In another very cordial letter to Stern, McClintock sought his advice on how to best approach her Guggenheim Fellowship, given
the political situation in Germany. Includes accounts of her travel from California to New York with Harriet Creighton, as
well as updates on other scientists.
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Original Repository: American Philosophical Society. Library. Curt Stern Papers
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Medical Subject Headings (MeSH):
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From Ithaca to Berlin and Back Again, 1931-1935
Letter from Barbara McClintock to Curt Stern (March 13, 1933)
Letter from Barbara McClintock to Curt Stern (April 19, 1933)
Letter from Barbara McClintock to Curt and Evelyn Stern (March 4, 1934)
Letter from Barbara McClintock to Curt and Evelyn Stern [11 December 1934?]
Box Number: 3
Folder Number: 2
August 12, 1933.
After all these years I have taken the typewriter in tow and am punching out my overdue epistle. I had hoped to get to N.Y.
but the chances have evaporated with the crowding of work. My summers always get fuller than expected. This one has been
My trip east was calm and uneventful except for some excellent dust storms (the type one reads about) in New Mexico and again
in Kansas. The car behaved perfectly with the exception of its gluttonous desire for gas and oil. Harriet Creighton came
out to California to drive back with me. I was delighted that she could come for she is both good company and a good driver.
The summer's work has gone well, - nothing real exciting but several nice things. We have had a nice group working here
- Harriet, Marcus Rhoades, Virginia Rhoades, Randolph, Perry, Burnham, and Emerson. The season has been early and everyone
is satisfied with the weather. Elsewhere in the state there has not been enough water but Ithaca got plenty. The weather
is a big feature in corn work.
I have been unsettled as to what to do this fall. Because of the foreign exchange being so low, I am not going to have as
much as I had expected. In consequence, I wrote to the Guggenheim people asking about travelling expenses. They wrote that
I was expected to pay them from the stipend. Since, however, they realized that the stipend was low and that the foreign
exchange unstable, they suggested that I stay as long as the money lasts, instead of the full year. I have not written to
anyone in Berlin to see if it would be agreeable for me to come since I was not able to make definite plans. Consequently,
I want your advice. Would it be all right for me to go to Berlin, look over the situation and then make plans or should I
notify someone before arriving? Personally, I should rather not settle on anything until I have had a chance to get oriented
but if this is not the legitimate policy I would be glad to know it. My second question is - "whom would you advise that
I see after I arrive? It is not at all important that I get started on something immediately after arriving. Any suggestions
from you would be greatly appreciated.
Beets wrote me that the Dobzhanskys have a girl. You should have been there during the later stages. Dobzhansky was as nervous
as if he were having the baby himself.
When Darlington left the crowd from the lab. went over to the boat to see him off. At first we felt sorry for him - the
boat contained about 99 percent Japanese. We thought that there would be few conquests there. We were mistaken, however;
I guess there were plenty. During the latter part of his stay he nearly abandoned the laboratory for the social life. We
saw little of him.
Tell Evelyn that it was lucky that she did not stay in Pasadena too long and play too much tennis. I gave myself a nice flat
foot from playing on those hard courts. I wondered what was the matter with my left foot - why it would not fit in the shoe
properly but I did not suspect the answer. It was pointed out to me when I got home since it was quite obvious to anyone
who might look. I was disgusted that I had allowed it to come on. Corrective methods have been installed (did you ever try
picking up marbles with your toes? That's one method). Nevertheless, I have played some tennis since I returned but
under controlled conditions.