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The Darwin Manuscripts Project is an edition of all Charles Darwin's Scientific Manuscripts. The edition is organized thematically to reflect Darwin's scientific interests and his research practices. The following diagram shows our interpretation of the overarching organization of Darwin's work and of his archive. Themes not bolded are planned for the future.
There are many genres of scientific manuscript, each with its own textual patterns:
80,000 items in 13 libraries are catalogued.
Unique & comprehensive access to the manuscripts that deal with Darwin's most characteristic topics. Current topics include: Beagle, Botany, Humans, and Pigeons. Importance: manuscripts on a given topic in the physical archive are often found in widely dispersed clumps. Subject Catalogues integrate the digital archive so that all the pertinent manuscript holdings, as well the relevant annotated books in Charles Darwin's Library can be easily surveyed and accessed. Darwin collections of specimen are also included, where they are digitally available.
Quick access to Darwin's most important publications. Only editions that have a direct relation to the production of Darwin's manuscripts are included. Typically, these will be British first editions. The list is parsimonious, but the content is rich, and requires no wading through long lists of editions published in many languages.
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Edited Manuscripts: Defined - Find additional information about different types of manuscripts, including Full Text and Clarified Text, and other terms researchers will encounter in the Darwin Manuscripts Project, as well as the rationale behind these decisions.