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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Watson and Crick at the Salk Institute

Photographs of James D. Watson and Francis Crick at the Salk Institute. One photographs is autographed by Watson and Crick. Also includes a letter…

Rosensteil Award - Brandeis University

Sydney Brenner, Paul Berg, Seymour Benzer at Rosensteil Award, Brandeis University; Sydney Brenner speaks to a man at the Rosensteil Award, Brandeis…

Handwritten letter from Rosalind Franklin to James D. Watson

In this letter Franklin asks Watson for his comments and criticisms of an unpublished manuscript.

1967 CSH Symposium

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