The University of Connecticut recently joined the Folger Institute Consortium, which offers a number of benefits to faculty, staff, and graduate students. Despite its name, the library’s collections contain a wealth of non-Shakespearean materials, including, books, manuscripts, playbills, prints, drawings, photographs, musical instruments, costumes, and films. The collection includes materials dating back to 1450 through the present.
As part of the consortium, UConn affiliates can apply for short or long-term research fellowships (current deadline is November 1, 2014) to make use of the collections and materials housed at the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, D.C. Another offering through this program, is the scholarly colloquia, which take place at the Folger Library throughout the year, but require that you apply in advance. Applicants for the colloquia may also apply for scholarships to help cover travel and lodging.
In addition, the Folger Library has a freely accessible digital collection, which provides access to thousands of images from the collection’s books, art and theater materials, and manuscripts. The digital collection offers a rich selection of costume materials, playbills, promptbooks, and other theatre-focused content. Access to this collection does not require consortial membership.
For additional information, visit the Folger Shakespeare Library page on the Humanities Institute site or contact Brendan Kane (UConn Folger faculty representative).