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Folger Shakespeare Library

  1. 1. Folger Shakespeare Library Matthew Allman Patricia Becker-Sabik Maliki Blaque Francesca Bruno Vincenza Conley Unknown artist
  2. 2. History <ul><li>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 </li></ul><ul><li>1885 – Henry Folger married Emily Jordan; Henry shares his enthusiasm with Emily </li></ul><ul><li>Emily Folger completed her Master’s from Vassar, writing her thesis, “On the True Text of Shakespeare” </li></ul>
  3. 3. History (continued) <ul><li>1911 - Henry Folger became president of Standard Oil Company </li></ul><ul><li>1928 - Henry and Emily secured property in Washington D.C. to build their library </li></ul><ul><li>1930 - Henry Folger died </li></ul><ul><li>1932 – Folger Shakespeare Library dedicated </li></ul>
  4. 4. More than a repository for printed materials and manuscripts <ul><li>The world’s single largest collection of materials related to Shakespeare </li></ul><ul><li>The world’s third largest collection of materials on early modern England </li></ul><ul><li>A complex cultural institution incorporating musical, dramatic, and educational programs related to its collections </li></ul>
  5. 5. 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
  6. 6. Funding <ul><li>60% - Endowment established by Henry and Emily Folger maintained by Amhurst College </li></ul><ul><li>40% - Grants, earned income, direct contributions from friends and donors </li></ul><ul><li>Acquisitions Night fundraiser </li></ul><ul><li>2007 spending recorded at $724,850 </li></ul>
  7. 7. Staffing
  8. 8. Services <ul><li>“ 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, </li></ul>Old Reading Room (
  9. 9. “ A fine kit of tools for scholars.” – Henry Folger <ul><li>Collection is unmatched in the world for scholarly research related to Shakespeare. </li></ul><ul><li>Library encourages use of collection by offering competitive post Ph.D. fellowships. </li></ul><ul><li>Librarians, experts in their field, provide reference assistance to Readers in the restricted Reading Rooms. </li></ul><ul><li>Librarians also answer questions from general public on website. </li></ul>
  10. 10. On-line Catalog: Hamnet
  11. 11. Digital Image Collection
  12. 12. Curated Exhibitions <ul><li>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. </li></ul><ul><li>Rotating curated exhibitions </li></ul><ul><li>Open to general public </li></ul>
  13. 13. Collection <ul><li>256,000 books </li></ul><ul><li>60,000 manuscripts </li></ul><ul><li>250,000 playbills </li></ul><ul><li>200 oil paintings </li></ul><ul><li>50,000 drawings, watercolors, prints and photographs </li></ul><ul><li>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) </li></ul>
  14. 14. Shakespearean Collection <ul><li>Rare books </li></ul><ul><li>Manuscripts </li></ul><ul><li>Works of art </li></ul><ul><li>Theatrical memorabilia </li></ul><ul><li>Audiovisual materials </li></ul><ul><li>Reference resources </li></ul> Shakespeare. Works . London, 1623.
  15. 15. Conclusion All photos from
  16. 16. References Folger Shakespeare Library. (n.d.a). About us-Folger Shakespeare Library. Retrieved June 9, 2009, from Folger Shakespeare Library. (n.d.b). Ask a librarian-Folger Shakespeare Library. Retrieved June 9, 2009, from Folger Shakespeare Library. (n.d.c). Digital image collection- Folger Shakespeare Library . Retrieved June 9, 2009, from Folger Shakespeare Library. (n.d.d). Docents- Folger Shakespeare Library. Retrieved June 15, 2009 from Folger Shakespeare Library. (n.d.e). Hamnet . (n.d.) Retrieved June 9, 2009, from Folger Shakespeare Library. (n.d.f). Research fellowships- Folger Shakespeare Library. Retrieved June 9, 2009, from Folger Shakespeare Library. (n.d.g). Use the collection-Folger Shakespeare Library. Retrieved June 9, 2009, from Folger Shakespeare Library. (n.d.h). What’s on-Folger Exhibitions- Folger Shakespeare Library. Retrieved June 9, 2009, from Lyon, K., ed. (2008). Folger Shakespeare Library Annual Report 2007. Retrieved June 15, 2009 from http://www. folger . edu /documents/AnnualReport07. pdf