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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.

These materials are circulated as historical artefacts. The political and policy views are not endorsed.

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Publication of this material online is done strictly for historical and academic reasons. The work of eugenicists was pervaded by racial, ethnic, gender, and ableist prejudice. Readers must be alert to these biases in this material.

Reproduction of this work here is not an endorsement or promotion of the views expressed or eugenics in general. Quite the reverse. All articles are published in full, except where necessary to protect individual privacy. We believe there is a clear academic interest in making this historical material more widely available.

Trevor (1953) Race Crossing in Man. The Analysis of Metrical Characters

Eugenics Laboratory Memoirs 36: Trevor, Jack Carrick. 1953. Race Crossing in Man. The Analysis of Metrical Characters (London: Cambridge University Press). 45 pp. This was reprinted either in 1964 (date on cover of this printing) or 1965 (date on title page of this printing). Eugenics Laboratory Memoirs 36

Court Brown, et al. (1966) Chromosome Studies on Adults

Eugenics Laboratory Memoirs 42: Court Brown, William Michael, Patricia A. Jacobs, Karin E. Buckton, Ishbel M. Tough, E. V. Kuenssberg, and J. D. E. Knox. 1966. Chromosome Studies on Adults (London: Cambridge University Press, for the Galton Laboratory, University College London). 91 pp. Eugenics Laboratory Memoirs 42

Moran and Smith (1966) 1966.Commentary on R. A. Fisher’s Paper on “The Correlation between Relatives on the Supposition of Mendelian Inheritance”

Eugenics Laboratory Memoirs 41: Moran, Patrick Alfred Pierce, and Cedric Austen Bardell Smith. 1966. Commentary on R. A. Fisher’s Paper on ‘The Correlation between Relatives on the Supposition of Mendelian Inheritance’ [published in Transactions of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, 52 (1918), 399–433] (London: Published for the Galton Laboratory, University College London, by the Cambridge University Press). 62 pp.… Read More »

Elderton (1914) Report on the English Birthrate: Part I. England, North of the Humber

Eugenics Laboratory Memoirs 19-20: Elderton, Ethel Mary. 1914. Report on the English Birthrate: Part I. England, North of the Humber (London: Dulau and Co.). 246 pp. No masthead on this publication. Number 19 in the series is advertised in some endpapers as ‘A First Report on the Condition of the People from the Standpoint of National Eugenics’. The… Read More »

Pearson (1907) The Scope and Importance to the State of the Science of National Eugenics

Pearson, Karl. 1907. The Scope and Importance to the State of the Science of National Eugenics (London: Frowde), 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 Club. Separately printed. (The edition printed in the Journal has not been… Read More »

Pearson (1912) Tuberculosis, Heredity and Environment

Eugenics Laboratory Lectures number 8: Pearson, Karl. 1912. Tuberculosis, Heredity and Environment; Being a Lecture Delivered at the Galton Laboratory for National Eugenics, 12 March 1912 (London: Dulau and Co.). 46 pp. Eugenics Laboratory Lectures number 8 Link to external library

Pearson (1912) Darwinism, Medical Progress and Eugenics. The Cavendish Lecture, 1912

Eugenics Laboratory Lectures number 9: Pearson, Karl. 1912. Darwinism, Medical Progress and Eugenics. The Cavendish Lecture, 1912. An Address to the Medical Profession (publisher not specified). 29 pp. This separate is a hybrid of two publishing processes. It was circulated with GLNE endpapers, but the text is in a different style and format compared to the previous eight… Read More »

Pearson (1914) On the Handicapping of the First-Born

Eugenics Laboratory Lectures number 10: Pearson, Karl., 1914. On the Handicapping of the First-Born; Being a Lecture Delivered at the Galton Laboratory, University College, London, March 17, 1914. With Frontispiece and Four Diagrams(London: Dulau and Co.). 68 pp. Eugenics Laboratory Lectures number 10 Link to external library

Pearson (1923) Charles Darwin 1809-1882. An Appreciation. With Frontispiece Portrait and Plate of Noah’s Ark

Questions of the Day and of the Fray number 12: Pearson, Karl. 1923. Charles Darwin, 1809-1882. An Appreciation. With Frontispiece Portrait and Plate of Noah’s Ark. Being a Lecture Delivered to the Teachers of the London County Council, March 21, 1923 (London: Cambridge University Press). 27 pp. Questions of the Day and of the Fray number 12 URL… Read More »

Pearson (1910) The Influence of Parental Alcoholism on the Physique and Ability of the Offspring

Questions of the Day and of the Fray number 1: Pearson, Karl. 1910. The Influence of Parental Alcoholism on the Physique and Ability of the Offspring. A Reply to the Cambridge Economists (London: Dulau and Co.). 26 pp. Questions of the Day and of the Fray number 1