CSHL Archives Repository

Preserving and promoting the history of molecular biology.

The Repository

Contains over 380,000 online documents from Nobel laureates' James D. Watson's and Sydney Brenner's personal collections. These collections consist of correspondence, manuscripts, photographs, laboratory notebooks, administrative records, teaching files & memorabilia.

The repository and metadata were created in part, through a two-year grant funded collaboration with the Wellcome Library's Codebreakers: Makers of Modern Genetics digitization project.

Finding Aids for the majority of the 53 collections on the history of molecular biology are available on our CSHL Archives and Digital Collections websites.

The Collections

Sydney Brenner

The Sydney Brenner Collection consists of over 300 manuscript boxes of materials documenting the life and career of Dr. Sydney Brenner, co-recipient…

James D. Watson

The James D. Watson Collection consists of over 500 manuscript boxes of materials documenting the life and career of James D. Watson, co-recipient of…

Features

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Support

Scholars are encouraged to contact our archivists with research questions, obtaining rights to use materials or to schedule an appointment.


Greeting card from the Beadle family

Greeting card from the Beadle family: Greeting card sent from Nobel Prize winning geneticist George Wells Beadle to Watson.

Time Life, Inc. Portraits

Portraits of Watson in his Harvard classroom taken by Time Life, Inc. for their publication The Scientist.

Nobel Prize Banquet

Various photographs of the 1962 Nobel Prize Banquet. Includes James D. Watson, Francis Crick, Maurice Wilkins, John Kendrew, Max Perutz, and John…

Letter from James D. Watson to Paul Weiss

In this letter Watson explains his reasons for leaving Copenhagen and moving to Cambridge to study the structure of DNA.