This collection consists of papers and other materials relating to the work of Partridge and to the subsequent work in the subject area continued by Beale. The collection includes the following papers created by Partridge:
One box of manuscript notes, correspondence and drafts by Partridge for his Dictionary of Catch Phrases, 1970s; correspondence from Partridge to Camilla Raab (Editorial Dept., Routledge and Kegan Paul), 1977-1979.
The following papers of Beale are also included: correspondence from Robert Barlthrop to Beale relating to slang, 1981-1987; correspondence from Beale to the Secretary of the Oxford English Dictionary, Oxford University Press relating to slang additions for the next edition, 1984-1999; correspondence from Geoffrey van Dulken to Beale relating to slang, 1987-1999; correspondence from Simon Watts to Beale relating to slang, c 1987-1999; papers relating to Dictionary of Catchphrases, 1977, 1985; Concise Dictionary of Slang, 1989, Partridge's Dictionary of Slang, 1984 (8th ed.); four index boxes of alphabetical card indexes of slang terms, created by Beale, 1990s; one proof copy of Eric Partridge in his own words, ed. David Crystal, London, 1980; one file of obituaries, 1979.
One box of archival enclosures removed from books in the Eric Partridge Collection during cataloguing is also included.