The collection covers Baldwin's involvement in the political life of the 1920s and 1930s, but includes virtually nothing from the period before 1922, and contains almost no item relating to personal or family affairs. The bulk of the papers relate to Baldwin's first and second administrations: May 1923 to January 1924 and November 1924 to May 1929. There are substantial holdings relating to Baldwin's service under Ramsay MacDonald as lord president of the council in the National Governments, 1931-1935, but almost nothing dating from either the period in opposition in 1924 or Baldwin's third term as prime minister, 1935-1937. The papers are grouped into 7 main sections:
Home Affairs (D)
Defence, etc.; Finance, etc.; Labour, Trade, etc.; Political and Party Affairs; Local Affairs and Miscellaneous; Deputations.
Empire Affairs (E)
'Imperial', i.e. Miscellaneous Dominion and Colonial Affairs; Dominions and Colonies; Dominions and Colonies: Trade; Ireland; India.
Foreign Affairs (F)
Foreign Affairs Series A and B; Reparations; Disarmament; Naval Conferences; League of Nations; League of Nations Union; 'Peace Letter'.
Letters of Congratulation, etc., Letters: General Files; 'The Royal Box'.
Chequers; Freedoms and Honorary Degrees.
Briefs and Drafts for Speeches, etc.; Oddments and Fragments; Speeches; Canadian Tour; Press Cuttings (Miscellaneous and Main Series).
Papers Withdrawn (X)