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James D. Watson Audiovisual Media Collection

Identifier: JDWA

Scope and Contents

The Audiovisual Media series includes a variety of media (VHS, Betamax, DVD, etc.) collected by James D. Watson and the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Department of Public Affairs. The series primarily document Watson’s many lectures and public media appearances (including appearances on The Charlie Rose Show, The Daily Show, CNBC, etc.). It also includes some commercial releases, such as the BBC’s “Life Story” (a dramatized account of the discovery of the double helix, starring Jeff Goldblum as Dr. Watson, also known as “The Race for the Double Helix”), “The Human Genome Project” (narrated by Francis Collins and William Rutter), and the “DNA: Secret of Life” 5-part documentary. The series also contains various programs regarding Francis Crick. Of particular note is a magnetic tape of Dr. Watson’s Nobel Prize acceptance speech from 1962 and a reel featuring the 1969 ABC documentary The Scientists, which features Watson, Walter Gilbert, and other scientists from Harvard University.


  • Creation: 1962 - 2018


20 Boxes

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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