About Special Collections


CSHL Archives is dedicated to documenting the history of Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory and its predecessor institutions. These institutions include the Brooklyn Institute of Arts and Sciences (1890-1924), Carnegie Institution of Washington (including the Eugenics Record Office and the Department of Genetics) (1904-1971), and the Long Island Biological Association (1924-1962). In 1962, the various scientific institutions at Cold Spring Harbor merged to form the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory of Quantitative Biology. Today CSHL is a world renowned research center dedicated to the study of cancer, neuroscience, quantitative biology, plant biology, and genomics. Our special collections include the administrative files for CSHL and its predecessor institutions, photographs of the annual CSH Symposium of Quantitative Biology, and documentation of the many meetings, courses, and special events held at CSHL. It also includes our extensive Oral History Collection, Reprint Collection, Maps and Blueprints Collection, and our collection of Rare Books.

CSHL Audio Visual Collection Inventory

CSHL Audio Visual Collection Inventory

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CSHL Office of Technology Transfer


The bulk of this Collection focuses on CSHL’s early forays into the world of Biotechnology. Research that w

as initially carried out in academic laboratories led to the development of recombinant DNA techniques. This in turn stimulated entrepreneurial scientists to create biotechnology companies. Recombinant DNA is the technology that allows us to insert genes from one organism into another to make it produce a protein product, copy the gene multiple times, or give it a new trait. The discovery of recombinant DNA was considered the "birth" of modern biotechnology. 

CSHL Audio Visual Collection

The Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Audio Visual Collection consists of Hi-8s, Mini DVs, Audio Cassettes, DVDs and Analog Video Formats (Betacam, Betacam SP, D-3 ½ Digital, Professional Broadcast Video, Telecine), Video Cassettes and 1 inch Type C Helical Video Reels.Type-C-Helical-Video The recordings are of lab scientists and events at both internal and external locations.

CSHL Meetings and Courses

The Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Meetings and Courses Department Collection consist of photographs and supporting documents from the Symposia, Meetings and Courses held at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory.

CSHL Meetings Abstracts

Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory has hosted scientific meetings attended by both CSHL and external scientists. The CSHL Meetings Abstracts catalogs the Meeting title, the Meeting Organizers, the Organizers’ affiliated institutions, and the physical location of the Abstract.

Availability of Material

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This collection was processed under the grant History and Development of Molecular Biology: New Sources through the Hidden Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Archives Collections (1890-1910), (NAS11-RB-50178-11). Funding provided by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission. nhprc-2-m