SECTION A BIOGRAPHICAL NCUACS 81.2.99/A.696-NCUACS 81.2.99/A.1220
SECTION B CAMBRIDGE NCUACS 81.2.99/B.389-NCUACS 81.2.99/B.472
SECTION C SINO-BRITISH SCIENCE COOPERATION OFFICE NCUACS 81.2.99/C.167-NCUACS 81.2.99/C.185
SECTION D UNITED NATIONS EDUCATIONAL, SCIENTIFIC AND CULTURAL ORGANISATION (UNESCO) NCUACS 81.2.99/D.366-NCUACS 81.2.99/D.376
SECTION E RESEARCH NCUACS 81.2.99/E.194-NCUACS 81.2.99/E.227
SECTION F PUBLICATIONS NCUACS 81.2.99/F.451-NCUACS 81.2.99/F.630
SECTION G LECTURES AND BROADCASTS NCUACS 81.2.99/G.124-NCUACS 81.2.99/G.142
SECTION H VISITS AND CONFERENCES NCUACS 81.2.99/H.131-NCUACS 81.2.99/H.264
SECTION J SOCIETIES AND ORGANISATIONS NCUACS 81.2.99/J.261-NCUACS 81.2.99/J.343
SECTION K POLITICS NCUACS 81.2.99/K.355-NCUACS 81.2.99/K.514
SECTION L RELIGION AND SOCIETY NCUACS 81.2.99/L.41-NCUACS 81.2.99/L.496
SECTION M CORRESPONDENCE NCUACS 81.2.99/M.245-NCUACS 81.2.99/M.472
Section A, Biographical, is extensive and supplements the material in the previous catalogue in a number of areas. There are autobiographical accounts, material relating to Needham's university studies and subsequent career, honours and awards. There is significant further family material relating in particular to his mother A.A. Needham and second wife Lu Gwei-Djen and correspondence relating to genealogical research into the Needham family. There is also personal and social correspondence. There is a complete sequence of diaries for 1933-1995. The section also includes documentation of a number of Needham's other interests, including his membership of the Cambridge Morris Men and interest in folk dance, holidays, and financial records. There are many photographs, of Needham and members of his family, friends and colleagues, and of tours of the Cambridge Morris Men in the 1930s.
Section B, Cambridge, chiefly comprises papers relating to Needham's Presidency and then Mastership of Gonville and Caius College. There is a little material relating to the Department of Biochemistry, history of science at Cambridge and to the acquisition of Chinese books for the University Library.
Section C, Sino-British Science Cooperation Office (SBSCO), is chiefly material relating to the book Science Outpost (1948) in which the Needhams gave an account of the work of the SBSCO.
Section D, United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation, presents a little material supplementary to the previous catalogue. Most relates to Needham's appointment as Honorary Counsellor to UNESCO after he left the organisation in 1948.
Section E, Research, is chiefly manuscript notes and drafts related to publications. The bulk of the papers cover the period 1929-1930s.
Section F, Publications, is extensive. It chiefly relates to Needham's pre-war and wartime publications but later works are also represented. Included in the section are not only drafts of scientific papers and books but also writings on philosophical and historical themes. Scientific works documented include Chemical Embryology (1931), A History of Embryology (1934) and his contribution to The Chemistry of Life, (1970). There is further material relating to his collections of essays including Time the refreshing river (1943) and History is on our side (1946). There is also extensive documentation of Needham's article 'The geographical distribution of English ceremonial dance traditions', published in the Journal of the English Folk-Dance and Folk-Song Society (1936). The section also presents sequences of editorial correspondence and requests for off-prints.
Section G, Lectures and broadcasts, presents some of Needham's public and invitation lectures delivered on scientific and religious subjects 1928-1990. There is also a little material relating to broadcasts.
Section H, Visits and conferences, presents a chronological sequence of material 1931-1988. Needham's historical interests are represented rather better than his biochemical ones. Among the occasions represented by surviving material are the Second International Congress of the History of Science and Technology, London, 1931, the First Congress of Polish Science, Warsaw, Poland, 1951, a visit to Romania in January 1963, a visit to Sweden and Denmark, April 1964, the Fifteenth International Congress of the History of Science, Edinburgh, 10-19 August 1977, and a British Council sponsored visit to Cyprus, 21 May - 4 June 1979.
Section J, Societies and organisations, documents Needham's involvement with nineteen national and international bodies. Those best documented are the Cambridge Museum of Technology, Needham was Chairman of the Trustees 1968-1981, Collet's Holdings Ltd, of which Needham was a director, and the Royal Society, principally the British National Committee for the History of Science, 1969-1972.
Section K, Politics, documents Needham's wide-ranging involvement in politics of the Left. All the material in the section is post-war. It includes documentation of his concern with peace and nuclear disarmament and Needham's international outlook, naturally focused on China, is also well-represented, in particular by material relating to his Presidency of the Society for Anglo-Chinese Understanding (SACU).
Section L, Religion and society, represents Needham's religious concerns. There is a chronological sequence of sermons and addresses, 1935, 1961-1987 delivered by Needham, principally at divine service at Gonville & Caius College Chapel and at Thaxted Parish Church. There is documentation of Needham's association with the Teilhard Centre for the Future of Man (Needham was Honorary President from 1967), Thaxted Church, Needham's involvement with which dated back to 1927, and various other religious organisations. There is also material assembled by Needham relating to Christianity in China, and religious literature including tracts and offprints which attest to his interest in the Christian Socialist tradition.
Section M, Correspondence, consists of a sequence of longer exchanges arranged alphabetically by correspondent, a sequence of shorter exchanges and single letters arranged chronologically 1923-1994, and references and recommendations. Principal correspondents include Zain-ul-Abedin, Max Pettersson and M. Teich. The sequence of shorter correspondence, the great bulk of which dates from the last twenty five years of Needham's life, reflects his religious, political and especially history of science interests as well as including news of the principal events of his personal life. It should be noted that there is extensive correspondence throughout the catalogue. Much of Needham's correspondence is to be found in other sections where it is retained with the material with which it was found.