[Annelida] Charles Darwin's writings going online!

Mary E. Petersen via annelida%40net.bio.net (by mepetersen from maine.edu)
Thu Oct 19 20:00:44 EST 2006

Dear Colleagues:

The complete work of Charles Darwin is being put online by the Cambridge
University Library; about 50% is now up with the rest expected to be there
by 2009. All are freely available for scholars. The quotation below is from
the homepage. As you can see, this is no small task:

"WELCOME to the largest collection of Darwin's writings ever assembled. For
a basic, non-academic, entryway click here
<http://darwin-online.org.uk/majorworks.html> . For a complete list click
contents <http://darwin-online.org.uk/contents.html> .

This site currently contains more than 50,000 searchable text pages and
40,000 images of both publications and handwritten manuscripts. There is
also the most comprehensive Darwin bibliography ever published and the
largest manuscript catalogue ever assembled. More than 150 ancillary texts
are also included, ranging from secondary reference works to contemporary
reviews, obituaries, published descriptions of Darwin's Beagle specimens and
important related works for understanding Darwin's context."

See: http://darwin-online.org.uk/  for more information.

The following excerpt (from 3 pages of references) is one of those that came
up when I searched on "earthworms":

"Book:    Darwin, Francis & Seward, A. C. eds. 1903. More letters of Charles
Darwin. A record of his work in a series of hitherto unpublished letters.
London: John Murray. Volume 2 F1548.2
ageseq=245&keywords=earthworms>  (page 245) 

he has been interested by it. VII. GEOLOGICAL ACTION OF EARTHWORMS, 1880-82.
[My whole soul is absorbed with worms just at present. (From a letter to Sir
W. Thistleton-Dyer, November 26th, 1880.)] Letter 547. TO T.H. FARRER (Lord
Farrer).3 [The five following letters, written shortly before and after the
publication of The Formation of Vegetable Mould through the Action of Worms,
1881, deal with questions connected with Mr. Darwin's work on the habits and
geological action of earthworms.] Down"

In addition to books, letters, notebooks and illustrations (I have not yet
located the latter), there are some audio clips and links to other websites
with related material, e.g., the American Museum of Natural History's "The
Darwin Digital Library of Evolution". [http://darwinlibrary.amnh.org].



Dr. Mary E. Petersen
Scholar in Residence, Polychaeta
Darling Marine Center, University of Maine
193 Clark's Cove Road
Walpole, ME 04573-3307, USA

E-mail: mepetersen from maine.edu
Tel. DMC: +1-207-563-3146 x 222
Fax DMC: +1-207-563-3119
www.dmc.maine.edu/ <http://www.dmc.maine.edu/MW2005.pdf> wormsinfo.html -
info for IPC-9


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