The collection consists of notebooks; manuscripts and typescripts of original, amended and final versions of novels, dramatic works, poetry and academic writings, as well as juvenilia; correspondence (letters re professional - academic and publishing - and family matters); TwentyOne (weekly paper of the 21st Anti-Tank Regiment); The University Journal (weekly paper of Cambridge University); published reviews, lectures and articles, including newspaper cuttings; research notes; photographs; family papers e.g. diaries, school reports, financial papers, property and probate; obituaries and letters of condolence; publications and journals
Subjects: culture, politics, communications, media, literature, drama, criticism, sociology, language, technology, history, war and 'The Bomb', class (particularly working class), education (particularly adult education: Open University, Workers' Educational Association), region and geography, Cambridge and academia
Majority in English, with a small number of documents (articles, publications and occasional letter) in other languages
For a biography of Raymond Williams see the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography and 'Raymond Williams: A Warrior's Tale' by Dai Smith (2008)
Bibliographies of Raymond Williams' work can be found in 'Raymond Williams: Writing, Culture, Politics' by Alan O'Connor (1989) and 'A Bibliographical Guide to Twenty-Four Anglo-Welsh Writers' by John Harris (1994)
The Raymond Williams collection has been catalogued courtesy of funding from the Barry Amiel & Norman Melburn Trust.