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 up to 1536 pixels tall for free.
If you need new or higher resolution images of collection materials, see How to Order. Please note that we expect an interruption in image services in early 2020 due to the Folger's building renovation project.
Our images are for publication with a CC-BY-SA license. More information can be found on our Permissions page.
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.
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