The Archives and Manuscripts Collections includes many aspects of heredity and genetics, including:
- genetic conditions
- congenital disorders
- the human genome
These materials span a period from the 19th century to the 21st century; most relate to individuals and organisations active during the 20th century.
Twenty-two collections of institutional and personal papers have been digitised as part of Codebreakers: Makers of Modern Genetics, including the papers of Francis Galton, Francis Crick, Fred Sanger, James Watson and Rosalind Franklin. See the full list of digitised archives relating to heredity and genetics.
Read more about featured collections
Eugenics Society archive
The digitised archive of the UK Eugenics Society is freely available as part of the Codebreakers: Makers of Modern Genetics online resource.
Francis Crick archive
The digitised Francis Crick archive is freely available as part of the Codebreakers: Makers of Modern Genetics online resource.
History of genomics
Read a series of blog posts about the history of genomics, including changing visual representations of the genome, and the archives of two major genetics researchers: John Sulston and Alan Coulson.
Carol Churcher archive
Jenny Shaw, Project Officer for the Human Genome Archives Project, writes about the contribution of Carol Churcher to the field of genomics. From the Wellcome Library blog.
Archives sources guide
In addition to what has been digitised as part of Codebreakers: Makers of Modern Genetics, the Collection contains complementary material relating to heredity and genetics. The source guide here provides access to the detailed information held in the Archives and Manuscripts catalogue. From here you may also request the physical materials from closed stores for viewing in the Library.
Heredity and genetics
How to order material
All of the items in the Library's Archives and Manuscripts Collection must be requested from the closed stores for viewing in the Rare Materials Room. Find out more about request and delivery services.
To contact the Collections team, email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone +44 (0)20 7611 8899 during Library opening hours.