SECTION A BIOGRAPHICAL NCUACS 14.7.89/A.1 - NCUACS 14.7.89/A. 19
SECTION B OXFORD NCUACS 14.7.89/B.1 - NCUACS 14.7.89/B. 11
SECTION C RESEARCH NCUACS 14.7.89/C.1 - NCUACS 14.7.89/C.120
SECTION D LECTURES AND PUBLICATIONS NCUACS 14.7.89/D.1 - NCUACS 14.7.89/D. 43
SECTION E VISITS AND CONFERENCES NCUACS 14.7.89/E.1 - NCUACS 14.7.89/E. 8
SECTION F CORRESPONDENCE NCUACS 14.7.89/F.1 - NCUACS 14.7.89/F.117
The material is presented in the order given in the List of Contents. There are interesting records of Ford's research, lectures, publications and scientific correspondence.
Section A, Biographical, brings together obituaries and tributes, material relating to Ford's career, honours and awards, and photographs. Of particular interest are Ford's replies to a 'Questionnaire concerning the evolutionary synthesis' sent to him in 1974 (NCUACS 14.7.89/A.9) and Ford's own statement of his contributions to science (and archaeology) prompted by a 1982 Oxford Zoology finals question (NCUACS 14.7.89/A.10).
Section B, Oxford, is very slight. There are, however, reports on Ford's teaching and research 1946-58 (NCUACS 14.7.89/B.1) and material relating to Ford's opposition to the admission of women as Fellows of All Souls College (NCUACS 14.7.89/B.8).
Section C, Research, is the largest in the collection. There is material relating to Ford's early research in collaboration with J S Huxley on Gammarus chevreuxi (NCUACS 14.7.89/C.1, NCUACS 14.7.89/C.2) and work on Primula including correspondence and papers from W F Bodmer (NCUACS 14.7.89/C.65 - NCUACS 14.7.89/C.70). However, the most extensively documented research is that undertaken by Ford over many years on Maniola jurtina (NCUACS 14.7.89/C.4 - NCUACS 14.7.89/C.64) and Panaxia dominula (NCUACS 14.7.89/C.72 - NCUACS 14.7.89/C.111).
Section D, Lectures and publications, documents Ford's university lectures and a number of Ford's books on genetics and archaeology. There are records of Ford's Zoology, Genetics, Medical Genetics and Statistics courses from 1939 to the early 1970s (NCUACS 14.7.89/D.1-NCUACS 14.7.89/D.6, NCUACS 14.7.89/D.8) and of Ford's books Moths (NCUACS 14.7.89/D.10 - NCUACS 14.7.89/D.13) and Ecological Genetics (NCUACS 14.7.89/D.22 - NCUACS 14.7.89/D.26), his Royal Society memoir of Th. Dobzhansky (NCUACS 14.7.89/D.27 - NCUACS 14.7.89/D.29) and 'The fogou near Boleigh, West Cornwall' with E Clark (NCUACS 14.7.89/D.35 - NCUACS 14.7.89/D.43). There is also correspondence and papers relating to the Festschrift edited by R Creed Ecological Genetics and Evolution. Essays in honour of E B Ford (NCUACS 14.7.89/D.16).
Section E, Visits and conferences, is very slight but includes material about an American Academy of Arts and Sciences Workshop on the Evolutionary Synthesis 1974 (NCUACS 14.7.89/E.6, NCUACS 14.7.89/E.7) and a Royal Entomological Society of London Symposium on the Biology of Butterflies 1981 which was dedicated to Ford (NCUACS 14.7.89/E.8).
Section F, Correspondence, contains significant but patchy records of Ford's scientific correspondence. Ford did not keep correspondence systematically with the result that there were few extended exchanges with colleagues. However, the section has been greatly strengthened by generous contributions from Sir Cyril Clarke, Professor D A Jones and Mr P J Placito. Additionally a former secretary handed over carbons of outgoing letters 1963-74 to Ford's executors after his death and these provide an interesting record of his activities during this period. An exceptional feature of this section is an exchange of correspondence 1922 between W Bateson and Sir John (later Lord) Simon relating to the Russell v Russell case (NCUACS 14.7.89/F.4).