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Accessing Digital Images


Window & Grove. Miss Ellen Terry as "Lady Macbeth". Photograph, not before 1888

The Folger's Digital Image Collection offers online access to over 80,000 images from the Folger Shakespeare Library collection, including books, theater memorabilia, manuscripts, art, and more. Images are available in high resolution and users can show multiple images side-by-side, zoom in and out to see fine detail, view cataloging information when available, export thumbnails, and construct permanent URLs linking back to their favorite items or searches.


Through the Digital Image Collection, you can:

  • Compare 19th-century productions of Shakespeare with today's through historic photographs and promptbooks
  • Look at letters written by Queen Elizabeth I
  • Examine rare paintings in "up close and personal" detail
  • Read diary entries from over 200 years ago
  • and much more

Getting Started


Our Digital Image Collection is made available with Luna Insight®, a software toolset for accessing web-based digital image collections. The Insight software and Digital Image Collection hosted on servers at the Folger Shakespeare Library are now available for use by the general public.


There are two ways to explore our Digital Image Collection.


Use Your Web Browser

You may use your web browser which provides access to the collection through a convenient interface called LUNA. Copy and paste this LUNA URL into your favorite web browser, or just click on the link: 



Install the Luna Insight Java Client on Your PC or Mac

You can install a free program called Insight® Java Client which provides features like access to our digitized Shakespeare Quartos collection and the ability to export sets of images with accompanying descriptions to Powerpoint or Keystone.


Click Features for details about the program, and a link to instructions on how to download and install.

Thomas Fella. A booke of diverse devices. Manuscript, ca. 1585-1622

Costume worn by Ada Rehan as Viola in Twelfth Night

Ira Aldridge, playbill & illustrations, Theatre Royal Covent Garden. 1833.

A true relation of a most desperate murder, committed upon the body of Sir John Tindall Knight. London, 1617

Additional Information

Use the Collection

Photographic Resources


How are you using the Folger Digital Image Collection?


Share your projects and questions with us at InsightHelp@folger.edu.

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Shakespeare Quartos Archive: Hamlet

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