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Ida Darwin: Correspondence and Papers II

Reference Code: GBR/0012/MS Add.10286

Scope and Contents

Contains letters and papers held by Ida Darwin. The bulk of the collection are letters sent to Ida Darwin but also includes a small quantity sent to her husband Horace Darwin, a small collection of papers relating to the purchase of opals by her son Erasmus Darwin, a collection of envelopes addressed to and letters sent to Gwen Raverat, photographs of Ida's family, and a few items of ephemera.


  • 1862-1946


Conditions Governing Access

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10 archive box(es) (10 boxes and 1 envelope Paper and photographs) : Paper and photographs

1 envelope(s) (10 boxes and 1 envelope Paper and photographs)

Language of Materials



Almost all of the letters have been arranged alphabetically by name of correspondent. A small quantity of letters were found in discrete labelled bundles and these have been listed separately.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The collection was donated to Cambridge University Library by Oliver and Ruth Padel, great-grand children of Ida Darwin, on 2 January 2019.
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Repository Details

Part of the Cambridge University Library Repository

Cambridge University Library
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Cambridge CB3 9DR United Kingdom

The UK Archival Thesaurus has been integrated with our catalogue, thanks to Kings College London and the AIM25 project for their support with this.