Letter from Barbara McClintock to Charles R. Burnham
McClintock inquired whether any of Burnham's students had started work on the chromosome six translocations. She further
related a brief overview of her trip west and her belief that she would soon need to find new employment.
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1940-09-16 (September 16, 1940)
Burnham, Charles R.
Original Repository: University of Minnesota, University Archives. Charles Burnham Papers
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Breakage-Fusion-Bridge: The University of Missouri, 1936-1941
Letter from Barbara McClintock to Charles R. Burnham (October 9, 1940)
Box Number: 3
Folder Number: 5
September 16, 1940.
One of my students has expressed interest in working on one or more of the chromosome 6 translocations, possibly with reference
to crossing-over studies. Before I gave out any material to him I wanted to find out whether you have been using any of the
material that I sent you or whether you had turned any of it over to students. It is all right with me if you have but I
don't want to make a conflict. Would you let me know soon how the situation stands?
I never sent you the analysis of the material that I have already made as Bently Glass did not get it back to me until last
spring. There were some questions he asked but I did not get around to answering them so have not sent it on. If you still
want it, I will do so.
Have just returned from a long vacation - an extensive trip through the north-west and the west. Stopped off to see Beadle
and Marian in Palo Alto. He has a very nice set-up there and seems most happy. Then a trip to the east to Ithaca and to
N.Y. Marcus and Virginia Rhoades had arrived for their new job at Columbia. It appears to me that they have an exceptionally
nice set-up, too. The day I arrived so did Muller (on the clipper from London) and Dobzhansky. We all sat around one afternoon
and talked mainly about the war because of Muller's first hand experiences. Marcus is planning to grow his corn at Cold
Spring Harbor next summer.
We are now in the new building which is very much of a success considering our funds to build it. However, we are not having
too much space. There are two people here for the year - Lindegren and his wife working on Ultra Violet irradiation with
Neurospora and Carlson from Alabama who has not arrived as yet but is expected after the meetings in Philadelphia. There
are also two new graduate students. It fills all our space with nothing left over.
I have decided that I must look for another job. As far as I can make out, there is nothing more for me here. I am an assistant
professor at $3,000 and I feel sure that that is the limit for me. The job isn't too secure, either. Miss Guthrie in
Zoology teaches the courses in genetics and cytology so that I can not make myself needed in the University. If I am going
to move, I shall have to make it soon. If you hear of anything that I might do, regardless of the salary, I would appreciate
knowing about it or your putting in a word for me. I don't mind going down in salary as money isn't a factor. I
feel that I ought to get something lined up this year, if possible. The situation here is a long story that I would rather
talk to you about.
[HANDWRITTEN NOTE: My best to your wife - Regards, Barb]