The collection comprises a full series of indexed bound minute books, 1899-1974 containing annual statements of accounts, and other specific reports (DVW/G). These contain information on the progress of the major works of the Board.
A series of significant plans dated 1901-1914 (DVW/P/1) show designs for various buildings which formed part of the 'tin town' at Birchinlee, Derbyshire, built for workers involved in the construction of Derwent and Howden Dams in the Derwent Valley. Huts were constructed with galvanised corrugated iron sides [hence the nickname 'Tin Town']. Plans which have survived here include the staff club, general hospital, isolation hospital, canteen [with various extensions] and huts for workmen. Unfortunately there are no photographs of the huts within this collection but there are a number of photographs of the valley showing the village in the distance in an album of the Nottingham Corporation Waterworks (R/HR/1/8/1/166-171].
Other maps and plans (DVW/P/2-6) relate to specific elements of intended works such as the building of Ladybower Reservoir in Derbyshire and a reservoir and aqueduct at Newton Linford, Leicestershire. Some of these plans show the intended water level of the new reservoirs, indicating the buildings which would be submerged in the process (part of the 'lost village of Ashopton, Derbyshire).
A small selection of undated photographs (c.1950-c.1974) document work carried out on behalf of the Board in Belper, Derbyshire (DVW/Ph). There is also a single printed item 'The Derwent Valley Water Board: a short description of the undertaking' dated c.1970 which includes a map of the supply network and treatment works from the reservoirs to the cities (DWV/Pr).