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Collection Connections: 'The Personal Librarian,' the Morgan, and the Folger (Part 2)

Held on the first Thursday of the month, the Folger’s virtual book club is free and open to all. To spark discussion, speakers provide historical context, throw in trivia, and speak to relevant items from the library collection in a brief presentation to participants before small-group discussion begins. Here, we revisit the conversation between Erica Ciallela and Sara Schliep as part of our discussion of The Personal Librarian, the second of a two-part series.

Catch up with the first part of our conversation here.

emma poltrack (Community and Audience Engagement Program Manager, Folger Shakespeare Library): The two libraries were being established around similar times and had distinct areas of interest. Can you both speak about what kinds of interactions the Morgan and the Folger had?

Erica Ciallela (Exhibition Project Curator for Belle da Costa Greene, A Librarian’s Legacy at The Morgan Library): Greene very much didn’t want to collect things that other institutions were collecting, she wanted to collect things that set us apart. She also knew who would be best stewards and wanted to work and be a collective with other institutions. With the Folger, we do know she was contacting them to ask for images or facsimiles or photostats of images from things that were in the Folger collection rather than try to go out and get our own. She was happy with a photostat, or to send researchers to that institution. 

We would like to thank the following organizations for their generous support of this program

Capitol Hill Community Foundation
Junior League of Washington

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