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The Founders' Room

Founders' Room

The Founders' Room was originally designed as a private space for the founders of the library, Henry and Emily Folger. Today it serves as a meeting room and a lounge for scholars (called "readers" at the Folger) and houses a small number of important paintings.


Opaque leaded-glass windows, carved paneling and beams, antique furniture, and a stone fireplace create a Tudor atmosphere in the Founders' Room. Figures in the windows represent Shakespearean characters, among them Julius Caesar, Richard III, Hamlet, Cleopatra, and Ophelia. The curio cabinets hold changing displays of materials related to the Folgers and their collection.

Founders' Room windows

George Gower. The "Sieve" portrait of Elizabeth I. Oil on panel, 1579.

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