SECTION R BIOGRAPHICAL R52-R.367
INDEX OF CORRESPONDENTS
This catalogue of papers of Sir John Cowdery Kendrew is a supplement to that compiled in 1989 (NCUACS 11/4/89). The material has been arranged and numbered to follow the sequence of the previous catalogue, which should therefore be consulted in conjunction with this catalogue. Papers supplementary to the first catalogue have been found for section R (Biographical). The material covers the period 1884-1997.
Section R, Biographical, is mainly a sequence of folders inscribed by Kendrew 'archives' or 'souvenir papers' and assembled by him as a personal record of his professional and personal life over the period 1936-1996. Initially several years at a time were covered by an individual folder but from 1963 onwards Kendrew began keeping one folder for each year. There is some correspondence and speech material but the contents of Kendrew's folders were mainly photographs, press cuttings and momentos such as menus, seating plans, invitation cards and a variety of programmes for formal dinners and tributes, visits and conferences, honorary degree or awards ceremonies and for theatres, concerts, operas and art exhibitions. The material comprises Kendrew's personal record of such aspects of his life and career as school and undergraduate days, war service, postwar research at Cambridge, the award of the Nobel Prize, the conferral of various honorary degrees and awards, attendance at conference, involvement with national and international organisations, his presidency of St John's College, Oxford as well as his wide-ranging interest in the arts. In addition to the folder sequence Kendrew complied two scrapbooks covering the period 1960-1962 containing letters, photographs and press cuttings relating to research and other developments at the Cavendish Laboratory, Cambridge, the award of the Nobel Prize, and also the death of his parents. There is a folder of cards and letters of congratulation on the occasion of Kendrew's eightieth birthday in 1997.