First Folio! Shakespeare's American Tour

Nov 19, 2016 – Jan 22, 2017

Photo credit: Peter Ringenberg; First Folio! at the University of Notre Dame

To celebrate the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death, the Folger Shakespeare Library sent First Folios to all 50 states, Puerto Rico, and Washington, DC. This exhibition celebrates their return to the Folger, and is the largest ever display of First Folios in a single venue.

Seventy-one thousand miles later, and safely back in the Folger’s Great Hall, the eighteen traveling copies of the First Folio (and one understudy), the first collected edition of Shakespeare’s plays, tell their stories–of the half million people they met, the programming to celebrate their visits, the unique attributes of each book, and the overwhelming relevance of the plays they include. 

Explore the First Folios Online!

Use the left-hand navigation to learn about a Folio and view highlights from its travels or find the Folio that was closest to you by viewing all the tour stops below.

Curator of Manuscripts
Andrew W. Mellon Curator of Early Modern Books and Prints
Public Engagement Coordinator


Part of The Wonder of Will, a Folger celebration of 400 years of Shakespeare




Meet the Curators

Curator of Manuscripts

Heather Wolfe is curator of manuscripts at the Folger Shakespeare Library. She has curated numerous Folger exhibitions, most recently Shakespeare, Life of an Icon, and has written widely on early modern manuscripts and the intersections between print and manuscript. She has edited The Trevelyon Miscellany of 1608 (2007), The Literary Career and Legacy of Elizabeth Cary (2007), and Letterwriting in Renaissance England (2004), an exhibition catalog co-written with Alan Stewart. She is principal investigator for EMMO (Early Modern Manuscripts Online), a project to create a free and searchable database of images and transcriptions of early modern manuscripts created in England or written in English.

Andrew W. Mellon Curator of Early Modern Books and Prints

Caroline Duroselle-Melish is the Andrew W. Mellon Curator of Early Modern Books and Prints at the Folger Shakespeare Library. She has worked with a wide range of collections in university and independent rare book libraries, including serving as Rare Book Librarian at the University of Rochester and, most recently, as Assistant Curator at the Houghton Library, Harvard University. She has published on a range of topics associated with early modern printing, including studies of Ulisse Aldrovandi’s library and the trade relations between Frankfurt and Bologna.

Public Engagement Coordinator
Find Your Folio!

To celebrate the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death, the Folger Shakespeare Library sent First Folios to all 50 states, Puerto Rico, and Washington, DC.

AK – Juneau: Alaska State Libraries, Archives and Museums

AL – Montgomery: Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts

AR – Conway: University of Central Arkansas with the Arkansas Shakespeare Theatre

AZ – Tucson: University of Arizona

CA – San Diego: San Diego Public Library with The Old Globe

CO – Boulder: University of Colorado Boulder

CT – Storrs: University of Connecticut

DC – Washington: Gallaudet University

DE – Newark: University of Delaware

FL – Miami: The Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum at Florida International University

GA – Atlanta: Emory University

HI – Honolulu: Kapiolani Community College

IA – Iowa City: The University of Iowa Libraries

ID – Boise: Boise State University

IL – Wauconda: Lake County Discovery Museum

IN – Notre Dame: University of Notre Dame

KS – Manhattan: Kansas State University

KY – Louisville: Frazier History Museum, University of Louisville, and Louisville Free Public Library

LA – New Orleans: Tulane University

MA – Amherst: Amherst College

MD – Annapolis: St. John’s College

ME – Portland: Portland Public Library

MI – Detroit: Wayne State University, Detroit Institute of Arts, and Detroit Public Library

MN – Duluth: University of Minnesota Duluth

MO – Kansas City: Kansas City Public Library

MS – Oxford: University of Mississippi

MT – Missoula: University of Montana

NC – Raleigh: North Carolina Museum of History

ND – Bismarck: State Historical Society of North Dakota

NE – Omaha: The Durham Museum

NH – Manchester: Currier Museum of Art

NJ – Madison: Drew University and The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey

NM – Santa Fe: New Mexico Museum of Art

NV – Las Vegas: University of Nevada, Las Vegas 

NY – New York: New-York Historical Society

OH – Cleveland: Cleveland Public Library

OK – Norman: The Sam Noble Museum

OR – Eugene: Jordan Schnitzer Museum at the University of Oregon

PA – Elizabethtown: Elizabethtown College

PR – Turabo: Museo y Centro de Estudios Humanísticos

RI – Providence: Brown University

SC – Columbia: University of South Carolina Libraries

SD – Vermillion: University of South Dakota and the National Music Museum

TN – Nashville: The Parthenon

TX – College Station: Texas A&M University

UT – Salt Lake City: Salt Lake City Public Library

VA – Charlottesville: University of Virginia

VT – Middlebury: Middlebury College

WA – Seattle: The Seattle Public Library

WI – Madison: University of Wisconsin – Madison

WV – Wheeling: Museums of Oglebay Institute

WY – Cheyenne: Wyoming State Museum