In 1912, the University of California, Berkeley, became the first university in the nation to form a separate Department of Genetics. The first two appointments in the department went to plant geneticists Ernest Brown Babcock and Roy E. Clausen, and as the department grew slowly, shifting slightly away from its roots in agricultural science, it gained a strong reputation as an important center for research in several areas in genetics and evolutionary biology. The U.C. Berkeley Department of Genetics Collection contains a selective sampling of correspondence relating to the organization and early history of the nation's first Department of Genetics. Centered in the years 1912-1930, the collection consists primarily of correspondence to and from Babcock and Clausen, pertaining to their research, administrative matters, and the genetical community. Prominent among their correspondents are George H. Shull, Thomas Hunt Morgan, A. H. Sturtevant, and H. J. Muller.
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Babcock, Ernest Brown | Bateson, William N. | Bibliographical matters | Biographical and personal data | Clausen, Roy Elwood | Conferences and symposia | Conferences and symposia -- Eugenics | Cytogenetics | Drosophila -- Genetics | Drosophila genetics | Educational matters | Educational matters -- Research programs | Evolution | Genetics | Genetics of plants | Goldschmidt, Richard Benedict | Graduate study | Harvard University | Harvard University. Department of Genetics | History of biology, especially genetics | International Congress of Genetics -- Seventh Congress | International Congress of Genetics(7th: 1937 : Moscow) | Johannsen, Wilhelm | Lectures, public speaking | Mendel, Gregor | Morgan, Thomas Hunt | Muller, Hermann Joseph | Plant breeding | Plant genetics | Publication | Publication -- Genetics | Rabbit genetics | Radiogenetics | Rat genetics | Recommendations -- Belling, John | Recommendations -- Clausen, Roy Elwood | Recommendations -- Redfield, Helen | Shull, George Harrison | Sturtevant, Alfred Henry | Teaching | Travel -- Invitations, arrangements | University of California, Berkeley | Unpublished manuscripts, notes, etc.