CSHL Archives Repository

Preserving and promoting the history of molecular biology.

1953/1955
The California Institute of Technology (Caltech) subseries includes laboratory notebook's from Watson's tenure in Southern California. Here he continued to work on DNA, while at the same time began focusing on the problems presented by RNA.

Location
Collection JDW: James D. Watson Collection (1870-2012)
Section JDW/2: Personal Papers (1895-2012)
Series JDW/2/6: Laboratory and Course Notebooks (1947-1966)

1950/1951
The Copenhagen Laboratory Research subseries includes laboratory notebooks from Watson's brief stay in Denmark. After completion of his dissertation in 1950, Watson headed to Copenhagen for a year to continue his study of phage replication in the…

Location
Collection JDW: James D. Watson Collection (1870-2012)
Section JDW/2: Personal Papers (1895-2012)
Series JDW/2/6: Laboratory and Course Notebooks (1947-1966)

1947/1950
The Ph.D. Courses and Dissertation Research subseries includes laboratory notebooks and course work from his time at Indiana University, where he studied under Hermann J. Muller and Salvador E. Luria. While most of the research was conducted in…

Location
Collection JDW: James D. Watson Collection (1870-2012)
Section JDW/2: Personal Papers (1895-2012)
Series JDW/2/6: Laboratory and Course Notebooks (1947-1966)

1957/1989
The Miscellaneous subseries consist of various files collected by Watson while teaching at Harvard. These are primarily administrative files, such as expenditures, payroll information, academic schedules, Harvard publications and clippings. Of note…

Location
Collection JDW: James D. Watson Collection (1870-2012)
Section JDW/2: Personal Papers (1895-2012)
Series JDW/2/5: Harvard Teaching Files (1948-1981 )

1960/1973
The Lab Applicants subseries is composed of letters addressed to Watson by students seeking research positions in his laboratory. The files include numerous curricula vitae, as well as a smaller number of reprints.

Location
Collection JDW: James D. Watson Collection (1870-2012)
Section JDW/2: Personal Papers (1895-2012)
Series JDW/2/5: Harvard Teaching Files (1948-1981 )

1962/1974
The Committee Files subseries contains materials related to committees Watson served on while at Harvard University, including the Committee on Higher Degrees in Biochemistry, the Committee on Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, and the Biochemistry…

Location
Collection JDW: James D. Watson Collection (1870-2012)
Section JDW/2: Personal Papers (1895-2012)
Series JDW/2/5: Harvard Teaching Files (1948-1981 )

1953/1981
The Correspondence subseries consists of letters sent and received while employed as a professor at Harvard University. This includes both departmental (Biology Department and the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology), and administrative…

Location
Collection JDW: James D. Watson Collection (1870-2012)
Section JDW/2: Personal Papers (1895-2012)
Series JDW/2/5: Harvard Teaching Files (1948-1981 )

1948/1976
The Courses subseries consists of course materials, such as lecture notes (many handwritten by Watson), exams, grades, syllabi, reference lists, and problem sets. Dr. Watson taught several courses while at Harvard, including Biochemistry, Biology,…

Location
Collection JDW: James D. Watson Collection (1870-2012)
Section JDW/2: Personal Papers (1895-2012)
Series JDW/2/5: Harvard Teaching Files (1948-1981 )

1948/1981
The Harvard Teaching Files series primarily consists of material created during Watson

Location
Collection JDW: James D. Watson Collection (1870-2012)
Section JDW/2: Personal Papers (1895-2012)