• Digitizing Darwin's Library

    Project Director(s):
    David Kohn
    Author(s):
    David Kohn
    Date:
    2011
    Group(s):
    Data Rescue
    Subject(s):
    History and philosophy of science and technology, History and philosophy of medicine
    Item Type:
    White paper
    Institution:
    American Museum of Natural History
    Tag(s):
    NEH White papers, JISC/NEH Transatlantic Digitization Collaboration Grants, NEH Preservation and Access
    Permanent URL:
    http://dx.doi.org/10.17613/M61M2D
    Abstract:
    This project which aims to reconstruct, digitally, Charles Darwin's working library as it stood at the end of his life's journey, will open up and make accessible to students of the humanities and the sciences whole new dimensions of Darwin's thinking. Over 700 of Darwin's most heavily annotated books are held at Cambridge University Library. The abundant hand-written notes on these books were painstakingly transcribed in the late 1980s. Now, thanks to high-resolution digital imagery, and an international partnership of Cambridge, the Natural History Museum in London, the Biodiversity Heritage Library-a consortium of natural history libraries, and the Darwin Digital Library of Evolution-an online scholarly edition of Darwin's manuscripts based at the American Museum of Natural History, Darwin's transcribed marginalia will be digitally married with scanned books from his own library and with scanned surrogate volumes of the exact editions Darwin owned from the partnership's libraries.
    Notes:
    The digital reconstruction of Charles Darwin's working library as it stood at the end of his life, to include the presentation of the complex array of annotations throughout his working texts.
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    Published
    Last Updated:
    1 year ago
    License:
    Attribution-NonCommercial
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