SECTION A BIOGRAPHICAL NCUACS 95.8.00/A.1 - NCUACS 95.8.00/A.302
SECTION B SECOND WORLD WAR NCUACS 95.8.00/B.1 - NCUACS 95.8.00/B.613
SECTION C UNIVERSITY OF ABERDEEN NCUACS 95.8.00/C.1 - NCUACS 95.8.00/C.282
SECTION D RESEARCH TOPICS AND SCIENCE INTERESTS NCUACS 95.8.00/D.1 - NCUACS 95.8.00/D.456
SECTION E DEFENCE AND INTELLIGENCE NCUACS 95.8.00/E.1 - NCUACS 95.8.00/E.256
SECTION F SCIENCE-RELATED INTERESTS NCUACS 95.8.00/F.1 - NCUACS 95.8.00/F.275
SECTION G VISITS AND CONFERENCES NCUACS 95.8.00/G.1 - NCUACS 95.8.00/G.448
SECTION H SOCIETIES AND ORGANISATIONS NCUACS 95.8.00/H.1 - NCUACS 95.8.00/H.922
SECTION J PUBLICATIONS NCUACS 95.8.00/J.1 - NCUACS 95.8.00/J.824
SECTION K LECTURES, SPEECHES AND BROADCASTS NCUACS 95.8.00/K.1 - NCUACS 95.8.00/K.495
SECTION L CORRESPONDENCE NCUACS 95.8.00/L.1 - NCUACS 95.8.00/L.140
SECTION M NON-TEXTUAL MATERIAL NCUACS 95.8.00/M.1 - NCUACS 95.8.00/M.50
The material is presented in the order given in the list of contents. It covers the period from 1928 to 1998.
Section A, Biographical, documents Jones' life from 1928 to 1997, including papers relating to his appointment at the University of Aberdeen as well as the numerous honours and awards he received. There are a few printed articles about Jones and several autobiographical drafts. The section also includes a long sequence of correspondence and papers assembled by Jones under the title 'Bouquets and brickbats' which reflect his many achievements and also some of his failures. A record of day-to-day activities is provided by a series of twenty nine pocket diaries which runs almost continuously for the period 1957-1979. There is also a significant collection of press cuttings, illustrating his public profile, and a sequence of invitations to various social events.
Section B, Second World War, is of great interest since it is for his work in scientific intelligence during the War that Jones is best known. There is a significant quantity of wartime documents, many of which were used in the writing of Most Secret War. These include copies of the Air Scientific Intelligence reports he wrote during the War, copies of intelligence reports he received and captured German documents. Jones' work as a consultant to the Control Commission for Germany from 1948 to 1951 is also represented. In addition to the wartime documents there is also considerable material relating to the historical treatment of the Second World War, focussing on topics such as the German air raid on Coventry on 14 and 15 November 1940, Farm Hall and the Oslo Report and on individuals such as Sir Winston Churchill, Sir Henry Tizard and Lord Cherwell. The section also includes correspondence with wartime colleagues, British veterans of the War and former members of Resistance organisations.
Section C, University of Aberdeen, covers Jones' career as Professor of Natural Philosophy from 1946 to 1981. The material includes correspondence and papers relating to the administration of the Department of Natural Philosophy, the Faculty of Science and the University. There is also documentation of Jones' teaching, with two significant sequences of manuscript lecture notes.
Section D, Research topics and science interests, relates largely to Jones' active research at the University of Aberdeen. The material is arranged alphabetically by subject and includes correspondence with colleagues, drafts of publications and lectures, and manuscript and typescript notes. Research areas well represented in the papers include aether drag, capacitance micrometers, crystal growing, optical levers and radiation pressure. There is also an interesting sequence of material on 'flying saucers', reflecting Jones' interest in unexplained aerial phenomena.
Section E, Defence and intelligence, documents Jones' involvement and interest in defence and intelligence matters after the Second World War. His association with the Ministry of Defence is well represented, particularly his chairmanship of the Air Defence Committee Working Party in 1963-1964. His interest in the Strategic Defense Initiative (commonly known as Star Wars) is represented in this section as is his membership of an unofficial committee on hull-forms for warships in 1985-1986, chaired by Lord Hill-Norton. There is also material relating to a variety of intelligence issues, including a significant quantity of papers by S. Dedijer, the founder of the Research Policy Institute at the University of Lund, Sweden.
Section F, Science-related interests, brings together a number of Jones' interests outside his academic research. The history of science is particularly well represented and includes papers relating to James Clerk Maxwell and the history of infra-red research. There is significant material documenting Jones' concern with education policy, in particular the issues of university expansion and the teaching of science in schools. The section also includes a long sequence of papers assembled by Jones under the title 'Quacks', consisting largely of letters, circulars and pamphlets sent by numerous individuals and organisations, chiefly relating to unorthodox approaches to science.
Section G, Visits and conferences, covers the period 1948-1997. It documents much of Jones' attendance at conferences as well as his domestic and foreign travel. The material is divided up by country following his own arrangement, with much relating to the United Kingdom, the United States and Germany. The papers for a number of countries also include general correspondence with friends and acquaintances living there. His German correspondents include several wartime opponents who later became friends.
Section H, Societies and organisations, is extensive, illustrating his many commitments outside academic life. His longstanding service to the Royal Society is substantially documented particularly his work on the Paul Instrument Fund Committee and his editorship of Notes and Records. His service on numerous Government bodies is also well represented, including the British Transport Commission, the Safety in Mines Research Advisory Board, the Electronics Research Council and the Infra-Red Committee of the Ministries of Supply and Aviation. This section also includes papers relating to Jones' attendance at International Conferences on the Unity of the Sciences, together with correspondence about the activities of the Unification Church. Consultancy work by Jones is represented by material relating to the firms, A. & M. Fell Ltd and Hilger and Watts.
Section J, Publications, presents a chronological series of drafts of books, articles, letters to newspapers, obituaries, reviews, and other contributions by Jones, covering the period 1946-1997. These drafts reflect the wide range of his interests, but are especially strong on the Second World War, intelligence issues, scientific research and education policy. The most substantial accumulations of material relate to Jones' two major books, Most Secret War (Hamish Hamilton, 1978) his bestselling account of his scientific intelligence work during the Second World War, and its follow up Reflections on Intelligence (Heinemann, 1989). The papers relating to this sequel also include drafts for a book covering Jones' experiences before and after the Second World War, which he proposed to call 'No Easy Chair'. Although plans to publish such an autobiographical account were abandoned the drafts nevertheless contain interesting biographical information.
Section K, Lectures, speeches and broadcasts, covers the period of about fifty years from the end of the Second World War to the final years of Jones' life. He was a highly accomplished public speaker and many of his most prestigious lectures are documented here, together with the numerous invitations he had to decline. Included here is a sequence of material relating to his lectures to the Senior Officers War Course at the Royal Naval College, Greenwich. The section also contains a significant quantity of material representing his radio and television broadcasts. These papers include transcripts of recordings and are particularly extensive for the 1970s when he took part in a number of programmes about his scientific intelligence work during the War.
Section L, Correspondence, is relatively short since many of the letters Jones received were filed by subject, with the result that they appear in other sections. There are, however, significant sequences of correspondence with two friends, Sir Harold Hartley and Henry Cobden Turner as well as material relating to references and recommendations by Jones.
Section M, Non-textual material, consists largely of slides relating to the Second World War, research interests and the history of science. There is also a video cassette of the Memorial Service for Jones at King's College, Aberdeen in 1998.