Folger Shakespeare Library Matthew Allman Patricia Becker-Sabik Maliki Blaque Francesca Bruno Vincenza Conley www.folger.edu Unknown artist
While still an undergraduate, Henry Folger attended a lecture at Amhurst College in 1879 given by Ralph Waldo Emerson – a passion for Shakespeare was ignited
1885 – Henry Folger married Emily Jordan; Henry shares his enthusiasm with Emily
Emily Folger completed her Master’s from Vassar, writing her thesis, “On the True Text of Shakespeare”
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
Environmental Scan Austria, Ca nada , England, France, Ger many, Hungary, Ir eland, Israel, Italy, Japan, New Zealand, Poland, Rus sia, Scotland, Spain,Turke y, Wales Community groups and interested individuals Advanc ed scholars from around th e world: Global access to On-line resources
60% - Endowment established by Henry and Emily Folger maintained by Amhurst College
40% - Grants, earned income, direct contributions from friends and donors
Acquisitions Night fundraiser
2007 spending recorded at $724,850
“ 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.
Rotating curated exhibitions
Open to general public
200 oil paintings
50,000 drawings, watercolors, prints and photographs
Musical instruments, costumes, films and a variety of other materials pertaining to the Western early modern age (approx. 1450-mid-1700s) and Shakespearean theater (The Collection)
Works of art
www.folger.edu Shakespeare. Works . London, 1623.
Conclusion All photos from www.folger.edu
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