Henry Clay Folger was an American oil tycoon and collector of Shakespeareana. In 1930, near the end of his life, he laid the cornerstone of the Folger Shakespeare Library. Located on Capitol Hill, the Library housed Folger’s collection of first folio editions, which was the largest in the world, along with various manuscripts and books from Shakespeare’s lifetime. Endowed with Folger’s fortune, the mission of the Library was to enlarge Folger’s collection and foster the tycoon’s love for all things Shakespearian.
Until it became an instrument of Social Justice.
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