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Joshua Lederberg Papers 1904-2008
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Access and Use


Gift, Joshua Lederberg, in multiple accessions between 1998-2009. A custom accessioning system was used separate from other AMMP acquisitions.

Access Restrictions:

Collection contains restricted material. Contact the Reference Staff for information regarding access.

Copyright and Re-use Information

Donor's copyrights were transferred to the public domain. Archival collections often contain mixed copyrights; while NLM is the owner of the physical items, permission to examine collection materials is not an authorization to publish. These materials are made available for use in research, teaching, and private study. It is the user's responsibility to research and understand any applicable copyright and re-publication rights not allowed by fair use. NLM does not grant permissions to publish.

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Preferred Citation:

Lederberg, Joshua. Joshua Lederberg Papers. 1904-2008. Located in: Archives and Modern Manuscripts Collection, History of Medicine Division, National Library of Medicine, Bethesda, MD; MS C 552.

Alternate Forms Available:

Portions of the Collection have been digitized and are available at:

Processing Information


Documents from the collection appearing on the National Library of Medicine website, Profiles in Science (, are wrapped by a Mylar band and a paper marker. The marker provides the UI or "unique identifier" for individual documents. The UI is a series of letters assigned to each scanned document used for tracking purposes in the metadata system.

In several series two different approaches are present. Documents that were not scanned are segregated with a note inserted indicating why. These groups were encased in whole sheets of Mylar. It should be noted that the older system destroyed the original order of these items. Some documents originally appearing together were separated when one section was earmarked for scanning while the other was not. Infrequently the reverse method was also employed; scanned items are encased in Mylar instead. As time permitted these Mylar sleeves were removed; however, some still remain interspersed throughout the collection.