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Picture research for images is not a service provided by Folger staff members. Photography Department staff may provide assistance only when sufficient information is given for specific images requested.

 

If you wish to become a reader at the Folger, please see Reader Information.

 

If you are unable to use the Folger Library in person, we suggest the following resources for images:

 

  • Insight digital image archive :  Digital images from the Folger collection
  • The Folger website contains many images from the collection. These images can be located by their file name, which is revealed in MS Windows systems by right clicking on your mouse and looking at "File Properties".

 

Among the most helpful of print publications are the following: 

 

Catalog of Prints, Engravings, Photographs, and Original Art Materials, by the Folger Shakespeare Library. 4 vols. Boston, Massachusetts: G. K. Hall & Co., 1984. This contains only catalog cards; there are no reproductions of images, although some are described in print. It contains cards through 1984. Nevertheless, it gives much of what is available at the Folger by artist, actor, Shakespeare character, and Shakespeare play by Act and Scene, for example. These bibliographic records are not yet available in the Folger’s Online Public Access Catalog, Hamnet.
 
Infinite Variety: Exploring the Folger Shakespeare Library. Edited by Esther Ferington. Washington, D.C.: The Folger Shakespeare Library, 2002; distributed by University of Washington Press, Seattle. This work, lavishly illustrated with items from the Folger collection, also covers the history of the Library to date.
 
Shakespeare: The Globe and the World, by Samuel Schoenbaum. New York: Folger Shakespeare Library, Oxford University Press, 1979. Perhaps the best general source for Folger Library images of Shakespeare and his times.
 
A Catalogue of Paintings in the Folger Shakespeare Library: "As Imagination Bodies Forth," by William L. Pressly. New Haven: Yale University Press, 1993. A comprehensive catalog of paintings in the Folger Library.
 
Tales from Shakespeare, by Charles and Mary Lamb. Folger Books. Washington, D.C.: The Folger Shakespeare Library, 1979. A 19th century children’s retelling of 20 of the plays, with frequent illustrations from the Folger collection.
 
The Widening Circle: The Story of the Folger Shakespeare Library and Its Collections, by Betty Ann Kane. Washington, D.C.: The Folger Shakespeare Library, 1976.
 
Any play in the New Folger Library Shakespeare series of Shakespeare’s plays, edited by Barbara A. Mowat and Paul Werstine. New York: Washington Square Press, published by Pocket Books. These editions of Shakespeare’s plays contain graphics illustrating the meaning of phrases, words and references in each play.
 
The First Folio of Shakespeare, prepared by Charlton Hinman. 2nd Ed. New York: W. W. Norton & Co., 1996. This book, also known as The Norton Facsimile, contains a facsimile photograph of each page of the 1623 edition of Shakespeare’s Works, taken from the copies in the Folger Library collection. Included is the famous Droeshout engraving of Shakespeare on the title page.

 

Folger Library Exhibition Catalogs: 

Folger’s Choice: Favorites on Our Fifty-fifth Anniversary. Washington, DC.: The Folger Shakespeare Library, 1987. Photographs and descriptions of 54 items from the Folger collections.
 
A Decade of Collecting: Celebrating Ten Years of Acquisitions 1990-1999. Washington, D.C.: The Folger Shakespeare Library, 2000.
 
Elizabethan Households: An Anthology, by Lena Cowen Orlin. Washington, D.C.: The Folger Shakespeare Library, 1995; distributed by University of Washington Press, Seattle. A catalog of an exhibition on private life in Elizabethan England.
 
Fooles and Fricassees: Food in Shakespeare’s England, edited by Mary Anne Caton. Washington, D.C.: The Folger Shakespeare Library, 1999; distributed by University of Washington Press, Seattle.
 
Roasting the Swan of Avon: Shakespeare’s Redoubtable Enemies and Dubious Friends, by Bruce R. Smith. Edited by Rachel Doggett. Washington, D.C.: The Folger Shakespeare Library, 1994.
 
Shakespeare’s Unruly Women, by Georgianna Ziegler with Frances E. Dolan and Jeanne Addison Roberts. Washington, D.C.: The Folger Shakespeare Library, 1997; distributed by University of Washington Press, Seattle.
 
Impressions of Wenceslaus Hollar, by Rachel Doggett, Julie L. Biggs, and Carol Brobeck. Washington, D.C.: The Folger Shakespeare Library, 1996; distributed by University of Washington Press, Seattle.
 
"Designs from Fancy:" George Romney’s Shakespearean Drawings, by Yvonne Romney Dixon. Washington, D.C.: The Folger Shakespeare Library, 1998; distributed by University of Washington Press, Seattle.



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