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Amos G. Avery Photographic Collection

Identifier: AGA

Scope and Content

This collection gives a view of the scientific and personal lives of scientists within the early days of the Department of Genetics of the Carnegie Institution of Washington. This collection includes photographs, negatives and three scrapbooks. This collection is housed in boxes and the scrapbooks pages are falling apart in non-archival boxes. An interesting photograph caption says "Charles Lindberg comes to visit…" however, the image is so small, its virtually unrecognizable. Date range is 1926-1942.

A detailed list of the box contents can be found at


  • Creation: 1926-1942


Access Restrictions

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


Mr. Amos Avery, an associate in plant breeding for the Carnegie Institution of Washington Department of Genetics, was in charge of the gardens and greenhouses under Dr. Albert Blakeslee from 1926-42. He left the laboratory in 1943.


3 linear feet (2 boxes)

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Selection of photographs in the possession of Amos G. Avery taken between the years of 1926-42. The majority of the photographs were taken in the 1930’s. This collection includes 129 unsorted photographs, approximately 75 negatives, and 3 scrapbooks.

Arrangement Note

The scrapbooks were received in an unorganized state with no obvious arrangement. Captions were included on some scrapbook pages. Photos were loose in the shipping box. Photos are randomly dated and identified. Negatives were identified in a series of handwritten index cards.

Box 1 contains four folders comprised of the three scrapbooks and an additional folder of loose photos. Box 2 contains five folders of film negatives and loose photos. When present, captions and original descriptions of photos and negatives have been noted. Additional descriptions have been provided by the processing archivist.


The photos were given to the Archives by Mr. Avery’s daughter, Nancy Avery in April 1999. It was accessioned and processed at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Library and Archives in November 2011.

Related Materials

Amos G. Avery Photographic Collection
Finding Aid Prepared by Brian Soldo and Clare Clark. Inventory included into AS by Tom Adams.
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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