Darwin Correspondence Project

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The Darwin Correspondence Project locate and research letters written by and to the evolutionary scientist, Charles Darwin (1809–1882), and publish complete transcripts together with contextual notes and articles.

Darwin's letters are an essential resource for understanding the development of his own ideas, and are an important source for the lives and work of more than 2000 correspondents and others mentioned in the letters.


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A 30-volume print edition of The Correspondence of Charles Darwin (Cambridge University Press), will be completed in 2022, and will contain more than 15000 letters, around 9000 of which are in Cambridge University Library's Darwin Archive.