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Legacies of Eugenics Project

The careful study of original documents is key to all historical investigations. Digital libraries offer many primary sources associated with the history and legacy of eugenics. In the Legacies Digital Library, we post those we find otherwise difficult to locate. These are available as open access, free to download pdf files.

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Publications produced by the Biometric Laboratory

The Biometric Laboratory began in 1902 at University of London, University College, under the directorship of Professor Karl Pearson (1857-1936). Farrall discusses the creation of the Biometric Laboratory. There is considerable cross-over of publications published under the Biometric Laboratory and the Francis Galton Laboratory for the National Eugenics. Under Pearson’s direction, the Biometric Laboratory produced three series of… Read More »

Pearson (1909) The Groundwork of Eugenics

Eugenics Laboratory Lectures number 2: Pearson, Karl. 1909. The Groundwork of Eugenics (London: Dulau and Co.). 39 pp. Second edition is 1912. Eugenics Laboratory Lectures number 2 Pearson, Karl. 1909. The Groundwork of Eugenics (external link)

Galton and Schuster (1906) Noteworthy Families

Francis Galton and Edgar Schuster. 1906. Noteworthy Families: An Index to Kinships in Near Degrees Between Persons Whose Achievements are Honourable, and Have Been Publicly Recorded (London: John Murray). Identified as “Volume 1 of the Publications of the Eugenics Record Office of the University of London”. Galton and Schuster (1906) Noteworthy Families Galton and Schuster (1906) Noteworthy Families… Read More »

Elderton (1909) The Relative Strength of Nurture and Nature

Eugenics Laboratory Lectures number 3: Elderton, Ethel M. 1909. The Relative Strength of Nurture and Nature (London: Dulau and Co.). 40 pp. Includes two Appendices: Appendix A, ‘Home Conditions and Eyesight’, by Karl Pearson (noted as reprinted from British Medical Journal), pp. 34–39, and Appendix B, ‘Cleanliness and Vision’, signed Karl Pearson, pp. 439–40. The preface notes that this Lecture… Read More »

Elderton (1909) On the Marriage of First Cousins

Eugenics Laboratory Lectures number 4: Elderton, Ethel M. 1909. On the Marriage of First Cousins (London: Dulau and Co.). 39 pp. Eugenics Laboratory Lectures number 4 Elderton, Ethel M. 1909. On the Marriage of First Cousins (not yet available). Elderton, Ethel M. 1911. On the Marriage of First Cousins. Second edition.

Pearson (1909) The Problem of Practical Eugenics

Eugenics Laboratory Lectures number 5: Pearson, Karl. 1909. The Problem of Practical Eugenics (London: Dulau and Co.). 38 pp. Based on a course of lectures given in May 1909. Reprinted 1910. Second edition is 1912. Eugenics Laboratory Lectures number 5  

Pearson (1910) Nature and Nurture, the Problem of the Future

Eugenics Laboratory Lectures number 6: Pearson, Karl. 1910. Nature and Nurture, the Problem of the Future (London: Dulau and Co.). 31 pp. Based on Presidential address delivered on 28 April 1910, annual meeting of the Social and Political Education League. GLNE reprint is ‘Second edition’ 1910. Eugenics Laboratory Lectures number 6 Pearson, Karl. 1910. Nature and Nurture, the… Read More »

Pearson (1927) The Right of the Unborn Child

Eugenics Laboratory Lectures number 14: Pearson, Karl. 1927. The Right of the Unborn Child; Being a Lecture Delivered on November 13, 1926 to Teaching from the London County Council Schools (London: Cambridge University Press). 26 pp. Eugenics Laboratory Lectures number 14  

Pearson (1911) The Academic Aspect of the Science of National Eugenics

Eugenics Laboratory Lectures number 7: Pearson, Karl. 1911. The Academic Aspect of the Science of National Eugenics. A Lecture Delivered to Undergraduates (London: Dulau and Co.). 27 pp. Eugenics Laboratory Lectures number 7 Link to external library

Pearson (1909) The Scope and Importance to the State of the Science of National Eugenics

Eugenics Laboratory Lectures number 1: Pearson, Karl. 1909. The Scope and Importance to the State of the Science of National Eugenics (London: Dulau and Co., second edition). 45 pp. Based on the Fourteenth Robert Boyle Lecture before the Oxford University Junior Scientific Club, 17 May 1907. First edition is 1907 in Journal of the Oxford University Junior Scientific… Read More »