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Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation


Happy Birthday, Charles Darwin!

12 February 2015

The Hunt Institute has a small collection of books by and portraits of the English naturalist Charles Darwin (1809–1882). We have one letter by Darwin in our collection, and we are pleased to display it in celebration of his birthday. For more information about Darwin and his publications and manuscripts, see Darwin Online.

At right, Letter from Charles Robert Darwin (1809–1882), Down, England, to an unknown recipient, undated, HI Archives Autograph Letters and Manuscripts Collection. This note requested distilled water for photography.

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About the Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation

The Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation, a research division of Carnegie Mellon University, specializes in the history of botany and all aspects of plant science and serves the international scientific community through research and documentation. To this end, the Institute acquires and maintains authoritative collections of books, plant images, manuscripts, portraits and data files, and provides publications and other modes of information service. The Institute meets the reference needs of botanists, biologists, historians, conservationists, librarians, bibliographers and the public at large, especially those concerned with any aspect of the North American flora.

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