SECTION A BIOGRAPHICAL A.1-A.184
SECTION B DEPARTMENT OF COLLOID SCIENCE B.1-B.55
SECTION C PUBLICATIONS C.1-C.7
SECTION D SCIENTIFIC CORRESPONDENCE D.1-D.6
The material covers the period 1905-1973.
Section A, Biographical, is the largest in the collection. There is some documentation of school, undergraduate and early scientific career but the principal component is a sequence of letters and postcards from Roughton to his mother, 1905-1929. There are also small groups of letters from 'friends' including scientific and Trinity College Cambridge colleagues from the period ca 1920-1925.
Section B, Department of Colloid Science, principally relates to the future of colloid science and the department on Roughton's retirement. The material includes Roughton's correspondence with the university authorities and scientific colleagues and papers by him and others on future of colloid science at Cambridge.
Section C, Publications, consists of a list of publications and a set of off-prints 1921-1973, the last item in the set being an off-print of Q.H. Gibson's memoir for the Royal Society.
Section D, Scientific correspondence, is not extensive but of some importance as relating to Roughton's Second World War research at Harvard. His correspondents are E.D. Adrian, W.L. Bragg, R.H. Fowler and A.V. Hill.