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.


Moscow Biochemical Congress

Includes Watson wearing RNA tie, A.M. Liapounoff, Francis Crick and others.

Copenhagen

Various photographic prints from Watson's post-doctoral studies in Copenhagen and later meetings which were also held in the city. Of note are two…

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.

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…