The collection includes letters, manuscript drafts, typescripts, proofs of poems, plays, stories and novels. These are often in George Mackay Brown's original folders or envelopes. There are folders containing reviews, articles, essays, short stories and broadcasts; drafts of uncollected poems; and, scripts. A collection of small notebooks containing notes of letters written weekly, and of drafts of poems.
There are also 3 Christmas Cards each with a printed poem by George Mackay Brown. One is entitled Lamp (1985) with a printed salutation 'Christmas greetings from George Mackay Brown' inside, another A boy draws with a design by Martin Brown(1986), and A calendar of Kings designed by Sarah and Simon Fraser (1991).