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Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory

In 1962 the Carnegie Institute of Washington, a collaborating organization with the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratories decided to discontinue its Genetics department at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory. Concurrently, the Long Island Biological Association gave up its management duties of the Biological Laboratory. As a result of these changes, a new organization was formed called The Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory of Quantitative Biology (CSHLQB). Its control and sponsorship were governed by various universities and other scientific institutions. LIBA still had a significant role in fundraising for the Laboratory; however, new practices for acquiring additional funding were employed, notably grant application. John Cairns (Director, 1963–68) and James Watson (Director, 1968–1994) were instrumental in garnering significant grants that transformed CSHL. CSHLQB formally changed its name to Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory in 1970.

photo of panorama Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory 1967The Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory (CSHL) Collection at CSHL Library and Archives is composed of material that were created, amassed and maintained by various individuals connected to Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory. The papers cover the time span from 1962-2010. The materials provide some insight into the administrative, financial and fundraising practices of CSHL and LIBA. The collection includes correspondence, meeting minutes, fundraising ideas, and financial materials.

The material in this collection was created and housed at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory from the years 1962–2010. The records have been collected, transferred, or otherwise acquired by the CSHL Library and Archives during that time span. Materials from related institutions has been weeded and placed their respective collections (see Arrangement Note for details). The collection was processed in June 2012.

CSHL Collection

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graphic of NYSED logoThis collection was processed under a 2011-2012 DHP award. Funding provided by the New York State Education Department’s Documentary Heritage Program.