These papers comprise correspondence about the purchases; worksheets of poems; typescripts and carbon-copies of poems; 1 photograph of Gavin Ewart in 1950 and 3 photographs of Gavin Ewart with Philip Larkin in 1979; photocopied extracts of Ewart's poems in the London Magazine June 1980; one interview with Ewart; some letters to the press circa 1981; some manuscript prose and files of personal and professional correspondence.
The worksheets in more detail are as follows: there are worksheets of poems such as 'True Love' and 'The Gentle Sex' which have appeared in newspapers (The Guardian, 14 February 1975 and The Observer, 9 February 1975 respectively) and worksheets for the following published collections of poems - Be my guest (1975), No fool like an old fool (1976), The first eleven (1977) (for which there is also one copy of the published work), Or where a young penguin lies screaming (1978), All my little ones (1978) (for which there are also worksheets of poems not used). There are several hundred worksheets of poems which post-date these published collections. Prose worksheets include A fine romance, Her dream come true, London's buildings, and Dawn must break. There are two galley proofs of The deceptive grin of the gravel porters (1968).
The files of correspondence begin in 1945 and correspondents include Kingsley Amis, John Betjeman, Robert Conquest, Roy Fuller, Christopher Logue, Philip Larkin, C P Snow, John Gardiner, Marghanita Laski, Harry Chambers, Charles Osborne, Peter Porter, Anthony Rota, George Macbeth, Richard Boston, Lincoln Kirstein, Alan Ross, Sam Wanamaker, Douglas Dunn, Anthony Thwaite and Fleur Adcock. The correspondence also contains typescripts of Ewart's poems such as 'The magic lolly' and 'The dream of the horses'.