Biography and History

American biologist and educator, Edwin Grant Conklin specialized in embryology and cytology and was an ardent evolutionist. He was one of the leading proponents of the importance of cytoplasmic localization and segregation during development. Chairman of the biology department at Princeton (1908-1933), he published the widely-read Heredity and Environment in the Development of Men (1915).

Source: From the finding aid for C0322


  • Biologists -- United States -- 20th century..
  • Princeton University -- Faculty -- 20th century..
  • Department of Biology Records. 1892-1997 (inclusive), 1910-1969 (bulk).

    Call Number: AC142

    The study of biology began at the College of New Jersey with the appointment in 1830 of botanist John Torrey into a part-time faculty position; it expanded with the formation of the School of Science in the 1870s; and was established as a department in 1904. The collection primarily consists of the records of the Department of Biology assembled during the tenures of Department Chairmen Edwin G. Conklin and Elmer Butler. Included are correspondence, general subject files, and records pertaining to grants, research endowments, publications, and administrative matters such as budgets and staffing. Also includes sponsored research reports and student grade cards.

  • Edwin Grant Conklin Papers. 1897-1952 (inclusive).

    Call Number: C0322

    An ardent evolutionist, Edwin Grant Conklin specialized in embryology and cytology and was Chairman of the biology department at Princeton from 1908-1933. His collection consists of personal and professional correspondence, documents, manuscripts and notes of articles, lectures, and speeches, many of which reflect his life-long interest in three organisms, crepidula, cynthia (styla), and amphioxus, as well as Darwinism, and heredity and environment.

  • Selected Papers of Ulric Dahlgren. 1864-1936 (inclusive).

    Call Number: C0414

    Consists of writings, correspondence, and subject files of Ulric Dahlgren (Princeton Class of 1894), a professor in Princeton's Department of Biology.