The Folger Shakespeare Library sponsors collaborative, cutting-edge research informed and inspired by our world-class collections. We encourage everyone to explore, build upon, and engage with our work.
Before 'Farm to Table'
This Mellon Initiative in Collaborative Research re-thought how to research and discuss the ways that food was grown and harvested, marketed and sold, eaten and imagined. In studying the foodways and cultures of the past, we shed light on the ways food matters to us today.
Critical Race Conversations
The Folger Institute hosted a series of free online sessions to address an expansive range of topics in the field of early modern critical race studies. We turned to scholars across disciplines and career stages to lead discussions from their own experience and expertise.
Early Modern Manuscripts Online (EMMO)
Funded by a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), EMMO provides open access to high-quality images and consistent transcriptions for a variety of 16th- and 17th-century manuscripts.
Explore all known references to Shakespeare in his lifetime and shortly thereafter. This multi-institutional resource is the largest and most authoritative collection of primary-source materials documenting his life.
Race and Periodization
This symposium, co-sponsored with the Arizona Center for Medieval and Early Modern Studies, explored how critical race theory can enable new insights about, approaches to, and critiques of periodization.