Arthur Gerald Steinberg papers, 1945-1965


Date: 1945-1965 | Size: 0.25 Linear feet, Ca. 35 items


These papers include correspondence concerning Steinberg's security clearance with the United States government and questions about his loyalty, a bibliography (16 p.), and a curriculum vitae (3 p.).

Background note

Arthur Gerald Steinberg was a geneticist.

Scope and content

Papers relating to Steinberg's difficulties in government clearance during the late 1940s and the 1950s, owing to his association in research while at McGill University with a chemist who later proved to be a spy for the USSR. A horrendous example of "guilt by association," which neither his excellent record of wartime research with OSRD, nor his scientific reputation, nor his friends' and colleagues' testimonials could quickly overcome. Also includes an autobiographical sketch.

Collection Information

Physical description

Ca. 35 items.


Received from Arthur G. Steinberg and accessioned, 1984 (1984 595ms).

Genetics Note

This collection contains materials which relate to the history of genetics.

Indexing Terms


  • Bibliographies.
  • Curricula vitae.


  • Academic freedom
  • Bibliographical matters
  • Biographical and personal data
  • Fellowships, assistantships
  • Geneticists -- United States.
  • Human genetics
  • International Congress of Human Genetics -- Second Congress
  • National Institutes of Health
  • Political issues -- Loyalty oaths
  • Population genetics
  • Publication
  • Security classification (Government documents) -- United States.