The collection provides some documentation for most aspects of Sutherland's career, apart from his two periods at the University of Michigan, for which there is virtually no material. For the 1930s there is extensive correspondence, but no laboratory records, and for the wartime period there is a very full sequence of letters exchanged with H.W. Thompson, 1937-1947. Section C contains papers relating to the National Physical Laboratory, and Section D documents Sutherland's involvement with various societies and organisations, and has considerable material on the formation of the International Organisation for Pure and Applied Biophysics, in which Sutherland played a major part. Section E contains correspondence on issues of science policy, as well as Sutherland's own drafts and reports. The correspondence in Section H dates mainly from Sutherland's period at the N.P.L., all earlier letters being in Section B.
Section A: Biographical and Personal
A.1-A.6 Biographical and Autobiographical; A.7-A.41 Career and Appointments; A.42-A.53 Material relating to the Royal Society Memoir of Sutherland.
Section B: Early Infrared Research
B.1-B.3 Infrared Research in the 1930s; B.4-B.13 Wartime Work on Hydrocarbons; B.14-B.29 Wartime Work on Penicillin; B.30-B.72 Correspondence with Friends and Colleagues, 1933-1947; B.73-B.91 Correspondence with Industrial Firms, 1932-1942; B.92 Postwar Work at the University of Michigan.
Section C: The National Physical Laboratory
C.1-C.10 Appointment and Resignation; C.11-C.35 Internal Administration; C.36-C.52 Relations with the Royal Society and the Department of Scientific and Industrial Research.
Section D: Committees, Societies, Organisations (D.1-D.58)
Section E: Education and Science Policy (E.1-E.47)
E.1-E.16 The Brain Drain; E.17-E.34 Royal Society for Technologists; E.35-E.42 University Expansion and Related Topics; E.43-E.47 General Correspondence.
Section F: Visits and Conferences (F.1-F.48)
Section G: Drafts, Lectures, Publications (G.1-G.65)
Section H: General Correspondence (H.1-H.45)