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Papers of Colin Franklin relating to his sister, Rosalind Franklin

 Single Item
MS. 12613
Held in our offsite storage facility


  1. typescript draft of The Double Helix by James D. Watson (published 1968) showing provisional titles 'Base Pairs' and 'The Golden Helix: The Discovery of the Structure of DNA', 1966
  2. correspondence (some copies) relating to the portrayal of Rosalind Franklin in James D. Watson's book The Double Helix, Nov 1966-Apr 1967 (= Closed)
  3. newspaper clippings and copies of articles relating to reviews of James D. Watson's book The Double Helix, May-Aug 1968
  4. letter from Colin Franklin to Lawrence Bachmann requesting a meeting to discuss a proposed film of James D. Watson's book The Double Helix, Jun 1981, with an attached press cutting and article, n.d.
  5. annual report of the Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science for the year 2015-2016
  6. programme for the dedication of the Rosalind Franklin Laboratory at Oundle School, Northamptonshire, 24 May 2017


  • Creation: 1965-2017


1 box

Language of Materials

  • English

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MS. 12613

Collection ID (for staff)

CMD ID 12613


Papers of Colin Franklin relating to his sister, Rosalind Franklin.

Biographical / Historical

Colin Ellis Franklin (1923-2020) was an English literary editor and antiquarian bookseller. He wrote numerous books on publishing and book collecting, and was Honorary President of the Oxford University Society of Bibliophiles. He was the brother of Rosalind Franklin (1920-1958), the chemist and crystallographer. For a fuller biography of Rosalind Franklin, see the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated by Colin Franklin in 2017.

Papers of Colin Franklin relating to his sister, the chemist and crystallographer Rosalind Franklin
Meg Woodward
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Repository Details

Part of the Bodleian Libraries Repository

Weston Library
Broad Street
Oxford OX1 3BG United Kingdom