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Happy Birthday, Charles Darwin!

6 February 2017

Love him or hate him, there's no denying Charles Darwin was an amazing naturalist. Whether it's the first edition (1859) or the 150th anniversary edition (2009), On the Origin of Species is still well worth reading. We have one letter by Darwin in our Archives collection, and we are pleased to display it in celebration of his birthday on 12 February. If you stop by the Institute's lobby this month, you will be able to see our Darwin letter, an engraving of him and our 1897 copy of his famous book. If you're looking for a unique Darwin gift for the lover or hater on your list, then check out the Darwin items at our CafePress shop. 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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