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Folger Shakespeare Library Tour
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ASTR/TLA 2019 Annual Conference, November 7-10

Field Trip to the Folger Shakespeare Library

The Folger Shakespeare library is home to the world’s largest Shakespeare collection. The vault houses a collection spanning print books, manuscripts, art, ephemera, and realia from the sixteenth century through to present day, highlights of which include: 82 copies of the First Folio, over 200 early Shakespearean quartos, 250,000 playbills, 2,000 prompt books, films, recordings, costumes, and theatrical memorabilia.

Participants in this field trip may travel to the Folger via public transportation or rideshare vehicle, and will have the opportunity to examine select materials from the vault. On hand will be a Folger archivist who will talk through the materials with the assembly and give an overview of the Folger’s collection and what might be of service to researchers in our field. We will also hear from a representative from the Folger Institute as well as Folger Digital divisions to better understand what the Folger will have on offer during its upcoming two-year closure (January 2020 – 2022).

Travel to the Folger

Participants will have two general options to get to the Folger. Both are at cost to the participant:

  1. Hire a rideshare (Lyft or Uber). It is approximately a 20-minute ride at a cost of about $20 to go from the Renaissance Arlington Capital View Hotel to the Folger Shakespeare library. DC traffic can be unpredictable, so make sure to leave plenty of time to arrive. It is highly recommended that participants elect to share a rideshare vehicle with other participants.
  2. Public transportation. It is possible, though involves quite a bit of walking, to get to the Folger from the conference hotel via public transit. It is about a 20-minute walk to the Crystal City metro station from the conference hotel. Take the blue line to Capitol South, then walk 10 minutes to the Folger Shakespeare library. All told, this trip would take approximately an hour and twenty minutes at a cost of under $5.

This trip is ADA compliant and accessible. Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis and limited to 30 participants. There will be 5 slots reserved for current graduate students, and 5 slots reserved for early career academics. Please specify if you fit into either of these groups. To register, please e-mail trip leader, Danielle Rosvally: Please also specify in this e-mail which transportation option you would prefer to use, and if you will require accessibility accommodations.

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