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Shakespeare Resources

A guide to literary resources on Shakespeare's major tragedies, histories, problem comedies and romances.



The largest collection of images, descriptions and transcriptions of primary-source materials documenting the life of Shakespeare.
The Horace Howard Furness Memorial Library is dedicated to the study of Shakespeare and his contemporaries and, more generally, to the English Renaissance and the history of Shakespearean theatrical presentations. The Furness Library contains books, manuscripts, images, and artifacts. The  Furness Image Collection comprises more than 2,000 prints and photographs. The majority date from the nineteenth century, but the Collection also holds earlier and later images. These images illustrate and interpret Shakespeare's plays and also document theatrical performers and performances of works by Shakespeare and other dramatists.

 Folger Library Digital Collection

The Digital Collection offers online access to over 100,000 images from the Folger Shakespeare Library including books, theater memorabilia, manuscripts, and art. Users can show multiple images side-by-side, zoom in and out, view cataloging information when available, export high-resolution images up to 1536 pixels, and construct persistent URLs linking back to items or searches.


Shakespeare Search: Collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art

The Metropolitan Museum of Art has made available 200,000 public-domain artworks in its collection that the Museum had already digitally catalogued. This represents an incredible body of work by curators, conservators, photographers, librarians, cataloguers, interns, and technologists over the past 147 years of the institution's history. This is work that is ongoing.

Images of Shakespeare's Time