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Scope of Current Collecting

Today and for the foreseeable future the Folger seeks primary source materials in the following broad areas:

  • English civilization in all its aspects from the Tudor and Stuart periods
  • English drama in the eighteenth century
  • Shakespeare-related material to the present
  • European civilization in the Renaissance and early modern period, especially as it helps illuminate English civilization

The policy of the Folger is to "build from strength." The Folger should reinforce those strengths which result from previous acquisitions, filling in gaps and expanding collecting areas only as necessary to complete already existing collections. The research potential of the material to be acquired will be given primary consideration.


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Yolanda Sonnabend. Costume design of Sprite for Derek Jarman’s The Tempest. Watercolor, 1979

Bible. English. Authorized. 1676. London, 1676

Preprinted, prepaid letter sheet. Venice, 1620

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