SECTION A BIOGRAPHICAL A.1 - A.100
SECTION B GLYNN RESEARCH INSTITUTE B.1 - B.177
SECTION C RESEARCH C.1 - C.400
SECTION D PUBLICATIONS, LECTURES AND BROADCASTS D.1 - D.481
SECTION E SOCIETIES AND ORGANISATIONS E.1 - E.175
SECTION F VISITS AND CONFERENCES F.1 - F.357
SECTION G CORRESPONDENCE G.1-G.1232
This large collection is uneven in its coverage as Mitchell destroyed much material on his move from Edinburgh in 1963. However, significant earlier material does survive with the comprehensive documentation of his career and work at Glynn.
Section A, Biographical, is not extensive. It includes obituaries of Mitchell, entries for biographical source-books and biographical information provided to researchers. The award of the Nobel prize is particularly well-documented including letters of congratulation and papers relating to the visit to Stockholm to collect the prize. There is also material relating to other honours and awards accorded Mitchell including the Fellowship of the Royal Society, 1974, the Royal Society's Copley Medal in 1981, and a number of honorary degrees. The section also includes two extracts from Mitchell's diary covering the period 1983-1992.
Section B, Glynn Research Institute, brings together material relating to its administration, with particular emphasis on fund-raising, although there is very little material predating 1979. The desk diaries are useful sources for the daily running of the Glynn Research Institute and provide insights into Mitchell's day-to-day activities. The methods employed at the Institute to raise funds for its survival are well reflected by the material, including documentation regarding the production and use of brochures, appeal letters, advertisements and articles to encourage donations. Formal grant applications to funding bodies, such as the Medical Research Council, Nuffield Foundation and Wellcome Trust, with related correspondence are also included. Folders relating to visits to the Institute were also kept from the early 1980s and these papers have been presented in a chronological sequence. Information concerning earlier visitors is to be found in section G in the correspondence files of the visitors concerned.
Section C, Research, Includes both Mitchell's own research material and that of research collaborators. Mitchell's own papers includes a student notebook dating from 1940, and some material relating to his wartime work on the chemical warfare agent Lewisite, undertaken with J. F. Danielli. The post-war papers runs from the late 1940s to 1989 and include material concerning all aspects of his research work at Cambridge to 1955, Edinburgh University 1955-1963 and at Glynn from 1964. The material comprises notebooks, manuscript and typescript drafts, manuscript notes and calculations. The bulk was found in Mitchell's own folders, sometimes with a note of the subjects of the research inscribed thereon. The research material of collaborators comprises notebooks of his long-term research colleague Jennifer Moyle, a research student Steven Clarke, and Roy Mitchell, who was Chief Technician at Glynn 1965-1970 and research associate thereafter. The research work of Roy Mitchell, covering the period 1970-1994, is of importance in supplementing the records of the research of Mitchell and Jennifer Moyle under whom he worked.
Section D, Publications, lectures and broadcasts, is extensive. It covers the period 1958-1991 and includes drafts of many of Mitchell's scientific publications, including work undertaken in collaboration with other researchers, most notably Jennifer Moyle. The largest single sequence is material relating to Perspectives in Vectorial Metabolism and Osmochemistry, the book produced by the Glynn Research Institute to mark its 25th anniversary in 1990. The section also includes material relating to historical retrospectives on the origins of the chemiosmotic theory, with particular reference to the discussion between Mitchell and R.J.P. Williams. There is a sequence of editorial correspondence, principally requests to Mitchell to referee articles for journals or to write articles or books. Publications material also includes correspondence and papers relating to Mitchell's many letters to the Financial Times and The Times on economic and related matters. The lectures material chiefly covers public lectures given to learned societies and student university societies after Mitchell's move to Glynn. University teaching at Edinburgh may be represented, however, by a set of twelve lectures on the chemical aspects of biology dating from about 1960. Among the more prestigious lectures documented are the Ninth CIBA Medal Lecture of 1974, the Royal Institution of Chemistry's Humphrey Davy Memorial Lecture, 1980, and the Royal Society's Croonian Lecture of 1987. Broadcasts material includes transcripts of some of Mitchell's contributions to radio and television broadcasts. There are also audio and video tapes of interviews with Mitchell and a set of reprints of Mitchell's publications 1943-1992.
Section E, Societies and organisations, documents Mitchell's association with 81 UK, overseas and international bodies. There are few extended sequences and the greatest proportion of the material dates from the 1970s and 1980s. Mitchell's membership of British learned societies is poorly documented, the best being that relating to the Royal Institution and the Royal Society. However, he was elected to the membership of a number of overseas learned societies and academies and this is well reflected in the material. Among the largest sequences in the section are those relating to Mitchell's service as referee for grants, fellowships etc. for the Commission of the European Communities, the Medical Research Council, the US National Science Foundation and the Science (later Science and Engineering) Research Council. Also well-documented is Mitchell's membership of the Winnicott Trust (Chairman of the Advisory Committee from 1991). There is material relating to Jesus College Cambridge of which he was elected Honorary Fellow in 1980. He was also approached by a number of human rights and peace organisations seeking his support for various international campaigns.
Section F, Visits and conferences, covers the period 1958-1992. It documents much of Mitchell's attendance at conferences and seminars and travels in the UK and abroad. Mitchell travelled extensively although he rarely spent prolonged periods away from Glynn. The bulk of the material dates from the period after the award of the Nobel Prize in 1978, when his presence was particularly sought-after at important international and national meetings. The papers also document many invitations he declined and show that Mitchell was forced to cancel or withdraw from a number of engagements because of ill-health. Some of his later visits to London and elsewhere were in connection, or combined with, fund-raising for the Glynn Research Institute.
Section G, Correspondence, is the largest in the collection. It is arranged alphabetically by individual or organisation, following the Glynn Research Institute's arrangement, with most of the material dating from the period 1961-1992. Much of Mitchell's earlier correspondence was lost or destroyed when he moved from Edinburgh to Glynn. The correspondence is largely scientific in content and documents well the development of Mitchell's chemiosmotic hypothesis and the attitudes of fellow scientists to his work in the bioenergetics field. It also indicates his reactions to the work of other researchers since the section includes numerous manuscripts sent to Mitchell for comment. Scientists whose correspondence with Mitchell is of particular significance include P.D. Boyer, B. Chance, J.F. Danielli, A.L. Lehninger, E. Racker, E.C. Slater, M.K.F. Wikström and R.J.P. Williams. Mitchell's fund-raising activities to prevent the closure of the Glynn Research Institute are illustrated in this section in various forms, such as informal applications for grants and donations as well as requests for advice and assistance. There is also a little personal correspondence in the section, touching on Mitchell's interests outside scientific research. His correspondence with B.H. Weber is accompanied by transcripts of an interview conducted by Weber in 1980, containing significant biographical information.