Clay Folger, Jr. (1857-1930) and Emily Jordan Folger (1858-1936),
throughout their married life worked together to build the collection
that became the foundation of the Folger Shakespeare Library. The Folgers
took as their purview all things Shakespeareanthe books, pamphlets,
documents, and manuscripts for which they are best known and that constituted
the principal part of their acquisitions, and also pictures and art objects.
Their shared passion for collecting fulfilled the Folgers' need for a
larger purpose in life. Inevitably, their vision of the collection evolved
into that of an institution dedicated to the benefit of scholarly investigators
and the nation.
A Shared Passion shows this pair of collectors, otherwise known
only as extremely private personages, as they actually functioned, exercising
the taste that guided them and employing the techniques at their command.
Here, through their relations with dealers grand and modest and with other
collectors antecedent and contemporary, and by their purchases large and
small, magnificent and moderate, the Folgers emerge as sympathetic and
10 a.m.-4 p.m., Monday
Closed federal holidays. Admission is free.
take young museumgoers on a scavenger hunt of the current exhibition
and Shakespeare Gallery. Free at the visitor's desk.
Guided tours of the building and exhibition daily at 11 a.m. and Saturday
at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Free.
Group tours: Please call (202) 675-0395 to arrange.
Titus Andronicus Quarto
Paintings and Art Objects:
Thomas Parr's Hamlet Figurine
Thomas Nast's Immortal Light
The Folgers as Collectors:
Influence of Emerson
Building an Institution