The papers in this supplementary collection cover the period 1902-2003. They should be consulted in conjunction with the Mott papers catalogued as NCUACS no 105/4/02.
Section A, Biographical, is by far the largest in the collection. There is additional material relating to Mott's autobiography, a major sequence of documentation of career, honours and awards, 1918-1996, including the Nobel Prize, and an almost complete sequence of appointment diaries, 1958-1996. The most substantial component of the section is Mott's family correspondence, 1922-1962. This is principally Mott's letters to his parents and provides indispensable documentation of his career from Clifton College school, Bristol to the Cavendish Professorship of Physics, Cambridge. The sequence includes Mott's undergraduate years at St John's College, Cambridge, 1924-1927, Copenhagen with Bohr in 1928, Manchester with W.L. Bragg, 1928-1929, Cambridge, 1930-1933, pre- and post-war Bristol and the Second World War. There are also sequences of correspondence from Mott's visits to Japan, 1953 and Africa, 1962. Biographical items of particular interest are drafts relating to his father's research at the Cavendish under J.J. Thomson and Ruth Mott's account of her and her husband's visit to Russia in 1934. There are also sequences of press-cuttings and a small number of photographs of Mott and scientific colleagues.
Section B, Lectures and publications, documents a small number of Mott's public and invitation lectures and shorter publications and writings. There is also a little publications correspondence, 1970-1995.
Section C, Societies and organisations, is slight, providing additional documentation of Mott's association with five British and international bodies, 1952-1995, including the Royal Society.
Section D, Visits and conferences, is slight, comprising single items representing six occasions, 1959-1993.
Section E, Religion, provides further documentation of Mott's developing interest in religion in his later years. There is correspondence, 1977-1996, an annotated draft of 'Christianity without miracles' Mott's own contribution for the book 'Can scientists believe?', shorter publications and writings, and sermons.
Section F, Correspondence, is slight. It is presented as a chronological sequence with scientific colleagues and others, 1963-1996.
There is also an index of correspondents. We are very grateful to Mrs Crampin for making the papers available and for information and advice.