Research Travel Grant

The Research Travel Grants are one of three scholarship categories offered by the CSHL Center for Humanities & History of Modern Biology. These fellowships of up to $1000 are intended to defray the cost of visiting the collections in the CSHL Library and Archives. Please see descriptions of the CSHL collections at the Archives homepage and consult detailed finding aids on CSHL ArchivesSpace.

About the Award

Award Benefits

The Research Travel Grants are intended to encourage and support use of the CSHL collections. They award up to $1,000 (USD) to each recipient for reimbursement of direct costs associated with doing research in residence at CSHL. While here, grant recipients will have support from our team of archivists, librarians, and historians. If space permits, they will be eligible to rent on-campus accommodation during their stay.

Who is Eligible?

The fellowship is open to scholars (at any career stage), journalists, writers, filmmakers, and creative artists with promising projects that would illuminate material in the CSHL collections.

Application Instructions

Application Deadline

Applications may be submitted at any time. They will be considered on an ongoing basis.

How to Apply

The application package must include the following:

  1. A completed application form.
  2. A research proposal (see below for detailed instructions).
  3. A brief budget statement showing the expenses for which support is requested.
  4. A curriculum vitae. Please include education and employment history, dates of study, areas of study, previous publications, and previous or current fellowships, grants, and awards.

Please submit applications electronically via email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Attach all documents in .pdf, .doc, or .docx formats, with a brief covering letter in the body of the email. Please format the subject line of your email as "Research Travel Grant application - [Your Name]"

About the Research Proposal

In a maximum of 1000 words, the proposal should explain your research question or objective, the types of sources you intend to use, and the significance of the proposed research to your scholarly trajectory and to your discipline or field. The proposal must identify specific items or record groups you would use at the CSHL Library and Archives.

Please submit your proposal in double-spaced 12-point font.

Selection Criteria

We seek original, ambitious proposals that demonstrate the likely relevance of CSHL collections to the project. Potential applicants are encouraged to learn more about the collections by contacting CSHL archivists before applying.

Award Conditions

At the conclusion of their visit, Research Travel Grant recipients will be asked to:

  • provide CSHL with a report on the results of their research;
  • acknowledge the grant in all publications which result from their research;
  • notify CSHL of any publication or other creative expression resulting in whole or in part from the grant.
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About the library

The Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Library is home to a specialized collection of books, journals and online materials with an emphasis on bioinformatics, cancer research, genetics, molecular biology, neurobiology and plant genetics. Our mission is to provide our scientists, staff and graduate students, and meeting and course participants, with scientific information and access to a state-of-the-art scientific library.

The Goals of the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Library include providing the following:

  • Scientific information, both current and retrospective.
  • Access to computerized information sources.
  • Timely information for departments and support staff.
  • Current materials of general interest for staff and their families.

Staff Phone & Email

Contact us at:    (516) 367-6872
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Library & Archives, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, 1 Bungtown Road, Cold Spring Harbor, NY 11724

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Carnegie Building History

History of the Carnegie Library Building at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory.

Carnegie Institue Logo On Saturday, June 11, 1904, a gala dedication ceremony took place on the grounds of the Bio Lab to mark the formal opening of the Carnegie Institution's Station for Experimental Evolution.

Charles Davenport, director of the new station, made the following Introduction:

"We do not celebrate here the completion of a building; we are dedicating no pile of bricks and lumber - rather, this day marks the coming together for the first time of the resident staff for their joint work, and we dedicate this bit of real earth, its sprouting plants and its breeding animals, here and now, to the study of the laws of the evolution of organic beings."

There were several buildings already on the site, but the first Carnegie Building 1905research laboratory erected by the Carnegie Institution at Cold Spring Harbor was the Main Building (now the Carnegie Library), finished in 1905. This two-story rectangular structure, built near the head of the harbor, was a Mediterranean variant of the Second Renaissance Revival style (the first revival had come into vogue before the Civil War).

Constructed of brick with frame partitions and floors and finished in stucco, it featured classical detailing around the doors and windows set off by brick trim. Its flattened hipped roof had flaring overhanging eaves supported by wooden brackets. A smaller monitor roof, also hipped, sat on top of the main roof. Between this higher roof and the main roof were short, horizontal clerestory windows to light the attic.

In its general appearance the new laboratory for the Carnegie Institution could easily have been mistaken for one of the hundreds of libraries that the Carnegie Foundation erected for communities throughout the United States in the early years of the twentieth century. In fact, since 1953, the building has been the Laboratory Library.

The design of the building was commissioned from Kirby, Petit & Green, a New York City architectural firm proficient in all the popular styles of the day.

Map Room

The Carnegie Institution's Italian Renaissance-inspired main building housed diverse but important functions at the Station. Two large Breeding Rooms occupied the south and east sides of the ground floor, and an Aquatic Animals Room filled with aquaria was situated on the north side. An entrance Vestibule was located in the center of the front of the building. On either side of the Vestibule were a Work Room and a Food Room, with a wide stair hall behind.

Situated around the stair hall on the second floor was a series of rooms for research, together with a Secretary's Room and a small Library. The entire south end was taken up by a Bird & Insect Room, which was lit from above by an extensive multipaned skylight (now gone).

On the unfenestrated west side of the basement floor were a Photographic Dark Room, a Dark Room for Cave Studies, to which a newly excavated cave was later connected, and a Low Temperature Room. On the east side, which had small windows facing in the direction of the harbor, were a Coal Room, a Boiler Work Room, and a room for Food Storage.

Although the staff of the Carnegie Institution's Station for Experimental Evolution was small at first, important early work was performed both in and around the Main Building. Immediately after receiving his Ph.D. from the University of Chicago in 1906 George Shull (1874-1954) came to Cold Spring Harbor and began planting maize (Indian corn) in an experimental garden on the east side of the Main Building. By 1908 he was reporting in the Carnegie Institution of Washington Yearbook experiments that became  world famous. Shull showed that when two different but carefully inbred strains of corn were crossed, the yield was 20% higher than if each strain were allowed to self-pollinate. This phenomenon of "hybrid vigor" that he demonstrated experimentally was later employed in commercial seed production to create high-yielding strains that today make corn the most important agricultural crop in the United States.

Also in 1908, in the basement of the Main Building, Charles Banta conducted cave experiments aimed at inducing color mutations in tadpoles of the tiger salamander.

In 1914, the Animal House (now McClintock Laboratory) was completed and the animal breeding experiments at Cold Spring Harbor were moved from the Main Building to this new facility.

In 1923, Cornell-trained biogeneticist Milislav Demerec (1895-1966) was appointed to the Carnegie Department of Genetics by assistant director Albert Blakeslee (1874-1954). Although trained as a maize geneticist, Demerec soon turned his efforts at Cold Spring  Harbor to the fruit fly Drosophila.

His work was done on the second floor of the Main Building. In the late 1930s Demerec and Calvin Bridges, who was at the California Institute of Technology, collaborated during the summers on drawing large-scale maps of the four Drosophila chromosomes, which was considered quite a feat in those days. By 1940 the first edition of Demerec's Drosophila Guide appeared. This classic in its field was destined to go through eight editions, the last appearing in 1969.

Barbara McClintock was a member of the Carnegie staff and the cornfields where she found evidence of movable genetic switches -"jumping genes"- that can turn genes on and off were next to the Main Building.

As early as 1946 it had become apparent that a major new building would be required if the genetics program at Cold Spring Harbor were to have a future in a scientific world in which molecules as well as chromosomes were investigated. The 1905 Main Building and the 1914 Animal House were inadequate for the kinds of research they now wished to do.

 In 1953 the Demerec Laboratory was completed and the Main Building officially became the Carnegie Library. In addition to housing laboratories, the Main Building had long served as the main repository of reference works and journals for both the Carnegie Department of Genetics and the Bio Lab, and this was now its sole function.

In 1978 the QUEST (QUantitative Electrophoresis Standardized in Two Dimensions) computer laboratory of Jim Garrels was installed on the top floor of the Carnegie Library.

In 1986 the CSHL Press offices were moved into the Carnegie Library. The marketing department and bookstore were located in the basement for a time and offices were on the second floor. In 1988 reference and book collections were moved to the basement so all Press offices were moved to the second floor. The bookstore was moved to the basement of Grace Auditorium.

The library attic was renovated in 1988 to house the Laboratory Archives, which was officially established in 1972.

In 2002, the journals section of the Press left the second floor of the building and moved to the new Woodbury facility.  The James D. Watson Collection is now housed on the second floor, along with staff offices, and the new Oral History Office.


Text from Houses for Science by Elizabeth Watson, photos from the CSHL Archives.

Library Hours

Main Library in the Carnegie Building
Monday through Friday: 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. 

 

Librarian/research assistance: M-F 9 a.m. - 9 p.m.

 

After hours, the library is available to CSHL researchers, students and staff with their CSHL ID/Door-Access cards.

Visitor Hours:

The CSHL Main Library is open to outside students and researchers who need to use our unique molecular biology and genetics collection by appointment only. Please call (516)367-6872 or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to arrange you visit.

Archive Hours

CSHL Archives in the Carnegie Building.
Monday through Friday: 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Access to the archive material is by appointment only. For more specific information on the availability of materials or to arrange an appointment to use the Archives please contact (516)367-8414 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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For specific information on the availability of materials or to arrange an appointment to use the Archives, please contact (516)367-8414 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Please consult our Permissions & Copyright Policies for any materials you wish to use.

This collection was processed under the grant History and Development of Molecular Biology: New Sources through the Hidden Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Archives Collections (1890-1910), (NAS11-RB-50178-11). Funding provided by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission. nhprc-2-m