The collection includes manuscripts and printed papers, primarily concerning life in Lille, France during the First World War, together with later papers relating to the exhibition of the collection and its tranfer to Nottingham. The collection comprises:
Correspondence between Herbert Mayo Leman and William and Elizabeth Lees, residents of Lille during the occupation, and between Leman and Mr Flack, the librarian of University College Nottingham. 1918-1936 (MS 155/1);
Personal papers of William Lees including his identity card, written statements made by him about scenes that he witnessed, correspondence, official forms and ration cards and other manuscript items. 1914-1918 (MS 155/2);
Printed posters and leaflets in French and German that were found or displayed in Lille by the German occupying force. c.1914-1918 (MS 155/3);
Newspaper cuttings, newspapers and a souvenir programme relating to the occupation and evacuation of Lille and events and personalities associated with it. 1918 (MS 155/4);
Typescript captions and translations to accompany the exhibition of items concerning the occupation and evacuation of Lille, including items in this collection. It is likely that William Lees was responsible for writing the captions. c.1918 (MS 155/5).