SECTION A BIOGRAPHICAL NCUACS 75.4.98/A.1-NCUACS 75.4.98/A.146
SECTION B NOTEBOOKS NCUACS 75.4.98/B.1-NCUACS 75.4.98/B.97
SECTION C NOTEBOOKS NCUACS 75.4.98/C.1-NCUACS 75.4.98/C.134
SECTION D VISITS AND CONFERENCES NCUACS 75.4.98/D.1-NCUACS 75.4.98/D.21
SECTION E CORRESPONDENCE NCUACS 75.4.98/E.1-NCUACS 75.4.98/E.30
SECTION F NON-TEXTUAL MATERIAL NCUACS 75.4.98/F.1-NCUACS 75.4.98/F.23
The material is presented in the order shown in the list of contents. It covers the period 1910-1995.
Mrs Sutton left many comments identifying the papers appended to or inscribed on the papers. Reference to such comments is indicated in the catalogue in the form '(BS)'.
Section, A, Biographical, includes obituaries and reminiscences of Sutton. Sutton's childhood and schooldays are documented and there is a little material relating to his undergraduate studies. There are papers relating to his career including wartime service, and of some of the honours he was accorded. There is significant family material, particularly of his father Gerald John Sutton, an engineer and inventor. It includes a sequence of his patents 1928-1958. Financial material records Sutton's extensive work as an examiner for his own and other universities, as a referee for scientific journals and his work for the BBC as a broadcaster and adviser. There are also photographs of Sutton, some with Janet Watson, and material relating to Sutton's family background.
Section B, Notebooks, covers the period 1940-1992. The notebooks used up to the late 1960s are chiefly geological field notebooks and a number include notes by Janet Watson. The notes therein include observations, sketches and plans and lists of specimens. These include a set of notebooks recording work in Greenland 1965-1969. From the late 1960s on the content is increasingly diverse and alongside geological observations may include notes on proceedings of conferences and sketches of scenery, plants and people as well as of geological phenomena, many from visits overseas for conferences and meetings.
Section C, Notes and drafts, chiefly comprises notes for and drafts of publications or work intended for publication dating from the late 1930s to very shortly before Sutton's death. Some of the material bears Janet Watson's handwriting, attesting to the collaborative nature of much of their work. There are also drafts by others and a little printed material.
Section D, Visits and conferences, is slight but supplements to some extent the material in the later notebooks in section B including documentation of a number of Sutton's visits to China. It covers the period 1957, 1970-1992.
Section E, Correspondence, is principally two sequences of letters 1948-1960 and 1961-1992, assembled by Mrs Sutton and arranged in chronological order. In addition to scientific and personal correspondence there are papers for conferences and from societies and organisations. Principal correspondents are E.B. Bailey, M.J. Fleuty, A. Holmes, J.L. Knill, J.G. Ramsay and H.H. Read. There is also additional correspondence 1939-1989 and contents of an envelope of postcards. The correspondence is almost entirely incoming.
Section F, Non-textual material, includes hand-drawn maps of the Loch Torridon area of Scotland, a sequence of aerial photographs of the Greenland coast. There are also two cine films and a sound tape of his Bennett Lecture to the Geologists Association.