Nora Darwin, Lady Barlow: Correspondence and Papers

Scope and Content

[1] Family correspondence; correspondence with Gwen Raverat (ne Darwin), 1903-50; and general correspondence, alphabetically arranged.

[2] Early genetics research: notebooks, sketches and publications; unpublished notes, essays, lectures, and sketches; and publications notes, drafts, and proofs, 1920-70.

[3] Relations with the Bateson family.

[4] Photographs of Nora Barlow, homes and family; Farrers and Erskines, 1840s-; Darwins and Batesons, 1880s-; and miscellaneous, cousins, and friends.

[5] Publications: journal articles and cuttings, and books annotated with Nora Barlow's notes (mostly on Darwin and related subjects).

[6] Diaries; sketch books and travel notes; and acquisitions of Darwin material by Cambridge University Library.

Administrative / Biographical History

Emma Nora Darwin (1885-1989), daughter of Sir Horace Darwin and granddaughter of Charles Darwin. She studied botany and genetics at Cambridge under F. F. Blackman and W. Bateson, 1904-10, and married Sir James Alan Barlow (1881-1968) in 1911. She wrote and edited books on Charles Darwin.

Access Information

Open for consultation by holders of a Reader's Ticket valid for the Manuscripts Reading Room.

Acquisition Information

Deposited on permanent loan, 1989.


Description compiled by Robert Steiner, Department of Manuscripts and University Archives.

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