The Collation is a blog featuring scholarship from the Folger Shakespeare Library, a world-class center for scholarship, learning, culture, and the arts. Home to the world’s largest Shakespeare collection and a primary repository for research material from the early modern period (1500–1750), Folger Shakespeare Library is an internationally recognized research library offering advanced scholarly programs in the humanities; a national leader in how Shakespeare is taught in grades K–12; and an award-winning producer of cultural and arts programs–theater, music, poetry, exhibits, lectures, and family programs. Folger Shakespeare Library’s collections include rare printed books, manuscripts, works of art, audiovisual materials, and modern scholarship. These materials extend beyond Shakespeare to include a wide range of disciplines–history and politics, theology and exploration, law and the arts–from the early modern period (1500–1750). New acquisitions of rare and modern materials are made regularly through purchases and the generosity of donors. A gift to the American people from industrialist Henry Clay Folger, Folger Shakespeare Library–located one block east of the U.S. Capitol–opened in 1932.
Curious about why this site is called The Collation? Check out the first post for an introduction to what collation means. Wondering what are the books pictured in our header? “The books on our shelf” will tell you what they are and why they’re featured in the header.
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