The collection consists of several categories of material relating to the business of the Pinney family:
Account books - 93 account books, covering business expenditures, farming revenue details, the accounts of Pinney family members' financial ventures and details of personal wealth. Dates covered: 1650-1884.
Letter books - 69 volumes of family and business letter books detailing outgoing correspondence of the Pinney family regarding both their business and personal lives in the West Indies and England, as well as business ventures with the Tobin family. Dates covered: 1688-1850.
Miscellaneous Volumes - these 50 volumes cover a diverse array of subjects, from the notebooks of Anna Maria Pinney (1812-1861) and correspondence with William Wordsworth to findings of Select Committees of the House of Commons and legal and business papers, notes and lists of deeds held by the Pinneys, as well as family diaries and inventories of books owned by family members. Much of the subject matter is closely related to the family - either their property, possessions or their thoughts. Dates covered: 1688-1902.
Anna Maria Pinney boxes - 12 archive boxes containing Anna Maria Pinney's notes on Pinney family history, language, theology, philosophy and music. Dates covered: 1789-1861.
Red Boxes - 15 archive boxes containing receipts, correspondence and notes belonging to Pinney family members, organised by family member. Dates covered: 1638-1877.
Domestic Deeds - 9 archive boxes containing deeds to properties held at Racedown, Bettiscombe and Broadwinsor by the Pinney family in England. Dates covered: 1577-1948.