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Special Collections Research Center
Genetics and genomics Collections
Through a collaborative effort between the Special Collections Research Center and the NCSU Libraries Collection Management Department, the Libraries has built a collection containing many of the groundbreaking works in plant genetics and plant genomics history.
In addition to landmark works, the Research Center has identified significant primary source documents, including the papers of several NCSU faculty members. Thus far, we have acquired the papers of C. Clark Cockerham and have begun the process of transferring the papers of Charles Stuber, a world renowned expert in the identification of corn genes.
Plant genetics has been described as having a “classical period” that includes the research conducted by Gregor Mendel’s predecessors, Mendel himself, and others through the 1940s. The second period, that of chromosomal and molecular genetics, includes discoveries made after 1940. Highlights of the collection assembled by the Research Center documenting the rise of this important discipline include publications by Darwin, Mendel, Beadle, McClintock, and other notable scientists.