The collection is composed of several folders built up by Geoffrey P. Taylor, containing copies of articles relating to Edward Gibbon Wakefield himself, to other members of his family, or to New Zealand and its colonial and constitutional history, and copies of letters to or from Wakefield. The copies have been made from original material held at: Alexander Turnbull Library, Wellington; Canterbury Museum Archives; Auckland City Library, and the State Library of New South Wales. There are also several journal off-prints on Wakefield, and New Zealand.
The folders in Box 1/2 contain: copies of articles and a printed publication published between 1840-1997; copies of papers relating to Wakefield's statement and justification of the fraudulent abduction of Miss Ellen Turner, and copy of a letter from Wakefield to Barnard Rhodes, 1853, from a collection in the Alexander Turnbull Library; copies of John Robert Godley papers relating to Wakefield, 1851-1855, held at Canterbury Museum Archives, with a listing and description of relevant papers; copies of papers and letters relating to Wakefield, 1850-1855, from collection at the State Library of New South Wales; copies of Wakefield papers, 1851-1853, and John Robert Godley and Wakefield typescripts, held at Canterbury Museum Archives, with listings and descriptions; copies of letters relating to Wakefield, 1842-1850, in the Henry Samuel Chapman papers, held at the Alexander Turnbull Library, with brief listing; copies of letters relating to Wakefield, 1840s-1852, in the James Edward Fitzgerald papers, held at the Alexander Turnbull Library, with listing and description; and, copies of letters relating to Wakefield, 1840s, in the Lyttleton papers, held at Canterbury Museum Archives, with listing and description.
The folders in Box 2/2 contain: copies of material from between 1849-1883, relating to Daniel Wakefield (1798-1856), Edward Gibbon Wakefield's uncle, and to Wakefield, in the Sir George Grey papers, held in Auckland City Library, with listings; copies of letters and articles and reports relating to Wakefield family, in the Irma O'Connor papers (Irma O'Connor was the daughter of Edward Jerningham Wakefield), held at Canterbury Museum Archives, with listing and description; copies of articles and off-prints on New Zealand colonial and constitutional history published between 1865-1994; loose or single articles and off-prints on New Zealand politics and history; and several series issues (off-prints) on New Zealand and its politics and history, published between 1955-1968.