The collection consists of printed notices, press cuttings and other papers concerning aspects ofthe working of the British postal service and its historical development. The main categories are asfollows:
- File of printed lists and manuscript notes relating to the Post Office branch in Wellington,Salop (now Shropshire). 1893-1894 (MS 171/1);
- Published items comprising: Post Office Act (1837), instructions to sub-postmasters (1852), PostOffice parliamentary directory (1855), booklet about Post Office Savings' Banks (1861), and a reportof the Interdepartmental Committee on Post Office Establishments (1897). 1837-1897 (MS 171/2);
- Printed cuttings of published photographs, illustrations and cartoons sometimes accompanied withcuttings of printed text relating to the history of the Post Office. The cuttings have been mountedon board. 1839-1904 (MS 171/3).