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.