1. 'Travels of William Hancock from 1874-1908'
A typescript compilation of Hancock's letters, 295 pages, with illustrations, photographs, a map and five pages of prefatory material, including a chronological index. The volume was transcribed by H.G. Lowder, former Commissioner of the Chinese Maritime Customs.
2. Letters from China
A collection of Hancock's manuscript letters from his time in the service. The letters are believed to be elaborations of a pocket diary kept periodically by Hancock. Parts of some letters relating solely to family affairs at home have been excised.
3. Journal of expedition from Tamsui
A short journal, written in pencil, describing a journey, 10-26 February 1882.
4. Journal of expedition from Peking
A diary of a journey undertaken by Hancock, 1 July - 19 August 1886, travelling from Peking to Tientsin, Tientsin to Shanghai (via Chefoo), Shanghai to Ningpo, including an expedition to the Snowy Valley and a stay in a temple there, and Ningpo to Shanghai.
The collection is accompanied by correspondence between Cambridge University Library, A.G. Lowder and L.R. Wicksteed, the niece of William Hancock, regarding the presentation of the material to the library.