The archive comprises a total of 65 boxes: 56 are numbered, 9 are unnumbered. The collection relates to the manifold aspects of the Tawney Society: organization and funding; the minutes of the Society's steering committee monthly meetings; the Society's actual and prospective publications; as well as information pertaining to the funding and sponsoring of its independent studies. Some boxes contain the correspondence of Dr. Tony Flower, head of the Society. The Society's affiliation with the SDP is evident through the presence of some SDP files, papers relating to the Limehouse Group, information on SDP peers and members of Parliament, as well as the minutes of weekly SDP Policy Committee meetings. The archival collection also comprises hand-written notes proposing ideas for the future development of the society or for proposed policy studies undertaken by the society, as well as memoranda circulated among the various members sitting on the steering committee of the Tawney Society. Primary correspondents include: Tony Flower, David Sainsbury, Lord Young of Dartington, and David Owen.
The contents can be summarized as follows:
- Publications and prospective publications
- Correspondence of members of the Society's steering committee with various MPs
- Draft constitution of the Tawney Society, and memorandum.
- Press releases and newspaper cuttings.
- Membership lists and applications for membership.
- SDP publications.
- Some Liberal publications and circulars.
- Accounts of the Tawney Society.
- Minutes of the month-by-month steering committee meetings.
- Funding for the Tawney Society, and for its special policy studies.