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Research and Exploration at the Folger

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Teaching and collaborating
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Teaching and collaborating

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Sarah Werner

Last weekend, the Folger Institute and the Folger Undergraduate Program held a 3-day workshop on Teaching Book History. 50 librarians and faculty gathered from a wide range of institutions—small liberal arts colleges to regional schools to highly selective research universities—bringing…

Folger Tooltips: Changes to the Digital Image Collection
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Folger Tooltips: Changes to the Digital Image Collection

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Jim Kuhn

Dear Readers: Our Digital Image Collection has had a bit of a make-over. The purpose of today’s post is to introduce you to new fields and field names and to explain a bit of background that lead to these changes. Background:…

A Geek-Peek at Folger "ART File" and "ART Box" Classification
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A Geek-Peek at Folger "ART File" and "ART Box" Classification

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Erin Blake

One of the most fascinating books I read while working on my dissertation had nothing to do with the topic as such: It’s the 189-page “user’s guide” to the British Museum’s Department of Prints and Drawings, published in 1987. In it,…

Volvelles
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Volvelles

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Sarah Werner

As three of you immediately identified in your comments, last week’s crocodile mystery was the fastening in the center of a volvelle, holding the various layers in place and allowing them to turn: volvelle from Cortes’s Breve compendio, leaf 37r…

A third manuscript by Thomas Trevelyon/Trevilian
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A third manuscript by Thomas Trevelyon/Trevilian

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Heather Wolfe

The author’s name in the Trevelyon Miscellany of 1608 (Folger MS V.b.232, fol. 264v); click image to enlarge in Luna. Many Collation readers are already familiar with the Folger’s Trevelyon Miscellany of 1608 (Folger MS V.b.232), and the fabulous Trevilian…

"What manner o' thing is your crocodile?": December edition
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"What manner o' thing is your crocodile?": December edition

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The Collation

If it’s a new month, it must be time for a new crocodile mystery, and so: click to enlarge As always, we invite your your thoughts below on what this might be and what we might learn from it!

Winning the lottery
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Winning the lottery

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Goran Proot

On Saturday 4 November 1617, the archdukes of the Southern Netherlands, Albert and Isabella, granted permission to the “gentil homme Lucquois” Matthias Micheli to organize a lottery for the foundation of the “Bergen van Barmhartigheid” or “Monts de piété.” First…

Cataloging at the Folger: a Primer
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Cataloging at the Folger: a Primer

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Deborah J. Leslie

When I meet people for the first time and they hear that I am a rare book cataloger, I can expect one or both of these questions: “What’s a rare book,” and “What is cataloging?” This crowd doesn’t need my…

Folger Tooltips: Media group wrangling, part one
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Folger Tooltips: Media group wrangling, part one

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Jim Kuhn

Our last tooltip covered how to create your own login for the Folger digital image databases, and once logged in how to create and begin working with media groups. Today we’ll focus on some useful features of your media groups…

Such a lucky pretty little library...
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Such a lucky pretty little library...

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Heather Wolfe

First leaf of Visus Libelli (a little book of advices) We thought we’d kick off your weekend with an amusing and fascinating hybrid book that is ripe for research. The as-yet unidentified compiler of this late seventeenth-century, ca. 800-leaf volume,…

Itty-bitty tab dividers
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Itty-bitty tab dividers

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Erin Blake

The main trick with November’s “crocodile” was having to figure out the scale. It looks at first glance like a woolly button on a pin-striped shirt: The November ‘Crocodile’ But when a ruler is included in the shot, you can…

“What manner o’ thing is your crocodile?”: November edition
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“What manner o’ thing is your crocodile?”: November edition

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The Collation

And now, for your viewing pleasure, we present this month’s crocodile mystery. What is it? How was it made? What size is it? Would it sell well as a postcard in the Folger gift shop? This caption intentionally blank. Please…

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