Letter from Barbara McClintock to Curt and Evelyn Stern
McClintock apologized for not writing to the Sterns sooner and related her general impressions of the situation in Germany.
In 1933, it was McClintock's intent to start her Guggenheim Fellowship at Stern's lab at the Kaiser Wilhelm Institute
for Biology in Dahlem, but after Hitler's rise to power, Stern-then in the United States-never returned to Germany.
Item is handwritten.
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11 December 1934?
Original Repository: American Philosophical Society. Library. Curt Stern Papers
Reproduced with permission of the Curt Stern Papers, American Philosophical Society.
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 Stern (August 12, 1933)
Letter from Barbara McClintock to Curt and Evelyn Stern (March 4, 1934)
Box Number: 3
Folder Number: 3
Dec. 11 -- [in different handwriting, (1934?)]
Dear Evelyn and Curt --
Don't drop over in a faint because you are, after all these years, getting a letter from me. My intentions have been the
best, but God knows, it takes more than intentions!
Nebel told me you are expecting an F1 in the near future. I was delighted to hear this and hope all goes well. Will you need
any clothes pins? I shall be glad to send some on.
My experiences in Germany were not too happy. I was very discouraged when I returned and did not want to do much talking about
it. I could'nt [sic] have picked a worse time. The general morale of the scientific worker was anything but encouraging:
there were almost no students from other countries. The political situation and its devastating results were
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too prominent. Goldschmidt was fine to me. I could'nt [sic] have asked for anyone to be more decent. Besides the general
situation my thyroid started becoming over active which made me physically very uncomfortable. However, after going to Freiburg
I recovered to some extent. All in all, I wont [sic] register this period as too much of a success although I gained considerably
in "contacts". (This is Darlington's pet phrase; to be said with a meaningful smile). Which reminds me that I
saw Darlington in England. He was quite as ever. Our personal animosities were completely forgotten so that we had a swell
time. He wrote me recently that he had been in Russia. He seemed to be much impressed with the possibilities there and even
thinks of spending more time there. He offered to give me the necessary "inside dope" in case I should be considering
rushing over there in the immediate future. Miss Pellew wanted me to send regards to Curt. She was as hospitable as ever.
This is just a quick gabby letter. I hope it won't have too much ice to break -- Just remember "I ment [sic] well"
(and all that the American means by this phrase -- Eine Ausrede.