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01. Personal Collections

 Record Group
Identifier: 01
CSHL Archives’ mission is to collect and document both the history of science at Cold Spring Harbor, and the history of molecular biology and genetics in general. We are home to the personal collections of numerous notable scientists, including Nobel laureates James D. Watson, Barbara McClintock, Alfred Hershey, Walter Gilbert, and Hermann Muller. Our collections date back to the early days of scientific research at Cold Spring Harbor, including Charles Davenport (first director of the Carnegie Institution of Washington Department of Genetics), Reginald Harris (first director of Long Island Biological Association), and Hugo Fricke (radiation scientist at CSH from 1928-1955). The Archives also contains the personal collections of recent CSHL scientists, such as yeast geneticists Amar Klar, James Hicks, and Jeffrey Strathern, as well history of science scholars, such Elof Carlson and Errol Friedberg. Our collections generally consist of correspondence, photographs, laboratory notebooks, administrative files, memorabilia, and audiovisual media.

Found in 14 Collections and/or Records:

Amos G. Avery Photographic Collection

 Collection
Identifier: AGA
Abstract

Selection of photographs in the possession of Amos G. Avery taken between the years of 1926-42. The majority of the photographs were taken in the 1930’s. This collection includes 129 unsorted photographs, approximately 75 negatives, and 3 scrapbooks.

Dates: 1926-1942

Clarence G. Campbell Collection

 Collection
Identifier: CGC
Abstract

The Clarence G. Campbell Collection documents the career of Clarence G. Campbell, noted eugenicist and first president of the Eugenics Research Association. The collection consists of typescripts or reprints of articles, news clippings, ephemera, and letters.

Dates: 1923 - 1938

Elof Carlson Collection

 Collection
Identifier: EAC
Abstract

The Elof Carlson Collection documents the professional career of Dr. Elof Axel Carlson as a university level professor through his retirement to become a writer. Professionally, Dr. Carlson is best known for his biography of Nobel prize winning scientist Dr. Hermann J. Muller. The breadth and scope of the collection range from scientific research and laboratory notebooks to humorous essays on modern society.

Dates: 1897 - 2022

Hugo Fricke Collection

 Collection
Identifier: HF
Abstract

The Hugo Fricke Collection contains laboratory notebooks, correspondence, lantern and glass slides, and scientific papers. Fricke pioneered ionization methods in the early 1920’s. Hugo Fricke’s papers on radiation are still cited today so access to his laboratory notebooks would be an asset to scientists.

Dates: 1920-1972

Walter Gilbert Collection

 Collection
Identifier: WAG
Abstract The Walter Gilbert Collection documents the scientific career of Nobel Prize winning scientist Walter “Wally” Gilbert. It includes material accrued while a student (Sidwell Friends School, Harvard University, Cambridge University), professor (Harvard University), and as a pioneering entrepreneur in the field of biotechnology (Biogen). The collection includes course notebooks, lecture notes and teaching files, scientific papers, correspondence, photographs, memorabilia, clippings, and...
Dates: 1946-2011

Carol Greider Collection

 Collection
Identifier: CWG
Scope and Contents The Dr. Carol Greider Collection is composed of materials accrued by Dr. Greider during her postdoctoral work at the University of California at Berkeley from 1984-1987, and her early work at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory from 1997-1992. The collection consists of computer printouts, correspondence, course notebooks, emails [printed], graphs, journal articles, laboratory notebooks, photographs, reprints, scientific notes and x-ray films. The date range is from 1975-1992. The materials are...
Dates: 1975 - 2000

Winship Herr Collection

 File
Identifier: WRH
Abstract

The collection consists of plasmid request letters, manuscript reviews, laboratory notebooks and the Cancer Center Support Grant application for year 09 (1992).

Dates: 1985-1997 (bulk 1991-1994)

James Hicks Collection

 Collection
Identifier: JBH
Abstract

The James Hicks Collection documents the experimental laboratory work performed by Dr. James Hicks during his tenure at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory in what was known as the “Yeast Group”. The collection consists of laboratory notebooks, one of which includes photographs and transparencies.

Dates: 1971-1984

Matthew Meselson Collection

 Collection
Identifier: MSM
Abstract The Dr. Matthew Meselson Collection (1948-2022) is composed of materials accrued by Dr. Matthew Meselson during his doctorate work at the California Institute of Technology from 1953-1957 under Linus Pauling, his tenure as an Assistant Professor at Caltech, his work with Franklin Stahl in 1955-1957 demonstrating self-replication of DNA, and his tenure as a Professor at Harvard...
Dates: 1940 - 2020

Hermann J. Muller Collection

 Collection
Identifier: HJM
Abstract Dr. Elof Axel Carlson, a graduate student of H.J. Muller's at Indiana University, a geneticist, and a historian of genetics, donated this collection to the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Archives. He began gathering the material in this collection while studying with H.J. Muller, although he obtained the bulk of the collection while conducting research for Genes, Radiation and Society, his biography of H.J. Muller. He received materials from Dorothea Muller (the wife of H.J. Muller), from...
Dates: 1900-1982