To Catch a Thief: How the Librarians and Archivists at the Folger Shakespeare Library Masterminded the Recovery of the Durham First Folio (I1)

Date + Time: Tuesday, July 16, 2019: 11:15 am – 12:15 pm
Speakers: Steven Galbraith, Rochester Institute of Technology; Renate Mesmer, Folger Shakespeare Library

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There is no playbook for many events that take place in libraries. On June 16, 2008, a man walked into the Folger Library and asked for assistance valuing an “old book.” A member of the Folger team will describe how the library staff rallied to foil the con man trying to sell one of Shakespeare’s First Folios. The session will cover how the team developed a strategy to gain the confidence of the man, forensic techniques used to identify the document, and how the team identified experts to validate the findings. The speaker will also share the experience of cooperating with the FBI, Interpol, and foreign prosecutors in order to bring the unlikely episode to a close and restore the folio to its home in the Durham University Library.

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