Thursday, October 19, 2006

The Complete Works of Charles Darwin Online

The Complete Works of Charles Darwin Online. I was very pleased to discover this new website which apparently was just launched on 9 October 2006. It currently contains more than 50,000 searchable text pages and 40,000 images of both publications and handwritten manuscripts. There is also a Darwin bibliography and a large manuscript catalogue.

Some of the included works -

Journal of Researches - This is from the 1839 voyage on the Beagle.

The Zoology of the Voyage of H.M.S. Beagle - This is from 1838-43.

Origin of Species - The 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th editions of this classic work.

This site notes, "There is much still to come. The site currently contains about 50% of the materials that will be provided by 2009. New material is added almost daily. Forthcoming materials include more editions and translations, images of the majority of the Darwin Archive at Cambridge University Library, more editorial introductions and notes and transcriptions of Darwin manuscripts, and technical facilities for printing and larger images. "

This is a nicely done and valuable history resource which gives access to a wealth of primary source material. My thanks to the site creators for this effort. I hope it inspires similar projects with other primary sources which may be out there waiting to find life online.

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