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Amar Klar Collection

Identifier: AJSK

Scope and Content

The Amar Klar Collection at the CSHL Library and Archive documents the research of Dr. Amar J. S. Klar during his time at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory (1978-1988), where he worked with Jeff Strathern and Jim Hicks at Delbruck Laboratory in the Yeast Group. The collection consists of laboratory research notebooks and a very small number of photographs and correspondence that were included in the first notebook.


  • Creation: 1976-2001


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Access Restrictions

Some restrictions apply, see Archivist for details. Access is given only by appointment, 8:30 to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Use Restriction

Archival materials must remain in the archival reading area. Item duplication is to be done by archivists. Fees are applied to copies made. Digital photography is permitted by users. Due to the very fragile nature of some materials in this collection, some are available through photocopies; others must be used under the supervision of an archivist.


Amar J. S. Klar was born in April 1, 1947 in Lyallpur, Punjab, India. He received his undergraduate degree in biochemistry (1967) and Masters of Science in microbiology (1969), both from Punjab Agriculture University, Hissar, India. Dr. Klar then received his Ph.D. in bacteriology at the University of Wisconsin in 1975 and afterwards studied genetics as a postdoctoral fellow at the University of California. In 1978, Dr. Klar joined the staff at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, where he served as director of the Delbruck laboratory from 1985 to 1988. In 1988, he joined the ABL-Basic Research Program as head of the Developmental Genetics Section. In 1999, Dr. Klar moved to the Center for Cancer Research, National Cancer Institute in Frederick, Maryland. The bulk of this collection refers to his time at CSHL.

Throughout his career, Dr. Klar’s research has focused on genetics and molecular biology of gene silencing and mating-types in yeast, as well as preferences for hand utilization in humans and other marked characteristics. Dr. Klar died on March 5, 2017 in Fredrick, Maryland.


12 boxes,(3 linear feet)


The Amar Klar Collection documents the research of Dr. Amar J. S. Klar during his time at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory (1978-1988). The collection is mainly laboratory research notebooks and a very small number of photographs and correspondence.

Arrangement Note

Material from this accession consisted of 12 three ring binder notebooks containing laboratory research notes. The notebooks were in excellent condition and simply had to be rehoused. Dr. Klar’s titles were retained and subject divisions were noted when available.


This collection was donated by Amar Klar. It was received in 2002 and processed at CSHL Library and Archives in October 2011.

Related Collections

See the Jeffrey Strathern and James Hicks Collections at the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Library for additional information.


This collection was processed with funding provided by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC) Basic Processing Grant.

Amar Klar Collection
Finding Aid Prepared by Amy Driscoll.
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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