Sydney Brenner Research Scholarship

About the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Library and Archives Collections

Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory (CSHL) was founded in 1890 as a biological field station for the Brooklyn Institute of Arts & Sciences, and was one of the first institutions in the world to specialize in genetics research. In 1968 James Watson became the Laboratory’s director developing this research institution into one of the world’s leading cancer-research centers, as well as expanding the Lab’s role in neuroscience research and the biotechnology industry. Today, under the leadership of Bruce Stillman, CSHL’s 330 scientists continue to conduct breakthrough research in cancer and other genetic diseases, molecular biology, plant genetics, neuroscience, and quantitative biology.

The mission of the CSHL Archive is to identify, maintain and preserve information and materials related to the history of the biological sciences and Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, and to make these materials available to scholars and researchers. In 2006, Genentech, one of the original leaders of the biotechnology industry, honored its 30th anniversary by announcing a gift of $2.5 million to Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory to establish the Genentech Center for the History of Molecular Biology and Biotechnology.

Located in Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory’s historic Carnegie Building, the expanded facility houses:

  • the archival collections of luminaries from the molecular biology revolution, including Nobel laureates James D. Watson, Sydney Brenner, Barbara McClintock, Hermann Muller, and Wally Gilbert.
  • the reprint collections assembled by Charles Davenport and Milislav Demerec contain over 90,000 reprints
  • a rare book collection assembled by Charles Davenport that has reenty been amplified by gifts from Sydney Brenner, Elof Carlson and James Watson.
  • a photograph archive containing tens of thousands of photographs and includes photographs of all the preeminent geneticists of the 20th century when they attended meetings at Cold Spring Harbor.
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