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Jim Crow, 2004-04-29

 Item — Box: AV01, miniDV: CSHL1038

Scope and Contents

From the Collection:

The Oral History Collection contains interviews conducted with 200 scientists within the fields of molecular biology, genetics, and the life sciences between 1990 and 2018. The interviewees provide first-hand accounts of their experiences in the fields of modern biology, such as neuroscience, cancer, genetics, plant genetics, genomics, biotechnology and others, from the 1940s through the 2000s. The collection contains audio and video recordings, as well as transcripts of interviews.

The interviews offer a glimpse into the life of prominent scientists. The interviews discuss scientists' early school days and beginning interests in science to what or who made them choose to go into science. They also include reminiscences about their research and major discoveries, experiences of women in science, the character and life of leading scientists like Barbara McClintock and James D. Watson, the history of Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, the nature of the double-helix discovery, the ethics of the Human Genome Project and biotechnology.

Many scientists interviewed for this project have either carried out their research or attended scientific meetings at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory. Their recollections document not only the history of molecular biology and genetics the but also the laboratory's role in this history. The collection comprises of Hi8 8mm tapes; mini-DV; DVCAM and VHS audio cassette tapes. Most of the interviews from this collection have been transcribed. Interviews which have been digitized can be found at the Oral History Collection page.

The collection is organized into two series: Talking Science Interviews and Presentations. Talking Science Interviews consist of individual scientists, while the Presentations series include clips of oral history interviews that were used for a specific meeting or event.

From the Collection:

From the Collection:
  1. Talking Science Interviews, 1990-2017
  2. Presentations, 2016-2019


  • Creation: 2004-04-29


Conditions Governing Access

Portions of this collection have been digitized and are available online: Select tapes have been digitized thanks to support from CLIR Recordings at Risk Grant awarded in 2021, these tapes are available for research online via our Oral History Website and in person at CSHL Archives. Please contact CSHL Archives with any questions regarding availability.

Biographical / Historical

Jim Crow a pioneer in the field of genetics and an emeritus professor of genetics at the University of Wisconsin at Madison. He earned his Ph.D. from the University of Texas and honorary doctorates from the Universities of Chicago and Edinburgh.

He was a teacher at Dartmouth College for seven years, and he was serving as a professor of genetics at the University of Wisconsin from 1948 to 1986. Currently he is retired from teaching however he gives a lectures at the University of Wisconsin and elsewhere.

He was awarded the 2009 UCSD/Merck Life Sciences Lifetime Achievement Award from the University of California, San Diego for his research achievement in population genetics and evolutionary biology. His research concentrated mostly in the area of population genetics and he brought up every important subject in that field.

He is a member of the National Academy of Sciences and American Philosophical Society. He is also an honorary member of the Japan Academy and the Royal Society of London.

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1 Cassettes (Camcorder footage) : MiniDV - CSHL1038

Language of Materials

From the Collection: English

Repository Details

Part of the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Archives Repository

Library & Archives
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