The collection comprises subject or case files compiled by Professor Edgeworth Johnstone duringhis research and professional practice. It is probable that the surviving files were compiled duringhis time as Professor of Chemical Engineering at the University of Nottingham, since the datablematerial covers the period 1960 to 1967. The files contain manuscript notes, correspondence andassociated papers accumulated during this period. The files can generally be classified into threegroups:
- The first and largest group consists of files relating to scientific research, includingindustrial chemical processes, compounds, pollution, 'scale-up', safety, research, development,education and patents.
- The second group of files primarily concerns methodological matters, including technical filingsystems, 'work study', management, statistics, cost estimation and report writing.
- One file holds personal papers, concerning Edgeworth Johnstone's interest in sailing.
Lectures, reports and articles written by Edgeworth Johnstone include the titles: 'Thetransference of chemical processes from small to large scale operation' (1939); 'Potential marketsfor high-volatility petroleum coke in Brazil' for Trinidad Leaseholds Ltd (1937); 'Continuingeducation for engineers' (Helsinki, 1972); 'The future of pilot plants' (c.1961); 'Second survey ofchemical engineering and practice' presented to the Institution of Chemical Engineers (1965); 'Scaleeffects in chemical plants' presented to the students and graduates section of the Institution ofChemical Engineers (1965); and 'Some thoughts on engineering education', given as his inaugurallecture as Lady Trent Professor of Chemical Engineering at the University of Nottingham (1962).