• James D. Watson

    The James D. Watson Collection documents the life of the famed scientist from his childhood in Chicago, to his Nobel Prize-winning discover, to his role as leader of the Human Genome Project.

  • Barbara McClintock

    The Barbara McClintock Collection includes a large number of photographs which belonged to the famed cytogeneticist

  • CSHL Symposia

    View photographs from over 75 years of the historic Cold Spring Harbor Symposia on Quantitative Biology.

  • Sydney Brenner

    The Sydney Brenner Collection documents the life of the famous scientist including his groundbreaking work on the genetic code and c. elegans, his leadership role at the MRC, and his career as a popular columnist.

  • Oral History

    Listen to the leading voices from the past and present in Molecular Biology, Genetics, and Biotechnology via the CSHL Oral History Project. Noller and Herr pictured.

  • Calvin Blackman Bridges - New Exhibit

    Creative scientist, artist of genetics, social adventurer, Calvin Bridges’ life was multifaceted and unorthodox.

  • Sydney Brenner Scholarship & Travel Research Grants

    Apply today if you are researching the History of Science or Molecular Biology and can make use of our archival collections.

CSHL Archives

The CSHL Archives strives to develop novel ways of presenting and preserving the records of the discoveries in biomedical sciences as a topic of historical interest. We try to bring together important figures in the history of the molecular biology and genetics fields by presenting biographical information, collecting the original materials that these individuals generated over their careers and collecting oral history interviews with them. As a result, we will be able to merge discussions of the past and the future, thereby framing cutting-edge research in terms of detailed knowledge of the past. We are focusing on creating a “living history” of important aspects of molecular biology and genetics research that blend the traditional discussions of current scientific research with lectures on the history of science; scholarly works; using our collections in public exhibitions; and scientific meetings in which the pioneers of the field interact with the current scientific community.

The CSHL Archives consists of the: Institutional Archives, Genentech Center for the History of Molecular Biology and Genetics, Rare Book Collection, Oral History Collections, Scholarly and Educational Programs.