Warren D. Mohr/Charles Darwin Collection: Manuscripts

Finding aid prepared by Laura R. Rips.
Manuscripts Department
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Descriptive Summary

Title: Warren D. Mohr/Charles Darwin Collection: Manuscripts
Dates: 1855-1993
Date (bulk): (bulk 1874-1910)
Collection Number: mssMohrDarwin
Creator: Mohr, Warren D.
Extent: 2 boxes 70 items
Repository: The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens Manuscripts Department
The Huntington Library
1151 Oxford Road
San Marino, California 91108
Phone: (626) 405-2191
Fax: (626) 449-3477
Email: reference@huntington.org
URL: http://www.huntington.org
Abstract: Warren D. Mohr assembled this collection of material related to Charles Darwin. It contains correspondence, photographs, prints, ephemera, and clippings.
Language of Material: The records are in English.

Administration Information

Access

Collection is open to qualified researchers by prior application through the Reader Services Department. For more information, please go to following web site .

Publication Rights

The Huntington Library does not require that researchers request permission to quote from or publish images of this material, nor does it charge fees for such activities. The responsibility for identifying the copyright holder, if there is one, and obtaining permission rests with the researcher.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of Item], Warren D. Mohr/Charles Darwin Collection: Manuscripts, The Huntington Library, San Marino, California.

Acquisition Information

Gift of Warren D. Mohr, March, 1994.

Biography

Charles Darwin, an English naturalist, revolutionized the study of evolution. Born in 1809 to a prominent family, his father Robert Darwin was a physician, and the son of English poet, philosopher and naturalist Erasmus Darwin. His mother, Susannah Wedgwood Darwin, was the daughter of industrialist-potter and abolitionist Josiah Wedgwood.
After graduating from Christ’s College, Cambridge, Darwin accepted an invitation to serve as a gentleman naturalist on the H.M.S. Beagle, which departed on a five-year scientific expedition to the Pacific Coast of South America on December 31, 1831. The research resulting from this voyage formed the basis of his theory of natural selection, and led to the 1859 publication of his monumental work, On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection . Darwin continued to research and publish important works on biology throughout his life. He lived with his wife and children at their home in the village of Downe, 15 miles from London. He died on April 19, 1882 and lies buried in Westminster Abbey.

Scope and Content

The collection includes correspondence, photographs, prints, ephemera and clippings. Highlights include an 1875 letter from Charles Darwin (with his son, William Erasmus Darwin) to Lawson Tait regarding mice tails, and a portrait taken by Henry Barraud (1811-1874) which is believed to be the last photograph taken of Darwin. There are also cartes-de-visite photographs of Darwin, as well as printed portraits and other ephemera. Also of note are three letters by Richard Owen, plus photographs of him.
The collection also contains a few modern negatives from items in the Warren D. Mohr/Charles Darwin Collection of rare books at The Huntington.

Arrangement

The collection is arranged by type, with one oversize box:
Box 1: Correspondence-Miscellaneous Ephemera.
Box 2: Oversize, Vanity Fair Portraits–Miscellaneous Clippings

Related Materials in the Huntington Library

The Warren D. Mohr/Charles Darwin Collection includes over 1000 different book-form editions of Darwin’s writings, and over 500 supporting volumes by his contemporaries and followers. All of Darwin’s works are represented in one form or another. These may be searched under Title: "Warren D. Mohr/Charles Darwin Collection", or under Author: "Mohr, Warren D., former owner" in the Huntington Library's Online Catalog.  

Other related manuscript materials

Indexing Terms

Personal Names

Darwin, Charles, 1809-1882
Barraud, Henry, 1811-1874
Butler, Arthur G. (Arthur Gardiner), 1844-1925
Darwin, William Erasmus, 1839-1914
Faustin, 1847-
Huxley, Thomas Henry, 1825-1895
Owen, Richard, 1804-1892
Rothschild, Alfred Charles de
Tait, Lawson, 1845-1899
Wilberforce, Samuel, 1805-1873

Subjects

Evolution - History - 19th century
Religion and science - Great Britain - History - 19th century

Geographic Names

Great Britain - History - 19th century
Great Britain - Intellectual life - 19th century

Genre

Correspondence
Ephemera
Photograph
Prints


Container List

Box 1

Correspondence - Miscellaneous Ephemera

Folder 1

Darwin, Charles, 1809-1882 and William Erasmus Darwin, 1839-1914 letter to Lawson Tait, 1845-1899 (1875, June 11)

Physical Description: 1 item, plus envelope and typed transcription
Folder 2

Owen, Richard, 1804-1892 letter to Rev. W. Drake (1855, December 22)

Physical Description: 1 item
Folder 3

Owen, Richard, 1804-1892 letter to Mrs. Bond (1881, June 22)

Physical Description: 1 item
Folder 4

[Owen, Richard, 1804-1892] letter to [Alfred Charles de Rothschild?] (1881, August 11)

Physical Description: 1 item
Folder 5

Photographic postcard with portrait of Charles Darwin, 1809-1882, taken by Henry Barraud, 1811-1874 (1909, February 20)

Physical Description: 1 item
Folder 6

Miscellaneous photographic portraits ([approximately 1864-1909])

Physical Description: 10 items
Folder 7

Print portraits of Charles Darwin, 1809-1882 ([1874-1935])

Physical Description: 8 items
Folder 8

Negatives from books and a print in the Warren D. Mohr/Charles Darwin Collection ([1993])

Physical Description: 6 items
Folder 9

Miscellaneous ephemera ([approximately 1864-1989])

Physical Description: 18 items
Box 2

Box 2: Oversize, Vanity Fair Portraits - Miscellaneous Clippings

Folder 1

Vanity Fair portraits (1869-1873)

Physical Description: 9 items
 

Folder 2 Photographic portraits of Richard Owen, 1804-1892, and Thomas Henry Huxley, 1825-1895 ([between 1876 and 1890])

Physical Description: 3 items
 

Folder 3 Prints of Charles Darwin, 1809-1882 ([1871]-1882)

Physical Description: 4 items
 

Folder 4 Miscellaneous clippings ([approximately 1880]-1932)

Physical Description: 7 items