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Darwin Correspondence Project

Darwin Project

Anne Schlabach Burkhardt (1916–2012)

Anne Burkhardt was associated with the Darwin Correspondence Project from its beginning in 1974, and her contribution to its work  helped ensure the regular publication of the volumes of correspondence.

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History of the Project

The Darwin Correspondence Project was founded in 1974 by an American scholar, Frederick Burkhardt, with the help of Sydney Smith, a zoologist in the University of Cambridge (UK), and of Fred's wife, Anne Schlabach Burkhardt.

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In 1991 the Modern Language Association of America awarded its first ever Morton N. Cohen Award for a Distinguished Edition of Letters to the editors of The correspondence of Charles Darwin. The Morton N. Cohen Award was established in 1989 by a gift from Morton N. Cohen, professor emeritus of English at the City University of New York, and is made biennially.

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The correspondence of Charles Darwin

The correspondence of Charles Darwin (F. Burkhardt, et al.eds, Cambridge University Press 1985–) is the definitive edition of all known surviving letters – more than 15,000 – written by and to Charles Darwin.

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‘. . . a work of magisterial scholarship, meticulous in every respect.’ Quarterly Review of Biology

The Darwin Correspondence Project is locating and researching all known letters to and from Charles Darwin, and is publishing complete texts together with notes and appendices that make them comprehensible to the modern reader.

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Found a new letter? Think we've made a mistake? Have a question? We'd like to hear from you.

Email the Darwin Correspondence Project Team

or write to us at:

Darwin Correspondence Project
Cambridge University Library
West Road

Telephone: +44 (0)1223 333008

We are a small, busy research project, so if you are writing with a query, please be patient.  We'll try to respond within a few days.

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DAR 219: 12
The Darwin family at Down House
Cambridge University Library

Who we were

Many people have contributed to the Darwin Correspondence Project since it was first founded in 1974. Some names are now lost to us, and we would appreciate hearing from anyone who has contributed in the past and is not listed here.

The final staff of the Darwin Correspondence Project were based in Cambridge, UK, in the University Library and at the Department for the History and Philosophy of Science. They were:

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The Darwin Correspondence Project has been made possible by generous funding from the following institutions:

Alfred P. Sloan Foundation

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