The Risley papers consist of:
- Barber papers, including title deeds to lands in Adderbury and Milton, Easington, Calthorpe, Banbury, Grimsbury, Neithrop, Wickham, South Stoke and Fritwell (Oxfordshire); Hexton, Kingswalden, Offley, Lilley, Wandon End and Kensworth (Hertfordshire); and Shefford, Camton and Luton (Bedfordshire); as well as to certain property in London, and a few deeds relating to other properties. There are also some personal and official papers of various members of the family, as High Sheriff of Oxfordshire and in other posts.
- Cotton papers. These include a few earlier documents, but are mainly connected with the trust set up in Holford Cotton's will, with the earlier title deeds of properties purchased (mainly Adderbury and Milton).
- Risley papers. Title deeds of properties at Adderbury, Deddingtron, Souldern, Fewcott, and Calthorpe (Oxfordshire); Evenlode (Worcestershire); Sutton (Nottinghamshire); Maidsmorton (Buckinghamshire); Kemey's Inferior, Goldcliff and Llanhannock (Monmouth); together with a quantity of correspondence, accounts and other papers, and the diary of the Rev. William Cotton Risley from 1834 to 1869.
- Two boxes of miscellaneous deeds relating to properties at Buscot (Berkshire), Bourton-on-the-Hill (Glos.) and Kingham (Oxon.). One box of printed material. One box of plans and pedigrees. With this section are six 17th- and 18th-century deed boxes.
- Additional deeds and related papers of the Risley family.