The collection is composed of typescript and manuscript material in the form of off-prints, articles, reports, notebooks, letters, postcards, and diary. There are also photographs.
Within the typescript material and collection of letters, there is: correspondence with users of the collection covering period 1980-1985; a copy of Manners and customs of the Ba-Bemba, collected by W. Freshwater, Mbereshi, 1906; manuscript postcard notes, and typescript notes by A. Freshwater (Nancy), 1908-1920; manuscript and typescript letters to A. Freshwater, 1936-1958; manuscript and typescript material being offprints, reports, draft reports, memoranda, and notes, 1900s-1930s; manuscript and some typescript letters to W. Freshwater, 1900s-1930s
There is/are: a box photographic negatives; a copy of the Bemba New Testament, published in 1916, with an inscription dedicated to Will Freshwater; a copy of the Bemba Service Book and Hymn Book, published in 1932; a notebook of sermon notes; a notebook of names and addresses, 1907-1933; a notebook containing observations about the local people and related sermon notes; a notebook on local customs, history, and statistics; small cashbook/notebook containing pencil notes on various topics of African life; Greek language notes, dated 11 February 1901; notes on Bemba customs and sayings, notes on evangelising, and notes on Chibembe; notes on the Babemba, their manners and customs; notes dated 1908-1912; lecture notes on Surgery and Dispensary taken while at Livingstone College, 1902; lecture notes on Anatomy and Physiology taken while at Livingstone college, 1902; lecture notes on Medicine, Diagnosis, and Elements of Diagnosis taken while at Livingstone College, 1902; and, a copy of More of the Copper Belt, by Hugh Theobald.
There are also: photographs of mission houses; visitors book; photographs of local activity and items of furniture made in mission workshops; photographs of local modes of transport; photographs of church building and of local activities; Amapinda Mwa Kubelenga Abaichye, a book of childrens stories by W. Freshwater; Umwa Kubelenga Ifintu Fya Mu Cipingo Ca Kale, a book of bible stories; and, circa 200 envelopes sent from Central Africa to the UK with the original postage stamps and the franking of African postal stations.
Finally, there is a diary (Will Freshwater) covering the period 30 April to 5 June 1902 and a journal (also Will Freshwater) covering the period March 1903-December 1905 with notes on the Bemba people.