Skip to main content
It looks like you're using Internet Explorer 11 or older. This website works best with modern browsers such as the latest versions of Chrome, Firefox, Safari, and Edge. If you continue with this browser, you may see unexpected results.
About the Exhibit
Through a competitive application process involving collaboration among the Wayne State University Library System, the Detroit Institute of Arts, and the Detroit Public Library, Detroit was chosen as the Michigan site for this event. The Detroit Institute of Arts will host the First Folio in its Era of Revolution Gallery (3rd floor); the exhibition panels will be on display at the Adamany Undergraduate Library on the Wayne State campus; and the Detroit Public Library will host public events and displays of their related special collections, which include a Shakespeare Second Folio and Fourth Folio.
From March 1 - April 3, 2016, in the atrium of the Adamany Undergraduate Library, the Wayne State University Library System will host the 12 exhibition panels (shown below) that accompany the Folger Shakespeare Library's "First Folio! the book that gave us SHAKESPEARE" exhibit. This traveling display, commemorating the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare's death, is presented in association with the American Library Association and the Cincinnati Museum Center.
Numerous celebrations are planned to accompany this event, as illustrated in this flyer (available for download below). For a complete listing see go.wayne.edu/shakespeare.
First Folio! the book that gave us SHAKESPEARE
The Folger Library's site for the First Folio traveling exhibit. Information about the exhibit, the Folio, and the tour sites.
Digitized First Folio (1623)
Experience the digitized First Folio from the Folger Library (number 68 out of 82). Eighteen are on tour with the exhibit.
Online exhibition about Shakespeare and his times. Sponsored by the Folger Library, the Bodleian, British Library, Shakespeare Birthplace Trust, and the National Archives.
Folger Shakespeare Library
The world's largest library of Shakespeare texts and resources, home to 82 First Folios, books, manuscripts, digitized texts, and more.
Cincinnati Museum Center
Located in Union Terminal, a historic train station, the Cincinnati Museum Center is comprised of several museums: the Cincinnati History Museum, the Cincinnati History Library and Archives, the Duke Energy Children's Museum, the Museum of Natural History & Science and the Robert D. Lindner Family OMNIMAX® Theater.
American Library Association
With headquarters in Chicago, the ALA is the largest professional organization for librarians and a frequent sponsor of traveling exhibits.
Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA)
Shakespeare's First Folio on view at the DIA, Era of Revolution Gallery (3rd Floor), March 8 - April 3
Wayne State University Library System
Exhibition panels and rotating special collections display from the Wayne State University Library System in the atrium of the David Adamany Undergraduate Library (1st floor)
Detroit Public Library
Shakespeare exhibit on display in the Burton Historical Collection, featuring rare editions [the Second Folio (1632), the Fourth Folio (1685) and Shakespeariana from the 18th and 19th centuries]
Prequel: Shakespeare & the Four Humors
In October, 2015, the Shiffman Medical Library on the Wayne State University campus hosted a traveling display, "And there's the Humor of it: Shakespeare and the four humors," about Shakespeare's use of medicine and medical concepts in his plays. Details about that exhibit, along with a group of rich resources can be found in the research guide linked below.