SOAS University of London

Images of Livingstone letters now available online

15 December 2008

Images of David Livingstone’s letters held at SOAS Library are now available to view through the Livingstone Online project.

Livingstone Online is a research project based at the Wellcome Trust Centre for the History of Medicine at UCL. Its aims are to collect together and edit Livingstone’s medical and scientific correspondence online, mounting digital images and transcripts of original manuscripts held in different repositories across the country.

At SOAS, Livingstone’s correspondence and papers are found with the archives of the London Missionary Society (LMS) and relate largely to his period of service as a missionary of the Society between 1840 and 1857 in their African mission field. These comprise over 100 original letters from Livingstone to LMS officials, family and friends, largely dating from the 1840s and 1850s, in addition to a series of letters known as the ‘Bruce Livingstone Collection’, comprising letters from Livingstone to his father-in-law and fellow missionary, Robert Moffat, between 1844 and 1857. There are also 15 letters written by Livingstone’s wife, Mary (née Moffat), 1852-1855, directed to the Society.