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Letter from Joshua Lederberg to Alvin F. Coburn pdf (50,554 Bytes) transcript of pdf
Letter from Joshua Lederberg to Alvin F. Coburn
With this letter, Lederberg returned various items sent to him by Coburn that shed light on the initial reactions to Avery's transforming principle in the 1940s.
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1972-12-01 (December 1, 1972)
Lederberg, Joshua
Coburn, Alvin F.
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After the Discovery: The Transforming Principle's Reception by the Scientific Community
Metadata Record Letter from Alvin F. Coburn to Joshua Lederberg (November 29, 1972) pdf (38,828 Bytes) transcript of pdf
Metadata Record Letter from Alvin F. Coburn to Joshua Lederberg (December 5, 1972) pdf (56,203 Bytes) transcript of pdf
Box Number: 5
Folder Number: 2
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Letters (correspondence)
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Series: Commentary on Avery and His Work, 1944-2005
SubSeries: Inquiries on Avery
Folder: Lederberg Inquiries, 1962, 1972-1978
December 1, 1972
Dear Dr. Coburn,
I have your note of November 29th and I can certainly understand your agitation. I thought I had acknowledged your letter of September 28th, but I guess I just misunderstood that you had wanted that material back. I return forthwith what I believe to have been included in your mailing but please let me know if I have lost sight what was intended.
I have had some interesting correspondence with the Tennessee Archives based on your hint, although I regret that very much interesting material just is not deposited there. I will be in New York next month and will be making some further inquiries at Rockefeller about whether there still remain some documents perhaps in Dr. Hotchkiss' purview.
As you may know Olby is writing an extensive book "On the Road to the Double Helix" in which he certainly is going to place Avery's contribution in the central perspective that it deserves.
Sincerely yours,
Joshua Lederberg
Professor of Genetics
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