Resources for Scholars
The Folger Shakespeare Library, the Bodleian Library at the University of Oxford, and the Harry Ransom Center at the University of Texas, Austin, hold many rare books and manuscripts related directly or indirectly to the history of the King James Bible.
Manifold Greatness, jointly produced by the Folger Shakespeare Library and the Bodleian Library with assistance from the Harry Ransom Center, aims to share many of these rare materials with the public as widely as possible, through curated exhibitions at the three institutions, illustrated panel exhibitions at more than three dozen locations throughout the United States, a book from Bodleian Library Publishing, lectures and other public programs, a variety of social media sites, and this website.
Hands-on research access to rare materials is necessarily more limited. Scholars and other qualified researchers seeking the opportunity to work with these or other rare books and manuscripts should apply to the library in question.
The following finding aids were prepared by the Folger Shakespeare Library and the Harry Ransom Center at the University of Texas, Austin, to suggest some of the rare resources at those institutions which relate to the topics included in the Manifold Greatness project. As a reminder, the specific materials on view in the Manifold Greatness exhibitions will be unavailable to researchers during the period of preparation and display.
To explore the collections of each institution more broadly, consult the Folger Shakespeare Library Hamnet catalog, the catalog of the Bodleian Libraries at the University of Oxford, and the catalog for the Harry Ransom Center at the University of Texas.