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Papers of Leonard Darwin, bulk: [1850s] - 1943

Reference Code: GBR/0012/MS DAR 239

Scope and Contents

This class comprises papers of Leonard Darwin, the son of Charles and Emma Darwin. Comprises: correspondence with his mother, Emma Darwin; correspondence with his niece, Nora Barlow; letters to Ida Darwin following the death of Horace Darwin; draft papers and articles on eugenics and related subjects; reminiscences of his father (Charles Darwin) and grandfather (Robert Waring Darwin).


  • Creation: Majority of material found within [1850s] - 1943


Conditions Governing Access

From the Fonds:

Some material in the Darwin archive is not available because it is unfit for production and access to some very fragile material may only be possible with support from specialist conservation staff. Please see descriptions for further details.


2 archive box(es)

Language of Materials



Note on the classmark: the physical items in this class have been numbered with the prefix 'LD', rather than DAR 239. It is thought that the LD prefix was inherited when the papers were transferred from the University of Sussex or from an earlier version of the catalogue when the papers were first arranged at Cambridge University Library. When citing material from this class, the 'LD' prefix should be substituted for DAR 239. Note that no physical relabelling of individual items has been carried out.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Presented by the University of Sussex. Previously on temporary deposit with the Science Policy Research Unit of the University of Sussex.

Repository Details

Part of the Cambridge University Library Repository

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