Part of:
Sydney Brenner Collection
  • Archives and manuscripts

About this work


The Correspondence series consists of incoming and outgoing handwritten and typed letters, carbons, postcards, faxes, and telegrams generated during Sydney Brenner's career. The bulk of this series covers the late 1940s to the 2000s. Correspondents include over 30 Nobel laureates, as well as biochemists, geneticists, students, publishers, and others. Highlights of the collection include the correspondence from Francis Crick, with whom Brenner shared an office for 20 years. Topics covered include Brenner's initial interest in the nematode, Caenorhabditis elegans, and research into overlapping triplet codes.

The Correspondence Series is divided into 5 subseries.

1. Personal Correspondence (1946-2007)

2. Institutional Correspondence (1956-2009)

3. Candidates, Applicants, and References (1958-2006)

4. University of Cambridge Faxes (1993-1995)

5. "Lunatic" Letters (1954-2005)

Manuscripts, photographs, and reprints have been removed and placed in their appropriate series. Photocopies of the front page, and separation sheets have been filed where they were originally found.

Item of Note: There is a bound volume of personal letters (of praise and memories) presented to Brenner at the Fellow Symposium on Molecular and Cellular Biology (1983). Writers include: Abelson, Adams, Altman, Anderson, Beckwith, Blow, Cashmore, Chang, Clark, Cory, Crick, Dahlberg, Gefter, Hartley, Hooper, Jeppesen, Katz, Laudy, Lubin, Mathews, McClain, Moffat, Rigby, Robertson, Rudland, Sambrook, Sigler, Smith, Steitz and Wassarman.



Physical description

95 boxes

Copyright note

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 Copyright of material created by persons other than Brenner, published or unpublished, is retained by its original author or rightsholder.

Terms of use

The majority of papers are open and available at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Library and Archives unless otherwise stated. Please see individual items for access conditions.

Location of duplicates

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

Where to find it

Location of original

The original material is held at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Library and Archives. This catalogue is held by the Wellcome Library as part of Codebreakers: Makers of Modern Genetics.

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