SECTION A BIOGRAPHICAL & AUTOBIOGRAPHICAL CSAC 97.1.84/A.1- CSAC 97.1.84/A.34
CSAC 97.1.84/A.1 Obituary notices and tributes
CSAC 97.1.84/A.2-CSAC 97.1.84/A.8 Autobiographical accounts
CSAC 97.1.84/A.9-CSAC 97.1.84/A.32 Career, honours and awards
CSAC 97.1.84/A.33, CSAC 97.1.84/A.34 Photographs
SECTION B SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH, COMMITTEES & CONSULTANCIES CSAC 97.1.84/B.1-CSAC 97.1.84/B.42
CSAC 97.1.84/B.1 - CSAC 97.1.84/B.31 Aeronautical research
CSAC 97.1.84/B.32 Arched dams
CSAC 97.1.84/B.33 Hatfield Development Corporation - Investigation into gale-damaged houses
CSAC 97.1.84/B.34 National Physical Laboratory Executive Committee
CSAC 97.1.84/B.35 Public Health Engineering at Imperial College
CSAC 97.1.84/B.36-CSAC 97.1.84/B.40 Thames Pollution Committee
CSAC 97.1.84/B.41 Westminster City Council - Lisson Green Development
CSAC 97.1.84/B.42 Published papers
SECTION C LECTURES, ARTICLES & BROADCASTS CSAC 97.1.84/C.1-CSAC 97.1.84/C.37
CSAC 97.1.84/C.1-CSAC 97.1.84/C.24 Lectures and articles
CSAC 97.1.84/C.25-CSAC 97.1.84/C.27 Shorter talks and writings
CSAC 97.1.84/C.28-CSAC 97.1.84/C.33 Obituaries and biographical writings
CSAC 97.1.84/C.34-CSAC 97.1.84/C.37 Broadcasts
SECTION D CORRESPONDENCE CSAC 97.1.84/D.1-CSAC 97.1.84/D.3
The collection is particularly strong in material of a biographical and personal nature. Of especial interest is the extensive autobiographical account written by Pippard towards the end of his life (CSAC 97.1.84/A.4). There are also two scrapbooks covering virtually every aspect of his career (CSAC 97.1.84/A.2, CSAC 97.1.84/A.3), and two scrapbooks devoted to his year as president of the Institution of Civil Engineers (CSAC 97.1.84/A.26, CSAC 97.1.84/A.27).
Almost all the material available relating to Pippard's scientific work is concerned with his research on aircraft structures which is represented by a series of committee papers and reports prepared for the Aeronautical Research Council in the interwar years.
Unfortunately very little manuscript material relating to Pippard's other interests survives. However, in a small section on the Thames Pollution Committee, there is Pippard's own account of its work prepared at the time of the publication of the official report (CSAC 97.1.84/B.37).
Much more material survives relating to Pippard's activities as a lecturer, writer of articles and broadcaster. It covers a period of nearly fifty years and a variety of subjects, including aircraft and aviation, engineering structures in general and the education and training of engineers. This last topic was of particular importance to him reflecting his concern about the image of engineering in the world, its lack of appeal as a profession and its disadvantage compared with pure science in attracting the very best recruits. Also of interest in this section is a number of BBC radio broadcasts, especially the scripts for two series of talks to schools in the 1920s (see CSAC 97.1.84/C.34, CSAC 97.1.84/C.35).
There is very little general correspondence in the collection. There are letters, however, in all the scrapbooks and the text of a few letters, not otherwise available, is incorporated in the autobiographical account. See also CSAC 97.1.84/A.12, CSAC 97.1.84/A.13, CSAC 97.1.84/A.15, CSAC 97.1.84/A.16-CSAC 97.1.84/A.20, CSAC 97.1.84/A.22-CSAC 97.1.84/A.24, CSAC 97.1.84/A.29-CSAC 97.1.84/A.32, CSAC 97.1.84/B.23, CSAC 97.1.84/C.10, CSAC 97.1.84/C.28, CSAC 97.1.84/C.30 and CSAC 97.1.84/C.33.