A collection of letters of the Shaw family of Wolverhampton comprising letters between John Shaw and his wife, Elizabeth (ne Wilkinson), 1810-1839 which also include several letters from John prior to their marriage. Other letters to John are from his mother, brother and sister and from an employee. The collection also includes correspondence between Elizabeth and her parents, 1815-1836; several letters to Elizabeth prior to her marriage from a friend, W. Lomax; and a single letter from her daughter.
The letters, many of which are extremely detailed, contain much information about the Shaw family and their domestic lives, including their own and their children's health, the children's schooling, their religious views on Calvinism and church attendance, employment of servants, maintenance of the house and garden and news of their neighbours and extended families. The correspondence also includes much information about John Shaw's business affairs in which his wife was involved. She forwarded business correspondence, sent her husband details of orders, news about the warehouse and employees and copied out bills.