Although the Chambers papers are largely concerned with later research into the life of D.H. Lawrence and production of his works, they include several original Lawrence items. An algebra text book from his school days is annotated in his hand, and a pencil drawing of 'Child with an apple' is signed by him. Other early pieces include a copy of Jessie Chambers' short story 'The bankrupt', with revisions by Helen Corke. Several Corke letters are present, mainly post-1950 to David Chambers, and one letter from Aldous Huxley to Chambers in 1931.
Significant personal accounts of Lawrence survive in a 1970 script of the 1949 radio talk by W.E. Hopkin on his Eastwood memories of the young writer, and in a tape recording of the lecture on Lawrence which David Chambers gave on many occasions. T.V. rehearsal scripts for two 1960s adaptations of Lawrence works are also present. The collection also contains two series of photographic materials, one consisting of transparencies of local places associated with Lawrence (1950s), and the other containing Chambers family black and white photographs.
A later accrual contains papers of or relating to Muriel May Holbrook, a sister of David Chambers. These include a few letters, and a number of typescript and holograph short stories by Muriel Holbrook. The material complements that found within the Holbrook group in the Lawrence Collection (La H).
The collection includes copies acquired by Chambers of a series of letters from Jessie Chambers to Professor W. Lutoslawski, of which the originals are at the Humanities Research Centre, University of Texas.