Livingstone Online

Explore the manuscripts of David Livingstone


Welcome to Livingstone Online

David Livingstone's medicine chest

David Livingstone.
Credit: David Livingstone Centre.

Livingstone Online is an ongoing project that provides access to the manuscripts of the missionary, doctor and African explorer David Livingstone (1813-1873). We currently offer images and detailed transcriptions of many of Livingstone's letters, and we aim to make all of his manuscripts - including his diaries and journals - freely available online. We also run a transatlantic collaboration to apply spectral imaging and processing to restore a series of faded, illegible texts produced by Livingstone during his last travels (1866-1873).

View the Catalogue of David Livingstone's Letters

Visit the David Livingstone Spectral Imaging Project

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Exciting News: Livingstone Online has received two major grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities (USA). The first grant, an NEH Humanities Collections and Reference Resources Grant, will allow us to redesign our site (long overdue) over a three-year period while adding 3,500 new manuscript pages. The second, an NEH Scholarly Translations and Editions Grant, will enable us to create a "multispectral critical edition" of Livingstone's 1870 Field Diary during the next two years.