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About Darwin Manuscripts Project

Project History

The Darwin Manuscripts Project was founded in 2003 at Drew University to create Charles Darwin's Scientific Manuscripts, an online historical and textual edition of the large body of manuscripts that document Charles Darwin's life's work as a scientist. Since 2006 DMP has been hosted at the American Museum of Natural History. In 2009 a collaboration was begun with Cambridge University Library for DMP to enhance and help maintain the CUL Darwin Manuscripts Catalogue and in 2010 another collaboration was established with CUL, Natural History Museum (London) and the Biodiversity Heritage Library to digitise & publish Charles Darwin's Library as a BHL collection. The DMP edition is the heir to the treatment of Darwin manuscripts developed in 1980 by the Committee for the Publication of Charles Darwin's Notebooks. 


David Kohn
Director & General Editor
Professor Emeritus, Drew University
Life Member Clare Hall, Cambridge University
Senior Research Fellow, Charles Darwin Trust

Cambridge Staff
Nick Gill
Darwin Manuscripts Project

US & UK Staff
Niles Eldredge
Senior Scientist
Curator Emeritus, Division of Paleontology
American Museum of Natural History

Beverly Gordon
Associate Editor

Donald Jones
Associate Editor

Adam Goldstein 
Former Associate Editor


Sandra Herbert
Contributing Editor
Professor, University of Maryland (Baltimore County)

Randal Keynes
Editor & Senior Advisor
Charles Darwin Trust

Gene Kritsky
Contributing Editor
Professor, College of Mount St. Joseph

Duncan Porter
Contributing Editor
Professor, Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University

Joel Schwartz
Contributing Editor
Professor Emeritus, College of Staten Island

Mick Wycoff


DMP is managed by the American Museum of Natural History, under the supervision of the Director of the Library and the Provost of Science. Administrative support is provided through the Library and web support through the Digital Technology Department.

Advisory Board

Thomas Baione - American Museum of Natural History
Gillian Beer - Cambridge University
Sandra Herbert - University of Maryland, Baltimore County
Randal Keynes - Charles Darwin Trust
Judith Berman Kohn - Clare Hall, Cambridge University
Gerald Singer - American Museum of Natural History
Richard Ziemacki - Cambridge University Press

Web Development & Design

Michael Lee (DMP v. 1-3)
MugoWeb (DMP v. 4)



Marilyn and Michael Dee, Mark Sheridan, William Huxley Darwin, Syndics of Cambridge University Library: The Librarian Anne Jarvis, Special Collections (Jill Whitlock, Patrick Zutshi, Adam Perkins), Cambridge Digital Library: Grant Young, Huw Jones, Maciej Pawlikowski, Imaging Department (Don Manning, Virginia Apuzzo, Les Goodie), Syndics of Cambridge University Press (Dr. Richard Ziemacki), New York Botanical Garden Library (Susan Fraser), Natural History Museum Library, London (Judith Magee), Royal Botanic Gardens Kew Library (Michele Losee), Linnean Society Library (Gina Douglas), Paul Sundue, Correspondence of Charles Darwin (James Secord, Alison Pearn), Cambridge University Herbarium (Gina Murrell), Biodiversity Heritage Library (Chris Freeland, Mike Lichtenberg), American Museum of Natural History (All AMNH/DMP Volunteers, Tom Baione, Rachel Booth, Kristina Britt, Ann Canty, Ryan Choi, Betina Cochran, John Cochran, Robert Duffy, Catherine Devine, Ariana French, Darrel Frost, Barbara Green, Valerie McQueen, Elan Nissenboim, Michael Novacek, Mai Qaraman, Gerald Singer, Louise Steward, Matthew Tarr, Samuel Tran, Michael Walker, David Yeo), Irene Palmer, Judith Berman Kohn.


William Huxley Darwin, permission to publish all extant Charles Darwin manuscripts. Permission &/or license to publish digitised Charles Darwin manuscripts, published works, or databases as specified on the item: American Philosophical Society, English Heritage, Eton College, Cambridge University Library, Cambridge University Press, Harvard University, Karpeles Museum, Lehigh University, Natural History Museum, Smithsonian Institution, University College London.

The AMNH Darwin Manuscripts Project is based in the Research Library of the American Museum of Natural History,
Central Park West at 79th Street, New York NY 10025.

Contact DMP at darwin@amnh.org.