Scope and Contents
The collection of George Streisinger’s faculty papers consists of documents concerning Streisinger’s research, work at the U of O and personal documents. The majority of the collection includes subject files and research notes as well as experimental data and photographs from his discoveries of zebra fish mutants. Apart from the studies of techniques and experiments from other scientists, Streisinger’s collection includes instructions and data from his own lab, containing personal reports and collections of data as well as the work of his lab assistants. Alongside pure data, the collection also includes Streisinger’s personal publications on his work with Zebra fish cloning.
The collection also contains a large amount of photographs and slides, documenting the growth of the mutants. The slides consist of photos of the fish, slides portraying graphs and charts as well as specific mutations such as tail rot and Mosaic eyes.
Additionally, the collection contains Streisinger’s correspondence as well as some personal documents containing biographical information, transcripts, personal photos and documents from his work as an activist during the Vietnam War.
- Streisinger, George, 1927-1984 (Creator, Person)
Conditions Governing Access
Collection is open to the public. Collection must be used in Special Collections and University Archives Reading Room. Collection or parts of collection may be stored offsite. Please contact Special Collections and University Archives in advance of your visit to allow for transportation time.
Biographical / Historical
Born in 1927, George Streisinger started his life in Budapest, Hungry to Hungarian- Jewish parents. Due to Nazi persecution, his family was forced to leave hungry, moving to New York when Streisinger was only ten years old. After finishing his primary education in public schools in New York, Streisinger moved on to attend Cornell University, obtaining his B.S. in genetics. From there Streisinger continued his education, receiving his PHD in genetics from the University of Illinois.
Streisinger was hired as a molecular biologist at the University of Oregon In 1960. As a professor of biology as well as the director of a developmental genetics lab, George Streisinger made great contributions to the University of Oregon. Streisinger’s research focused on the cloning of zebra fish. Considered the “Founding Father” of zebra fish research, Steisinger was the first person to ever successfully clone a vertebrate. Streisinger’s research proved very important as he made huge contributions to the study of genetic code, mutations, and the T4 phage genome. After his death in 1984, Streisinger’s research was continued at the U of O under the guidance of other biologists. Streisinger’s findings have expanded to 300 labs across 30 countries, where his mutants have helped in providing answers to human and animal health.
Alongside his commitment to biology, Streisinger was also committed to politics and activism. He organized grassroots resistance to the Vietnam War as part of the Eugene Peace Information Center. Additionally Streisinger led and won a battle to keep secret war department research from entering the University of Oregon campus. Streisinger’s activism was an important part of his life as he organized speeches and political campaigns during a time of war.
George Streisinger contributed greatly to the science department at the University of Oregon as well as to the study of biology worldwide. Thus, due to this large contribution, Stresinger was presented with numerous awards and honors. He was awarded the Guggenheim fellowship in 1972 and in 1975 he became the 2nd Oregonian to be selected as a member of the National Academy of Sciences. At the University of Oregon Streisinger acted as co-head of the biology department and upon his death a building was named after him on campus so that his legacy could live on.
12 linear feet (8 containers )
4.5 Unprocessed linear feet (3 containers) : 3 RSBS
Language of Materials
George Streisinger was a professor and biologist at the University of Oregon. Conducting his research on the cloning of zebra fish, Streisinger’s work made great contributions to the study of biology. Streisinger was the first person to successfully clone a Vertebrate. The collection consists of documents concerning Streisinger’s research, work at the U of O and personal documents. The majority of the collection consists of subject files and research notes as well as experimental data and photographs from his discoveries of zebra fish mutants.
Collection is organized into the following series:
Series I: Lab Notes and Instructions
Series II: Zebra Fish Cloning Subseries A: Research Subseries B: Experiments Subseries C: Photos and Slides
Series III: Correspondence
Series IV: Grant Proposals and Applications
Series V: Courses
Series VI Personal Publications
Series VII: Meetings and Conferences
Series VIII: Personal Documents
Series IX: Student Work
General Physical Description
5 Record Storage Boxes, 1 Manuscript Box, 1 half manuscript box, and 1 small flat box
Processed by staff in 2015-2016. Revisions by Anna Fleming in 2017.
- Zebra danios as laboratory animals Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Biologists -- Oregon Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- College teachers -- Oregon Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Molecular biology Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Photographs Subject Source: Art & Architecture Thesaurus
- University of Oregon -- Faculty
- University of Oregon. Institute of Molecular Biology
- Zebra danio Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Guide to the George Streisinger Papers
- Revise Description
- Anna Fleming
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- Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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- Finding aid is written in English