SECTION A BIOGRAPHICAL AND PERSONAL NCUACS 84.5.99/A.1-NCUACS 84.5.99/A.133
SECTION B EXPEDITIONS AND RESEARCH NCUACS 84.5.99/B.1-NCUACS 84.5.99/B.478
SECTION C UNIVERSITY OF READING NCUACS 84.5.99/C.1-NCUACS 84.5.99/C.15
SECTION D UNIVERSITY OF DURHAM NCUACS 84.5.99/D.1-NCUACS 84.5.99/D.29
SECTION E UNIVERSITY OF OXFORD NCUACS 84.5.99/E.1-NCUACS 84.5.99/E.73
SECTION F RESEARCH TOPICS NCUACS 84.5.99/F.1-NCUACS 84.5.99/F.39
SECTION G LECTURES, SPEECHES AND ADDRESSES NCUACS 84.5.99/G.1-NCUACS 84.5.99/G.89
SECTION H PUBLICATIONS NCUACS 84.5.99/H.1-NCUACS 84.5.99/H.109
SECTION J SOCIETIES AND ORGANISATIONS NCUACS 84.5.99/J.1-NCUACS 84.5.99/J.27
SECTION K REFERENCES AND RECOMMENDATIONS NCUACS 84.5.99/K.1-NCUACS 84.5.99/K.31
SECTION L CORRESPONDENCE NCUACS 84.5.99/L.1-NCUACS 84.5.99/L.94
SECTION M NON-TEXTUAL MATERIAL NCUACS 84.5.99/M.1-NCUACS 84.5.99/M.117
APPENDIX PERSONAL AND GEOLOGICAL DIARIES NCUACS 84.5.99/APP.1-NCUACS 84.5.99/APP.69
The material is presented as shown in the List of Contents. It covers the period 1904-1985. In addition to the description of the material given below, fuller introductory matter may be found at the beginning of most of the sections.
Section A, Biographical and personal, includes a little material from Wager's schooldays and his early notebooks of natural history and geological observations. His later appointments and applications for posts are also recorded. There is relatively little documentation for the later part of his career. Of interest are the annotated memorabilia of his clubs and societies, the careful account books from early days, and the thoughtful reflections on self-discipline and purpose, written on odd scraps of paper, which add an extra dimension to a controlled personality.
Section B, Expeditions and research, is by far the most extensive in the collection and in addition to a full introduction, has frequent explanatory notes. It is presented alphabetically by territory, East Greenland being the first as well as the most important. The organisation and logistics of expeditions, especially the 1935-1936 East Greenland expedition led by Wager, are chronicled in detail, backed by diaries, reports and later correspondence. The field notebooks, catalogues of rock specimens, and the investigative analysis which continued, in collaboration, for almost thirty years are also recorded. Similar material, in somewhat less detail, is found for other areas, notably the plutonic rocks of Rhum and Skye, and for the Himalayan Geology accomplished on the 1933 Everest expedition. The field excursions for students at Reading, Durham and Oxford Universities are also included.
Section C, University of Reading, is relatively short, coinciding as it did with Wager's main period of exploration and later of war service. The material consists of lecture and teaching notes.
Section D, University of Durham, also consists mainly of teaching material, though it also includes Wager's notes and idea in preparation for his first professorial appointment.
Section E, University of Oxford, is concerned almost entirely with the research and teaching of the Department of Geology and Mineralogy. It includes documentation of the Geological Age and Isotope Research Group (GAIR) that Wager established for the study of geochronology and geochemistry and in which a new graduate course in geochemistry was introduced.
Section F, Research topics, is a short section since most of Wager's research notes and data are dispersed through the collection: the petrographic descriptions and analyses are in Section B, while research undertaken for an important paper or lecture may be included in Sections G and H. Section F includes documentation of a wartime project on biotite and the beginnings of Wager's productive collaboration with R.L. Mitchell on trace elements in the rocks of the Skaergaard Intrusion of East Greenland.
Section G, Lectures, speeches and addresses, covers a wide timespan from talks given as a schoolboy ca 1920 to 1964. They include technical lectures given in UK and abroad on all aspects of Wager's scientific interests in layered intrusions, geochemistry and geochronology, and also many less formal talks to non-professional audiences interested in the expeditions to Greenland and Everest.
Section H, Publications, is of interest in showing Wager's methods of work, constantly revising and redrafting, in his notoriously illegible pencil or ink longhand. There are drafts and correspondence relating to Layered Igneous Rocks, Wager's major collaborative work with G.M. Brown that he did not live to see published. Where applicable reference has been made to the Bibliography in the Memoir of Wager by W.A. Deer ('Lawrence Rickard Wager', Biographical Memoirs of Fellows of the Royal Society 13 1967), a copy of which is at NCUACS 84.5.99/A.2. However, not all Wager's published works documented in this collection are to be found in this Bibliography and this additional material has been listed in a bibliographical note appended to the introduction of the catalogue.
Section J, Societies and organisations, is scanty but includes material covering Wager's long service on the Royal Society's British National Committee for Geodesy and Geophysics Vulcanology Sub-committee.
Section K, References and recommendations, covers the period 1945-1965 and relates mainly to academic work.
Section L, Correspondence, is not extensive but contains some personal correspondence from family and friends including Cambridge contemporaries and acquaintances. Most of Wager's scientific correspondence remains with the research or other matters to which it refers.
Section M, Non-textual material, is of considerable interest, containing not only photographs and slides of Wager's expeditions but the original drawings and maps made on his early Greenland visits in 1930-1931 and 1935-1936.
The Appendix lists personal and geological diaries 1925-1964, which currently remain in family hands.