The bulk of this collection consists of correspondence and personal papers of several members ofthe Galway family. There are papers of William George Monckton (Arundell), 5th Viscount Galway(1782-1834), George Edward Monckton-Arundell, 6th Viscount Galway (1805-1876), and Henrietta Eliza,wife of the 6th Viscount (d 1891). However, most of the papers relate to George Edmund MilnesMonckton-Arundell, 7th Viscount Galway (1844-1931). In addition to the many family correspondentsand letters about family and social matters, there are letters from a number of political figuressuch as Benjamin Disraeli, Lord Beaconsfield and Archibald Primrose, Lord Rosebery. The letters andpapers relate to his activities as an M.P., Deputy Lieutenant for Nottinghamshire and his servicewith the Sherwood Rangers Yeomanry including in South Africa 1900-1902.
The collections also includes a vast amount of correspondence relating to estate matters inNottinghamshire and Yorkshire. There are a considerable number of papers relating to Scrooby inNottinghamshire which include items about the vicarage and the difficulties of acquiring anincumbent as well as references to William Brewster and the Pilgrim Fathers.
There are further items relating to coal mining, elections, railways and hunting and damage toLady Galway's Munitions Factory at Scarborough during the First World War. There are also severalprinted Acts including Vesting Acts, Turnpike Road Acts, Penal Acts and Enclosure Acts.
Papers relating to the 5th Viscount Galway, the 6th Viscount and Viscountess Galway and the 7thViscount are present in other accruals (see GB 159 Ga 2).