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03. Special Collections

 Record Group
Identifier: 03
CSHL Special Collections houses the history of molecular biology, genetics, and biotechnology worldwide. In addition to the Rare Book Collection and the Oral History Collection, it includes the personal collections of numerous notable scientists. Collections of note include the Sydney Brenner Collection, the Hermann Muller Collection, and the Matthew Meselson Collection. Generally, Special Collection materials consist of correspondence, photographs, laboratory notebooks, administrative files, memorabilia, and audiovisual media.

Found in 23 Collections and/or Records:

Alan W. Bernheimer Sr. Collection

 Collection
Identifier: AWB
Abstract

The Dr. Alan Bernheimer Sr. Collection contains reports, topographical maps, announcements, surveys, and publications relevant to the development and natural history of the town of Cold Spring Harbor, New York, including materials regarding Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory and the Cold Spring Harbor Whaling Museum. The Collection also contains reprints, printed materials, and correspondence.

Dates: 1897 - 1996

Sydney Brenner Collection

 Collection
Identifier: SB
Abstract

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

Dates: 1927 - 2023

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

Charles DeLisi Collection

 Collection
Identifier: CDL
Abstract

These files are the letters sent by attendees of the Santa Fe Workshop in 1986. These formed the basis of Dr. DeLisi’s memo to the Assistant Secretary proposing the project.

Dates: 1983-1989

Errol C. Friedberg Collection

 Collection
Identifier: ECF
Abstract

The Errol C. Friedberg Collection is comprised of material related to the research and writing of biographies of Nobel Laureates James D. Watson and Sydney Benner.

Dates: 1956-2010; Majority of material found within 1998 - 2010

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

Yuzuru Husimi Collection

 Collection
Identifier: YH
Abstract

The Dr. Yuzuru Husimi Collection contains reprints and patent applications related to Dr. Husimi’s work on the Human Genome Project, including the development of DNA sequencers for the human genome.

Dates: 1982 - 2000

Hideki Kambara Collection

 Collection
Identifier: HK
Abstract

The Dr. Hideki Kamabara Collection contains reprints, patent applications, and presentations.

Dates: 1984-1999

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