Heather Wolfe

This page reflects a scholar's association with the Folger Institute. Heather is Associate Librarian and Curator of Manuscripts. Her contributions to life at the Folger are particularly numerous and this list should be viewed as incomplete at this moment.


Heather's publications

Folger Scholarly Programs

Co-director, with Amanda E. Herbert and David Goldstein, Before Farm to Table: Early Modern Foodways and Cultures (2017-2021)

Faculty, EMDA 2017 (NEH Seminar, 2017)

Faculty, Early Modern Digital Agendas: Advanced Topics (NEH Seminar, 2015)

Director, Advanced Early Modern English Paleography (Workshop, 2014–2015; 2015-2016)

Director, English Paleography (Mellon Summer Institute in Vernacular Paleography, 2019; 2018; 2013–2014; 2009–2010; 2006–2007)

Faculty, Early Modern Digital Agendas 2013 (NEH Seminar, 2013, 2015)

Director, Teaching Paleography (Workshop, 2019-2020; 2009–2010 co-director, 2022-2023)

Additionally, Heather has led a number of introductory skills courses in paleography:

Introduction to Early Modern English Paleography (2022-2023; 2021-2022; 2020-2021; 2018–2019; 2017–2018; 2016-2017; 2015-2016; 2014-2015; 2012-2013; 2011–2012; 2010–2011); Early Modern English Paleography (2007–2008); Paleography Refresher Course (2006–2007); and Renaissance Paleography in England (2005–2006).

Folger Projects

Primary Investigator, Early Modern Manuscripts Online

Curator, Shakespeare Documented

Convenor, Practical Paleography and other paleographical and transcription adventures, including Transcribathons, Recipe books at the Folger Shakespeare Library (with Elisa Tersigni), List of online resources for early modern English paleography, From the Page transcription platform (with Emily Wahl), Dromio transcription platform (with Mike Poston), Luna: Folger manuscript transcriptions collection (with Emily Wahl), The John Ward Editing Project (with Sara Butterfass Schliep, Robert Tallaksen, Emily Wahl, Abbie Weinberg, Nicole Winard, and others)

Co-Developer (with Julie Fisher and Sara Powell), The Ghost of Blithfield Hall: a virtual paleographical escape room

Folger Exhibitions

Co-curator (with Michael Witmore), A Monument to Shakespeare: The Architecture of the Folger Shakespeare Library (April 13, 2019 to January 5, 2020)

Co-curator (with Amanda Herbert), First Chefs: Fame and Foodways from Britain to the Americas (January 19 to March 31, 2019)

Co-curator (with Caroline Duroselle-Melish and Maribeth Cote), First Folio! Shakespeare's American Tour (November 19, 2016 to January 22, 2017)

Curator, Shakespeare, Life of an Icon (January 20 to March 27, 2016)

Co-curator (with Nigel Ramsay), Symbols of Honor: Heraldry and Family History in Shakespeare's England (July 1 to October 26, 2014)

Co-curator (with 13 others), The Curatorial Eye: Discoveries from the Folger Vault (June 13, 2009 to August 29, 2009)

Co-curator (with Peter Stallybrass and Michael Mendle) Technologies of Writing in the Age of Print (September 28, 2006 to February 17, 2007)

Co-curator (with Alan Stewart), Letterwriting in Renaissance England (November 18, 2004 to April 2, 2005) (with exhibition catalogue)

Co-curator (with Erin Blake and Rachel Doggett), Word & Image: The Trevelyon Miscellany of 1608 (January 23, 2004 to May 22, 2004) (with later facsimile edition, 2007, ed. Heather Wolfe)

Co-curator (with Erin Blake and Rachel Doggett), Fakes, Forgeries & Facsimiles (August 20, 2003 to January 3, 2004)

Curator, The Pen's Excellencie (February 6, 2002 to June 8, 2002) (with exhibition catalogue)


Heather's contributions to The Collation are numerous and can be found here.