This small archive documents Crook's interest in the development of biochemical engineering while a member of the University College London Department of Biochemistry and for a period after his departure for St Bartholomew's Hospital Medical College.
Papers relating to biochemical engineering at University College London form the largest component in the collection. They include Crook's historical account of the development of biotechnology at UCL, documentation of research at UCL in collaboration with the Department of Chemical Engineering and documentation of the establishment in 1959 of the postgraduate diploma in biochemical engineering. The research projects documented are the production of coenzyme A and enzymes on solid supports. An individual item of great interest is the draft of a letter from Crook to the Provost UCL on his being informed of the decision not to establish a chair in biochemical engineering.
Lectures material is slight but includes drafts for Crook's Procter Memorial Lecture 'in honour of the father of British leather chemistry'. Publications material comprises material relating to Crook's own publications, especially a bound volume of his offprints, 1934-1964, and correspondence and papers relating to the founding of the Journal of Biochemical and Microbiological Technology and Engineering (later Biotechnology and Biochemical Engineering), 1957-1962. There is brief documentation relating to three organisations, Medical Research Council, Science Research Council and University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology, 1971-1978. There is likewise brief documentation of seven meetings or visits, 1967-1982, relating to Crook's biochemical engineering and biotechnology interests. Included is a 'Biochemistry and Biochemical Engineering Report' by A.R. Thomson of AERE Harwell of his visit to the USA in March 1971.
Non textual material consists of just two photographs, a photograph of Crook taken ca 1952-1953 and an unidentified group photograph. Biographical notes were prepared by the family specially for the collection.