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Register of the Francis Crick Personal Papers MSS 660
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Description
Personal papers of Francis Harry Compton Crick, neuroscientist and Nobel Prize winner who co-discovered the helical structure of DNA with James D. Watson. The papers document Crick's family, social and personal life from 1938 until his death in 2004 and include letters from friends and professional colleagues, family members, social acquaintances, and organizations. Important correspondents include George Gamow, Georg Kreisel, Michael McClure, Leslie Orgel, Linus Pauling, Max Perutz, James D. Watson, and Maurice H.F. Wilkins. The papers also contain photographs of Crick, his family and friends; several small pocket notebooks and numerous appointment books (1946-2004); passports, writings of Crick and others; film and television projects, miscellaneous certificates and awards; and collected memorabilia. The accession processed in 2007 contains additional general and condolence correspondence, as well as materials related to Odile Crick.
Background
Francis Harry Compton Crick was born on June 8, 1916 in Weston Favell, a district of Northampton, in central England. Crick was the eldest of the two sons of Harry Crick (1878-1948) and Anne Elizabeth Crick (nee Wilkins) (1879-1955). His father and uncle ran the leather boot and shoe factory founded by their father, Walter D. Crick, an amateur naturalist. The elder Crick wrote a survey of local foraminifera (single-celled protists with shells), corresponded with Charles Darwin, and had two gastropods (snails or slugs) named after him.
Extent
11.1 Linear feet 25 archives boxes, 3 card file boxes and 5 oversize folders
Restrictions
Publication rights are held by the creator of the collection.
Availability
Collection is open for research.