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Elof Axel Carlson Papers, 1897-2004

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Scope and Content

From the Collection:

The Elof Carlson Collection is comprised of personal and professional material accrued by Dr. Carlson primarily during his professional academic career from 1958-2000. Professionally, Dr. Carlson was a professor, a geneticist, and a historian of genetics and the materials reflect these interests. The collection includes course notebooks, lecture notes and teaching files, scientific papers, correspondence, photographs, memorabilia, clippings, and material related to Dr. Carlson’s seminal biography Genes, Radiation and Society about his mentor, Dr. Hermann Muller. Hermann J. Muller (1890-1967) was a Nobel Prize winning geneticist who first showed that exposure to radiation would produce mutations in living organisms. Elof Carlson was his student at the University of Indiana and they became lifelong friends.

From the Collection:

Elof Axel Carlson Papers

From the Collection:
  1. Biographical Material, 1918-1999
  2. Ephemera, 1930-2017
  3. Articles, 1966-2001
  4. Photographs, 1930-1999
  5. Subject Files, 1957-1997
  6. Manuscripts, 1965-1999
  7. Reprints, 1897-2013
  8. Diaries, 1955-2022
  9. Laboratory Notebooks, 1995-1985
  10. Correspondence, 1953-2013
  11. Conferences and Talks, 1993-2015
  12. Stony Brook University, 1966-2001
  13. Writings, 1952-2019
  14. Confidential, 1975-2016
  15. Audio Visual, 2003-2004

Muller Biography Materials

From the Collection:
  1. Muller Research Files: Source Documents on Hermann J. Muller's Life and Muller Biography Materials, 1949, 1981-1982
  2. Muller Manuscript Drafts: Documents on the Writing of Muller Biography, 1981


  • Creation: 1897-2004


Language of Materials

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Access Restrictions

Some restrictions apply, see Archivist for details. Access is given only by appointment, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.


From the Collection: 69 Boxes

Repository Details

Part of the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Archives Repository

Library & Archives
Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory
One Bungtown Rd
Cold Spring Harbor NY 11724 USA