The collection consists mainly of handwritten letters, ca. 17th through 20th centuries by individuals in Europe and North America. Some files also include original envelopes, newspaper clippings, printed materials, or photographs. The autographs come from a range of individuals, including stage actors, military leaders, artists, senators, poets, theologians, religious leaders, and former presidents. Some notable names include Isaac Asimov, Jefferson Davis, Herbert Hoover, Abraham Lincoln, and Mark Twain. The portrait engravings, ca. 16th c, include actors, authors, doctors, and Europeans rulers. Notable names in this series include Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin, Napoleon Bonaparte, Dante Alighieri, and Marie Antoinette.