The main body of the collection consists of illustrations and printed items cut from books, newspapers and literary journals and concerning William Shakespeare, his life and work, his contemporaries, the performance and production of his work, places mentioned in his work, and Shakespearean actors. Sources used include: The Daily Graphic, The Sketch, The Publishers' Circular, The Bookman, T.P.'s Weekley and The Times Literary Supplement. The collection comprises:
Printed articles, letters and other prose articles cut from books, newspapers and literary journals relating to Shakespeare and the performance of his work. 1774-1921 (TCS 1);
Engravings, illustrations and photographs cut from books, newspapers and literary journals relating to Shakespeare and the performance of his work. 1746-1916 (TCS 2);
Printed advertisements cut from newspapers and literary journals, primarily relating to editions of Shakespeare's work. 1877-1910 (TCS 3);
Artwork for programmes for performances by the Bruges Shakespeare Club, 1894-1895. A poster for one of the club's performances appears amongst the advertisements (TCS 4);
Complete issues of newspapers: 'Stratford upon Avon Herald', a Shakespeare Memorial Theatre special edition dated 23 April 1923; and 'The Shake Spear', a tercentenary number dated 31 June 1913. (TCS 5).