Darwin’s Books: a project to document the books which influenced Charles Darwin and were on his bookshelf at Down House.

Case study number: 0001
Case study provider: Graham Higley, Natural History Museum, London. g.higley@nhm.ac.uk
Case study title: Darwin’s Books: a project to document the books which influenced Charles Darwin and were on his bookshelf at Down House.
Actor(s): University of Cambridge, Natural History Museum, London, American Museum of Natural History New York, National Trust (Down House)
Location(s): Cambridge, London, Downe, New York, Camarthen Wales
Objective: To identify and digitise the books which influenced Charles Darwin (work done by BHL-Europe), and to add annotations from Darwin’s personal copies and references in his writings. This will aid historians in Cambridge, New York and other scholars to document the development of Darwin’s thought and his deepening understanding of the implications of the Origin of Species.
Actions: The project team - funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities and Art and Humanity Research Council - are creating a resource that can be used by scholars in the history of science, psychology and sociology fields to understand and track the thought processes of a great scientist in the development and formation of a theory. A number of scholarly publications are expected as a result of this work.