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James D. Watson Collection
  • Archives and manuscripts

About this work


The Subjects series includes general subject files created and collected by James D. Watson throughout his life. The series includes obituaries of friends and colleagues written by Dr. Watson, material collected for the unpublished RNA Tie Club book, material related to his phage studies as a young scientist, and a series of reports, articles, and meeting material related to the recombinant DNA controversy of the 1970s. The series is organized into 5 subseries and are arranged chronologically.

1. Biographies and Obituaries (1965-2004)

2. RNA Tie Club (1954-1994, bulk 1954-1981)

3. Phage Studies (1948-1969, 1995)

4. Biohazards (Recombinant DNA) (1972-1979)

5. Subject Files (1919-2009)



Physical description

17 boxes

Copyright note

Please note that CSHL holds copyright in writings by Watson that are held within Watson's archive in the CSHL Library and Archives, but does not hold copyright in Watson's writings held outside the CSHL Library and Archives. Copyright of material created by persons other than Watson, published or unpublished, is retained by its original author or rightsholder.

Location of duplicates

A digitised copy is held by the Wellcome Library as part of Codebreakers: Makers of Modern Genetics.

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