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Elof Axel Carlson Papers

Collection Number
UA 2153

OCLC Number

Elof Axel Carlson (1931- )

This collection was donated by Elof Axel Carlson in October 2010.

Extent, Scope, and Content Note 
The collection is comprised of one cubic foot of files related to teaching activities and committee work at Stony Brook University, circa 1968 to 1980.

Arrangement and Processing Note
The papers have been arranged in the original order maintained by Elof Axel Carlson. The collection was processed in 2011 by Kristen J. Nyitray and Lynn Toscano.  Updated April 2019.


Restrictions on Access
The collection is open to researchers without restriction.

Rights and Permissions 

Stony Brook University Libraries' consent to access as the physical owner of the collection does not address copyright issues that may affect publication rights. It is the sole responsibility of the user of Special Collections and University Archives materials to investigate the copyright status of any given work and to seek and obtain permission where needed prior to publication.  

[Item], [Box], Elof Axel Carlson Papers, Special Collections and University Archives, Stony Brook University Libraries.

Historical Note
Elof Axel Carlson (1931- ) is a teacher of genetics and biology, a geneticist, and a historian of science. He received his B.A. in 1953 from New York University and his Ph.D. in Zoology in 1958 from Indiana University where he studied under Hermann J. Muller. He became a lecturer in the Biology Department at Queens University, Kingston, Ontario, Canada from 1958-1960 and then both Assistant and Associate Professor in the Department of Zoology, University of California, Los Angeles (1960-1968).  In 1968, he joined the Department of Biology at Stony Brook University as full professor. He retired from Stony Brook on December 30, 2000 to become a full time writer. Dr. Carlson is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, a recipient of the Harbison Award (from the Danforth Foundation) for gifted teaching, and the first recipient of the SUNY title of Distinguished Teaching Professor at Stony Brook University (1974). (Sources: Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory and the personal website of Elof Axel Carlson)

Genetics -- History.
Biology -- Study and teaching.
Stony Brook University.


Box 1

  • Center for Religion and Society (1968-1973) (4 folders)
  • "Biology Teaching and The Development of Learning: A Workshop" (co-author, Elof Axel Carlson, University of California, Berkeley, 1975)
  • Commencement, May 1975
  • Dedication of the Life Sciences Building (May 21, 1976)
  • State University of New York at Stony Brook: organization hierarchies (1974–1975)

Box 2

  • University curriculum and educational policy committee (1976)
  • Student life committee (1977-1978)
  • Student life (1977–1978)
  • Student life: minutes and correspondence (1978–1979)
  • Social and Ethics Issues in the Life Sciences (SEILS) (1979)
  • Social and Ethics Issues in the Life Sciences (SEILS 487) (1980)
  • task force: large classes (1979)
  • Federated Learning Communities (new course) (1976-1979) (2 folders)

Box 3

  • Danforth Associate Program, Danforth Foundation (3 folders) (1977–1979)
  • Danforth, Social and Ethics Issues in the Life Sciences (1979)
  • Distinguished professor, long-range planning meeting
  • 24 hour study center
  • Biology 401 (Fall 1979)
  • LILLY workshop (1980)
  • Undergraduate dean search (1980-1981) (includes some restricted content)
  • Biology 101: organization (1980)
  • Biology 102: teaching assistants, first meeting (1980)
  • Sigma Beta address (1980)
  • Department of biology: undergraduate teaching reorganization (1980)
  • Global education (1980)
  • Education and teaching policy committee (1975)
  • Education and teaching policy committee members (1975–1976)
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