Notes and comments scribbled by Charles Darwin on the pages and margins of his own personal library have been made available online for the first time.
Darwin’s personal scientific library, the majority of which is held at Cambridge University Library, has been digitised in a collaborative effort involving Cambridge, the Darwin Manuscripts Project at the American Museum of Natural History, the Natural History Museum, and the Biodiversity Heritage Library.
The project was jointly sponsored by JISC and National Endowment for the Humanities through a transatlantic digitization collaboration grant.
In total, Darwin’s library amounted to 1480 books, of which 730 contain abundant research notes in their margins. These annotated books are now in the process of being digitized. The first phase of this project has just been completed, with 330 of the most heavily annotated books launched online at the Biodiversity Heritage Library for all to read.
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