The papers are extensive. Although they cannot be said to present a full account of Hinton's life and work, being largely concerned with his later activities, they contain important documentation of his earlier career in the form of personal diaries, unpublished autobiographical writings, and frequent allusions and reminiscences in correspondence with former colleagues, historians of science and others. The biographical material is dominated by Hinton's unpublished autobiography and the 'non-secret diaries' on which it was based. His interests in atomic energy and electricity supply are represented by lectures selected and arranged by Hinton and general correspondence and papers, 1966-1983. His association with engineering institutions is extensively documented especially the Council of Engineering Institutions, 1967-1983, and the Fellowship of Engineering, 1975-1983. There are correspondence and papers relating to Hinton's House of Lord's committee work, 1968-1983, and to his Chancellorship of the University of Bath, 1966-1980. There are also records of his consultancies for the Ministry of Transport in 1965 and the World Bank, 1965-1983, and of his association with the World Energy Conference, 1962-1983. The remaining general correspondence is relatively slight since most of Hinton's correspondence on his activities was kept with the related material. There are, however, daily carbons, 1978-1983, which record his total activity over a given period of time and at the very end of his career. There is a photographic record of Hinton's official career from the 1950s, a film entitled 'Christopher Hinton', 1956 and gramophone records of talks by Hinton for the BBC on 'The ABC of atomic energy' c 1959.
Additional material subsequently deposited: Letters of Hinton to Gavin Edward Wyatt, 1970-1983. 5 items.