Francis Galton Collection

Mss.B.G136.m

Date: 1867-1909 | Size: 0.25 Linear feet

Abstract

The polymath Francis Galton led a privileged and adventurous life, lending his talents to the development of statistical inference, scientific meteorology, psychology, and becoming one of the first to apply the evolutionary theories of his cousin Charles Darwin to human populations, founding the new fields of eugenics and biometrics.

The Galton Collection is a miscellaneous assemblage of 15 letters and one photocopy written by Francis Galton to a variety of correspondents. These letters reflect Galton's research in meteorology, statistics, and, to a lesser degree, the heredity of intelligence.

Background note

Scope and content

The Galton Collection is a miscellaneous assemblage of 15 letters and one photocopy written by Francis Galton to a variety of correspondents. These letters reflect Galton's research in meteorology, statistics, and, to a lesser degree, the heredity of intelligence.

Collection Information

Provenance

Acquired variously, 1967-1987 (accn. nos. 1967-1254ms, 1975-317ms, 1975-687.1ms, 1975-578f.ms, 1976-1327-1328ms, 1977-1298ms, 1977-603fms, 1978-1345ms, 1987-525ms).

Preferred citation

Cite as: Francis Galton Collection, American Philosophical Society.

Processing information

Recatalogued by rsc, 2004.

Related material

Galton appears as a correspondent in several APS collections, including the Moore Autograph Collection (3 items), the John Edward Gray Papers (1 item), Paget Papers (4 items), the Letters of Scientists Collection (1 item), the Charles B. Davenport Papers, and the APS Archives (1 item), and he appears in the History of Science Microfilm 1 (Royal Society)

The major manuscript collections for Francis Galton appear at the University College London and the Royal Geographic Society.

Bibliography

The APS has many of Galton's major published works, including:

Galton, Francis. Art of Travel, 4th ed. (London, 1867) Call no.: 910.2 G13a.4

Galton, Francis. English Men of Science (London, 1874) Call no.: 925 G13

Galton, Francis. Essays in Eugenics (London, 1909) Call no.: 575.104 G13e

Galton, Francis. Finger prints (London, 1892) Call no.: 573.6 G13f

Galton, Francis. Hereditary Genius (London, 1869) Call no.: 136.3 G1 (and other editions)

Galton, Francis. Inquiries into Human Faculty and its Development (London, 1883) Call no.: 575.1 G13

Galton, Francis. Memories of My Life (New York, 1909) Call no.: B G136g

Galton, Francis. Natural Inheritance (London, 1889) Call no.: 575.1 G13n

Genetics Note

AuthorFormatDate
Galton, FrancisCorrespondence (16 items)1867-1906

Indexing Terms


Personal Name(s)

  • Clarke, Hyde, 1815-1895
  • Frere, Henry Bartle Edward, 18
  • Galton, Francis, Sir, 1822-1911
  • Jebb, Henry Gladwyn
  • Miller, W. J. C. (William John
  • Proctor, Annie
  • Ravenstein, Ernest, 1834-1913
  • Strachey, Richard, Sir, 1817-1908

Subject(s)

  • Eugenics
  • Heredity
  • Meteorology


Detailed Inventory

Francis Galton Collection
1867-19090.25 lin. feetbox 1

Subject(s): Population genetics; Evolution; Eugenics; Statistics, biostatistics, biometrics; Human genetics

Galton, Francis, Sir, 1822-1911.
to Richard Strachey
1867 Nov. 6ALS, 4p.

Requesting clarification on Strachey's paper on meteorology in the Proceedings of the Royal Society.

Galton, Francis, Sir, 1822-1911.
to Henry Gladwyn Jebb
1870 Aug. 20ALS, 4p.

Request for information on the Jebb family. "It seems to me the two desiderata in the present state of the 'heredity' discussions are (1) Families with a large number of able men in consecutive generations. (2) an estimate, or a statement of possible, of the number in that family who were not included in the first category."

Galton, Francis, Sir, 1822-1911.
to William John Clarke Miller
1873 April 8ALS, 3p.

Requests Miller's assistance with forwarding a mathematical (statistical) problem to Mr. Carr.

Galton, Francis, Sir, 1822-1911.
to Hyde Clarke
1873 June 19ALS, 3p.

Bartle Frere's plans to establish a "black settlement under British protection" as head to a railway to the gold fields.

Galton, Francis, Sir, 1822-1911.
to "Dear Bart"
1873 Dec. 20ALS, 1p.
Galton, Francis, Sir, 1822-1911.
to Ernest George Ravenstein
1877 June 22ALS, 3p.

Regarding map of African explorations and African plans.

Galton, Francis, Sir, 1822-1911.
to Richard Strachey
1878 May 24ALS, 4p.

Developments in meteorological research.

Galton, Francis, Sir, 1822-1911.
to Richard Strachey
1880 Apr. 9ALS, 2p.

Meteorological research: seeking a synonym for "depression" and suggests "bathic."

Galton, Francis, Sir, 1822-1911.
to Moncure Daniel Conway
1882 Apr. 24ALS Cy, 3p.

Sends an admission ticket to Darwin's funeral. "I can hardly express to you how deeply I feel Charles Darwin's death owing more to him spiritually than to any other man..."

Location of originals: From original at the Historical Society of Pennsylvania.

Galton, Francis, Sir, 1822-1911.
to Richard Strachey
1882 May 18ALS, 2p.

Has set Curtis to work reading the number of day degrees.

Galton, Francis, Sir, 1822-1911.
to Nature. Editor
1893 Jan. 18ALS, 3p.

Regarding his paper to "show how easy it is to express pictures, place & such illustrations in outlines, as are from time to time wanted to illustrate telegraphic intelligence, by a paragraph of numerals."

Galton, Francis, Sir, 1822-1911.
to Annie Procter
1898 Jan. 27ALS, 2p.
Galton, Francis, Sir, 1822-1911.
to Annie Procter
1898 Feb. 23ALS, 3p.

Regarding trip home from France.

Galton, Francis, Sir, 1822-1911.
to Annie Procter
1899 April 14ALS, 4p.

Traveling in Spain. Loss of old friends. Enjoyed the bull fights in Seville.

Galton, Francis, Sir, 1822-1911.
to Lady Strachey
1909 June 28ALS, 2p.

Would like to call, but is too infirm.

Galton, Francis, Sir, 1822-1911.
to John Simon
n.d.Postcard, 1p.