Papers of Noted Scientists

The papers of many noted scientists are being collected and preserved for future generations. Some projects aim to produce published volumes of a scientist’s correspondence or writings. Others are library special collections.

Here are some of the web sites dedicated to these projects.

  • Charles Darwin Papers, collected at the Cambridge University Library; also the Darwin Correspondence Project, which aims to publish the “the definitive edition of letters to and from Charles Darwin.”
  • Thomas Edison Papers, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ
  • Albert Einstein Papers Project, Caltech, Pasadena, CA, as well as the Einstein Archive, at Herbrew University, Jerusalem
  • The Newton Project, based at Cambridge University and Imperial College, London
  • Linus and Ava Helen Pauling Papers, Oregon State University, Corvalis, OR. Also, Pauling’s research notebooks have been digitized, and are available over the web.
  • Ampère and the history of electricity, with books, bibliographies, chronologies, materials, manuscripts and the complete correspondence of Ampère (HTML and images of correspondence manuscripts); also videos, 3D, and school materials about the history of electricity (in French)
  • Buffon@web, the electronic edition of the Histoire Naturelle (in HTML
    with a search engine). Also includes Buffon’s correspondence and many studies about him (in French)
  • Lavoisier, the electronic edition of the works of Antoine-Laurent
    Lavoisier (6 vol.) (in French)
  • Jean-Baptiste Lamarck, the complete world of Lamarck with all books, manuscripts, herbarium, chronology, bibliographies, and database on Lamarck’s students (in French)