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Folger Shakespeare Library (Washington, DC 20003-1004)
Stephen C. Enniss (Project Director: July 2011 to February 2014)
Daniel De Simone (Project Director: February 2014 to present)
Daniel De Simone (Project Director: February 2014 to present)

Cataloging, Digitizing, and Creating Access to 17th-Century British Book Illustrations

The digitization of 10,000 engraved and woodcut illustrations from British and English-language books published in other parts of the world between 1604 and 1700.

British Book Illustration: Extending Access to 17th-Century Visual Culture (BBI) will afford humanities researchers access to the largely hidden collection of narratively- and iconographically-rich woodcut and engraved illustrations held in the Folger Shakespeare Library's early printed books. This project will digitize and index 10,000 English book illustrations in two phases: First, BBI will cover illustrations for the years 1604-1640, starting after the Tudor period where current reference guides end. Second, BBI will enable access to a large portion of the world's extant major 17th-century illustrated works with 3,300 illustrations from the Folger collection of 1641-1700 English imprints. The illustrations will be available publicly through the Folger's Luna Insight image database and indexed by subjects, names of depicted individuals and places, and names of producers.

Project fields:
British History

Humanities Collections and Reference Resources

Preservation and Access

Total amounts:
$280,000 (approved)
$272,889 (awarded)

Grant period:
5/1/2012 – 10/31/2018