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Section C: Correspondence, 1938-1974

The correspondence is exchanged between Coulson and scientific colleagues in UK and abroad, his own research students, visiting scholars in Oxford or elsewhere, editors and publishers, scientific and academic administrators and members of the general public. The matters dealt with include:
  1. Programmes and subjects for research
  2. Problems, working notes and reports on research in progress
  3. Arrangements for conferences, meetings, visits
  4. Comments and revisions on drafts of papers for publication by Coulson and collaborators
  5. Editorial arrangements for publications
  6. Recommendations for awards, scholarships, academic appointments
  7. Administrative arrangements for university admissions, degrees, salaries
  8. Research grants, applications and awards.
All the Folders relating to Coulson's research students or to visiting scholars from overseas also include arrangements for accommodation, finance, travel and personal matters, and attest the pains he took to ensure the well-being of newcomers for whom he felt responsibility. Religious and personal matters are also dealt with, in accordance with Coulson's refusal to separate scientific from other activities.

Many of Coulson's copies of his letters, in all sections of the correspondence, are written or typed by himself on the back of incoming letters, invitations, drafts, course notes and the like.


  • 1938-1974

Language of Materials

  • English

Full range of shelfmarks:

MSS. Coulson 64-107

Repository Details

Part of the Bodleian Libraries Repository

Weston Library
Broad Street
Oxford OX1 3BG United Kingdom