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…


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1967 CSH Symposium

4 photographic prints and 1 glass-plate positive of Francis Crick (1 with Watson) at the 1967 CSH Symposium.

Joan Steitz, Watson, Nancy Hopkins, and Jeff Roberts

Joan Steitz, Watson, Nancy Hopkins, and Jeff Roberts: Photographic print of Joan Steitz, Watson, Nancy Hopkins, and Jeff Roberts at CSHL.

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. …

Handwritten letter from Rosalind Franklin to James D. Watson

In this letter Franklin asks Watson for his comments and criticisms of an unpublished manuscript.