Family History and Correspondence

Part of:
Galton Papers
  • Archives and manuscripts

About this work


Family history and correspondence, 1612-1926, consisting of:

  • Papers relating to Charles Robert Darwin, including correspondence, photographs and collected ephemera.
  • Papers of Erasmus Darwin, [Francis Galton's grandfather], consisting of correspondence, portraits, papers relating to his memorial, his poetry, and scientific and business papers.
  • Papers of Samuel Tertius Galton, [Francis Galton's father], consisting of his books, diaries, correspondence, and some business records.
  • Galton family genealogies, alongside copy extracts from baptism, marriage and burial records, biographical notes, and collections of Galton ephemera.
  • Photographs, paintings and drawings of the Galton and Darwin families, plus family acquaintances, either collected into albums, inserted into volumes, or loose.
  • Publication/Creation


    Physical description

    14 boxes

    Terms of use

    The papers are available at UCL Special Collections and Archives subject to the usual conditions of access to Archives and Manuscripts material, after the completion of a Reader's Undertaking.

    Location of duplicates

    A digitised copy is held by the Wellcome Library as part of Codebreakers: Makers of Modern Genetics.

    Ownership note

    The material here appears to have been gathered together retrospectively by Francis Galton, Elizabeth Anne Wheler [née Galton] and Edward Galton Wheler-Galton whilst researching the Galton family history; and by Karl Pearson whilst researching his biography of Galton.

    Where to find it

    Location of original

    The original material is held at UCL Special Collections. This catalogue is held by the Wellcome Library as part of Codebreakers: Makers of Modern Genetics.

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