The letters and papers tell of the worlds the four sisters observed at close quarters, within the extended family, at the pinnacle of Birmingham society, and among the governing elite at Westminster. They witnessed the trials and triumphs of their menfolk: Joseph as Colonial Secretary at the height of the British Empire; Austen at Locarno; Neville at Munich, and then the outbreak of war he had so dearly sought to avoid. Through it all they tell each other of their daily lives, of their delights and anxieties, and of their abiding concern for each other. Subjects include social and political history, women's history, family history.
Papers relating to Beatrice's American visit, 1897-1898; correspondence between Beatrice and Neville Chamberlain, 1890-1918; correspondence between Beatrice and other family members, 1875-1918; correspondence between Ida and Hilda Chamberlain, 1888-1963; miscellaneous family items including papers of and relating to Ida, 1857-1953; papers of Ethel Chamberlain, 1893-1910.