Edit-a-thons are in-person editing events where folks new to Folgerpedia can get direct help with the MediaWiki platform and some dedicated time to create Folgerpedia pages. The first Edit-a-thons in Folgerpedia's history will be held 3:30 to 4:30, April 7th and 21st, 2015, in the Boardroom. No experience is necessary, although you'll need to bring a laptop with you. We'll have staff on-site to register anyone who has not already created a Folgerpedia account. If you would like to preregister, please go to Getting started.
Topics and Citation
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Topical and subject-specific articles can tackle a variety of early modern literature or historical subjects related to the Folger's holdings (such as on Polonius, Queen Elizabeth's privy council, Coteries, or Sonnet sequences). Collections-related articles might give the history and context for an item in our collection, a history of a former collector, or a bibliography of items we hold on a given subject. We'd also love to have articles that give tips for researching a subject (including people, places, topics, genres, or kinds of books) at the Folger. The only guideline we'd like you to observe is to somehow relate the article to the Folger.
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- Template for collection item articles
- Template for finding aid articles
- Template for former owners of Folger materials articles
- Template for researching articles
- Template for teaching articles
Known Stubs in Want of Editing
It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single article in possession of a good title must be in want of content. Not sure where to start? See if you can help us fill out one of these pages!
Augustin Daly: a finding aids article
Polonius: Character page
Ophelia: Character page
Mistress Quickly: Character page
Don Pedro: Character page
John Philip Kemble: Actor, Former owner of Folger items, particularly needs expansion related to acting
Mary P. Massey: Former owner of Folger items, blank
Henry Neill Paul: Former owner of Folger items, blank
Henry Huth: Former owner of Folger items, adding details
J.O. Halliwell-Phillipps: Former owner of Folger items, adding details
Thomas Jefferson McKee: Former owner of Folger items
Joseph Quincy Adams: Former owner of Folger items
William Thomas Smedley: Former owner of Folger items, blank
- For more inspiration on former owners, see the Image Database mediaGroup on Bookplates and Provenance marks
Shakespeare's plays, more generally
Julius Caesar: the Play
Twelfth Night: the Play
Henry VIII: the Play
Romeo and Juliet: the Play
Henry V: the Play
Richard III: the Play
Much Ado About Nothing: the Play
Note: these are examples of pages that need editing, and by all means not the only ones! Use the search box on the upper right to explore further.
Promptbooks : a general "collection item" article, focusing on a genre
Lady Anne Kerr manuscript receipt book circa 1674 : a specific "collection item" article, focused on a single item
John Lydgate : a bibliography / aka a "finding aid article"
Teaching critical digital literacy : a pedagogy article / aka a "teaching article"
Researching promptbooks at the Folger : a research guide/ aka a "researching article"