Darwin Online

Published on
July 13, 2008

The University of Cambridge, owner of Darwin's private archive, recently published most of the archive's documents, including all editions of The Origin of the Species, on the website Darwin Online.

Introduction page of the website:
"The Complete Work of Charles Darwin Online began in 2002 to assemble in one scholarly website all of Darwin's published writings and unpublished papers. It does not cover his unpublished letters which were already the focus of the Darwin Correspondence Project.
Darwin Online is by far the largest Darwin publication in history. It contains over 43,000 pages of searchable text and 150,000 electronic images. This site contains at least one exemplar of all known Darwin publications, reproduced to the highest scholarly standards, both as searchable text and electronic images of the originals. The works reproduced here were lent by helpful institutions and individuals. The site also provides the largest collection of Darwin's private papers ever published in c. 20,000 items in c. 90,000 images, thanks to the kind permission of Cambridge University Library.”

Wageningen UR Library has offered to scan the available missing editions for this project, mostly Dutch translations. 2009 will be the Darwin Year to commemorate the 200th anniversary of Darwin’s birth and the first publication of his Origin of species in 1859. We will participate in the celebration with an exhibition in the Special Collections reading room at the Forum Library next year.

    (newsletter 3-2008)