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Research and Exploration at the Folger

The Collation is a gathering of useful information and observations from Folger staff and researchers. Read more about this blog

Librarians gone wild: an alternative spring break
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Librarians gone wild: an alternative spring break

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Sarah Wingo

A guest post by Sarah Wingo I am a student working towards my Masters of Science in Information from the University of Michigan’s School of Information (UM-SI).  I recently had the opportunity, along with six of my peers, to volunteer…

The road to Acquisitions Night 2012
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The road to Acquisitions Night 2012

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Erin Blake

This Thursday is Acquisitions Night, the annual benefit to support Folger collections. It’s something of a three-ring circus: buffet dinner in the Great Hall, conservation demonstrations at one end of the Paster Reading Room, and—in the center ring—dozens of newly-acquired…

correcting mistakes
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correcting mistakes

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Sarah Werner

In my last post, I wrote about my joy in finding printer’s errors and what we might learn from them about early modern printing. In this one, I want to look at some examples of what printers do to correct…

Spotlight on a calligrapher
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Spotlight on a calligrapher

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Georgianna Ziegler

In an era when many schools don’t even teach cursive handwriting anymore because everyone taps out their messages on screens, it may seem quaint to focus on a woman known for her handwriting. But that’s exactly why we’re attracted to…

learning from mistakes
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learning from mistakes

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Sarah Werner

One of my favorite categories of early modern books are those that show errors, small mistakes made in the process of printing them. a leaf that was folded when it was printed I don’t love them because I like to…

Q & A: Carol Brobeck, Fellowships Administrator
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Q & A: Carol Brobeck, Fellowships Administrator

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The Collation

title page of The Mariners Mirrour Anyone who has been a Fellow at the Folger Shakespeare Library can attest to the central role that Carol Brobeck plays as the Fellowships Administrator in making their work possible. She has also worked…

Folger Tooltips: Hamnet URLs, part two
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Folger Tooltips: Hamnet URLs, part two

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Jim Kuhn

Hello and welcome to another installment in a series of tooltips on the quiet, yet oh-so-ubiquitous universal resource locator (aka URL). As pointed out in Hamnet URLs, part one: because “live” URLS in the Hamnet database are session-based, they can’t…

Woodcut, engraving, or what?
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Woodcut, engraving, or what?

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Erin Blake

When a reader needs  to verify the printmaking technique behind an early modern book illustration, I’m always happy to grab my favorite 10x loupe and head up to the Reading Room to have a closer look. By popular request, here…

Women marking the text
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Women marking the text

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Georgianna Ziegler

“I beegan, to ourloke this Booke . . . .”  These words are written by Lady Anne Clifford on the title page of her copy of John Selden’s Titles of Honor (1631), which is featured in the first case of…

One way of looking at many books
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One way of looking at many books

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Sarah Werner

Last week I wrote about two students who worked on (two different copies of) the same book. But looking over the 64 texts that the 66 students I’ve taught over the last five years (in eight different seminars), I’m struck…

A newly uncovered presentation copy by Margaret Cavendish
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A newly uncovered presentation copy by Margaret Cavendish

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Heather Wolfe

Heather: The other day I received an email from the Conservation Lab with the subject line: “Annotation found on the verso of a lined frontispiece,” and a link to a couple of images, one taken under ultraviolet light. The conservators…

Two ways of looking at the same book
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Two ways of looking at the same book

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Sarah Werner

As I’ve written about before, in my Undergraduate Seminars students devote the bulk of their research time to crafting a biography of the book they’ve chosen as their primary focus. They find out who wrote the book and who printed…

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