1911 - Henry Folger became president of Standard Oil Company
1928 - Henry and Emily secured property in Washington D.C. to build their library
1930 - Henry Folger died
1932 – Folger Shakespeare Library dedicated
More than a repository for printed materials and manuscripts
The world’s single largest collection of materials related to Shakespeare
The world’s third largest collection of materials on early modern England
A complex cultural institution incorporating musical, dramatic, and educational programs related to its collections
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“ The mission of the Folger Shakespeare Library is to preserve and enhance its collections; to render the collections, in appropriate formats, accessible to scholars; and to advance understanding and appreciation of Shakespeare’s writings and of the culture of early modern Europe more generally through various programs designed for all students and for the general public.” – from Folger Shakespeare Library website, www.folger.edu
Old Reading Room (www.folger.edu)
“ A fine kit of tools for scholars.” – Henry Folger
Collection is unmatched in the world for scholarly research related to Shakespeare.
Library encourages use of collection by offering competitive post Ph.D. fellowships.
Librarians, experts in their field, provide reference assistance to Readers in the restricted Reading Rooms.
Librarians also answer questions from general public on website.
On-going Exhibitions – includes one of the library’s 79 First Folios with a digital touch screen display that allows viewer to look through pages of text, zoom in on details and read expert interpretations.