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The Complete Work of Charles Darwin Online (or Darwin Online)
is a freely-accessible website containing the complete print and
manuscript works of Charles Darwin
, as well as related supplementary material.


Darwin Online is an online research project based at the University of
Cambridge. It aims to provide all available print and manuscript
material except unpublished letters, which are being made available
separately by the Darwin Correspondence Project
In addition Darwin Online includes the largest bibliographical list
of Darwin's publications and the largest union catalogue of Darwin
papers and manuscripts. The site also provides an extensive
collection of related materials such as reviews of Darwin's books,
descriptions of his Beagle specimens, obituaries and recollections
and works cited or read by Darwin. There is also general history and
commentary--some from published sources and some prepared for the


The project began in 2002 and first produced a pilot website, The
writings of Charles Darwin on the web
replaced in October 2006 by the new website. The launch was widely
reported, and the project has been widely reviewed by professional
publications in biology, and librarianship.


The site contains at least one copy of all known Darwin publications,
both as searchable text (66,000 pages) and full colour images (80,000
images). Most of this material was not previously available on the
internet – or even never reproduced in any form. New items are
still being found and added, along with further editions and
translations. In April 2008 Darwin's private papers were launched.
The event marked the largest release of new materials by and about
Darwin ever published. The collection covers c. 20,000 items across
c. 90,000 electronic images. One notable item is the Diary of Emma
Darwin (1808-1896), Darwin's wife.


The site is accessible open access free of charge. It is copyright, with permission for non-commercial