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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.
Now that Wallace Letters Online has offically launched and in this celebratory year of all things Wallace, I will be selecting a letter from each month of the year from the catalogue and blogging about it (there may be more than one if I just can't choose between letters one month!).
The blogs will be posted on the Natural History Museum's Wallace100 blog and you can read January's selection here;