The collection illustrates all aspects of Astbury's activities, with the exception of his work at the Royal Institution and earliest work at Leeds. The bulk of the documents represent the extensive scientific correspondence which he conducted with individual colleagues and learned societies, especially 1940-1957. This was often single-handed in the absence of secretarial help, as the letters themselves make clear. No records can be traced for the following periods: 1947 (all); 1949 (January-July), but the surviving letters, research plans and progress reports help to document the rapid progress of research in protein structure and nucleic acids during and after the 1939-45 War.
A. Biographical & Personal Files 1 - 18
B. University of Leeds & Department Files 1 - 42
C. Notebooks & Slides Files 1 - 6
D. Lectures & Publications Files 1 - 58
E. Scientific Correspondence Files 1-212
F. Conferences Files 1- 15
G. Committees & Societies Files 1- 27