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Reference CSAC 69/7/79
Covering dates 1928-1970
Held by Oxford University, Bodleian Library, Special Collections and Western Manuscripts
Extent 4 series, 110 files
Source of acquisition The papers were received from Dr. Baker in 1977 when he removed from his house in Oxford to smaller premises.
Creators Baker, John Randal, 1900-1984, scientist and cytologist
Related information Dr. Baker currently retains the rest of his scientific papers which include some 60 laboratory notebooks and the diaries kept during scientific expeditions to the New Hebrides which he made in 1922-23, 1927 and as leader in 1933-34, as well as correspondence about the Society for Freedom in Science (S.F.S.) which he co-founded with Michael Polanyi and Sir Arthur Tansley, and which he served as Honorary Secretary and Treasurer throughout its existence (1940-1960).
He also holds personal and family papers, some of military interest. 8 bound volumes of correspondence and papers relating to the Indian Mutiny, Ashanti Campaign, Egyptian Campaign of 1882, and other military campaigns of General Sir Archibald Alison, Bart. (Dr. Baker's maternal grandfather) are already deposited in the Bodleian Library (shelf-marks: Ms. Eng. Lett. C.448 - 452, D.419 - 20, E.151).
Note Compiled by Jeannine Alton and Julia Latham-Jackson

Administrative history:
1908 - 16 Educated at Boxgrove School, Guildford
1918 - 22 New College, Oxford
1923 - 55 Demonstrator in Zoology, Oxford University
1923 m. Inezita Davis
1933 - 34 Leader, Oxford University Expedition to New Hebrides
1938 DSc. (Oxon)
1939 m. Mrs Helen Savage
1940 Founder member, Society for Freedom in Science
(Hon. Secretary and Treasurer, 1940 - 60)
1946 - 64 Joint Editor, Quarterly Journal of Microscopical Science
1955 - 67 Reader in Cytology, Oxford University
1958 Fellow of the Royal Society
1964 - 67 Professorial Fellow, New College, Oxford
1964 - 65 President, Royal Microscopical Society (Hon. Fellow 1968)
1968 Reader Emeritus in Cytology, Oxford University

A. Cytology A.1 - A.52
B. Histochemistry B.1 - B.14
C. Microscopy and microtechnique C.1 - C.43
Dr. Baker was Reader in Cytology at the University of Oxford; he lectured regularly on several aspects of the subject and conducted research in cytological technique and the practical possibilities of different types of microscopy, with particular reference to the phase contrast and later the electron microscope. This material forms the bulk of the present collection and covers lectures and practical classes given to members of the university from 1928 to 1969, and the research data on which they were based. The lectures, which are all in longhand, show evidence of frequent and extensive revision, as do the duplicated typescript sheets for distribution in practical classes. In addition, the laboratory notebooks indicate very carefully the aims, techniques, methods and results of Dr.Baker's research, and experiments are frequently accompanied by reflections on the results, memoranda for alterations and revisions, or notes of new ideas to be tested and incorporated. Although many of the lectures are written out in full, Dr. Baker did not use the full text in the lecture room, but spoke from very short notes without using any memorized phrases.
After his retirement, Dr. Baker continued his research and lecturing, especially on electron microscopy. Item C.24 is a set of lectures for graduates on the construction and operation of the electron microscope, delivered in 1968 and 1969, while item C.25 is an experimental one-day course in electron microscopy for undergraduates, which he gave in 1969.
There are no correspondence files as such, but Dr. Baker kept a few letters of immediate scientific relevance with the papers to which they refer: see A.45, C.15, C.27.
Item D.1 consists of the autograph ms. of chapter 23 of Dr. Baker's book Race (London, 1974).

SECTION A CYTOLOGY  [no ref. or date]

Notebooks on laboratory research 1929-67  CSAC 69/7/79/A.1-A.17  [n.d.]

Arrangement: The notebooks were numbered from I to XVI by Baker and also dated by him. The first item in this Section (A.1) does not strictly belong under the heading of Cytology, but it has been included because it was kept by Baker with the Cytology notebooks.

Although all the notebooks are labelled 'Cytology', the later ones contain a considerable body of notes on microscopy, particularly in relation to phase contrast microscopy (A.9 - A.12, A.16, A.17) and the function of the eye as an integral part of the light microscope (A.16, A.17). Baker used the first person extensively in describing experiments, commenting on methods and planning future work which makes the notebooks read more like a diary and contributes to their interest as an illustration of his methods of work.

[no title]  CSAC 69/7/79/A.1  ? 1929-48

Notebook labelled inside front cover 'Notes for use in the demonstration of Invertebrates'.
Contains notes for dissection procedure, lists of slides and diagrams with an index at the front. There is no more material in the collection relating to the course on invertebrates.

[no title]  CSAC 69/7/79/A.2  1934-40

'Cytology I'.
Notebook labelled inside front cover 'Notes on Cytological Technique. Vol.1'.
Contains descriptions of procedure for cytological experiments, with comments on the results.

[no title]  CSAC 69/7/79/A.3  1940-42

'Cytology II'.
Notebook labelled inside front cover 'Notes on Cytological Technique. Vol.2'.
Record of experiments, mainly for preparing and staining slides. There are also a few notes on microscopy, especially photo-micrography.

[no title]  CSAC 69/7/79/A.4  1940-42

'Cytology III'.
Notebook labelled inside front cover 'The Cytology of Digestion. I'.
Record of experiments, mostly using newts.

[no title]  CSAC 69/7/79/A.5  1942

'Cytology IV'.
Notebook labelled inside front cover 'The Cytology of Digestion. II'. (Deleted.)
Contains notes on other aspects of cytology as well as digestion.

[no title]  CSAC 69/7/79/A.6  1943-44

Related information: (see CSAC 69/7/79 A.47-A.52),

'Cytology V'.
Mainly contains records of experiments to perfect various techniques for staining slides. Many of these techniques were learnt by students in practical classes and Baker was constantly working to refine and improve them.

[no title]  CSAC 69/7/79/A.7  1944-45

Related information: Contains similar material to A.6.

'Cytology VI'.

[no title]  CSAC 69/7/79/A.8  1945

'Cytology VII'.
Further experiments to perfect various cytological techniques.

[no title]  CSAC 69/7/79/A.9  1946-49

Related information: The contents of the first part of the notebook continue the work described in A.6-A.8.

'Cytology VIII'.
The second half mainly contains notes on phase contrast microscopy, particularly experiments with different types of phase plates and annuli.

[no title]  CSAC 69/7/79/A.10  1950-52

'Cytology IX'.
The subject-matter of this notebook is partly cytological technique and partly phase contrast microscopy.

[no title]  CSAC 69/7/79/A.11  1952-54

Related information: The subject-matter is similar to A.10.

'Cytology X'.
Includes at front of notebook a typed alphabetical index and list of contents by page number.

[no title]  CSAC 69/7/79/A.12  1954-57

'Cytology XI'.
This notebook also has a typed contents list, but no alphabetical index. Experiments described cover a wide variety of topics in cytology and microscopy.

[no title]  CSAC 69/7/79/A.13  1957-59

'Cytology XII'.
Mainly material on mordanting. Inside the front cover there is a note referring to p.32, 'was this the beginning of my work on mordants? (11 June 1958)'. There is also an index to items relating to mordanting.

[no title]  CSAC 69/7/79/A.14  1959-60

'Cytology XIII'.
This notebook is also mostly concerned with mordanting and has an index to experiments on aluminium haematein at the front.

[no title]  CSAC 69/7/79/A.15  1960-62

'Cytology XIV'.
Mainly contains a record of further experiments on aluminium haematein; with an index at front of notebook.

[no title]  CSAC 69/7/79/A.16  1963-65

'Cytology XV'.
The experiments in the first part of the notebook cover both cytological techniques and various types of microscopy. Later in the notebook there are a number of experiments on 'the function of the eye as an integral part of the light microscope'. and these are indexed at the front of the notebook.

[no title]  CSAC 69/7/79/A.17  1965-67

'Cytology XVI'.
The work begun at the end of A.16 is continued in this notebook and is also indexed at the front. The remainder of the work covers various aspects of cytological technique.

Notes for lectures and practical classes 1928-66  CSAC 69/7/79/A.18-A.52  [n.d.]

Arrangement: The material is presented in chronological order as far as possible, and where a lecture has more than one date it is filed under the most recent one. Reading lists and lists of slides to be shown have normally been left with the lectures to which they apply.
Titles and descriptions in inverted commas are those which appear on the manuscripts.

The majority of these lectures were delivered to undergraduates, but the course in Advanced Cytology and Fine Structure (A.40, A.42) was intended for research workers as well as final year undergraduates.
All the lectures are in manuscript, usually fully written but very occasionally in note form. They show evidence of frequent and extensive revision; often large parts of a lecture world be discarded and only a few pages retained to be included in the re-written version. Baker kept some of his old notes, but only those that contained points of continuing interest, so that this collection is for from complete.

[no title]  CSAC 69/7/79/A.18  1938-66

Timetables and schedules for lectures and practical classes, Incomplete.

Lecture notes  CSAC 69/7/79/A.19-A.46  1928-64

[no title]  CSAC 69/7/79/A.19  1928

One page of notes headed 'Gynandromorphism'

[no title]  CSAC 69/7/79/A.20  1938, 1941, 1942

Loose leaf binder labelled 'Lectures on Cytology

[no title]  CSAC 69/7/79/A.21  not dated

Typescript list of dates for history of cytology.

[no title]  CSAC 69/7/79/A.22  n.d

13 photomicrographs with accompanying notes to illustrate 'meiosis and mitosis in the brine shrimp Artemia Salina'.

[no title]  CSAC 69/7/79/A.23  1941-49

Administrative history:
There are only a few lectures for this period, as Baker threw away any notes that were no longer useful to him.

Lecture notes
Subjects covered are:
'The Freezing Drying Method' (1941)
'Natural Parthenogenesis' ('Up to and including 1941')
'The Golgi bodies' (1941. Additions 1942)
'Modern Cytological Technique' (1944)
'Mitochondria' (1944)
'Mitosis' (1947)
'Chromosomes of Sciara' ('up to date 1947')
'The chromosomes of Habrobracon juglandis' ('Up to date 1947. Revised 1949')
'Vital studies of cells' (1949)

[no title]  CSAC 69/7/79/A.24  Undated ? before 1949

Undated lecture notes, probably written before 1949. The notes are headed as follows:
'Plasma membrane and cell wall'; 'Protoplasmic inclusions'; 'The Chromosomes in Sex-Determination';
'The Chemistry of Cytoplasm'; 'Chromosomes';
'Spiralization of chromosomes'; 'Mitotic poisons';
'The arrangement of cells in insect testes'; 'Interpretation of the classical appearance of the Golgi element'.

[no title]  CSAC 69/7/79/A.25  not dated

Notes headed 'Parthenogenesis. Analysis of (M.J.D.) White's summary of this subject in "Animal Cytology and Evolution"'.

[no title]  CSAC 69/7/79/A.26  Hilary Term, 1950

Related information: For an outline of this course see A.18.

Course in Cytology
The following lecture notes are all dated 1950 and almost certainly belong to this course:
'The Physical Properties of Protoplasm'; 'The Cell-Membrane'; 'Golgi Element'; 'Fertilization'; 'The Cytology of Natural Parthenogenesis'.

[no title]  CSAC 69/7/79/A.27  1950

Notes on artificial fertilization and artificial parthenogenesis both marked 'Have used this in writing 1950 lecture'.

[no title]  CSAC 69/7/79/A.28  May 1951

'Cytology for Honour Moderations. Microscopy: the living cell'. Brief notes

[no title]  CSAC 69/7/79/A.29  1947, 1950, 1951

'Mitochondria and microsomes'. annotated 'Old notes... probably not wanted again'.

[no title]  CSAC 69/7/79/A.30  1952

Cytology course, 1952.
'The Rôle of the Nucleic Acids'. 2 lectures, dated 1952 with notes on the same subject annotated 'Papers not used in 1954', and a lecture on 'The Golgi Controversy'.
Included here are notes headed 'The cytoplasmic inclusions in spermatogenesis', and some on spermatozoa, 1952.

[no title]  CSAC 69/7/79/A.31  c1954

Notes headed 'Vital Dyeing. Superseded 1954. Might contain something'.

[no title]  CSAC 69/7/79/A.32  1954

Cytology course
'Methods for the study of the living cell' and 'The rôle of the nucleic acids'. 2 lectures, 1954, with two sets of undated notes headed 'The synthesis of DNA' and 'The structure of bacteria', which were filed with the lectures.

[no title]  CSAC 69/7/79/A.33  1955

Cytology for Honour Moderations
9 pp. of notes mainly on vital dyes and phase contrast microscopy. Also 2 sets of notes headed 'Golgi apparatus' and 'Oogenesis'.

[no title]  CSAC 69/7/79/A.34  1956

Cytology course
'Unusual forms of mitosis'. Lecture notes, 1956, with 1 p. typescript headed 'Classification adopted 1955. Phylum Protozoa' kept with above, and a lecture dated '1954. Rewritten 1956', headed 'Methods for the Study of Living Cells. Vital Colouring'.

[no title]  CSAC 69/7/79/A.35  not after 1958

8 pp. of notes headed 'These papers were not used in 1958. File them under "physical properties of protoplasm".

[no title]  CSAC 69/7/79/A.36  1958

'The pH of Cytoplasm'. Lecture notes, Also typescript list of 'Selected papers on the structure and composition of cytoplasm'.

[no title]  CSAC 69/7/79/A.37  1958

Lecture notes headed 'Endoplasmic reticulum in striated muscle'

[no title]  CSAC 69/7/79/A.38  Michaelmas Term, 1958

Related information: Reading lists for this course are included in A.42.

Advanced Cytology and Fine Structure.
I. 'Introduction'
II. 'The interpretation of electron-micrographs'.
This lecture is annotated 'Based on my address to the Histochemical Society at Philadelphia'.

[no title]  CSAC 69/7/79/A.39  1959

'Introduction to Animal Cytology'. Lecture for Honour Moderations

[no title]  CSAC 69/7/79/A.40  Michaelmas Term, 1959

Related information: Reading lists for this course are included in A.42.

Advanced Cytology and Fine Structure.
'The Viscosity of Ground Cytoplasm'. Dated 1959, with ms. note 'In a letter dated 14 May 1959, Dr. L.V. Heilbrunn says I am quite right: he did make the "careless error" I discovered'.

[no title]  CSAC 69/7/79/A.41  c1959

'Can we trust electron micrographs?'. Notes for an address to Bios., 30 November 1959. This may not have been used as a university lecture, but it was included with the lecture on electron-micrographs at A.38.

[no title]  CSAC 69/7/79/A.42  1960

Advanced Cytology and Fine Structure, Reading lists for this course are included here, with 3 sets of lecture notes:
'Résumé before 3rd lecture' (1 p. brief notes. Probably for 1960)
'Ground cytoplasm: refractive index' (undated, but one section is annotated 'omitted 1960')
'A gland cell in action' (undated, but annotated 'The cytology of secretion. Papers not used in 1964')

[no title]  CSAC 69/7/79/A.43  Trinity Term, 1960

Cytology and Fine Structure, Reading lists for this course, which is sometimes referred to by Baker as part of the 'B' course, are included here with the following 2 lectures:
'The idea of a "Typical Cell"'. This lecture is described in a note as 'An address to zoological students at Makerere College, August 1957. Modified for Institute of Biology at Reading University, 19th October 1957. Modified for Honour Moderations, January 1959. Re-written for 'B' course, April 1960'. (It was used again for Honour Moderations, 1961 - note on envelope in which it came.)
'Meiosis'. This lecture is described in the schedule (A.18) as elementary. It is dated 1947 and annotated 'Largely rewritten 1950. Additions 1958. Corrected and used again 1960'. It is accompanied by two loose pages of notes on chromosomes that were found in the same place.

[no title]  CSAC 69/7/79/A.44  Trinity Term, 1962

This folder contains notes for four out of the eight lectures in this course, and a set of reading lists. The subjects covered are:
'Polytene chromosomes'
'The structure of cytoplasm as revealed by the electron microscope'
'The Golgi problem'

[no title]  CSAC 69/7/79/A.45  Trinity Term, 1964

A course of six lectures. In most of the lectures there are several pages of new notes interspersed with older ones and the whole set provides a good illustration of Baker's method of work. The titles of the lectures are:
'Polytene chromosomes'
'The Golgi apparatus'
'The cytology of secretion'
'Cytoplasmic inclusions in spermatogenesis'
Also included here is a letter from A.B. Novikoff dated 14 February 1964 which was filed with material on the Golgi apparatus, and mainly contains comments on a paper by Baker published in the Journal of the Royal Microscopical Society on 'New developments in the Golgi controversy'.

[no title]  CSAC 69/7/79/A.46  not dated

Notes on the literature, used as a basis for lecture notes.

[no title]  CSAC 69/7/79/A.47-A.52  1935-66

Arrangement: The material is presented in chronological order as far as possible.

Notes for demonstration and practical classes
These include lists of equipment needed, duplicated instruction-sheets for distribution to the class, labels for demonstrations, lists of slides, etc. Although the objects (slides, models, etc.) that were on show are not a part of this collection, it is still possible to get a clear picture of many of the demonstrations because of the full descriptions on the labels.
Timetables and schedules for the practical classes are included in A.18.

[no title]  CSAC 69/7/79/A.47  Before 1935 - 1949

Notes for demonstration and practical classes
To 1949.
Includes 3 pp. headed 'Dissociation, etc.' date 'before 1935'.

[no title]  CSAC 69/7/79/A.48  1950-1953

Notes for demonstration and practical classes

[no title]  CSAC 69/7/79/A.49  1954-1959

Notes for demonstration and practical classes

[no title]  CSAC 69/7/79/A.50  1960-1962

Notes for demonstration and practical classes
Includes a letter from Baker to research workers in his department re arrangements for the use of microtomes, 27 April 1962.

[no title]  CSAC 69/7/79/A.51  1964

Notes for demonstration and practical classes
Includes a letter from Baker to 'all workers in the Cytology Lab.' about the problems of noise in the laboratory, and some electron micrographs, mainly illustrating the cytology of secretion.

[no title]  CSAC 69/7/79/A.52  undated material

Notes for demonstration and practical classes


Notes for lectures and practical classes  CSAC 69/7/79/B.1-B.14  1934-65

Arrangement: The material is filed in chronological order as far as possible.

Much of the material on histochemistry relates to the practical classes. Baker prepared typewritten duplicated sheets for distribution to his students outlining methods for histochemical tests to be performed in class, and these were constantly being revised as a result of his own experiments. The Cytology notebooks (A.2 - A.17) provide frequent examples of a series of experiments undertaken to improve a given technique.

[no title]  CSAC 69/7/79/B.1  1949-65

Schedules of lectures and practical classes
Incomplete. Includes lists of students attending in 1956 and 1963.

[no title]  CSAC 69/7/79/B.2-B.9  1934-65

Histochemistry lectures

[no title]  CSAC 69/7/79/B.2  1937 - 1939

'Histochemical methods'. Lecture notes dated 1937, 1938, 1939, with 3 pp. on 'Lipides and Lipoids', 1934.

[no title]  CSAC 69/7/79/B.3  1941

'Micro-incineration'. Lecture notes

[no title]  CSAC 69/7/79/B.4  1949 - 1965

Notes for introductory lectures on history and methods of histochemistry, dated 1949-65 (and some undated). Several versions of a hand-out on the classification of histochemical methods, and a reading list dated 1963 are included here.

[no title]  CSAC 69/7/79/B.5  January 1951

'Microspectroscopy with Zeiss microscope, January 1951. For histochemistry class and prelim.'

[no title]  CSAC 69/7/79/B.6  n.d

'Histochemistry. Notes additional to lecture notes'

[no title]  CSAC 69/7/79/B.7  undated

Misc. notes on various histochemical tests.

[no title]  CSAC 69/7/79/B.8  mostly delivered 1962-65 (some are undated)

Various lectures, Subjects covered are:
'Aldehydes', 'Nucleic Acids', 'Carbohydrates', 'Phenolic compounds', 'Lipids', 'Amino-Acids', 'Metals, Enzymes'.
There is also a set of notes headed 'Tests not done in the class' (1962) and 3 pp. of miscellaneous notes.

[no title]  CSAC 69/7/79/B.9  (all undated)

Misc. shorter notes.
Includes list of those attending Baker's lectures in histochemistry and a letter to Baker on lipids signed 'H.S.'

[no title]  CSAC 69/7/79/B.10-B.14  1947-65

Notes for practical classes in histochemistry
Lists of equipment needed and duplicated instructions for tests to be carried out by students. These were revised and brought up to date every year.

[no title]  CSAC 69/7/79/B.10  1947-1951

Notes for practical classes in histochemistry
Includes a set of ms. drafts of the tests and the first duplicated versions (1949).

[no title]  CSAC 69/7/79/B.11  1952-1954

Notes for practical classes in histochemistry

[no title]  CSAC 69/7/79/B.12  1956-1960

Notes for practical classes in histochemistry

[no title]  CSAC 69/7/79/B.13  1962-1966

Notes for practical classes in histochemistry

[no title]  CSAC 69/7/79//B.14  not dated

Notes for practical classes in histochemistry
Misc. material relating to histochemical tests and demonstrations.


Arrangement: The papers are presented as follows:
C.2 - C.20 Notes for lectures and practical classes in microscopy
C.21 - C.27 The electron microscope; notes and lectures
C.28 - C.43 Notes for lectures and practical classes in microtechnique
Within each section the material is arranged chronologically as far as possible.

Administrative history:
Baker's interest in and involvement with this field is reflected by the fact that he was joint editor of the Quarterly Journal of Microscopical Science, 1946-64, and President of the Royal Microscopical Society in 1964 and 1965. His book, Principles of Biological Microtechnique was published in 1958.

The Cytology notebooks (A.2 - A.17) show considerable evidence of work in microscopy, particularly in the field of phase contrast microscopy and investigations of the function of the eye as an integral part of the light microscope. There is also a notebook on photomicrography (C.1) containing a record of constant efforts to improve and regulate the quality of photographs produced from microscopical slides.
The majority of these lectures and classes were for undergraduates, the only exception being the lectures on electron microscopy (see C.24) which from 1967 were restricted to graduates, although Baker did experiment with a one-day course on electron microscopy for undergraduates in October 1969 (see C.25).

[no title]  CSAC 69/7/79/C.1  1941-1967

Related information: There are also a few observations on photomicrography scattered throughout the notebooks on Cytology (see A.2 - A.17).

Notebook labelled 'Photomicrography 2' covering the years 1941-67, and containing records of experiments to ascertain the best conditions for photographing microscopical slides.

Notes for lectures and practical classes in microscopy,  CSAC 69/7/79/C.2-C.20  1949-66

[no title]  CSAC 69/7/79/C.2  1951-66

Schedules and timetables of lectures, demonstrations and practical classes in microscopy, Incomplete.

[no title]  CSAC 69/7/79/C.3-C.16  1949-66

Related information: Some of the material originally in the envelopes was transferred by Baker to a separate course on 'Physics for Biologists', and this is to be found at C.17.

Lectures on microscopy
The following notes were kept by Baker in 14 numbered envelopes. The titles on the front of the envelopes are listed below with a brief indication of their contents.

[no title]  CSAC 69/7/79/C.3  not dated and 1955-1963

Related information: The syllabus and list of lectures have been transferred to C.2.

'Microscopy 1. Syllabus of course. Current lists of lectures and practical classes. Lists of lecture diagrams. List of recommended books. Introductory remarks.'
There are two drafts of introductory remarks dated 1955, 1960 and 1963.

[no title]  CSAC 69/7/79/C.4  Before 1952

Related information: For other notes on this subject see C.17.

'Microscopy 2. The objective (introduction; resolving power)'.
Contains 5 pp. ms. notes labelled 'Old notes on resolving power. Not used in 1952, but could still be useful'.

[no title]  CSAC 69/7/79/C.5  dated '1963, Slightly modified 1964, 1965'

'Microscopy 3. The objective (aberrations; types of objective)'.
Contains 7 pp. ms. notes for lecture on this subject

[no title]  CSAC 69/7/79/C.6  not dated

Related information: The notes in this envelope were transferred by Baker to the course on 'Physics for Biologists' and are now at C.17.

'Microscopy 4. Diffraction by the object.'

[no title]  CSAC 69/7/79/C.7  not dated

'Microscopy 5. The eyepiece.'
Contains undated ms. notes for lecture on different types of eyepiece.

[no title]  CSAC 69/7/79/C.8  not dated

'Microscopy 6. Lighting and condenser systems.'
Undated ms. notes for lecture on this subject.

[no title]  CSAC 69/7/79/C.9  not dated

'Microscopy 7. The reflecting microscope.'
3 pp. undated ms. lecture notes and some background material.

[no title]  CSAC 69/7/79/C.10  1962, 1963

'Microscopy 8. Micrometry. The camera lucida.'
Contains 1 p. ms. notes headed 'The Camera Lucida'

[no title]  CSAC 69/7/79/C.11  1953- 1966

Related information: See also CSAC 69/7/79 C.17.

'Microscopy 9. Phase contrast'.
'Phase contrast microscopy. 9 pp. lecture notes dated 1953, largely rewritten 1960, ditto 1964, 1965.'
'Non-vectorial treatment. Not used 1964.' 1 p.
'Vectorial treatment, more advanced than that given in the lecture to B-course students.' 5 pp.
'Phase contrast. Lecture notes removed and not used when lecturing to the Prelim. (Physics for biologists), 1966.' 8 pp.
2 pp. notes on 'Wilfrid Llowarch's film'.
Reading lists, diagrams, etc.

[no title]  CSAC 69/7/79/C.12  1949-1956

'Microscopy 10. Polarized light (lectures).'
Contains lectures on polarized light numbered 1-V.
Nos. I and II are dated '1949. Revised 1951, 1953, 1955' and annotated 'Lecture-notes not used 1955-6, but worth keeping'. Misc. notes and reading lists are also included.

[no title]  CSAC 69/7/79/C.13  not dated

'Microscopy 11. Polarized light. Unclassified papers.'
Background notes, discarded sections of lectures, etc.

[no title]  CSAC 69/7/79/C.14  1953-1959

'Microscopy 12. Interference microscopy. Lecture.'
Contains 2 lectures, one annotated '1953 lecture; worth keeping' and the other dated '1955, revised 1959'.

[no title]  CSAC 69/7/79/C.15  1955

'Microscopy 13. (Unclassified papers).'
Includes: Report on a meeting and some correspondence with F.H. Smith (representative of C. Baker of Holborn Ltd., manufacturers of microscopes and scientific instruments) re the operation of a recently purchased microscope (1955).
Letter from 'Wilfrid' [Llowarch] re 'a device to illustrate circular polarisation', September 1955.
Misc. notes and diagrams.

[no title]  CSAC 69/7/79/C.16  1949, 1952;

'Microscopy 14. Fluorescence microscopy.'
Notes list of references.

[no title]  CSAC 69/7/79/C.17  1963-66

'Physics for biologists'
This course was for first-year undergraduates taking the Preliminary Examination in Biology. These lectures also formed part of the Microscopy course at C.3-C.16 above. Only notes and reading lists specifically headed 'Physics for builogists' are included here.
The titles of the lectures are:
'The resolving power of the objective lens'
'Diffraction by the object'
'Phase contrast'
'Polarized light'

[no title]  CSAC 69/7/79/C.18-C.20  1949-66

Notes for demonstrations and practical classes
Mainly lists of equipment needed and labels for demonstrations, with some instructions and diagrams.

[no title]  CSAC 69/7/79/C.18  1949-1958

Notes for demonstrations and practical classes

[no title]  CSAC 69/7/79/C.19  1960-1966

Notes for demonstrations and practical classes

[no title]  CSAC 69/7/79/C.20  Undated and 5 September 1963

Misc. undated material. Includes a letter from Baker to Miss B.E.H. Charke about arrangements for starting work in his department, 5 September 1963.

The electron microscope: notes and lectures,  CSAC 69/7/79/C.21-C.27  1961-70

Related information: (See CSAC69/7/79 C.23).

Administrative history:
These lectures and demonstrations were designed to teach students the basic principles of electron microscopy and to prepare anyone who was interested for training as an electron microscopist. Until 1966 the course was for Final-year undergraduates and research students, and very little material from this period survives. From 1967 it was restricted to graduates and there is a complete set of notes for 1968 and 1969.
The Zoology Department acquired a new electron microscope, the EM6B, in 1965. Baker was in charge of electron microscopy in the department from autumn 1967, after his retirement, and he was active in ensuring that research workers were given the opportunity to take the best possible advantage of the new instrument

[no title]  CSAC 69/7/79/C.21  1963, 1965, 1967, 1968

Timetables and schedules for lectures and demonstrations on electron microscopy

[no title]  CSAC 69/7/79/C.22  1961-67

Lecture notes on 'The electron microscope: construction and operation'
3 Bundles of notes labelled 'Papers that might be useful', 'Papers probably not wanted again (except for teaching Akashi)', and 'Unclassified papers used in 1967 but not in 1968'.

[no title]  CSAC 69/7/79/C.23  22 February 1968

Typescript 'Report on electron microscopy in the Department of Zoology'

[no title]  CSAC 69/7/79/C.24  8Michaelmas Term, 1968 (modified 1969)

'The electron microscope: construction and operation'. Delivered after Baker's retirement from full-time work in the Department of Zoology, this course was intended for graduates and research workers. The lecture notes are in a loose-leaf binder and form a complete set including an outline of subjects to be covered, a reading list and a list of lantern slides and diagrams required for each lecture.

[no title]  CSAC 69/7/79/C.25  October 1969-2 February 1970

'One-day course in electron microscopy for undergraduates'. October 1969. A typescript report on this lecture by Baker dated 2.2.70. is included in this folder, with 2 photographs of a model designed by Baker to illustrate the basic principles of the transmission electron microscope.

[no title]  CSAC 69/7/79/C.26  not dated

Notes for demonstrations of electron microscopy.

[no title]  CSAC 69/7/79/C.27  not dated and 1967

Misc. material re electron microscopy. Includes a letter from W. Llowarch, 23 September 1967, re the Pirani gage and an undated letter from A.C.T. North re possible overlapping of courses.

Notes for lectures and practical classes in microtechnique,  CSAC 69/7/79/C.28-C.43  1934-64

Administrative history:
Baker's book, The Principles of Biological Microtechnique, was published in 1958 as a result of his work in this field, and some of the lectures have headings to the effect that they are based on parts of his book.

[no title]  CSAC 69/7/79/C.28  1948-64

Schedules and timetables of lectures and practical classes in microtechnique, Incomplete.

[no title]  CSAC 69/7/79/C.29  1949, 1951

Brief notes for introductory lecture

[no title]  CSAC 69/7/79/C.30  1940 - 1955

Notes on fixation. Includes:
'Fixatives. 1940, 1941. Superseded 1944'
'Fixative mixtures. This needs rewriting' (undated)
'Fixation II. Formaldehyde in detail, as an example of a fixative. Rewritten 1955'
'Fixation III. Other fixatives. 1949. Revised and rewritten 1952, ditto 1954'

[no title]  CSAC 69/7/79/C.31  1957- 1961

Notes on 'Fixation' numbered I-VII:
I. 'Introduction. Written Feb. -Mar. 1957. Based on my new book. Revised 1961'
II. 'The reactions of fixatives with proteins. The visible effects. 1957. Used again 1961'
III. 'The reactions of fixatives with proteins. The chemical changes. 1957. Slightly modified 1961'
IV. 'The reactions of fixatives with lipids and carbohydrates. 1957'
V. 'The reactions of fixatives with tissues and cells: methods of research. 1957. Omitted 1961'
VI. 'Fixative mixtures. 1957. Modified 1961'
VII. 'Summary of what has been said' (undated)

[no title]  CSAC 69/7/79/C.32  1964- 1966

Notes on 'Fixation' numbered I-IV:
I. 'Introduction. 1964'
II. 'The chemistry of fixation, exemplified by formaldehyde and gluteraldehyde. 1966'
III. 'Summary of the chief properties of the selected primary fixatives (other than formaldehyde and gluteraldehyde). 1964. Partly rewritten 1966'
IV. 'Fixative mixtures. In 1965 there was no time to deliver this lecture'.

[no title]  CSAC 69/7/79/C.33  1934- 1951

Notes on staining and dyeing:
'Old notes on staining. Probably not wanted again'. Dated 1934, 1937, 1938, 1939, 1940
'Lecture on The use of colouring agents in microtechnique... 1946. Superseded 1951'
Undated notes on 'Dye-chemistry'.

[no title]  CSAC 69/7/79/C.34  1952-1955

Notes on 'The principles of staining' numbered I-IV:
I. 'What are dyes?' 1954
II. 'Mordants and dye-lakes' 1952
III. 'The electrostatic charges on dyes and tissueelements' n.d.
IV. 'Specificity' n.d.
'Parts of Staining III and IV not used in lectures in 1955 (because there was no time)'.

[no title]  CSAC 69/7/79/C.35  1957 - 1966

Notes on 'Dyeing' numbered I-III, VI;
I. 'What are dyes? Classification. Methods of direct attachment (electrovalency, hydrogen bonding). 1965. 1966'
II. 'The differential action of dyes. Metachromacy. The blood dyes. Mordants. 1965'
III. 'Mordants. 1961. Old lecture not used 1964'
VI. 'Vital colouring (based on chapters 15 and 16 of my book'). 1957.
Undated notes paginated 7-11.

[no title]  CSAC 69/7/79/C.36  1946-1959

Misc. notes on microtechnique. Includes:
'Blood methods' 1946
'The staining of blood' 1951
'Notes on blood-stains, from Langeron' n.d.
'Embedding' 1959

[no title]  CSAC 69/7/79/C.37  1953, 1955

Notes for lectures to Honour Moderations students

[no title]  CSAC 69/7/79/C.38-C.43  1936-66

Related information: For timetables and schedules of practical classes, see C.28.

Notes for demonstrations and practical classes in microtechnique
Mainly duplicated sheets of instructions for distribution in class.

[no title]  CSAC 69/7/79/C.38  1936-1952

Notes for demonstrations and practical classes in microtechnique

[no title]  CSAC 69/7/79/C.39  1953-1955

Notes for demonstrations and practical classes in microtechnique

[no title]  CSAC 69/7/79/C.40  1956-1959

Notes for demonstrations and practical classes in microtechnique

[no title]  CSAC 69/7/79/C.41  1960-1966

Notes for demonstrations and practical classes in microtechnique

[no title]  CSAC 69/7/79/C.42  1952-59

'Lecture demonstration of the effect of pH on the staining of celloidin and gelatin'. Various notes

[no title]  CSAC 69/7/79/C.43  undated and 16 January 1961

Misc. notes re microtechnique, mainly undated. Includes copy of a letter from Baker (16 January 1961) to members of the Department of Zoology re arrangements to give undergraduates facilities for making microscopical preparations, and 4 pp. typescript headed 'Notes on the use of carminic acid and haematein with mordants. Not used finally in book but worth keeping'.

SECTION D PUBLICATION  [no ref. or date]

[no title]  CSAC 69/7/79/D.1  c 1974

82 pp.

'The assessment of cognitive ability'.
Autograph ms. draft of Chapter 23 of Baker's book, Race (London, 1974).

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