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Darwin Correspondence Project Receives $8.2 Million to Complete Publication

5/9/2011

The Darwin Correspondence Project has received $8.2 million in grants, enabling the entire collection to be released by 2022. The grants have been awarded by Evolution Education Trust, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, and the Isaac Newton Trust. Awards from the National Science Foundation and the National Endowment for the Humanities also support the Project. 

Founded in 1974 by ACLS President Frederick H. Burkhardt, the project is engaged in publishing all known letters to and from Charles Darwin. It already has published 18 of its projected 32 volumes, and provides the full texts over 6,000 of Darwin’s letters, along with information on 9,000 more, on its website (www.darwinproject.ac.uk). The collection currently includes more than 15,000 letters exchanged by Darwin with 2,000 correspondents, spanning the years 1821 to 1882. Reviewing the first volume of the Correspondence of Charles Darwin in The New York Times Book Review, Stephen J. Gould wrote: "An hour with this book will convince anyone that the proper compilation of correspondence is . . . a high form of scholarship." The Project, based at the University of Cambridge with an additional office at Harvard University, is sponsored by ACLS and the Cambridge University Library. 

“The Correspondence of Charles Darwin is essential to understanding one of the most influential thinkers of modern times,”  said ACLS President Pauline Yu.  “We are grateful that this group of far-seeing donors have helped assure the completion of this monumental work.”

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