SECTION A RESEARCH AND TEACHING NCUACS 2.1.88/A. 1-A. 26
NCUACS 2.1.88/A. 1-A. 22 Research
NCUACS 2.1.88/A. 1-A. 13 Wartime work on Hydrocarbons
NCUACS 2.1.88/A. 14-A. 16 Work on Penicillin
NCUACS 2.1.88/A. 17-A. 22 Miscellaneous
NCUACS 2.1.88/A. 23-A. 26 Teaching
SECTION B THE ROYAL SOCIETY NCUACS 2.1.88/B. 1-B.533
NCUACS 2.1.88/B. 1-B.473 International Relations
NCUACS 2.1.88/B. 1-B.177 Royal Society committees
NCUACS 2.1.88/B.178-B.186 Government departments
NCUACS 2.1.88/B.187-B.206 International scientific organisations and programmes
NCUACS 2.1.88/B.207-B.473 Regions
NCUACS 2.1.88/B.474-B.519 Other Royal Society business
NCUACS 2.1.88/B.474-B.481 Education Committee
NCUACS 2.1.88/B.482-B.512 Scientific Information Committee
NCUACS 2.1.88/B.513-B.519 Ad hoc Committee on Government Research and Development Study (Rothschild Committee)
NCUACS 2.1.88/B.520-B.533 Thompson's personal correspondence as Foreign Secretary
SECTION C SOCIETIES AND ORGANISATIONS NCUACS 2.1.88/C. 1-C.377
SECTION D VISITS AND CONFERENCES NCUACS 2.1.88/D.1-D. 19
SECTION E FOOTBALL ASSOCIATION NCUACS 2.1.88/E.1-E.527
NCUACS 2.1.88/E. 1-E. 22 Early days
NCUACS 2.1.88/E. 23-E. 38 General correspondence and papers
NCUACS 2.1.88/E. 39-E.228 Organisation and committees
NCUACS 2.1.88/E.229-E.404 Football topics
NCUACS 2.1.88/E.405-E.527 Other football and sports bodies
The material is presented in the order shown in the List of Contents. Additional explanatory notes accompany many of the Sections, sub-sections and individual entries in the body of the catalogue, and the following paragraphs aim only to draw attention to matters of particular substance or interest.
The collection is regrettably a very unbalanced one. There is no personal or biographical material and very little record of Thompson's research. On the other hand, Thompson's work for the Royal Society, international scientific organisations and the Football Association is extensively documented.
Section A (Research and teaching) is slight. The wartime hydrocarbons research is represented by a small number of reports (less than half by Thompson) and a little correspondence. This work is documented much more extensively in the manuscripts collection of Thompson's collaborator, Sir Gordon Sutherland (CSAC 89/7/82, deposited in Cambridge University Library) which includes the report of the 1943 mission to the United States and correspondence between Thompson and Sutherland, 1937-47.
SECTION B (The Royal Society) is the largest and most important section in the catalogue. Almost all the Royal Society papers relate to international relations and document very fully the new initiatives which marked Thompson's Foreign Secretaryship. Of particular interest are Thompson's International Relations Committee papers and the papers he grouped by region, Western Europe and Israel, East Europe and USSR, China, Latin America and so on. The Western European papers document the hugely successful European Science Exchange Programme and the East European and Chinese papers illustrate some of the very serious problems faced by Thompson in his efforts to promote international science - in the case of East Europe, the Russian invasion of Czechoslovakia and in the case of China, the Cultural Revolution. This section also provides comprehensive documentation of a further great success for Thompson in European scientific cooperation, the EUCHEM conferences. Thompson's contributions to the Royal Society outside the international relations area are represented by his Education Committee and Scientific Information Committee papers.
Section C (Societies and organisations) also provides important documentation of Thompson's contributions to international science. Of particular interest in this regard are manuscripts relating to his work for the Research Branch of the Control Commission for Germany, for the International Council of Scientific Unions (ICSU) and for the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC) including the Commission on Molecular Spectroscopy and the Triple Commission on Spectroscopy. Not all the societies and organisations listed here are scientific, however. Thompson kept very detailed records of his work for the Great Britain - China Committee (later Great Britain - China Centre) and shorter sequences of material relating to the Maison Francaise d'Oxford (member of the Oxford Committee) and Shrewsbury School (governor).
Section D (Visits and conferences) is a very small section which does not adequately reflect the extensive travel undertaken by Thompson during his scientific career. However, this travel is documented to a considerable degree in Sections B and C.
Section E (Football Association) is a very substantial section which records (particularly for the last decade of Thompson's life) the enormous amount of work he undertook for the Association. There is also full documentation of the many problems facing football in the 1970s, especially hooliganism amongst its supporters. By contrast Thompson's work for the Oxford University Association Football Club and Pegasus is not documented in the collection.