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…

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.


Birthday Card - 60th

Birthday card from Leslie Orgel and others to Sydney Brenner.

Letter from George Gamow to RNA club tie member

This letter from George Gamow to the RNA Tie Club includes a listing of the original club members with handwritten notation from Gamow and Watson.

Woods Hole (MA) Summer Course in Physiology

Photographs from Woods Hole (MA): Includes group portrait of Summer Course in Physiology attendees (includes Watson); Watson with "silly helix" model;…

RNA Tie Club, Cambridge

Photograph of Francis Crick, Alex Rich, Leslie Orgel, and James Watson in Cambridge wearing their RNA ties