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McClintock, Barbara
Autograph letter signed to bacteriologist Alfred Hershey discussing Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory
A substantial manuscript letter from Nobel prize-winning geneticist Barbara McClintock (1902-1992) responding to fellow geneticist and Nobel laureate Alfred Hershey's concerns about the administration and leadership of Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory. From the archive of Dr. Caryl Haskins, an entomologist who enjoyed a long and influential career as a civilian and military scientific administrator. He was a close friend of Vannevar Bush, with whom he worked at the Office of Scientific Research and Development, and was a member of the President's Science Advisory Committee under Truman and Eisenhower. Haskins was president of the Carnegie Institution between 1956 and 1973, when this correspondence occurred. McClintock manuscripts and letters are rare. The only one we have located in auction records was sold as part of a lot of material by Nobel prize winners in 2005. Cold Spring Harbor was originally composed of two institutions, the Long Island Biological Association's Biological Laboratory, founded in 1890, and the Carnegie Institution Department of Genetics, founded in 1904. The late 1950s and early 60s saw an extended reorganisation and eventual merger of the two labs, of which this exchange is an early part. McClintock and Hershey both worked at the Carnegie genetics laboratory under Haskins. The earliest piece of correspondence here is a carbon copy of Hershey's letter of June 9th, 1959 addressed to McClintock. He writes that he has spoken with Haskins regarding the direction the laboratory should take, and reports that Haskins believed there were two possibilities: "to … [Click Below for Full Description]
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