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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The Race to Discover the Secret of DNA - The Atlantic

Excerpts of Watson’s The Double Helix were originally published in The Atlantic.

Italian Alps

Photographs of James D. Watson and others in the Italian Alps

Birthday Card - 60th

Birthday card from Leslie Orgel and others to Sydney Brenner.

Rosalind Franklin

Portrait of Rosalind Franklin used in The Double Helix.