"Letters from the library" is a regular and bilingual column published since 2020 on the blog of the Charles Darwin Foundation for the Galapagos Islands (CDF). In it, the author, working as the coordinator of the Library, Archive & Museum area of the institution between 2018 and 2023, shares the stories behind many documents in the collection. Since 2022, the column is published in Galapagueana. The contents of the letters can be downloaded from the section "Galapagueana to take away"
#23. A Merlenesque story [In memoriam]
Godfrey Merlen was one of the scientists with the largest and longest presence at the Charles Darwin Research Station ― and in the Galapagos. His particular profile was easily recognizable from afar in Puerto Ayora. The same is true of his work, which is everywhere to be found in the CDF Library, Archives & Museum...
#22. The puzzle of the fragmented memory
#21. Dinosaurs in Mars
Disinformation and fake news are not new things, born in the heat of the Internet and the ubiquitous social networks. They have existed since human beings are human beings, and since our species had the capacity to fantasize...
#20. Her work, his fame
One of the most interesting items held in the special collections of the CDF Library is a folder ―looking luxurious enough to intimidate me, I must confess― containing a series of the famous "Gould prints"...
#19. On chairs and terraces
#18. The hands of the artist
#17. Glances from the other side of time
#16. Story of a death in a duel with pistols
#15. Little wings falling like flakes
#13. The librarian's footprints
#12. With a little sea lion on the lap (II)
#11. Hunting the wild bull
Not everything we store in our archives and libraries displays trustworthy information or reliably documents an event. There is, in our knowledge and memory repositories, a lot of information that is far from being "true"...
#10. A chest full of treasures
#09. A green heart
#08. A story in a picture
#07. In Kichwa. In Inuktikut
#06. Everything is hidden in memory
#05. Darwin at the Tower of Babel
#04. Georgina's diary
The notebook was wrapped in a light blue cardboard, neatly folded for protection. There, inside that sort of box, it had been invisible for years. No one seemed to have requested it for reading in the library's main room...
#03. With a little sea lion on the lap (I)
#02. In the bathroom
The history of bathroom reading is a history still to be written. I speak of "history" because I assume that, from that glorious moment in the past when humans invented the toilet or some similar device in which to sit down, the need to read appeared...
#01. A love postcard
It was a postcard. It appeared inside one of several boxes of old papers that someone decided to discard at the CDF and, therefore, came first to my hands to check if there was something useful or valuable for the archive. And there was plenty of that...
Text & picture: Edgardo Civallero (email@example.com).
Publication date: 1 December 2022
Last update: 1 October 2023