The files contain correspondence and contractual papers relating to the engagement of contributors to BBC radio programmes between 1963 and 1972. They cover a range of types of contributor including, but not limited to, scriptwriters, speakers, composers and artists. The contributions include domestic and overseas programmes, but not generally the regions.
The contents of the papers can vary depending on the contributor, but a majority of material consists of contracts and booking requisitions. The correspondence that is included in some files refers to external requests for auditions, bookings and contractual negotiations. Internal BBC correspondence concerning the contributors in the form of letters and memoranda are also held on file. Occasionally biographical information, including photographs, was sent in by contributors and held on file.
It is noticeable that compared to the earlier papers of the RCONT1 series there is far less correspondence held in the files. One possible explanation for this, suggested by references in correspondence to telephone conversations, is the increase in popularity of the telephone, which began to replace the written word as the popular means of communication. As a result details of the relationships between contributors and the BBC are not captured on the same scale as those of earlier papers.