Digital books



The Library, Archives & Museum area of the Charles Darwin Foundation houses collections that include a number of unique documents relating to the history of Galapagos. Due to their historical and social importance, these materials are protected under stable storage conditions, and are being digitized to help safeguard their contents.

Such contents, moreover, are progressively being transcribed, edited, annotated and published in digital format, to facilitate their access, consultation and use, or are serving as the basis for new original works of popularization, which are also published virtually.

In this section those digital books are presented, with a brief summary and a link for free download.

Contributions, collaborations, comments, suggestions or donations of original material can be sent to the Galapagueana contact email.


Book index

01 | Galapagos Diary

In 1938-9, accompanying her husband, chemist T.W.J. Taylor, on the Lack-Venables Expedition to the Galapagos Islands, British Rosamong Georgina Lloyd Taylor spent several months in the archipelago, especially in Santa Cruz, in the location that would later become Puerto Ayora. Her travel diary, handwritten in a small notebook, contains valuable information about life on the island at the beginning of the 20th century, and about the daily experiences of those first scientific expeditions. The present digital copy is an edited transcription of the only original copy, kept at the CDF Library.

Download [.pdf | 11.1 Mb | English]


02 | Guías didácticas de educación ambiental

The Materiales didácticos de educación ambiental ("Environmental Education Teaching Materials") were originally published in 1998 as "teaching guides" by the Charles Darwin Foundation (CDF) for its Environmental Education Centers (CEAs) on the islands of Santa Cruz, San Cristóbal and Isabela. They were produced as "field guides for teachers" within the formal education strategies of the FCD, and their use was promoted both in the CEAs (created in 1998 and closed in 2006) and in the Galapagoan educational sector. The present digital version is a scan of the last extant originals, kept at the CDF Archive.

Download [.pdf | 22.2 Mb | Spanish]


03 | A history of Galapagos in fifteen documents

A history of Galapagos in fifteen documents is a digital book produced by the CDF Library, Archive & Museum area that collects and presents textual materials that represent milestones in the history of Galapagos. They have been chosen from a wide and rich documental collection, as representative elements of an era: the one that goes from the 16th century to the middle of the 19th century. The result is an open access outreach work that provides several gateways to the fascinating history of the islands.

Download [.pdf | 21.7 Mb | English]


04 | Marine iguanas

Marine Iguanas: Between Land and Sea is a digital book dedicated to the famous reptiles of the Galapagos Islands. The work combines a series of photographs by British researcher Godfrey Merlen with a selection of historical texts on the archipelago that are part of the "Historical Bibliography" in Galapagueana. Using both resources, a more immediate approach to one of the most iconic Galapagos species is sought.

Download [.pdf | 1.42 Mb | English]


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Publication date: 1 December 2021
Last update: 1 October 2021