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Research and Exploration at the Folger

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Better than a Pound of Sorrow: Antidotes for Melancholy in Early Modern England
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Better than a Pound of Sorrow: Antidotes for Melancholy in Early Modern England

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Andrés Gattinoni

Fellow Andrés Gattinoni looks at Early Modern collections of music and jokes intended to cure melancholy.

Two versions of Thomas Cromwell's very urgent letter conveying Henry VIII's impatience over his impending marriage to Anne of Cleves
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Two versions of Thomas Cromwell's very urgent letter conveying Henry VIII's impatience over his impending marriage to Anne of Cleves

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Heather Wolfe

A suggested solution to May’s Folger Mystery about two almost identical letters regarding Henry VIII’s marriage to Anne of Cleves in the Folger’s Collection.

Folger Mysteries (formerly known as "What manner o' thing is your crocodile"): May 2024
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Folger Mysteries (formerly known as "What manner o' thing is your crocodile"): May 2024

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The Collation

Try your hand at solving this month’s Folger Mystery.

A ‘declineing time’? The final illnesses of Constance and Elizabeth Lucy
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A ‘declineing time’? The final illnesses of Constance and Elizabeth Lucy

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Emma Marshall

Folger Fellow Emma Marshall explores the history of the women of the Lucy family.

“The Problem of the Theatre”
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“The Problem of the Theatre”

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emma poltrack

A brief history of Folger Theatre.

There's the Short and the Long 'ſ/f'
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There's the Short and the Long 'ſ/f'

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KM Fikes

Artistic Fellow Krysten Fikes explores the long ‘s’ in the context of her project on Black American Ebonics and Elizabethan English.

Card catalog holder-opener
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Card catalog holder-opener

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Erin Blake

Erin Blake explains how to use a mystery object when examining the card catalog.

"What manner o’ thing is your crocodile?": April 2024
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"What manner o’ thing is your crocodile?": April 2024

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The Collation

This month’s Crocodile Mystery presents you with an object that is used in the library, but is not part of the library collection itself.

Beyond a Cure for Plague
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Beyond a Cure for Plague

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Kathleen Miller

Fellow Kathleen Miller explores the Early Modern use of plague cures to treat more than one type of illness

Charles T. Grilley and the Garrick letter
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Charles T. Grilley and the Garrick letter

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Erin Blake

How Henry Folger acquired a David Garrick letter in our collection

Interview and excerpt: Jessica Goethals, Margherita Costa, Diva of the Baroque Court
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Interview and excerpt: Jessica Goethals, Margherita Costa, Diva of the Baroque Court

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Jessica Goethals

An interview with Dr. Jessica Goethals and an excerpt from her 2023 book Margherita Costa, Diva of the Baroque Court.

Marmalade boxes, Lenten fasts, and love
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Marmalade boxes, Lenten fasts, and love

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Heather Wolfe

Heather Wolfe discovers the true intentions behind Jane Skipwith’s marmalade box

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