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Guide to Oral Histories in Medicine and the Health Sciences


Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory


One Bungtown Road
Cold Spring Harbor, New York 11724


(516) 367-6872

Fax number

(516) 367-6843

Website URL

Contact Person

Mila Pollock, Executive Director, Library and Archives
(516) 367-8493


Access and Services

DVDs of interviews and transcripts are available through CSHL archivists.


The Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Archives has undertaken a major initiative to document the history of science through the words and images of the scientists who have worked and regularly visited here. This unique collection of oral histories provides an unprecedented perspective on the development of molecular biology, the present state of the science, and visions of the future by the leading scientists in the field.


Over 175 researchers have been interviewed, and resources are added every month. More than half of the video interviews are directly accessible from the World Wide Web.

Collection Description

Video recordings and photos. Topics include the Human Genome Project, Life in Science, Biotechnology, Stem Cell Research, Women in Science, Alfred Hershey, Barbara McClintock, Rich Roberts, James D. Watson, among other topics. Short biographies of those interviewed are included.


Material Type

Video recordings


Freely accessible online at no cost with no registration. Materials are copyrighted but fair use is fully supported.


Full transcripts are available on our website.