and married Isabella Polock.

Children of Moritz and Isabella were:

Abraham Simon Wolf Rosenbach born July 22, 1876 died July 1, 1952
Philipp Heymann Rosenbach born Sept 29, 1863 died May 5, 1953
Karolina Rosenbach born May 10, 1826 married to Hermann Meier from Ansbach, he was a “Formstecher”, he carved forms for printing on wallpaper etc.
Jeanette Rosenbach born June 14, 1831 emigrated to America

In 1903 the two brothers founded a widely known Antique dealership in Philadelphia. This accumulation/collection of items  inspired the creation of the Rosenbach Museum and Rosenbach Library. The Rosenbach museum in Philadelphia still exists. On the internet:

Since the end of the 19th Century nobody from the Rosenbach family has lived in Gunzenhausen anymore.

Rosenbach Museum in Philadelphia

Our Mission:
The museum and library Rosenbach try to stimulate the curiosity, creativity, and quest for knowledge in the wide variety of visitors by providing exhibits, presentation programs, and research opportunities made possible by their extensive collections.

About the Museum and Library Rosenbach:
The museum and library Rosenbach were originally the house belonging to the two brothers, A.S.W. (Abraham Simon Wolf) and Philipp Rosenbach. A.S.W.Rosenbach was a legendary collector of  and dealer in rare books and manuscripts, whereas his brother specialized in the fine arts and decorative art. Founded in 1954 to hold the private collections of the brothers and the antique dealership archives the Rosenbach holdings grew considerably. The Rosenbaum museum is meant to be a cultural institution, but is used predominantly as a research center. It holds one of the largest collections of rare books and manuscripts in the country, as well as a beautiful historic city (town) home that is filled with pictures, fine art and antiques.

- For example manuscripts of outstanding literary works by authors such as James Joyce’s 'Ulysses', Charles Dickens’s 'Pickwick Papers', and Joseph Conrad’s 'Lord Jim'.
- British and American furnishings of the 18th and 19th centuries.
- A collection of scripts by important authors, including Hermann Melville’s bookcase and Nathaniel Hawthorne’s original copy of Melville’s 'Moby Dick'.