Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Meetings and Courses Department Collection
Scope and Content
The Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Meetings and Courses Department Collection consist of photographs and supporting documents from the Symposia, Meetings and Courses held at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory. A detailed list of the box contents can be found at http://library.cshl.edu/special-collections/cshl-meetings-and-courses
Language of Materials
Some restrictions apply, see Archivist for details. Access is given only by appointment, 8:30 to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.
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.
In 1924, Reginald G. Harris was appointed director of the Biological Laboratory with the charge of revitalizing it so that it could compete with its rival, the Marine Biological Laboratory at Woods Hole. In 1933, Harris's started the Cold Spring Harbor Symposia on Quantitative Biology. The Symposia became tremendously successful under the leadership of Milislav Demerec, whose own research in bacterial genetics, and especially his hospitality to Salvador Luria and Max Delbruck, led to Cold Spring Harbor becoming a gathering place for molecular geneticists.
Since 1966, CSHL has hosted professional meetings to allow scientists to present and exchange ideas on the latest results and techniques in their particular field. Each year, 5,500 - 6,000 scientists from over 50 countries attend one or more of the many Cold Spring Harbor meetings held in Grace Auditorium throughout the year. The flagship of this program is the annual Symposium on Quantitative Biology, which changes topic every year.
52 Boxes (21.6 Linear Feet)
The Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Meetings and Courses Department Collection consist of photographs and supporting documents from the Symposia, Meetings and Courses held at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory.
Material was received in an organized state with like materials grouped together. The names of the file folders generally describe the material within. Each series is arranged chronologically; see inventory for more information. The Collection is divided into four series:
- Meetings (1960-2002) (Boxes 1-23)
- Symposia (1933-2003) (Boxes 24-40)
- Dorcas Cummings Memorial Lecture (1980-2003) (Box 41)
- Courses (1890-2010) (Boxes 42-52)
The Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Meetings and Courses Department Collection is comprised of 52 boxes which contain photographs and supporting documents on the participants and subject matter of the CSHL meetings, courses and symposia. The material was created by the Meetings and Courses Department, and was originally transfered to the Archives in the 1980s. It was processed in January 2013.
This collection was processed with funding provided by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC) Basic Processing Grant.
- Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Meetings and Courses Department Collection
- Finding Aid Prepared by Amy Driscoll.
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- Finding aid written in English.