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Oral History

 Collection
Identifier: OH

Scope and Contents

CSHL Archives Oral History Collection contains interviews conducted with 200 scientists within the fields of molecular biology, genetics, and the life sciences, between 1990 and 2018. The interviewees provide first-hand accounts of their experiences in the fields of modern biology as neuroscience, cancer, genetics, plant genetics, genomics, biotechnology and others from the 1940s through the 2000s. The collection contains audio and video recordings, as well as transcripts of interviews. The collection is organized into two series: Talking Science Interviews and Presentations. Talking Science Interviews consist of individual scientists; Presentations include clips of oral history interviews that were used for a specific meeting or event. The interviews offer a glimpse into the life of prominent scientists. The interviews discuss scientists' early school days and beginning interests in science to what or who made them choose to go into science. They also include reminiscences about their research and major discoveries, experiences of women in science, the character and life of leading scientists like Barbara McClintock and James D. Watson, the history of Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, the nature of the double-helix discovery, the ethics of the Human Genome Project and biotechnology. Many scientists interviewed for this project have special relationships with internationally recognized research institute, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, having carried out their research or attended scientific meetings there. Their recollections document the history of molecular biology and genetics, as well as the laboratory's role in this history. The collection comprises of Hi8 8mm tapes; mini-DV; DVCAM and VHS audio cassette tapes. Most of the interviews from this collection have been transcribed.

Dates

  • 1990 - 2018

Extent

200 Cassettes

Language of Materials

English

Arrangement

The collection is arrranged alphabetically by scientist name.

Title
CSHL Oral History Collection
Subtitle
Interviews with the scientific leaders of molecular biology
Status
In Progress
Author
Tom Adams
Language of description
Undetermined
Script of description
Code for undetermined script

Repository Details

Part of the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Archives Repository

Contact:
Library & Archives
Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory
One Bungtown Rd
Cold Spring Harbor NY 11724 USA
516-367-6872