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Redesigned website makes collection of Shakespearean material more accessible

E.H. Sothern and Julia Marlowe in “Hamlet,” c. 1912. Photograph by Hall, New York, card published by the Rotograph Company, New York. Courtesy Harry Rusche collection.

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 debuted April 22.

The launch includes a companion exhibit, “All the World’s a Stage! Shakespeare Postcards in the Digital Age,” on view from through June 19 near the ECDS entrance on Level 3 of the Robert W. Woodruff Library. Justin Shaw, an English doctoral student and the website redesign project lead, curated the exhibit.

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 through 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.

For more information on Shakespeare events in the coming months, check the Shakespeare at Emory website.

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