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Title:
Letter from Alvin F. Coburn to Oswald T. Avery pdf (114,106 Bytes) transcript of pdf
Letter from Alvin F. Coburn to Oswald T. Avery
Description:
In this letter Coburn--an associate of both Avery and noted English bacteriologist Fred Griffith--thanks Avery for his recent visit to the Coburn home. One of the first to hear of Avery, MacLeod, and McCarty's discovery that DNA was the transforming substance, Coburn also made a gift to Avery of a photo of Griffith, whose work on bacterial transformation initiated Avery's interest on the subject. Griffith was killed early in World War II when his laboratory was destroyed during an air raid.
Item is handwritten.
Number of Image Pages:
2 (114,106 Bytes)
Date:
1943-05-25 (May 25, 1943)
Creator:
Coburn, Alvin F.
Recipient:
Avery, Oswald T.
Source:
Original Repository: Tennessee State Library and Archives. Oswald T. Avery Papers
Rights:
Courtesy of the Tennessee State Library and Archives.
URL: http://www.tennessee.gov/tsla/Exit
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Exhibit Category:
DNA as the "Stuff of Genes": The Discovery of the Transforming Principle, 1940-1944
Relation:
Metadata Record [Fred Griffith and "Bobby"] [1936] jpg (45,270 Bytes)
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Metadata Record Letter from Alvin F. Coburn to Joshua Lederberg (September 28, 1965) pdf (44,226 Bytes) transcript of pdf
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Metadata Record [Oswald T. Avery] [March 1943] jpg (16,160 Bytes)
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Metadata Record [Avery with Alvin Coburn's son, Tim] [March 1943] jpg (121,440 Bytes)
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Metadata Record Letter from Alvin F. Coburn to Joshua Lederberg (November 9, 1965) pdf (154,563 Bytes) transcript of pdf
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Metadata Record Letter from Alvin F. Coburn to Joshua Lederberg (November 19, 1965) pdf (151,809 Bytes) transcript of pdf
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Metadata Record Letter from Alvin F. Coburn to Joshua Lederberg (March 21, 1966) pdf (36,787 Bytes) transcript of pdf
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Metadata Record Letter from Joshua Lederberg to Alvin F. Coburn (April 1, 1966) pdf (53,956 Bytes) transcript of pdf
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Metadata Record Letter from Alvin F. Coburn to Joshua Lederberg (April 20, 1966) pdf (82,210 Bytes) transcript of pdf
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Unique Identifier:
CCBDBG
Document Type:
Letters (correspondence)
Language:
English
Format:
application/pdf
image/tif
Physical Condition:
Good
Transcript:
Tuesday Night
5-25-43
Dear Fess,
More than a month has slipped by since you were kind enough to join us and feast the children, young and old, with those delicious sherry's chocolates. To one member of the Coburn family you gave a much greater treat, one that will always be remembered. Hearing from you the evolution of your great work from 1927 to 1943 with its rare fruit harvested at the end was the most inspiring experience that I have had in medicine. Out of it all came one deep conviction:--"it is up to the Fess to pursue such important studies until the war is over and some of us become available to help him carry on."
Also it seemed to us that you felt the close association of your work with that of Griffith's. It is odd that you two never met for there was much in common. And I know what great satisfaction would be Griffith's if he could know what you have done. Because of this
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it seemed only fit that Griffith's picture should be near your work. I am told that my little picture of Fred Griffith and Bobby on the Downs near Brighton is the only one in existence. Adge is mailing it to you with our affection.
All goes well here. I am getting adapted and hope to find ways of making myself useful to the navy. The children are well; Anne keeps me posted. And on Friday next Adge is flying down to pay me a visit. It will be good to have this great spirit near me for a few days again.
With best remembrances to all the boys and kind thoughts to Fess from
Al Coburn
Metadata Last Modified Date:
2005-05-20
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