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Today sees the launch of a new resource that will hopefully offer users an invaluable insight into life and work of an eminent Victorian scientist; a scientist we hold dear to our hearts here at the Museum! Wallace Letters Online is an online archive of the correspondence to and from Alfred Russel Wallace (1823-1913), co-discoverer of the theory of evolution via natural selection and the father of bio-geography.


Above: Alfred Russel Wallace in 1848, aged 25.
© Natural History Museum, London


Wallace Letters Online brings together for the first time ever, all known surviving letters to and from Wallace, both academic and personal. This correspondence is housed in more than 100 institutions across the globe and this resource will offer an unparalleled insight into the mind of this great man; his thoughts, ideas and opinions laid bare for all to study. Highlights include the complete, surviving narrative between Wallace and Charles Darwin, letters sent and received during his Amazon and Malay Archipelago expeditions and correspondence Wallace exchanged with some of the greatest scientific minds of the nineteenth century.



Working as the Archivist for the Wallace Correspondence Project and having the privilege of reading Wallace’s letters has afforded me the opportunity to see first-hand, the great qualities he had; from his formidable intellect to his sharp and enquiring mind and a very quick wit, it’s all there in the letters, waiting to be uncovered. For me, personally, Wallace Letters Online offers another dimension, that of the exploration of Victorian communication networks.


Embedded amongst the historically and scientifically ground-breaking letters are those that pertain to the nuances of everyday life. The letters that Wallace writes confirming train times to friends who are to visit him or the enquiring letters, asking if a friend can lend him a bed for the night in London so he may attend an evening function. Put simply, these are communications that today we would send via text, tweet or Facebook message. These are also the communications that should a similar correspondence project be attempted 200 years from now would be lost and whilst one could argue that these types of letters offer no significant value, their absence would strip away a whole layer of knowledge about the social interactions of that era.



Whilst we celebrate Wallace as a great man of science and one of the greatest natural history collectors of all time, his correspondence also reveal the many, many different subjects and causes he wrote on and campaigned for. He became a Spiritualist in the late 1860s and published over a hundred writings on the subject. He became a vocal campaigner and supporter of Land Nationalisation, becoming the first President of the Land Nationalisation Society in 1881 and he was fervent in his opposition of compulsory vaccination in the closing years of the nineteenth century. All of these topics and more are featured in the letters in Wallace Letters Online. It also affords us a privileged glimpse into his family life, with letters digitised from Wallace to his two children, William and Violet. These letters reveal the affection towards but also the high standards Wallace held his children to.




Above: Extract of a letter from Wallace to his son William.
© Natural History Museum, London


Fortunately for us, Wallace had beautiful handwriting (as seen above) which makes reading his letters all the more enjoyable. Whether for research, curiosity or pleasure, you can now step back in time and read first hand his thoughts, opinions and arguments; you might be surprised at what you find. The catalogue will continue to be added to over the coming months with more letters from repositories around the world. We are also always extremely happy to hear from anyone who may own a Wallace letter or knows of some letters held in a private collection; please contact me with any details.


2013 also sees the Museum celebrating the life and legacy of Wallace, who died 100 years ago this coming November. To see what the up and coming Wallace events are at the Museum this year, head over to the Wallace100 pages of the website to find out more. We're also tweeting about Wallace over at the Library and Archives Twitter feed; follow us for a weekly dose of all things Wallace!


The Library catalogue is available online at Library catalogue

If you wish to view these or any other items, please contact the library to arrange an appointment or 020 7942 5460


Anthropology / Palaeontology



Britain's oldest art : the Ice Age cave art of Creswell Crags / Paul Bahn and Paul Pettitt ; with contributions by Andrew Chamberlain ... [et al.].
Swindon : English Heritage, 2009.
A 3A q BAR



Archaeological reports and diaries. Volume 8, field report, 1948 : 1, 2, 3, 4 [&] Research report, 1948 / Nakao Sakazume ; edited by Haruo Sakazume
Tokyo : University Museum, University of Tokyo, 2011.
P GM 069.5:549 CAT


Archean geodynamics and environments / Keith Benn, Jean-Claude Mareschal, Kent C. Condie, editors.
Washington, DC : American Geophysical Union, 2006.
P 9 q BEN


Sedimentology and sedimentary basins : from turbulence to tectonics / Mike Leeder.
Chichester, West Sussex, UK ; Hoboken, NJ : Wiley-Blackwell, 2011
P 11 o LEE


Introduction to geochemistry : principles and applications / Kula C. Misra
Chichester, West Sussex ; Hoboken, NJ : Wiley-Blackwell, 2012.
P 7 q MIS


The vegetation of Antarctica through geological time / David J. Cantrill, Royal Botanic Gardens, Melbourne, Imogen Poole, Universiteit Utrecht, The Netherlands
Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, 2012
P 80 o CAN




Flora of the Guianas series A : Phanerogams. Fascicle 29, Sapindaceae / Oliveira, Sylvia Mota de
Richmond : Kew, 2012.
B 581.9(88) GOR


La carta de colores de Haenke de la Expedición Malaspina : un enigma = Haenke's Malaspina colour-chart : an enigma / David J. Mabberley & M. Pilar de San Pío Aladrén
Madrid : Real Jardín Botánico, CSIC : Ediciones Doce Callas, 2011.
B 7.043 HAE


Madeiras do Rio Grande do Sul. Descrição microscópica de 33 espécies nativas / José Newton Cardoso Marchiori, Graciela Ines Bolzon de Muñiz, Sidinei Rodrigues dos Santos
2 vols.
Santa Maria : [Anaterra], 2009 & 2010.
B 634.9 MAR


Orchids of the Singapore Botanic Gardens / [Yam Tim Wing]
3rd ed.
Singapore : National Parks Board, Singapore Botanic Gardens, 2007.
B 582.4P169 WIN


[...], sive, Enumeratio pteridophytorum Japonicorum : catalogus litteraturae / Toshiyuki Nakaike.
[S.l. : s.n.], 2012.
FERNS 582.35(52) NAK Q


Moss flora of China. Volume 5, Erpodiaceae-Climaciaceae / Wu Peng-cheng, Marshall R. Crosby, editors in chief ; Si He, editor.
Beijing : Science Press ; St. Louis : Missouri Botanical Garden, 2011.




Moths of Europe. Vol. III, Zygaenids, Pyralids 1 and Brachodids. / Patrice Leraut ; forew. by Gaëtan du Chatenet ; translation by Nicholas Flay
[Verrières le Buisson] : N.A.P. Editions 2012


The adult Trichoptera (caddisflies) of Britain and Ireland / Peter Barnard and Emma Ross
St. Albans : Royal Entomological Society ; Shrewsbury : Field Studies Council, 2012
E 72Aa o HAN Vol.1, Part 17


Erebidae, Arctiinae (Lithosiini, Arctiini) of Malay Peninsula – Malaysia / Karol Bucsek
Bratislava, Slovakia: Institut of Zoology SAS, 2012


Spider-hunting wasps (Hymenoptera: Pompilidae) of Poland : diversity, identification, distribution / Bogdan Wiśniowski
Ojców : Ojców National Park, 2009


Ecology and behaviour of the ladybird beetles (Coccinellidae) / edited by I. Hodek, H.F. van Emden, and A. Honěk
Chichester, West Sussex ; Hoboken, NJ : Wiley-Blackwell, 2012


Field guide to the micro-moths of Great Britain and Ireland / general editor, Phil Sterling ; main contributor, Mark Parsons ; illustrated by Richard Lewington
Gillingham, Dorset [UK] : British Wildlife Pub., 2012



Paradoxes in scientific inference / by Mark Chang
Boca Raton, Fla. ; London : Chapman & Hall/CRC, 2012
L 8 o CHA


The Piltdown Man hoax : case closed / by Miles Russell
Stroud : History, 2012
L 9D o RUS


Silent spring / Rachel Carson
London : Penguin Classics, 2012
L 66 o CAR


Whose culture? : the promise of museums and the debate over antiquities / edited by James Cuno
Princeton : Princeton University Press, 2009
L 84 o CUN


Cultural property acquisitions : navigating the shifting landscape / Aimée L. Taberner
Walnut Creek, Calif. : Left Coast Press, 2012
L 84 o TAB


Ordering life : Karl Jordan and the naturalist tradition / Kristin Johnson
Baltimore : Johns Hopkins University Press, 2012
L 96A o JOR




Earth's deep mantle : structure, composition, and evolution / editors: Robert D. van der Hilst, Jay D. Bass, Jan Matas and Jeannot Trampert
Washington, DC : American Geophysical Union, 2005
M 551.16 HIL


Volcanism and the Earth's atmosphere / Alan Robock, Clive Oppenheimer, editors
Washington, DC : American Geophysical Union, 2003.
M 551.21 ROB


Mid-ocean ridges : hydrothermal interactions between the lithosphere and oceans / Christopher R. German, Jian Lin, Lindsay M. Parson, editors.
Washington, DC : American Geophysical Union, 2004.
M 551.242.2 GER



Ornithology (Tring)


Birds of prey of Australia : a field guide / Stephen  Debus ; illustrated by Jeff Davies.
Collingwood, Vic. : CSIRO Publishing, 2012.


Breeding birds of the Maltese Islands: A scientific  and historical review. / alfred E. Baldacchino and John Azzopardi. Illustrated by Andrew Micallef.
[Malta]: Malta University Publishing, 2012.


Cornwall Birding rare and scarce bird report 2011
[Cornwall]: Cornwall Birding Association, 2012.


The History and Range Expansion of Peregrine Falcons  in the Thule Area, Northwest Greenland. / Kurt K.  Burnham et al.
Copenhagen Museum Tusculanum 2012.


Moa : the life and death of New Zealand's legendary  bird / Quinn Berentson.
Nelson, N.Z. : Craig Potton Publishing, 2012.


The unfeathered bird / Katrina van Grouw.
Princeton [etc.] : Princeton University Press, cop.  2013
ORNITHOLOGY 11 GRO                     




Arthropod brains : evolution, functional elegance, and historical significance / Nicholas James Strausfeld
Cambridge, Mass. : Harvard University Press, 2012
Z 11 o STR


Animal eyes / Michael F. Land and Dan-Eric Nilsson
Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2012
Z 11G o LAN


Sharks of New England / Alessandro De Maddalena with Walter Heim
[S.l.] : Down East, 2010


Coral reef protection and the Clean Water Act / editors, Isaac H. Frampton and Nina D. Romano
Hauppauge, N.Y. : Nova Science, 2012
Z 45B o FRA


International environmental law and the conservation of coral reefs / Edward J. Goodwin
London ; New York, N.Y. : Routledge, 2011
Z 45B o GOO


Parazity i bolezni ryb Chërnogo i Azovskogo moreĭ. I, Morskie, solonovatovodnye i prokhodnye ryby
Sevastopolʹ: EKOSI-Gidrofizyka, 2012


The Library catalogue is available online at Library catalogue

If you wish to view these or any other items, please contact the library to arrange an appointment or 020 7942 5460

Anthropology / Palaeontology



The Cambridge encyclopedia of human paleopathology / by Arthur C. Aufderheide & Conrado Rodriguez-Martin
Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, 2011
A 6 q AUF


Research methods in human skeletal biology / edited by Elizabeth A. DiGangi, Megan K. Moore.
Oxford ; Waltham, MA : Academic Press, 2013.
A 7A o DIG



Arctic Ocean sediments : processes, proxies, and paleoenvironment / by Ruediger Stein.
Amsterdam ; Boston ; London : Elsevier Science, 2008.
P 10 o PRO


Advances in stromatolite geobiology / [edited by] Joachim Reitner, Nadia-Valérie Quéric, Gernot Arp.
Heidelberg ; New York : Springer, [2010], 2011.
P 15 o INT


The dawn of the deed : the prehistoric origins of sex / John A. Long.
Chicago : The University of Chicago Press, 2012.
P 15C o LON


Geological history of Britain and Ireland / edited by Nigel Woodcock and Rob Strachan.
Chichester, West Sussex ; Hoboken, NJ : Wiley-Blackwell, 2012.
P 72A o WOO


Rocks and fossils of the central United States, with special emphasis on the greater Kansas City area / Richard J. Gentile.
Lawrence, Kansas : University of Kansas Dept. of Geology and Paleontoligcal Institute, 2011.
P 75C/16 q GEN


Raymond Cecil Moore : legendary scholar and scientist, world-class geologist and paleontologist / Daniel F. Merriam.
Lawrence, Kan. : University of Kansas, Dept. of Geology : Paleontological Institute, 2007.
P 96 o MER





Flora of Campus / Guangming Hou
Beijing : Institute of Technology Press, 2012.
B 581.9(51) HOU


Los generos Linaria y Chaenorhinum en la communidad Valenciana. / (by) Isabel Mateu Andres, Jose Gabriel Segarra Moragues, Susana Paula Julia.
Valencia : Generalitat Valenciana, 1999.


Solanaceae. Vols. 1 & 2 / Boriss Lariushin
The Author; 2012.
B 582.4P114 LAR


Bryophyte recording handbook : a guide to recording mosses and liverworts prepared by members of the British Bryological Society / C.D. Preston, T.H. Blackstock, S.D.S. Bosanquet, M.F. Godfrey, M.O. Hill, D.T. Holyoak & G.P. Rothero.
[S.l. : British Bryological Society], 2012.


Los helechos y licófitos de Cuba / Carlos Sánchez.
Playa, Cuba : Editorial Científico-Técnica, 2007.
FERNS 582.35(79P9.9) SAN


Guide des lichens de France : lichens des sols / Chantal Van Haluwyn, Juliette Asta, Jean-Claude Boissière, Philippe Clerc ; avec la collaboration de Jean-Pierre Gavériaux.
[Paris] : Belin, 2012.




World bibliography on aphidology (Homoptera, Aphidinea) [for years] 1712-2007 : bibliographic index
Almaty [Kazakhstan] : Tsentral'naia nauchnaia biblioteka, MON = [Central Science Library, Ministry of Education and Science] , 2011
E DC APHID F.3 Vol. 9
E DC APHID F.3 Vol. 10


Vespine wasps of the world : behaviour, ecology & taxonomy of the vespinae / Michael E Archer
[S.l.] : Siri Scientific Press, 2012


Butterflies of Thailand / Pisuth Ek-Amnuay.
Bangkok : Baan Lae Suan = Amarin, 2012




Science of the people : understanding and using science in everyday contexts / Joan Solomon.
Abingdon, Oxon : Routledge, 2013
L 8 o SOL


Biomineralization : from nature to application / edited by Astrid Sigel, Helmut Sigel, Roland K.O. Sigel.
Chichester, West Sussex, England ; Hoboken, NJ, 2008
L 10C o SIG


Forest Canopies of South Asia : a glimpse / edited by M. Soubadra Devy, T. Ganesh, Amrita Tripathy
Bangalore : ATREE, 2011
L 73 o SOU


Preventive conservation in museums / edited by Chris Caple.
London ; New York : Routledge, 2011.
L 81 o CAP


Dear Mr. Darwin : a intimidade da correspondência entre Fritz Müller e Charles Darwin / Cezar Zillig
São Paulo : Sky/AnimanComunicação e Design, 1997




Geomicrobiology : molecular and environmental perspective / Larry L. Barton, Martin Mandl, Alexander Loy, editors
Dordrecht [Netherlands] ; New York : Springer, 2010
M 550.72 GEO



Coral reef conservation : goals and strategies / George R. Mantoan, editor.
New York : Nova Science Publishers, 2012.


The art of taxidermy / Jane Eastoe ; [foreword by Polly Morgan].
London : Pavilion Books, 2012.
Z 82 o EAS


The evolution of primate societies / edited by John C. Mitani, Josep Call, Peter M. Kappeler, Ryne A. Palombit, and Joan B. Silk.
Chicago ; London : The University of Chicago Press, 2012.


The Library catalogue is available online at Library catalogue

If you wish to view these or any other items, please contact the library to arrange an appointment or 020 7942 5460

Anthropology / Palaeontology



Landscape of the mind : human evolution and the archaeology of thought / John F. Hoffecker.
New York : Columbia University Press, 2011
A 3B o HOF


Hobbit trap : how new species are invented / Maciej Henneberg, Robert B. Eckhardt, and John Schofield.
Walnut Creek, CA : Left Coast Press, 2011
A 6 o HEN



The history and dynamics of global plate motions / Mark A. Richards, Richard G. Gordon, Rob D. van der Hilst, editors.
Washington, DC : American Geophysical Union, 2000
P 9 q RIC


Back-arc spreading systems : geological, biological, chemical, and physical interactions / David M. Christie ... [et al.], editors.
Washington, DC : American Geophysical Union, 2006
P 10 q CHR


Early Miocene paleobiology in Patagonia : high-latitude paleocommunities of the Santa Cruz Formation / edited by Sergio F. Vizcaíno, Richard F. Kay, M. Susana Bargo.
Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2012
P 12U q VIZ


Folds, faults and fossils : exploring geology in Pembrokeshire / John Downes
Pwllheli : Llygad Gwalch, 2011
P 72Aa o DOW


Es begann am Heeseberg - : Stromatolithe und der Ursprung des Lebens / [Hrsg.] Urs Hochsprung ... [et al.]
München : Pfeil, 2011
P 72L o ESB


Observations, recollections, and impressions of the Kansas Geological Survey at the University of Kansas / Daniel F. Merriam ; with graphics by James D. Merriam.
[Lawrence, Kan.] : University of Kansas, Dept. of Geology and Paleontological Institute ; Distributed by the Paleonotological Institute, University of Kansas, 2011.
P 85 o MER


Rocks up close : the story of the University of Kansas Geology Field Camp / Daniel F. Merriam ; with graphics by James D. Merriam.
Lawrence, Kan. : University of Kansas, Dept. of Geology and Paleontological Institute ; Distributed by the Paleonotological Institute, University of Kansas, 2012
P 88 o MER




Small-sized Achnanthales (Bacillariophyta) from coral sands off Mascarenes (Western Indian Ocean) / Catherine Riaux-Gobin ... [et al.].
Stuttgart : J. Cramer, 2011.


Lake Nyasa climatic region : floristic checklist / Roy E. Gereau ... [et al.]
St. Louis, Missouri : Missouri Botanical Garden, 2012.
B 581.9(676) GER


The genus Gloriosa (Colchicaceae) : ethnobotany, phylogeny and taxonomy / Alfred Maroyi.
[S.l. : s.n.], 2012.
B 582.4P178 MAR




Japanese travellers in sixteenth-century Europe : a dialogue concerning the mission of the Japanese ambassadors to the Roman Curia (1590) / edited and annotated with an introduction by Derek Massarella ; translated by J.F. Moran
Farnham, Surrey : Ashgate, 2012.
L 70 o HAK


A living landscape for Suffolk / Steve Aylward
[Suffolk] : Suffolk Wildlife Trust, 2011
L 72Aa o AYL


Sandakan Rainforest Park : a scientifically & historically important forest / compiled by Alviana Damit ; with contributions from Lee Ying Fah ... [et. al.].
Sandakan, Sabah : Forest Research Centre, 2009.
L 77Ad o DAM


Tabin : Sabah's greatest wildlife sanctuary / Wendy Hutton ; photographs by Cede Prudente.
Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia : Tabin Wildlife Holidays, 2008
L 77Ad o HUT


Les forêts sèches de Madagascar / editrice en chef Marie Jeanne Raherilalao ; editeurs associés Steven M. Goodman ... [et al.]
[Antananarivo, Madagascar] : Association Vahatra, 2008.
L 79A q FOR


Biological oceanography / Charles B. Miller and Patricia A. Wheeler
Hoboken, NJ : John Wiley & Sons, 2012.
L 87 q MIL





Geological methods in mineral exploration and mining / Roger Marjoribanks.
New York : Springer, 2010
M 550.8 MAR


Inside the subduction factory / John Eiler, editor
Washington, DC : American Geophysical Union, 2003
M 551.21 EIL


Ornithology (Tring)


The bird in art / Caroline Bugler.
London ; New York : Merrell, 2012.


Birds of South Asia : the Ripley guide / by Pamela C.  Rasmussen and John C. Anderton ; plates by Jonathan Alderfer ... [et al.].
Washington : Smithsonian National Museum of Natural  History, 2012.
ORNITHOLOGY 73F RAS (Vol. 1)    


Birds of South Asia : the Ripley guide / by Pamela C.  Rasmussen and John C. Anderton ; plates by Jonathan Alderfer ... [et al.].
Washington : Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, 2012.


The double-crested cormorant : symbol of ecological  conflict / Dennis Wild.
Ann Arbor : University of Michigan Press, c2012.


Niao yu : Taiwan ye niao yu mao tu jian / Qi Weilian zhu ; Cai Yonghe she ying ; Xu Wei, Cai Jinwen hui tu ; Huang Guangying shen ding.[Feathers of Birds in Taiwan]
Taibei Shi : Shang zhou chu ban, 2006.


Urban bird ecology and conservation / Christopher A. Lepczyk and Paige S. Warren, editors.
Berkeley : University of California Press, c2012.




Conservation of wildlife populations : demography, genetics, and management / L. Scott Mills.
Hoboken, NJ : Wiley-Blackwell, 2013.
Z 10J o MIL


Atti IX Colloquium Crustacea Mediterranea : Torino, September 2-6, 2008 / Daniela Pessani, Tina Tirelli, Carlo Froglia, Editor
Torino : Museo Regionale di Scienze Naturali, 2011.


El bucardo de los Pirineos : la verdadera historia de la extinguida Cabra de los Pirineos, dede la emoción de su caza hasta su colonación / Kees Woutersen.
Huesca : Gobierno de Aragón, 2012


The natural history of Canadian mammals / Donna Naughton ; colour art, Paul Geraghty, Julius Csotonyi, and Brenda Carter ; line art, Donna Naughton, Micheline Beaulieu-Bouchard, and Alan McDonald.
Toronto : Canadian Museum of Nature and University of Toronto Press, 2012.


Britain's Sea Mammals Whales, Dolphins, Porpoises, and Seals and Where to Find Them / Jon Dunn, Robert Still and Hugh Harrop
New Jersey ; Woodstock : Princeton University Press, 2012


Sirenian conservation : issues and strategies in developing countries / edited by Ellen M. Hines ... [et al.] ; foreword by Helene Marsh.
Gainesville, FL : University Press of Florida, 2012.


Ecology and conservation of the Sirenia : dugongs and manatees / Helene Marsh, Thomas J. O'Shea, John E. Reynolds III.
Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2012.


The Sea Shells of Greece : 1200 species 1800 illoustration [sic illustration] 180 drawing / Thanasis Manousis
Thessalonki : Kyriakidis Brothers SA, 2012