The bulk of the collection consists of political correspondence, sent to and acquired by Arthur Wells (1815-1882), solicitor, together with related financial and business papers. It includes the following series:
Correspondence from Edward Strutt to Arthur Wells relating mainly to parliamentary and constituency business. More specific subjects include: subscriptions and donations to local causes such as Nottingham Hospital and People's College; privileges and patronage; the Reform Bill; Lord Canning, the Postmaster General; Sir William Clay's candidacy for M.P. of Nottingham; health of Strutt's family; fireworks for a fete at Kingston, Leicestershire; Lord John Russell; and Wells' losing the business of Mr Paget. 1853-1859 (Wp 1);
Correspondence from John Mellor to Arthur Wells relating mainly to parliamentary and constituency business, 1859-1862 (Wp 2);
Correspondence mainly addressed to Arthur Wells concerning the Liberal Committee for Nottingham. Subjects include: payment of accounts and favours by the Liberal Committee; Liberal candidates for election as Members of Parliament for Nottingham; and alleged bribery and violence at the 1865 election in Nottingham, 1852-1866 (Wp 3);
Assorted financial and business papers of the Nottingham Liberal Committee, c.1844-1866 (Wp 4);
Copies of poetic texts in various hands and by various authors, presumably collected by Arthur Wells, undated (Wp 5);
Book listing deeds in a safe, presumably of Arthur Wells, 1859 (Wp 6).