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Record Group I

 Record Group
Identifier: SB/1

Scope and Content

From the Collection:

The Sydney Brenner Collection consists of over 300 manuscript boxes of materials documenting the life of Dr. Sydney Brenner, from his early years as a student in South Africa, his work as a scientist and administrator at the Medical Research Council (MRC), to his role in the biotechnology industry in the United States and United Kingdom.

The collection also includes material that belonged to Francis Crick and Leslie Barnett. The two shared offices with Brenner at the MRC beginning in the 1950s (Crick left in the mid-1970s and Barnett in the 1990s).

The second record group consists of material that was donated by Philip Goelet in 2023. This material was created during the time that Goelet and Brenner were involved in biotech ventures together, namely Acidophil and Dihedron. Some of the material relates directly to these companies, while others were simply produced in the same time period of 1991-2005 and stored together with the biotech material. The correspodence was arranged to match the organization of the correspondence in the first record group.

The first group has 13 series, and the second has five.

Record Group I

From the Collection:
  1. Correspondence, 1946-2013
  2. Writings, 1947-2012
  3. Lectures, 1959-2010
  4. Subject Files, 1949-2013
  5. Personal Papers, 1952-2010
  6. Laboratory and Course Files, 1952-2010
  7. Reprints, 1934-2003
  8. Photographs, 1927-2008
  9. Articles and Clippings, 1939-2015
  10. Ephemera, 1949-2009
  11. Francis Crick, 1949-1982
  12. Leslie Barnett (Margaret Leslie Collard), 1963-1991
  13. Audiovisual, 1990-2013

Record Group II

From the Collection:
  1. Correspondence, 1991-2005
  2. Writings, 1990-2004
  3. Acidophil and Dihedron, 1982-2005
  4. Personal Papers, 1991-2023
  5. Artifacts, 2004-2005
From the Collection:

Please see the scope and content notes for each series for more detailed descriptions.


  • Creation: 1927 - 2023

Language of Materials

From the Collection:

English (bulk)

Access Restrictions

Virtual access to most material from this collection is availabe freely online, via the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Digital Archives Repository.

Physical access is given only by appointment, 8:00a.m. to 4:45p.m., Monday through Friday. Certain restrictions to material apply to both virtual and physical collections. Contact archivist for details.


From the Collection: 484 Boxes : 201 Linear Feet

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