A major three year grant by the AHRC has been awarded to Professor James Secord (Department of History and Philosophy of Science, University of Cambridge) and Professor Janet Browne (Wellcome Trust Centre for the History of Medicine, University College London) to create a comprehensive scholarly collection of Charles Darwin’s published and unpublished writings, except for correspondence, on the world wide web. The project, designed and directed by Dr John van Wyhe (University of Cambridge), is based at The Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities (CRASSH) at the University of Cambridge.
The project aims to make available online every book, article and significant unpublished manuscript by Darwin, including associated contemporary book reviews and related sources. The letters are being published separately by the Darwin Correspondence Project. New editorial introductions and notes will accompany all the texts. Each page will be available as digital text and photo image form. All of the digitised texts will retain page or folio numbers and full formatting such as italics. An innovative feature will be a complete bibliography and catalogue of manuscripts.
The site will be of invaluable use to students and scholars in the fields of history, history of science, literature, philosophy, the natural sciences and lay readers throughout the world. It will have a powerful custom-made search engine providing integrated retrieval and display of material across the full range of Darwin’s published works and manuscripts—in short almost everything Darwin ever wrote.
For further information see: http://darwin-online.org.uk
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