Early material within the collection includes notebooks kept by Lawrence while a student at University College, Nottingham, within which are drafts of his poems, as well as some evidence of his student work. Autograph and typescript copies of poems are present, and a typescript copy of the short story, 'The Primrose Path'. There is also a typescript copy of an unfinished article on Dostoevsky, and marked galley proofs of 'Sons and Lovers', pp 175-83 and pp 198-209. Other significant items include autograph copies of his 'Memoir of Maurice Magnus'.
Some of the accruals have been kept in groups, preserving their common origin. A particularly significant group is that containing the autograph copies of 'Touch and Go', 'Wintry Peacock', 'The Gentleman from San Francisco' and the Herman Melville and Dana essays for 'Studies in Classic American Literature'. This group also includes proofs of 'Amores', 'New Poems' and 'Italian Days' and a number of items concerning publication contracts and rights.
A further common group includes copies in manuscript, typescript or proof form of the short stories 'Rex', 'A sick Collier', 'The fly in the Ointment', 'The white stocking' and 'Legend: Ruby-Glass' as well as notebooks of poetry and other occasional pieces.