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Research and Exploration at the Folger

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

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First, my thanks to all of you who suggested new  names for this series on identifying objects in our collection. The best suggestion came from Jeremy Dibbell, on twitter, who found this perfect moment in Antony and Cleopatra: LEPIDUS: What…

Folger Tooltips: updates on links to early Shakespeare editions
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Folger Tooltips: updates on links to early Shakespeare editions

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Jim Kuhn

Hello dear readers: Past tooltip posts have highlighted various efforts at digital outreach to academics, e.g., via links to our Digital image database from Hamnet, or from finding aids. But fulfilling the mission of the Folger requires more than that—among…

News of St. Bartholomew's Day, 1572
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News of St. Bartholomew's Day, 1572

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Erin Blake

When the Swann Auction Gallery catalog for the March 15 sale crossed my desk, I flipped through as usual, looking for things that might fit the Folger’s collection development policy. I wasn’t paying too much attention, since it was primarily…

Dye to live, live to dye
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Dye to live, live to dye

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Heather Wolfe Margaret Hannay

The Folger has recently acquired some interesting hybrid books; that is, books which consist of a mixture of thematically-connected printed, manuscript, and graphic material gathered from a variety of sources into a single binding. Sidney scholar and Folger reader Margaret…

Rehousing our tinsel print collection
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Rehousing our tinsel print collection

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Rhea DeStefano

Tinsel prints are a unique English art form from the early and mid-19th century. They are typically composed of metal foils, fabric scraps, leather, feathers, and any other suitable material glued onto printed portraits of actors and actresses. Theatrical tinsel…

From Stage to E-page: Theater Archives at the Folger Library
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From Stage to E-page: Theater Archives at the Folger Library

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Georgianna Ziegler

The Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, DC opened in 1932. It is representative of a private institution whose collections were very much shaped by the interest of its founders, Henry and Emily Folger. Fortunately for theater historians, the Folgers were…

Folger Tooltips: Finding aids upgraded with links to digital images
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Folger Tooltips: Finding aids upgraded with links to digital images

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Jim Kuhn

While work continues to add to the Folger Digital Image Collection, and new finding aids continue to be added to the Folger Finding Aid Database, staff and interns are also busy upgrading existing finding aids with links to digital images.…

Fore-edge paintings
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Fore-edge paintings

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Erin Blake

Following up on Sarah’s What’s that? post from last week, full marks to everyone who said “fore-edge painting” (also acceptable, though less to the point, “1631 x 401 pixel digital image” and “Wilton House”). Here’s the same image, not cropped…

What's that?!
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What's that?!

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Sarah Werner

A  lot of what we post at The Collation is weighty, chock full of information and detail and (I hope!) interesting facts about our collections, library work, and early modern studies. But sometimes all you want is to look at…

Another (sort of) happy reunion...
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Another (sort of) happy reunion...

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Heather Wolfe

A few months ago I wrote about the joys of bringing together parts of an archive or collection that had gone astray, and provided three recent examples (Manuscript reunions).  Well, it has happened again, but this time, the story is…

Spectral Imaging of Shakespeare's "Seventh Signature"
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Spectral Imaging of Shakespeare's "Seventh Signature"

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Roger L. Easton, Jr.

A guest post by Roger L. Easton, Jr. One of the many treasures at the Folger Shakespeare Library is a copy of William Lambarde’s Archaionomia, a book on Anglo-Saxon law published in 1568 and acquired by the Library in 1938.…

modern adventures in printing
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modern adventures in printing

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Sarah Werner

In keeping with the spirit of my last couple of posts, this one is also about printing, but this time as an activity that my students and I did in our Books and Early Modern Culture seminar. The Folger is…

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