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The Curatorial Eye

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The Curatorial Eye:

Discoveries from the Folger Vault

The Curatorial Eye is an exhibition about discovery and interaction—discovery of items new, hidden, or underused in the collection, and interaction between these objects and the staff that works with them. This exhibition explores a variety of different collections at the Folger and shows how the staff members who curated the exhibition came to choose these items for exhibit. Topics including magic, censorship, juvenile drama, pamphlets, manuals, letters, Victorian bindings, and the ethics of conservation and librarianship connect a staff with diverse interests and backgrounds to a collection rich with material—some well-known, and some unexplored. The exhibition offers a rare glimpse into the myriad treasures behind the doors of the Folger’s vault.

Book of magic: with instructions for invoking spirits (Detail). Manuscript, circa 1580

Curators of the Exhibition:


Erin Blake (Curator of Art and Special Collections)

Ronald Bogdan (Senior Cataloger)

Alison Bridger (Senior Manuscript Cataloger)

Kathleen Burlingame (Manuscript Cataloger)

Stephanie Fell (Manuscript Cataloger)

Steven Galbraith (Andrew W. Mellon Curator of Books)

Jim Kuhn (Head of Collection Information Services)

Rosalind Larry (Head of Circulation)

J. Franklin Mowery (Eric Weinmann Head of Conservation)

Nadia Seiler (Manuscript Cataloger)

Bettina Smith (Art Cataloger)

Elizabeth Walsh (Head of Reader Services)

Heather Wolfe (Curator of Manuscripts)

Georgianna Ziegler (Louis B. Thalheimer Head of Reference)



To listen to the curators give in-depth insights into selected items from the exhibition, click the link at right for the audio tour online, or dial 202.595.1844 from your home or cell phone. This exhibition features prompts 61-78.

Shakespeare. Works. London: Frederick Warne & Co.

Cyprian Lucar. A treatise named Lucarsolace. London, 1590

Feoffment of 1616, former binding for The Salerenne Schoolle, or, the regiment of Healthe. Manuscript, ca. 1625

Additional Information

Dates and Times:

June 13-August 29, 2009

Monday-Saturday 10am-5pm


Docent Tours:

Monday-Friday 11am

Saturday 11am and 1pm


To schedule a group tour, call 202.675.0395



Audio Tour

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