The Bateson and Darlington Archives Project
Simon Coleman is an archivist working on the Wellcome funded genetics archives project at JIC. He is based in the Centre’s library and has a 15 month project which began in spring 2012. The two archives to be catalogued are those of William Bateson (1861-1926) and Cyril Darlington (1903-1981), both Directors of the Institution. Both men made major discoveries and were hugely influential in shaping the progress of genetics during the first half of the 20th century. Markedly different in character, both were brilliant and often controversial scientists, as well as broad thinkers whose views extended well beyond the boundaries of their professional world.
Simon will be maintaining a Blog which will highlight some of the content of the two archives and focus on their importance in documenting the history of genetics science. Visit the blog at archives.jic.ac.uk
Historical Collections at the John Innes Centre
Through the JI100 web pages you are able to explore our 100+ year history.
The John Innes Centre archives are an important resource for scholars in the history of genetics. They include:
The John Innes collection of Batesoniana
William Bateson was the Director of the John Innes Horticultural Institute from 1910-1926. He was a pioneer of the new science of genetics and coined the term Genetics in a letter to Prof. Adam Sedgwick in 1905. Bateson was very much involved in the experimental work and controversy that had followed the rediscovery in 1900 of Mendel’s papers on plant hybridization.
The John Innes collection of Batesonia comprises some 10,000 items of correspondence, notebooks, diaries, articles and specimens.
Researchers wishing to explore the collection can search the database for relevant material, and then contact the Librarian, Kate West (email@example.com), to either arrange a visit or request further information.
The John Innes Foundation Collection of Rare Botanical Books at the John Innes Centre in Norwich ranks highly among collections of a similar nature. Most of the items were acquired by William Bateson (1861-1926), pioneer geneticist and first Director of the John Innes Institute. Today the Collection is housed in a purpose built room within the John Innes Centre Library which was specially designed to provide the optimum conditions for the proper care, preservation and protection of these fascinating books. The Rare Book Collection is regarded as particularly outstanding, not only because it embraces more than four centuries of botanical literature, but also because it houses many works that are landmarks in the history of plant science.
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