Gain insight into Wallace's life and work by exploring the online collection using the themes below.
Not only was Wallace a great naturalist, he also had superb draughtsman skills. His great attention to detail is revealed in these architectural drawings and plans.
Find out Wallace’s thoughts on the medals and degrees awarded to him, his work as a lecturer and his experiences while touring North America.
What was the life of a nineteenth-century collector really like? Find out how Wallace survived a sinking ship, trekked through the rainforest, and made an epic journey across the Malay Archipelago.
Wallace was the co-discoverer of the theory of evolution by natural selection. He went on to give lectures on natural selection and Darwinism, but what did he really think of Charles Darwin?
Wallace’s letters reveal a devoted family man with a great sense of humour. You can also browse Wallace family photographs.
As the ‘father of biogeography’ Wallace’s letters share his ideas on animal distribution and reveal a general love of the natural world.
Wallace was forthright in voicing his opinions, whether popular or not. His letters reveal a committed socialist, an advocate of land nationalisation and a man who opposed militarism.
Wallace embraced spiritualism, as did many Victorians. His letters describe his experiences at séances, suggesting reasons why a scientific man would be attracted to such a movement.
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Explore over 3,800 letters written and received by Alfred Russel Wallace, including iconic correspondence with Charles Darwin.