The Folger's Department of Photography and Digital Imaging provides researchers and the public access to the Library's world-class collection of rare books, manuscripts, and art through high-quality digital images. You can explore and enjoy the Library’s treasures through our online digital image collection, and download images for free.
Due to an extensive building renovation project, the Imaging team is working remotely, and no requests for new photography are being accepted at this time.
Construction will affect our ability to accept requests for images requiring new photography over the next few years. Please check our digital image collection to see if what you want has already been digitized. We may also be able to direct you to images and materials at other institutions that can meet your needs.
About Our Image Services
We produce high-resolution digital photographs and scans, creating images that equal or surpass current national standards for preservation. Our average master image begins life as a 100–120MB file, and our processed, post-produced, ready-for-publication final product is 80–90MB. For books and bound manuscripts, we use a conservation copy stand, made for us by Manfred Mayer in Graz, Austria, and a Kaiser RSP 2motion copy stand, each with a Digital Transitions RCam reprographic camera and a P65+ camera back controlled by Phase One’s Capture One software. We also use Epson Expressions 10000XL flatbed scanners for imaging flat items such as letters and art on paper.
Let us know how we can help you!