Documentary Editing, Association for


Date of this Version

Fall 2004

Document Type



Documentary Editing, Volume 26, Number 3, Fall 2004. ISSN 0196-7134


2004 © the Association for Documentary Editing. Used by permission.


The Darwin Correspondence Project was founded in 1974 by Professor Frederick Burkhardt, President Emeritus of the American Council of Learned Societies, with the collaboration of Dr. Sydney Smith, Reader in Zoology in the University of Cambridge and Fellow of St. Catharine's College. The project's editors are producing the first definitive edition of the letters to and from Charles Darwin, arguably the most important scientist of the nineteenth century. To date, thirteen volumes have been published, covering the years up to 1865.1 Volume fourteen (1866) is in press. The history and description of the Project are given by Burkhardt and Porter.