SECTION A BIOGRAPHICAL NCUACS 9.2.89/A/1-NCUACS 9.2.89/A/10
SECTION B RESEARCH NCUACS 9.2.89/B/1-NCUACS 9.2.89/B/57
SECTION C CONSULTANCIES NCUACS 9.2.89/C/1-NCUACS 9.2.89/C/60
SECTION D PUBLICATIONS, LECTURES, CONFERENCES NCUACS 9.2.89/D/1-NCUACS 9.2.89/D/40
The collection is of particular interest for the material relating to wartime research and to consultancies on the design of optical systems for commercial and other organisations.
Section A, Biographical, is very slight but includes published biographical accounts and a number of letters from mathematical colleagues.
Section B, Research, is predominantly material relating to wartime research which is introduced by Linfoot's own lists detailing his Second World War projects. The Ministries of Aircraft Production and Supply are both represented in the documentation, and there is correspondence with scientific colleagues such as N F Mott of Bristol and L C Martin of Imperial College London and technical papers of the Telecommunications Research Establishment mathematics group. There is some postwar material relating to work on Schmidt and related optical systems.
Section C. Consultancies, is presented alphabetically by organisation, and records Linfoot's work for firms and others on both sides of the Atlantic including EMI, Farrand Optical Company and the Perkin-Elmer Corporation. The most extensive documentation relates to the Isaac Newton telescope (presented under Grubb Parsons) and the University of St Andrews telescope.
Section D, Publications, Lectures, Conferences, presents a chronological sequence of drafts and related correspondence. The largest body of material relates to Linfoot's unpublished book on almost periodic functions (completed at Princeton 1929-31), and comprises a typescript draft and correspondence with the Clarendon Press Oxford and colleagues in Britain, Germany and the USA. Section D also includes material relating to a mathematics colloquium organised by Linfoot and H Heilbronn at Bristol in 1935 and to postwar optics conferences.