Digital Media & Publications

The Digital Media & Publications division connects the Folger Shakespeare Library and its collections with the world. The division manages freely available digital tools and content, as well as a number of subscription-based publications, all of which offer high-quality access to our holdings and Shakespeare’s works. Director of Digital Access Eric M. Johnson leads the division and provides senior-level oversight and guidance for projects and publications.

Digital Media & Publications produces Shakespeare Quarterly, the preeminent journal of Shakespeare studies, and the Folger Shakespeare Library Editions of Shakespeare’s works, the best-selling Shakespeare editions in North America. The Folger Editions are complemented by Folger Digital Texts, which offers comprehensive, expert access to Shakespeare's works.

Selected projects

Digital Media & Publications collaborates extensively with the Folger's other divisions to develop digital assets. 

Miranda

The Miranda digital asset platform will be the online home of the Folger’s collections. Miranda is an easy-to-navigate, collaborative space where users can explore our images, videos, podcasts, catalog records, and more. The project has been generously funded by the Mellon Foundation. Explore the Miranda prototype at collections.folger.edu.

Shakespeare Documented 

A multi-institutional collaboration between over 30 partner institutions, Shakespeare Documented brings together all known manuscript and print references to Shakespeare and his works during his lifetime -- nearly 500 references in roughly 400 print and manuscript documents. The site offers digitized images and descriptions of each document, along with many transcriptions and additional information. 
 

Early Modern Manuscripts Online (EMMO)

EMMO provides scholars and the general public with online access to transcriptions, images, and metadata for English manuscripts of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. Letters from the Folger collection, including a large number from the Bagot family papers, are currently discoverable on the site. EMMO, produced in collaboration with the Collections division, was funded by a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

A Digital Anthology of Early Modern English Drama (EMED)

EMED complements the Folger’s resources about Shakespeare’s works by offering a look into the theatrical community in which he participated. It provides data, text, and teaching resources about non-Shakespearean works performed in London between 1576 and 1642. EMED, a collaboration with the Folger Institute, was funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Dromio

Dromio is the Folger’s transcription software, designed to make the transcription experience accessible to users with all levels of paleographic experience. Dromio was developed in consultation with the Curator of Manuscripts as a teaching tool for Folger paleography seminars, and has been used in dozens of classes and transcription sessions at the Folger and at other institutions.