The archive comprises legal and estate papers rather than personal papers. In U DDWB/12 and U DDWB/15 there are medieval deeds for Little Kelk and Rudston originally belonging to Bridlington Priory and some are printed in an edition of W T Lancaster The chartulary of Bridlington Priory (1912). Some of the earliest material in the collections are to be found here, though U DDWB generally is very rich in medieval charters. The collections also include enclosure awards for Burton Agnes (1718, 1759), Haisthorpe (1723) and Barmston (1758). There are manorial records for Burton Agnes (1791-1875) as well as a court roll for the manor of Haisthorpe for 1414. A few papers specifically relating to the early nineteenth-century financial management of Sir Francis Bonyton are at DDWB2/13.
The collections are arranged as follows: U DDWB has estate records for Bainton (1349); Barmston (1317-1819), including the 1528 admiralty ratification of the rights and privileges of Margaret Boynton and an abstract of the title of Francis Boynton through to 1734; Bempton (late 12th century); Boynton (late 12th century to 1613); Burton Agnes (c.1172-1766), including gifts and deeds of the Merlay, Sommerville and Griffith families and 'the cutting of the intale' of the Boynton family in 1700; Burton Agnes and Thornholme (1315-1597); Caythorpe in the parish of Rudston (mid-12th century-mid-13th century); Gransmoor in the parish of Burton Agnes (1483, 1591); Grindale (1331); Haisthorpe (1414-1803); Hull (1592-1636); Little Kelk (c.1185-1592); Nafferton (1 item 1231-49); Ottringham (1614-1730); Rudston (late 12th century-1730); Sutton upon Derwent (1309); Swaythorpe (1545); Thornholme (early 13th century-1722); Wansford (1398); various townships (early 13th century-1833), including an early 13th century exchange between Bridlington Priory and Walter Boynton, records relating to the Sommerville and Greystoke families, letters patent of 1498 to Walter Griffith to give him custody of the infant John Thornholme and his possessions, a document dated 24 October 1656 and entitled 'A particular of Agnes Burton, Haistrop, Thurnam, Harpham and Kelk Parva, the remaingeinge lands of Sir Henry Griffith deceased and discendinge upon Sir Francis Boynton' and 1811 mortgages of Francis Boynton provided by John Lockwood solicitor; Nottinghamshire (1481); Yorkshire, North and West Riding (late 12th century-1792), including a 500 year lease from Griffith Boynton to Constance Boynton as her marriage portion of £4000 in 1702. Various deeds in U DDWB include a copy of Walter Griffith's pedigree; a 1435 defeasance related to the marriage settlement of Walter Griffith and Joan Nevill; the grant of Edward VI in 1550 of the wardship and marriage of Gabriel St Quintin; a 1662 indulgence of the archbishop of York allowing Francis Boynton, his wife and four others to eat meat during fasting, the marriage licence of Griffith Boynton and Anne White dated 1742 and a series of pardons granted to Robert Place (1415), Francis Boynton (1604), Henry Boynton (1604), Matthew Boynton (1626), Henry Griffith (1626) and Francis Boynton (1661).
U DDWB contains the marriage settlements of Gervase Clifton and Agnes Griffith (1482); Matthew Boynton and Frances Griffith (1613); Henry Griffith and Mary Willoughby (1620); Henry Griffith and Margaret Wortley (1636); William Boynton and Elizabeth Barnard (1661); Francis Cobb and Barbara Hebblethwaite (1690); Francis Boynton and Frances Hebblethwaite (1703); Griffith Boynton and Rebecca White (1728); Griffith Boynton and Anne White (1742); James Kemplin and Isabel Ganton (1748); William St Quintin and Charlotte Fane (1758). U DDWB contains the wills of John de Thornholme (1383); Thomas Smith (1467); Martin Boynton (1518); Thomas Boynton (1520); Margaret Boynton (1533); Matthew Boynton (1540); Cecily Boynton (1550); Thomas Boynton (c.1581); John Thornholme (1597); Katherine Calverley (1603); Francis Boynton (1640); Martha Barnard (1667); William Boynton (1689); William Cobb (1696); Elizabeth (Boynton) Royston (1706); Griffith Boynton (1708); Richard Simpson (1727); Griffith Boynton (1757); Griffith Boynton (1771); Griffith Boynton (1794).
DDWB2 contains estate and legal papers of the Boynton family (especially Francis Boynton) in the nineteenth century in the following sections: Barmston (1767-1932), including leases and tenancy agreements, largely of the 1810s and 1820s and an original bundle relating to enclosure; Burton Agnes (1716-1920), including leases and tenancy agreements, inventories of the personal effects and furniture of Lady Boynton deceased 1889, papers to do with drainage, 19 letters of a dispute between Henry Boynton and Robert Hall 1848-9 and a 1920s insurance policy for Burton Agnes Hall; Haisthorpe (1817); Rudston (1774-1894) including leases, an 1814 plan of the estate and enclosure material; various townships (1706-1944) including an abstract of the title of Francis Boynton, details of his income 1806-10, mortgages arranged with the solicitor John Lockwood and papers related to his financial arrangements with Henry John Shepherd, leases, agreements, a copy of the will of Griffith Boynton (1771) and John Harrison (1774) and a copy of the marriage settlement of Griffith Boynton and Charlotte Topham (1765); a lease for Wood Hall in the parish of Ellerby (1853); accounts (1788-1899) especially household and estate accounts of the first three decades of the nineteenth century and Francis Boynton's accounts with his creditor, John Lockwood; correspondence (1794-1877) including 40 letters of John Lockwood to Henry John Shepherd about the finances of Francis Boynton, as well as two family letters dated 1869 and 1877; rentals (1808-1854) largely for the estates of Francis Boynton in 1808; settlements (1784-1886) including the marriage settlements of George Parkhurst and Mary Boynton (1784), Francis Boynton and Sally Bucktrout (1815), Henry Boynton and Louisa Strickland (1833), Henry Boynton and Harriet Lightfoot (1843) William Mussenden and Katherine Maude Boynton (1866); papers of Francis Boynton (1795-1833) amounting to more on his financial arrangements with John Lockwood; various documents (1788-1875) including bonds of John Lockwood; wills (1771-1898) of Griffith Boynton (1771), Griffith Boynton (1794), Mary Parkhurst (probate 1815), Henry Boynton (1854), Henry Boynton (1861), Harriet Boynton (1869), Henry Sommerville Boynton (1898) and a miscellaneous section (1784-1869) including a memorial for Henry Boynton (1869) and certificates of baptism, marriage and burial for the Boyntons, Griffiths, St Quintons and others dated 1707-1815.