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Georgianna Ziegler

Georgianna Ziegler

Georgianna Ziegler is the Louis B. Thalheimer Head of Reference at Folger Shakespeare Library. After teaching English at Davidson and Wofford Colleges, she retooled as a librarian. In 1981, she became the curator of the Furness Library at the University of Pennsylvania, one of the leading American collections of Shakespeare materials. She has been on the Folger staff since 1992.

In addition to answering reference queries that come in from around the world, Ziegler handles tours of the library and does presentations on early books and printing and on online resources. She has curated several exhibitions at the Folger, including Shakespeare's Unruly Women (1997), Elizabeth I, Then and Now (2003), “Golden Lads and Lasses”: Shakespeare for Children (2006), and, in 2007, Marketing Shakespeare: The Boydell Gallery (1789–1805) and Beyond.

Her publications include major Folger exhibition catalogs as well as articles on early modern women such as calligrapher Esther Inglis and Elizabeth of Bohemia; on Lewis Carroll, Queen Victoria, and Shakespeare in the nineteenth century; and on the Boydell Shakespeare Gallery.

She is an active member of the Renaissance Society of America and the Modern Language Association, and was president of the Shakespeare Association of America in 2006. In her "spare time” she is working on a book dealing with women and Shakespeare from 1790 to 1890.

Ziegler holds a B.A. and a Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania.