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

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…

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…


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Outside the Biology Department, Harvard (Rhino Photos) - Prints

Various photographic prints of Watson and Harvard University students posing with a rhinoceros statue outside of the Biology Department building. …

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.

Letter from James D. Watson to Max Perutz

Watson acknowledges Perutz's retirement and thanks him for his encouragement.

Watson and Albert Szent-Gyorgyi, Cape Cod, MA

Photographic prints of Watson and Albert Szent-Gyorgyi at Szent-Gyorgyi’s home in Cape Cod, MA