Announcing the “Complete Work of Charles Darwin” on VERA!

Darwin with laptop

The world’s largest collection of Darwin’s writings now appears on the website “The Complete Work of Charles Darwin Online,” available through VERA. This site currently offers more than 50,000 pages of searchable text, 40,000 images of publications and transcribed manuscripts, and audio mp3 files of selected texts. In 2009, to celebrate the bicentenary of Darwin’s birth and the 150th anniversary of the publication of the Origin of the Species, there are plans to add more more editions, translations, introductions, notes, and thousands of manuscripts.

The project is hosted by the Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences, and Humanities at the University of Cambridge. Much of the text is appearing online for the first time, including the first edition of the Journal of Researches (1839) (or Voyage of the Beagle), The descent of Man (1871), and The Zoology of the Voyage of H.M.S. Beagle (1838-43).