U DDPA relates almost entirely to the Naburn estates and is rich in medieval title deeds. U DDPA2 includes some nineteenth-century rentals, correspondence, wills and genealogical papers.
U DDPA in detail is as follows: Burley, West Riding (late 13th century) being a gift to Kirkstall Abbey; Ellerton (1579) being the quitclaim to the site of Ellerton monastery of Robert Aske to John Palmes; Escrick (1592) being a sale to Thomas Knyvett; Ganton (1324, 1552); Garforth, West Riding (1584); Holtby, North Riding (1368). Papers for Naburn (early 13th century-1906) include the earliest documents in the collection in the form of a quitclaim with seal and a gift to the Priory of St Andrew; the earliest title deed of the Palmes family dated 1278; manor court rolls 1424-26, 1476, 1642, 1652, 1659, 1696-1700, 1707-11; an extract from the will of William Robinson (1614); 1698, 1791 and 1793 rentals of Naburn and Hurst; the 1766 enclosure act; an original bundle relating to tithes for the rectory of St George 1618-1834; the marriage settlement by demise of William Palmes and Mary Stapleton (1650); an original bundle of eighteenth-century papers relating to the Bovill, Healas and Stabler families; an original bundle of papers relating to the tithes in Acaster Malbis 1605-1775; title deeds relating to Tate's Farm dating from 1673 and including the marriage settlement of George Stockton and Alice Legg (1680) and the wills of George Stockton (1701), Thomas Stockton (1723), Eleanor Stockton (1734), Richard Stockton (1737); an original bundle of papers of the Reverend William Lindsay Palmes including title deeds, the wills of Elizabeth Myers (1683), Matthew Myers (1711), Charles Myers (1741), Jane Tate (1771), Thomas Rodwell (1787), John Tate (1792), Thomas Ashness (1827) and Adam Dale (1839) and a pedigree of the descendants of Joseph Lindley and Martha Winn (1760-1818); an original bundle dating from 1725 which includes the wills of George Bovill (1725), John Stead (1811) and Thomas Croft (1841); an original bundle of navigation papers relating to Naburn Lock 1727-67; an original bundle relating to a farm bought in 1769 which includes the marriage settlement of William Todd and Esther Wood (1741) and the will of Mary Wood (1750); the 1768 agreement of the Reverend William Barrett, vicar of Naburn, to accept allotments in lieu of tithes; an original bundle relating to Swales Farm which includes the wills of George Palmes (1774) and Mary Palmes (1776); an original bundle relating to the mortgage to Lord Wenlock dating from 1796 and including the marriage settlements of George Palmes and Margaret Lindsay (1810), James Jardine and Isabella Palmes (1845), John William Brotherton and Georgina Palmes (1846) and James Palmes and Annie Champney (1850) and the will of George Palmes (1850).
Remaining estate papers in U DDPA are as follows: Nun Monkton (1538) being a copy of the letters patent granting to Sir John Nevill the site of Nun Monkton Priory with the rectory and tithes of Kirk Hamerton; Riccall (1517); various townships (1393, 1542-1546) including a detailed award made by the Archbishop of York to settle disputes over rights on Wheldrake Common and Escrick Moss. There are a few estate papers for Lancashire (1420-1769) including papers of the Ashton and Scarisbrick family.
Other papers in U DDPA are as follows: accounts (1607-1846) including some seventeenth-century quietuses for recusancy fines, estate accounts of George Palmes 1795-9 and two nineteenth-century bank books; miscellaneous (1625-1830) including a schedule of family title deeds, a list of family papers, the letters patent of 1526 giving a general pardon to Brian Palmes, some early modern papers of the Chapman and Stockton families and the commission of Brian Palmes as an ensign (1830); settlements (1420-1858) including the marriage settlements of Thomas Ashton and Ellen Urswick (1420), William Vavasour and Isabel Malaverer (1455), Thomas Methan and Edith Palmes (1555), John Chapman and Anne Robinson (1583), William Palmes and Catherine Langdale (1631), Brian Palmes and Anne Scarisbrick (1729), William Lindsay Palmes and Marianne Empson (1849), William Palmes and Mary Stapleton (1660), George Palmes and Anne Wytham (1689), George Palmes and Catherine Heneaghe (1749), John Palmes and Susannah Wharrie (1775), George Palmes and Margaret Isabella Lindsay (1810) and Henry Gale and Mary Bell (1798); wills (1490-1832) being those of William Chamberlain (1490), John Palmes (1784), George Palmes (1729) and including also letters of administration granted to Mary Wood (1713), Brian Palmes (1734) and Stapleton Palmes (1737).
U DDPA2 is a more diverse but smaller collection of papers in the following sections: Naburn (1739-1961) including a 1739 plan of the estate of George Palmes with surveys and valuations related to enclosure, an 1844 appeal against the land tax and a summary of the marriage settlement of George Palmes and Eva Blanche Harrison (1882), as well as a few leases and tenancy agreements and the Naburn estate field book for 1932; accounts and rentals (1766-1970) including the rental and steward's account book 1781-94 and a household account book 1810-46; correspondence (1826-1843) being about forty family letters especially those written by the sons of George and Margaret Palmes whilst they were in the West Indies; genealogical papers (1775-1902) including an illuminated pedigree of circa 1600 and baptismal certificates for John Philip Palmes (1817) and Manfred Leslie (1821); miscellaneous (1705-1939) including the 1842 journal of a voyage to the West Indies and South America and the funeral notice of Mrs E B Palmes dated 1939; wills (1861-1903) being those of William Lindsay Palmes (1861) and Marianne Palmes (1895).