These letters and papers reflect the many friendships and contacts which Esther Simpson developed in the course of some fifty years' work on behalf of refugee scholars.
The collection is complementary both to the papers of the Society for the Protection of Science and Learning now preserved in the Bodleian Library, Oxford, and to the papers of the Leeds Academic Assistance Committee preserved in this Library (Leeds MSS 415 and 446).
The main collection (items 1-1437) comprises Esther Simpson's personal papers, certificates, photographs, press-cuttings, miscellaneous documents, and correspondence to and from Esther Simpson, as received from her.
Small collections received subsequently from other sources have been numbered - 1438-82, 1483-1501, 1502-33 - and are itemized in the handlist. The items date between 1918 and 1997.
Another collection was received after Simpson's death. The files and items in this collection are numbered from 1534. They comprise correspondence with charitable organisations and individuals. There are personal papers which include material relating to the honours she received, her employment and invitations.