Redesigned website makes collection of Shakespearean material more accessible

Published 03-28-2016

E.H. Sothern and Julia Marlowe in "Hamlet," c. 1912. Photograph by Hall, New York, card published by the Rotograph Company, New York.

A newly redesigned website by Emory’s Center for Digital Scholarship (ECDS) will make a massive collection of Shakespearean material more accessible to researchers and the public.

The website, “Shakespeare and the Players,” features Emory English professor Harry Rusche’s collection of more than 1,000 postcards related to Shakespearean theater from the late 19th and early 20th centuries. The improved website will go live on April 22 at scholarblogs.emory.edu/shakespeare. The existing site will stay online until then at shakespeare.emory.edu/players_index.cfm.

The launch includes a companion exhibit, “All the World’s an eStage: Shakespeare Postcards in the Digital Age,” on view by the ECDS entrance on Level 3 of the Robert W. Woodruff Library at Emory University. Justin Shaw, an English doctoral student and the website redesign project lead, curated the exhibit. An opening reception will be held in ECDS on Monday, April 25 at 4:30 p.m.

Matheson Lang and Nora Kerin in "Romeo and Juliet," 1908. Photograph by Daily Mirror Studios, card published by Rotary Photo Company, London.

The website and exhibit are part of Shakespeare at Emory, a campus-wide celebration of “First Folio: The Book that Gave Us Shakespeare.” From Nov. 5 – Dec. 11, the Michael C. Carlos Museum will host the Folger Shakespeare Library’s national traveling exhibition of Shakespeare’s First Folio, one of the world’s most treasured books.

The Woodruff Library at Emory University is located at 540 Asbury Circle in Atlanta, 30322. Parking is available in the Fishburne deck. For more information on the university’s Shakespeare at Emory news and events in the coming months, check the Shakespeare at Emory website.

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