Jack Johns Darwin Collection

Scope and Content

This collection consists of around 600 volumes by, about or relating to Charles Darwin.

There are multiple editions of all of Darwin's major works, and the many of the items which appear in The works of Charles Darwin: an annotated bibliographical handlistby R. B. Freeman. Additionally, Mr Johns acquired works by Erasmus Darwin, Charles' paternal grandfather, and about the Wedgwood family. Items relating to other scientists include various works by Joseph Dalton Hooker and Thomas Huxley, Charles Lyell on elements of geology, and two nineteenth century books of the natural theologian William Paley. In addition, Mr Johns collected a small number of works relating to Alfred Russel Wallace.

Details of Mr. Johns' acquisition of his collection and various newspaper cuttings relating to Darwin are catalogued separately.

Access Information

Contact specialcollections@kent.ac.uk to make an appointment for viewing. You will need to give a list of items you would like to see. Please be aware that we need at least half a day's notice of a visit.

Acquisition Information

Mr. Johns donated his collection to the University of Kent in 2008.


For more information about Jack Johns and his Darwin Collection, go to the Special Collections website.

Other Finding Aids

Item level catalogue of papers and cuttings available on the Special Collections website

Item level catalogue of bound items available on the University of Kent and Cathedral Library catalogue

Conditions Governing Use

Photocopies permitted in accordance with copyright law and at the discretion of the Specialist Collections and Academic Archives team.

Appraisal Information



No further accruals expected