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Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Clippings Collection

Identifier: CLIP

Scope and Content

The Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Clippings Collection consists of 29 boxes of printed published material. The majority of the material is either newspaper clippings or photocopies of newspaper articles. When possible, the newspapers were recorded to note the geographic span of the coverage as well as to document that the clippings may be from newspapers which no longer exist and/or do not have searchable on-line archives. The subject files cover a range of topics from the scientific community to CSHL’s relationship with the neighboring community. A detailed list of the box contents can be found at


  • Creation: 1903-2011

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Access Restrictions

Some restrictions apply, see Archivist for details. Access is given only by appointment, 9 a.m. to 5 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.

Historical Note

The Clippings Files are comprised of newspaper clippings from local, national and international papers starting in 1903 to the present, covering events and notable scientific discoveries at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory. Much of the Clippings File stems from defunct newspapers, and others that are difficult to access because of a lack of indices or rarity.


12.09 linear feet (29 Boxes)


The Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Clippings Collection is composed of 29 boxes of printed material which document both scientists and events at CSHL and the scientific community at large.

Arrangement Note

The Clippings Collection is arranged chronologically and some years are separated by month. The early parts of the collection up to the mid-2000s were already arranged into folders and included subject files. The subject files are arranged alphabetically at the end of their respective decades if they spanned multiple years. Post-2008 clippings were unsorted and included earlier clippings mixed in. Overall, the material was in good shape and needed minimal refoldering and stabilization. Folder level date ranges are generally reflective of the material within although previous users sometimes clipped together background material from earlier dates. Excessive duplicate material was weeded from the collection during processing; however, the subject files may be duplicative of the year and month files. With subject level cataloguing it was not possible to remove all duplicates.


The Collection was generated separately by the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Department of Public Affairs and the Archives and later merged to form the CSH Clippings Collection. The clippings were procured by both professional and internal services. The Public Affairs portion of the Collection was received March 2012 and the entire collection processed in July-August 2012.

Related Collections

(All referenced collections are from the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Archives)

Carnegie Institution of Washington at CSH Collection

The Long Island Biological Association

The Meetings and Courses Collection

Undergraduate Research Program Collection

James D. Watson Collection


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

Cold Spring Harbor Clippings Collection
Finding Aid Prepared by Amy Driscoll.
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Finding aid written in English.

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