Darwin Online: Resources on Charles Darwin

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  • Reference
      GB ah100 darwinonline
  • Dates of Creation
      1700 - ongoing (mainly 19th century)
  • Language of Material
  • Digital Content

Scope and Content

Darwin Online gives access to the writings of Charles Darwin as well as providing a scholarly website devoted to Darwin.

This website contains over 219,000 pages of searchable text and 226,000 electronic images, at least one exemplar of all known Darwin publications, both as searchable text and electronic images of the originals. The majority of these have been edited and annotated here for the first time with more than 4,900 original editorial notes. The pages of documents available only as PDFs have not been counted but they amount to tens of thousands of additional pages of works by Darwin and others.

This website also provides the largest collection of Darwin's private papers and manuscripts ever published: c. 20,000 items across c. 100,000 images, thanks primarily to the kind permission of Cambridge University Library.


This is a description of an online resource . Online Resources are websites that describe, interpret and provide access to archives. They often provide access to digital content but they may also describe physical materials. They usually cover a theme or topic, such as an individual, a movement, or an important historical event.

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Access this resource online: http://darwin-online.org.uk/