Friday, our last day at the Folger.
Things were beginning to wind down and as sad as we all were to know that our time at the Folger was coming to an end, there was a great sense of pride and accomplishment in what we had achieved in the short space of a week. I had personally completed traced records for all of the files I had been given meaning that the project was now caught up to the staff catalogers. While Stacy had more than doubled the the Luna Bookreader views
for book bindings.
One of the highlights of Friday for me was getting to go to a talk given by Dr. Lena Orlin entitled "The Private Life of William Shakespeare." The talk reminded me of the Thursday Lectures at the Shakespeare Institute, where visiting scholars would come and give a paper about their work. At first when I heard the title of her talk a part of me thought "oh no, not another person making conjectures about Shakespeare's life, with close readings of his works." However all of my concerns were quickly put aside by Orlin's engaging and extremely well researched talk. She used archival evidence from the period to put forth a possible new understanding of Shakespeare's wife Anne Hathaway. Suggesting the possibility that Anne was not the 8 years older that history has assumed her to be, but possibly 2 years younger than Shakespeare. Orlin's talk was based on the research she is doing for a book on Shakespeare's life which I am now very much looking forward to. Her scholarly investigation of the materials and care not to present her findings as facts, but rather plausible alternatives to current theories was extremely compelling.
Directly after Orlin's talk I was whisked off to lunch with Deborah Leslie and two of the other Folger catalogers. It was a great opportunity to pick their brains for insight into the profession. I also got a lot of great information about the steps that I could take in the coming year to gain the experience I will need should I decide to go into cataloging and/or working with rare books and manuscripts. Lunch wasn't all business though, and I really enjoyed just being able to relax and talk to people about a subject which we are all passionate about.
Conservator working to restore a manuscript Closeup of manuscript
Upon returning from lunch we had one final tour to take, of the conservation lab. I find conservation fascinating, not only do conservators need to be skilled crafts women and men, but they need to have a strong knowledge of chemistry in order to carry out their work. When we got our tour we got to see someone working on a manuscript that had been written in iron gull ink. Iron gull ink over many years eats through paper making it brittle and creating holes. The conservators work to save the document by neutralizing the Iron gull and repairing damage with rice paper, which will not obscure the original writing. The process is painstaking and requires detailed attention, they told us they had been working on this particular document for ten years.
After our tour it was back to finish up the last of our projects, and of course get tea one last time with Jim.
In many ways my experience at the Folger gave me the kick in the butt I needed to make it through the rest of this semester, which thus far has been rather uninspiring. Getting to spend a week at the Folger helped me to remember why I decided to come to SI in the first place, and refreshed my drive to one day work at a place where I can utilize both my English degree and the one I will receive from SI. I cannot even begin to express my gratitude towards Jim, Deborah and all of the other staff at the Folger who gave their time to us. I believe that my experience at the Folger will be a significant turning point in my education and my path towards my future career.
Our last two days at the Folger were packed with activity
and I will try to do justice to all of the amazing things we saw and people we
Lets dive right in…
On Thursday we took a break from our projects around 11am to
take a tour of the Folger’s photography and digital imaging lab. The photography and digital imaging lab
preforms a variety of responsibilities for the Folger. They create prints for
in house exhibitions and publications, create digital images of requested items
for researchers and create digital images of requested items for commercial and
publication purposes. Additionally they create digital images of their
collections for access purposes, the Folger has a large collection of digitized
materials available for viewing online from individual playbills and pieces of
art to entire books that you can page through digitally.
The lab has staff photographers as well as a contract
photographer who works about 20 hours a week depending on the project he is
given. On the day that we were touring
the lab Tom Wachs one of the lab photographers was working on digitizing an
1832 book of Shakespeare’s plays (shown below) the edition itself is not
particularly valuable. However, George Eliot owned this particular copy and it has
hand written annotations in it by Eliot and her partner George Henry Lewes, which
makes it very valuable. The device it is
being imaged on is called a Conservation Copy Stand.
William Davis another staff member was working on digitizing
an account book containing personal, household and estate related accounts. The
account book contains records for a large estate from 1520-1600. In the images
below you can see the account book on the Kaiser Copy Stand, with Betterlight 4
x 5 scan backs, as well as the image as it is rendered on William’s computer
screen once it has been scanned.
Account Book on scanner bed
Scanned image on computer
Now begins our tour of the vault. Photography is strictly
prohibited in the vault and were it not for the work of the photography and
digital imaging lab, the below image of the vault door would be the only visual
I could provide to illustrate the experience.
However, due to the Folgers efforts to digitize their collection I am
able to share with you links to images of all of the specific items that we
were able to see and touch in the vault.
We started out tour in The Folio Room, which is the room
where they keep all of their folio sized texts. We call the first book printed
with nearly all of Shakespeare’s plays in it The First Folio, but folio is
simply a term used to describe a book printed on sheets of paper folded in half
along the center to create four pages of text two on each side. Shakespeare’s first folio, printed in 1623,
is significant for many reasons, not the least of which is that without it we
would not have copies of about 20 of his 38 his plays because there are no
surviving individual quarto copies. It
is thought that around 750 copies of the first folio were printed, of those we
know of approximately 238 still in existence today. The Folger holds 83 copies
of the first folio, the largest single collection in the world.
This is the Hamnet link to information about the copy that
we got to see AND touch: http://shakespeare.folger.edu/cgi-bin/Pwebrecon.cgi?BBID=79194
And this is a link to images: http://luna.folger.edu/luna/servlet/view/search?sort=Call_Number%2CMPSORTORDER1%2CCD_Title%2CImprint&search=Search&q=Call_Number%3D+%22STC+22273+Fo.1+no.68%22&QuickSearchA=QuickSearchA&pgs=250&res=2
Before the tour Jim had asked if there were any items in
particular we would like to see. I had requested to see a copy of Ben Johnson’s
Folio, printed in 1616, thus setting the president which likely lead to
Shakespeare’s works being printed in folio. Up this this point folio texts were for bibles
and important historical texts, not mere plays.
I also asked if we could see a copy of the John Webster’s The Duchess of Malfi because it is one
of the plays that I wrote about in my M.A. thesis.
We got to look at a third quarto edition of Hamlet from 1611. A quarto is smaller
than a folio, quarto describes a book made from sheets of paper folded twice to
create 8 pages of text 4 to each side of the original sheet. Hamlet is
interesting because there are three fairly different version of the play, and
although the Folio version tends to carry the most authority there is a quarto
version, perhaps an earlier edition, and a “bad quarto” version which some
believe may have been a reconstruction done by memory by an actor who performed
Want to compare it with other pre-folio
editions of Hamlet? Check out the Shakespeare Quartos Archive online at http://quartos.org where
you can view full cover-to-cover digital reproductions and transcriptions of
thirty-two copies of the five earliest editions of the play Hamlet. You can
view quartos separately, or alongside any number of copies. You can search,
annotate, make public or private sets of annotations, create exhibits or
character cue line lists, and download and print text and images.
For the sake of space I’ll be a bit
briefer and just provide the list that Jim sent us after the tour of the rest
of the items we saw. Links are included if you want to further investigate. Also don't hesitate if you have any questions for me about individual items we saw or the experience in general.
Bible in English, 1573.
· We looked at STC 2108 (http://shakespeare.folger.edu/cgi-bin/Pwebrecon.cgi?BBID=170742).
· Images of this book binding, with gauffered edges and a vellum cover inlay
containing the arms of Queen Elizabeth: http://luna.folger.edu/luna/servlet/s/74k878
(note that you'll be prompted to log in; un/pw = bindings guest/bindings).
View of London, ca. 1625, hanging in the STC vault. Not yet cataloged in
Hamnet, but digitized.
· Here's a link to the digital images: http://luna.folger.edu/luna/servlet/s/1re3qd;
· Here's a link to a brief description of the engraving on our website: http://www.folger.edu/imgcolldtl.cfm?imageid=121.
For something completely different, here's a 3D modeling of this view, based on
a 1616 version of the engraving: http://www.digitalurban.org/2010/04/3d-art-extracting-geometry-from.html.
An incunable in a chained binding. We
saw INC T320: http://shakespeare.folger.edu/cgi-bin/Pwebrecon.cgi?BBID=89163.
And here's an image of the ca. 1495 front cover and chain: http://luna.folger.edu/luna/servlet/s/55w26v.
A hidden fore-edge painting. We saw the
painting on the text block of PR2752 1797a Sh.Col. vol.2 copy 1. Not yet
cataloged in Hamnet, but digitized.
· Here's a link to an image of the fore-edge (login required): http://luna.folger.edu/luna/servlet/s/3bf58n
· And here's an image of the front cover of vol.4 of that set: http://luna.folger.edu/luna/servlet/s/v7868l
· For more on fore-edge painting, check out this web history: http://library.marist.edu/archives/gill/index.html;
or take a look at a recent book on the topic: http://shakespeare.folger.edu/cgi-bin/Pwebrecon.cgi?BBID=245820
An early atlas depicting the Americas:
G159.B8 pt.5 1595 Cage folio. Not yet cataloged in Hamnet or digitized.
· LC has a copy and they've cataloged theirs: http://lccn.loc.gov/50047168.
· On the topic of atlases, we recently fully digitized a copy of our 1608 English
translation of important atlas by Ortelius: http://shakespeare.folger.edu/cgi-bin/Pwebrecon.cgi?BBID=169409.
Follow the hyperlink in that Hamnet record to see the digital surrogate.
bound volume of playbills, Bill Vol. G2 C85 1753-66. Not yet cataloged in
Hamnet or digitized. Here's an example of an EAD finding aid showing how we
have dealt with providing access to playbills in the past: http://findingaids.folger.edu/dfogarrickbill2002.xml.
The Blackfriar's deed, L.b.357. Not yet
cataloged in Hamnet, but digitized.
· Image: http://luna.folger.edu/luna/servlet/s/4jc151
About it: http://www.folger.edu/imgcolldtl.cfm?imageid=541
· And read about the City of London's corresponding copy of the deed here: https://www.cityoflondon.gov.uk/Corporation/LGNL_Services/Leisure_and_culture/Records_and_archives/Events/Shakespeare_property.htm.
An order dated 30 Jan 1617, releasing Sir
Walter Raleigh from the Tower, L.b.358. Not yet cataloged in Hamnet, but
· Images: http://luna.folger.edu/luna/servlet/s/e7w4e3
· About it: http://www.folger.edu/html/exhibitions/pens_excellencie/James%20I.asp
patent from Elizabeth to Dudley, Z.e.5: http://shakespeare.folger.edu/cgi-bin/Pwebrecon.cgi?BBID=221184.
Not yet digitized.
· Here's one we didn't see, but Jim included because he thought we'd be interested: a mss proclamation against
seditious books! http://shakespeare.folger.edu/cgi-bin/Pwebrecon.cgi?BBID=193539,
and follow the hyperlink to see it in all its censorious glory, signed by
Tomorrow will be my last day at the Folger for ASB, and it
has been a fantastic whirlwind. However, I haven’t yet provided a full update for
Wednesday and Thursday so I will try to do Wednesday here and follow up shortly
As I’ve mentioned before I am continuously impressed by and
grateful for how generous the staff of the Folger has been with their
time. On Wednesday we met with Georgiana
Ziegler Head of Reference, Deborah J. Leslie Head of Cataloging and with
Jim to discuss how the Folger handles digital preservation.
with Georgiana: For those reading this who may not be
familiar with librarianship reference is, to risk over simplifying it, the
person who tends to be behind the desk in a library. They do a lot of behind the scenes work too,
but they are essentially the first resource and main contact for individuals
using a library. Georgiana talked to us about her job, what had brought her to
her work both generally and specifically at the Folger. I’m not ultimately sure if reference work is
something that would interest me in the long run, but I do really love the
concept of being so involved in assisting other people with their
research. I’ve always loved helping
people find answers and in that way reference really appeals to me.
with Deborah: Deborah is in charge of cataloging at
the Folger which is the department I have been working in this week. Although I hadn’t fully realized when I
applied for my project that it was so cataloging heavy, I have been pleasantly
surprised by the experience. In fact I am seriously considering looking into
rare book and manuscript cataloging as a possible area to focus my career. I honestly didn’t know very much about
cataloging before this week, but in some ways I think it would allow me to work
more closely with materials than processing archives would. In archival work
you end up doing a lot of collection or box level descriptions, which means
that you aren’t actually looking at the individual items in a collection, but
rather at a broad overview of the collection.
As a cataloger you do item in hand cataloging and finding aid creation,
and as a rare book and manuscript cataloger you get to work closely with the
items in your collection. This is very
appealing to me and I am going to try to seek out more experience in this area
during my time at SI. Deborah and
several of the other catalogers are taking me out to lunch tomorrow so I am
looking forward to picking their brains about their jobs and also asking how I
might situate myself to get cataloging jobs, should I choose to do so.
Preservation: Digital preservation is difficult, it is still a developing concept and the technology is having trouble keeping up with all of the digitally produced information in the world. Here's an easy way to think about it, if you take a book and put it
in a clean cool environment that has low humidity and low light and leave it
there, it will easily last several hundred years without you having to do anything.
Technology does not work this way, hard drives fail, file formats become
obsolete and CDs and DVDs quickly deteriorate etc. etc. etc. Innovations are being made all the time, but
there is still no one set way, no surefire process. The other issue is that a
lot of the institutions that offer digital preservation do not make it easy to
understand, and if something isn’t easy to understand people will not fully
The Folger is actively
working to get digital copies of its collection housed on site and well as off
site, but it seems that right now their primary focus is digitization for
access. This makes sense in a lot of ways because most of their materials that the Folger is concerned with are
not born digital (files created on computers) they are rare books and
manuscripts. By digitizing these works
they accomplish two tasks, one they can reduce handling of items because people
can view them digitally and do not necessary need to see the physical copy. The less items are handled the less wear and tear they experience. The other main function that digitizing can facilitate is access. By putting texts into digital format
more people can access them around the world, people who might not be able to visit
them in person. I should note that
although digitization can mean that an item will get handled less, sometimes
digitizing it can actually lead to more requests to view an item because it gains
more visibility. In such cases the Folger asks that an individual view the digital item first and only view the physical item of their research requires it.
If you’re interested in taking a look
at some digitized books, you can check out the Folger’s online database at http://luna.folger.edu/luna/servlet
or Early English Books Online (EEBO, for short) http://eebo.chadwyck.com/home. Both
websites can be a lot of fun just to browse around.
The main offices in the Folger are situated around this central area. Most of the books you see behind me are reference books. The offices and work space are all really beautiful.
Shakespeare Collection Book Trade and Illustrator Added Entries
"Folger Shakespeare Library Cataloging Office staff are providing
detailed descriptive cataloging records for the post-1700 Shakespeare
Collection, a collection of editions of the Works of William Shakespeare
and of separate editions of the plays and poems (ca. 18,000 vol.
total). Interns will review LC/NACO name records and provide appropriate
artist, bookseller, illustrator, printer, printmaker, and publisher
added entries to MARC bibliographic records for these works using the
Voyager Cataloging system."
The above is the written description of my project as it is listed on the UM-SI ASB website, but it doesn't really give a clear idea of what exactly I am doing.
Within the Folger this project is refereed to as Shcol, short for Shakespeare Collection, and it is a project within the cataloging department. The simple explanation of why this project is important is that by properly cataloging this collection and creating search fields for the names of publishers, printmakers, illustrators and booksellers of the individual books in question the Folger can provide better access to their users. So the work I am doing will directly impact usability of the collection, as well as providing a full and complete record for each individual book.
Before my work begins, professional catalogers did book in hand cataloging adding just the basic information, but not doing the individual listings that allow for name searches. So what I am doing in going back through and doing to research to find the names and add them in, adding a trace, so that they can be searched.
So now I am going to walk you through the steps I take in completing one of these records. I should point out that I had zero experience with cataloging before this, and had never used Voyager before. I am somewhat familiar with Marc from working in Special Collections at UM, but this was all very new to me and I had to be taught the system when I arrived.
We use a cataloging system called Voyager, but the results of my work can be searched on Hamnet by users anywhere in the world. I will be using pictures to illustrate the steps, click on the pictures to enlarge them.
I begin by pulling up a record in Voyager using its bibliographic ID, or Bib ID, for a single book. You can see the Bib ID along the blue bar at the top of the image below. The numbers along the left hand side indicate very specific information fields about the individual book. For example 245 is Title, 500 is notes, 260 is publication date and other publication information such as location and publisher.
I am specifically looking at the 500 field, or notes field, for the names of people, places, and institutions. When a search is done for John Bell (a publisher) nothing will be returned if his name is just in the notes section. For each individual printmaker, illustrator etc. there must be a separate 700 or "personal name added entry." A 710 entry is for publishing houses, and the 785 entry is for location and there is a specific format that needs to be followed for each entry.
Now I cannot just go down to the 700 section and type in their names, a format needs to be followed and I need to make sure there is an that there is an authority record already in the system for the name I am looking for. Authority records are in the 100 field, which means that I have to do a search for the name that I am looking for. Essentially what this means is I am looking for a verified source in which a given name appears, I also need to make sure that the name matched the correct dates for the time the book I am working on was published and that the individual is listed as a printmaker if I am looking for a printmaker, because if I know from the notes section that an individual is a printmaker, but all I can find is a artist record, then it is not necessarily the same individual and not an appropriate authority record. If I am fairly certain based on the name and dates that it is the correct person I can make the needed changes in the document I am working on, but you have to be really careful. So below is what a search looks like.
In the above search I am looking for an individual whose name the 500 notes section gives as J. Thornthwaite. Getting a first initial is lucky and very helpful in narrowing down my search, often you only get a last name. I also know from the 500 section that he is listed as an "engraver" which we list in Voyager as a "printmaker." A printmaker or engraver is the person who carves a print created from an illustrates artwork, and the print is inked and pressed to create an image for a book. After entering the name I hit search and if his name is in the system I get search results. Sometimes you get tons of returns especially if you are searching a very common name. Thornthwaite, is not common so I only get a few results.
You will notice that there are no "authorized" records, but there are a lot of records with the correct last name and first initial that fall within the correct dates for him to have worked on the book in question, and he is listed as a "printmaker" all of this information agrees with what I know about him from the notes, so it is safe to assume this is the right person. So I click on the field that says it has 54 records, and I pick a record, preferably a Shakespeare record that he is listed as a printmaker for.
I can then go into that field and copy his information from either the 100 (authorization field) or 700 field, and put it into the document I am working on. Below is an example of the 700 section of a completed document. Sometimes there are only a couple of names you have to find, sometimes there are 15 or more.
Once I have filled in all of the missing information from the document I sign it with my initial and the date so that the most recent revision can be traced by who made it and the date it was made on. This is done in the 852 section.
Then I save my work and a screen pops up showing all of the additions I have made.
I click continue, it saves and I start all over again with the next Bib ID on my list.
I know it probably sounds tedious, but it really is an interesting process doing the research to track down the names. It is also very important because as stated above this information is necessary in order for people to be able to search for this material.
Want to test it out? Go to Hamnet http://shakespeare.folger.edu/cgi-bin/Pwebrecon.cgi?DB=local&PAGE=First
and do an author/creator search for Thornthwaite and see the results in action!
*I should note that I was given permission to take screen shots of my project.
Today was my second day at the Folger and I’m really
enjoying my time there. I had the
opportunity to actually start my project today and work on it on my own. With permission I took screen shots of the
different steps in the program I’m working with and I’m working on pulling
together a little step by step pictorial walk through of my project, so keep an
eye out for that.
In addition to continuing to work on our projects today our
group got to do an information interview with Erin Blake, Curator of Art and
Special Collections at the Folger. The main point of these meetings is to give
us an opportunity to speak to working professionals, ask questions, find out
what they do in their day to day work and how they came to be working in their
profession / at the Folger. Even though
she was busy working on an upcoming exhibit Erin gave us a full hour of her
time and answered a great many questions from us. She was very friendly and
open and I continue to be impressed with how much of their time the Folger staff
is sacrificing to talk to us. I know
that ideally institutions that take on interns should be prepared to devote
time to providing them with a well rounded and educational experience, but I
believe that the Folger staff is really going above and beyond to make us feel
welcome and help us get the most out of our experience.
Another point of interest in our day was a visiting
researcher we met at tea time. Yes, the Folger has a tea time every day at 3pm,
when all of the staff and individuals doing research in the reading room are
welcome to take a break and have tea and biscuits. It reminds me of Stratford
and also is great for giving me that little boost I need to make it till the
end of the work day, everyone should do 3pm tea time. But I digress, we met a woman named Clarinda
Calma, a scholar from Poland, who is doing her post doc research on Early
Modern books which were not published in England, due to censorship, but were
published in Poland. It was really interesting
getting to talk to her about her research and she asked us a lot of questions
about our program as well.
Here I’ve linked a few videos that I think people might find
interesting from the Folger’s youtube account: BookHistory at the Folger, Why is the First Folio so Important? And
Handling Rare Materials.
It is now 9:30pm and I am relaxing in my hotel room,
exhausted and sore of foot, but very pleased with my first full day in D.C. and
“on the job.” Mother nature has seen fit
to bless us with unseasonably warm weather so this morning at 8:15 the 6 of us
spending our ASB at the Folger gathered in the hotel lobby and ventured forth
on foot. It was a beautiful with the sun rising behind The Capital building and
the brisk morning air prickling our cheeks as we made our way to the Folger,
which is located behind the Capital next to the Library of Congress.
Jim Kuhn, our site mentor has been really fantastic,
spending almost the entire day getting us oriented and really making all of us
feel comfortable and welcome. We also
had the opportunity to tour the Library of Congress, and the Folger will
reciprocate by giving a tour at the end of the week to the SI students working
at the Library of Congress. The Library
of Congress is truly breathtaking, all marble and grandeur even the reading
room looks more like a cathedral than a library reading room. However, in spite of all the splendor I think
my favorite part of our visit may have been seeing their Gutenberg Bible. The Library of Congress’s Gutenberg is one of
the three extant complete copies printed on vellum. The Library of Congress
purchased it in 1930, from the Benedictine monastery of Saint
Blasius, for 1.5 million dollars. I also
found it really interesting that they had a monitor in the case it was kept in
tracking, the temperature and relative humidity in the case. Light, temperature
and humidity all contribute to the deterioration of books and manuscripts and
generally colder is better. The
temperature in the Gutenberg Bible’s case was 51.7° F. Generally the ideal temperature for most
special collections libraries (“ideal” meaning good for the books, but also
tolerable for the humans that work with them) is 68° F.
Library of Congress also has a copy of The Giant Bible of Mainz. Produced
somewhere around 1452-3, it is one of the last manuscript (done by hand) bibles
produced before the advent of the printing press.
our tour of the Library of Congress, and a lunch break, it was back to the
Folger Shakespeare Library for a tour of their facilities. The Folger’s reading room reminds me a lot of
The Shakespeare Institute and with the replica of the Shakespeare bust and
stained glass windows in Holy Trinity it had me feeling more than a little
nostalgic for my days back in Stratford.
They also have what looks like a really interesting exhibit going on now
through the end of May that I’m hoping I will get a chance to investigate more
closely. The exhibit is called Shakespeare’sSisters: Voices of English and European Women Writers, 1500-1700.
you think it was all tours and cakes we were eventually sent to our stations,
and began to get oriented to our various projects for the week. I am working in Cataloging with Deborah J.
Leslie. I cannot express how grateful I am already for not only her patience,
but also her willingness to take time out of her day to teach me how to work
their system. I will be primarily be
comparing records that they have on the post 1700 Shakespeare book collection to
current records on booksellers, printers, illustrators and engravers to create
trace records for the booksellers, publishers, illustrators and engravers
responsible for individual books. I am
not at all an experienced cataloger so I am looking forward to learning a new
skill and gaining experience in an area I might not otherwise have the opportunity
to get hands on experience with.
As a final note if anyone is interested what else the Folger has to offer The Collation, is a really interesting blog that I would highly recommend checking out.
The Folger Crew
Touring the Library of Congress
Mosaic of Minerva at Library of Congress. As the Goddess of wisdom and defensive war she is depicted all over the library defending wisdom.
Just another view of the Library of Congress.
I will try to get more picture of the Folger, but there are a lot of areas where cameras are not permitted.
Hello Internet People.
We have recently arrived at our "fabulous" hotel in DC and are getting settled in. The bus trip went very well and Bus Driver Tom got us here well ahead of out original ETA, he was pretty awesome.
Everything went smoothly, THANK GOD. My friend Jackie and I are the "city point people" for the trip, as our trip coordinator put it we're the "trip dictators," but we like to think of ourselves as benevolent overlords. In any case what we really are are the trip moms, in charge of checking people in, dealing with people's problems and making sure no one gets left behind. So far so good....
Happy Bus People
Bus Driver Tom
Here is a picture of Jackie and Myself keeping everyone in line on the bus.
"No monkey business!"
Spring Break WHOO-HOO!
I will be up bright and early tomorrow morning to catch the Magical Mystery ASB Bus to DC, but tonight I'm packing. I have of course heinously over-packed as I'm unsure what the weather will be like and what I will want once I'm there for work/evening outings.
I'm excited and nervous too. I'm looking forward to spending a week in DC working at the Folger and also getting to know my peers at SI better.
Bruce and Arya wanted to help with packing, or maybe they wanted to come to DC either way they're didn't exactly help speed up the process.
The Buffalo Wild Wings fundraiser was last night and it was a big success!
We had a great turn out and everyone had a lot of fun.
Jackie Loves BWW Fundraiser!
Kendra thinks this is the best Fundraiser ever!
My ASB project will be at the Folger Shakespeare Library and here's what the Folger has to say about itself:
"The Folger Shakespeare Library, located on Capitol Hill in
Washington, DC. Home to the world’s largest and finest collection of
Shakespeare materials and to major collections of other rare Renaissance
books, manuscripts, and works of art, the Folger serves a wide audience
of researchers, visitors, teachers, students, families, and theater-
The Folger is a world-renowned research center on Shakespeare and on
the early modern age in the West. Its conservation lab is a leading
innovator in the preservation of rare materials. Its well-known public
programs include plays, concerts, literary readings, family activities,
and exhibitions, as well as numerous K-12 and college programs for
students and teachers. Advanced scholars participate in a variety of
Folger Institute seminars and colloquia."
Want to know more? Check out the Folger Website!
It is something of a dream of mine to work at the Folger one day, or a similarly focused research library. I want to be able to utilize my degree from the Shakespeare Institute alongside my degree from UM-SI.