Fall 2011 inaugurated UNCG's membership in the prestigious Folger Institute of the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, DC. The Folger is one of the world's great research libraries, founded in 1932 on its renowned collection of rare books and manuscripts related to Shakespeare's life and work, including 82 copies of the original 1623 First Folio and 229 quarto editions of his plays. Located on Capitol Hill, the Folger provides access not only to its own marvelous collection, but proximity to the unparalleled resources of the Library of Congress, literally next door. The Folger Institute's resources and programs, while centered on Shakespeare and his world, extend far beyond them, and would be of great interest to graduates students considering specialties from Medieval through the 18th Century, in Britain, Western Europe, and the Americas. Consortium membership benefits for UNCG MA students and faculty include preferred application status for all Folger Institute programs—especially the yearly MA-Level Mastering Research Methods Seminar; waiver of all registration fees for these programs; and eligibility for travel and housing grants-in-aid to attend these programs. Please see the accompanying links for further details and application instructions.