The collection covers much of H.A. Driver's life and career, although not all aspects and periods are fully illustrated. Other family members are featured, but the papers concerning them tend to be fragmentary and allusive.
The collection comprises two boxes. The first holds 24 bundles of letters and papers and two travel journals, all relating to Driver or to members of his family (1-26). The greater part of the family correspondence dates from the second and third decades of the nineteenth century. There is a little material from the 1830s onwards, and a few eighteenth century papers, both of Driver's family, as well as that of his wife Mary (17). The papers relating to Driver's children date mainly from the second half of the nineteenth century. They include business correspondence of his eldest son, Alfred George (21), and a small number of letters or copies of letters from Driver's three children in Australia, illustrating their impressions of the country and of each other (16/7-10). The correspondence of Driver's brother Thomas mentions the Anglo-American war of 1812-1815, as well as and providing descriptions of life in Bermuda and a detailed account of a visit to Demerara in 1822 (4/52). There are also a few letters and poems of Thomas Driver, senior (19).
Correspondents outside the family include H.A. Driver's childhood friends in Cambridge, Samuel Peed (11) and Joseph Ingle (12), and his London friends William Churchill (13) and George Ringer and his sister Henrietta (14). There is also correspondence between Driver and the poet Thomas Moore (15/2), the painter Henry Aston Barker (15/6), the Egyptologist Samuel Sharpe (15/31), and the architect Sir Charles Barry (15/37). In addition to the letters, there are numerous mementos and family souvenirs (22-24).
The second box holds MSS of most of Driver's literary works (mainly poetic), dating from the 1830s and 1840s, including The Arabs (29) and Harold de Brun (31), and his draft novel on the Fine Arts (45-51), which includes chapters on architecture and sculpture. There are also lectures and notes for lectures delivered to the Islington Literary and Scientific Society (35-44).