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The Genentech Center focuses on documenting the basic scientific research that underpinned the development of molecular biology and biotechnology. This research, carried out initially in academic laboratories, led to the development of recombinant DNA techniques, which in turn stimulated entrepreneurial scientists to create biotechnology companies.

The mission of the Genentech Center is to identify, acquire, preserve, digitize, and promote the original correspondence, papers, and research material of the individuals and institutions that were crucial to the development of molecular biology and biotechnology worldwide. The Center conducts oral history interviews with prominent scientists who played key roles in the foundations of molecular biology and biotechnology.

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Archives visits by appointment only. Users please contact CSHL Archives at +1 516.367.8414 or Consult our Permission and Copyright Policies for any materials you wish to use.


The Center's collections contain personal correspondence, laboratory notebooks, photographs, reprints and videos.

Personal Collections:

Sydney Brenner
Elof Carlson
Walter Gilbert
Hermann J. Muller Hermann J. Muller
Bruce WallaceBruce Wallace
Charles WeissmannCharles Weissmann
Charles YanofskyCharles Yanofsky
Norton ZinderNorton Zinder


CSHL Digital Collections Symposium
In June 2005, the Josiah Macy Foundation awarded the CSHL Library & Archives a grant to conduct a pilot project to digitize and catalog selected materials from our archival collections. History of the Cold Spring Harbor Symposia on Quantitative Biology describes the focus of each Symposium, participent list and photographs.
Oral History

Oral History Collection consists of more than 175 video interviews with pioneers and prominent contemporary scientists in molecular biology, genetics and biotechnology.

International Meetings

History of Science, CSHL, 2008
Archives & Oral History Meeting Banbury Center CSHL, 2005
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