Material Witness

A Folger Institute Fellowships program introduced in the 2016-2017 fellowships year. This program is designed to bring our fellows-in-residence into conversation with DC-and-Baltimore-area scholars. This “source talk” program allows us to consider the promises and challenges of working with a body of rare materials from the Folger collections. Organized by Asst. Director for Fellowships Amanda E. Herbert, and in collaboration with Curators Heather Wolfe and Caroline Duroselle-Melish, Folger Fellows are invited to curate a group of six to ten rare books, manuscripts, works of art, or historical objects for an hour of open discussion and study of these materials in situ, followed Folger tea.

To find out more about each session, including a list of the materials displayed, please feel free to explore the links below.

Past sessions of Material Witness

2016-2017 Material Witness sessions

2017-2018 Material Witness sessions