Original Repository: Stanford University Libraries. Department of Special Collections and University Archives. Paul Berg Papers
Reproduced with permission of Paul Berg.
Medical Subject Headings (MeSH):
Protein Synthesis, Tumor Viruses, and Recombinant DNA, 1959-1975
Letter from Tracy M. Sonneborn to Paul Berg (January 29, 1978)
April 10, 1978
I have your letter inquiring about my willingness to "arrange for the safe deposition" and "surveying and inventoring"
materials of historical interest in genetics. When it arrived I was very busy teaching and could not give it the thought it
warranted. Since then I read the list of documents historians would like to have and realized what an ambitious task that
would be. Very frankly I just could not undertake anything along those lines now. As for making arrangements to leave all
my files, memorabilia etc. I would gladly do so if I had been conscientious about saving things throughout the years. However
I wasn't and whatever I could leave would only be a fragmentary record at best.
So, while I don't have any reason for withholding what records I have, I don't think I have very much that's useful(or
interesting) and I'm not eager to begin to collect what I do have for "future historians".