In early January, 30,000 rare items sent secretly by train to underground storage at Amherst College to avoid wartime dangers.
Items safely returned from Amherst to the Folger in November by special express train.
Joseph Quincy Adams dies; James McManaway serves as acting director.
Elizabeth Pope becomes the first woman fellow at the Folger, taking as her subject the religious background of Shakespeare's plays.
Louis B. Wright, formerly of the Huntington Library, appointed director.
First conference of the Folger Research Group, a monthly event for scholars interested in Renaissance studies.
In the first theatrical performance at the Elizabethan Theatre, the Amherst Masquers present Julius Caesar. Plays are not regularly staged at the theater until 1970.
First publication of Shakespeare Quarterly by the Shakespeare Association of America. Long-standing ties between the Quarterly and the Folger staff culminate in the periodical's transfer to the Folger in 1972.