The collection includes manuscript scores, sketches, working scripts, miscellaneous items and correspondence between Cedric Thorpe Davie and publishers, broadcasters, performers, other composers, friends, fellow academics, family and acquaintances. The most significant letters are those from the composers Gerald Finzi and Howard Ferguson who were lifelong friends and correspondents. There are also lectures and speeches by Davie and FH Sawyer, scripts for plays for which Davie wrote music and programmes.
The manuscript music includes orchestral works, chamber music, miscellaneous instrumental music, opera and operetta, choral works, Scottish songs, other vocal music, part songs, and incidental music for films, stage plays, radio plays and features and television programmes. There are also two volumes of early music on which Thorpe Davie was working at the time of his death, one of lute music and one of lute music, songs, dances and poems which seem to have belonged to Margaret Wemyss (1630-48) whose sister became Countess of Sutherland.