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Darwin by Post

Charles Darwin. Born: February 12, 1809, Shrewsbury, England. Died: April 19, 1882, Down House, Downe, England.

Darwin by Post

Darwin and his Colleagues at the Lloyd Library and Museum

Darwin By Post is an online exhibit brought to you by The Lloyd Library and Museum in Cincinnati, which specializes and natural history, botany, and the history of medicine. This project began with the idea of transposing Charles Darwin’s correspondence, diaries (as “blogs”), images, maps, references, and publications into an equivalent social networking “feed.”

The question that inspired this exhibit was “what did the real Darwin’s social network look like? Who was in it? What did they talk about?”

According to the Lloyd, “The goal of this exhibit is to show what resources we have at the Lloyd Library that are related to Darwin – it’s materials by him, of course. It is also, though, materials by his friends and correspondents. He and Alfred Russel Wallace, for instance, weren’t enemies. They were friends who corresponded regularly and talked about their similar theories of evolution and change over time among species. They agreed to present their similar findings jointly to the Linnean Society. The list of Darwin’s correspondents, by the way, seems endless.”

Profiles of Darwin correspondents include Louis Agassiz, Asa Gray, Joseph Dalton Hooker, Charles Lyell, Alfred Russel Wallace, and many others.

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