The Wallace Correspondence Project is looking for dedicated volunteers to help us transcribe letters written by Wallace, as well as letters sent to him from his many correspondents. Ideally we would like volunteers who already have experience of transcribing (sometimes difficult) Victorian handwriting, but enthusiasm and persistence are more important, and we will provide a palaeography guide!
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We are delighted to announce that the Wallace Correspondence Project recently received a substantial grant from the Alfred Russel Wallace Centenary Celebration, directed by Richard Milner, a project which is funded by the John Templeton Foundation, USA (note that a slideshow of the Wallace Centenary Celebration's recent all-day event at the American Museum of Natural History in New York, featuring a lecture by Sir David Attenborough, can be seen HERE). Th
As all involved with the WCP will know, the project's Archivist Caroline Catchpole sadly had to leave the project in October 2013 because her husband needed to move to New York because of his work. We advertised the position in November, interviewed candidates in December, and offered the job to Ruth Benny (right) who began work on the 13th January 2014. Welcome Ruth - we hope your time on the project will be enjoyable and rewarding!
This letter was written by Wallace to his mother, Mary, from Java on 20 July 1861, just as his Malay Archipelago adventure was coming to an end. The opening sentence reveals his plans:
CLICK HERE to see a 9 minute video about the Wallace Correspondence Project and our Web database Wallace Letters Online. It is a talk I did as part of the Natural History Museum's Informatics Day on the 24th July 2013.
A variety of bugs were corrected in the Wallace Letters Online user interface last week by the Museum's IT team. We (and they) are aware of other bugs, such as additional spaces in the text of the pdf versions of transcripts, and these will be corrected when they have time.