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Crick (Francis) Personal Papers
MSS 0660  
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Personal papers of British scientist and Nobel Prize winner Francis Harry Compton Crick, 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 and organizations. The papers also contain photographs of Crick and his circle; notebooks and numerous appointment books (1946-2004); writings of Crick and others; film and television projects; miscellaneous certificates and awards; materials relating to his wife, Odile Crick; and collected memorabilia.
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 (née 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.
14.6 Linear feet (32 archives boxes, 4 card file boxes, 2 oversize folders, 4 map case folders, and digital files)
Publication rights are held by the creator of the collection.
In accordance with state and federal laws, the following restrictions apply: Box 13, Folder 12 until 2026; and Box 13, Folder 17 until 2054. Original media formats are restricted; researchers may request user copies in advance of their visit.