The collection consists primarily of correspondence, but also includes diaries, photographs, poetry, account books, clippings, printed material, drafts of talks, speeches, essays, reports, chapters, and books, artifacts, articles, genealogy, scrapbooks, receipts, bills, business, land and estate papers, sketch books, autograph albums, commonplace books, song books, address books, memorandum books, other notebooks, published items with handwritten annotations, linen picture books, guest books, play, portraits, deeds, silhouettes, card files and other papers.
The bulk of the collection is comprised of papers of the related Quaker families of Cadbury, Jones and Warder. Other families represented include Bartram, Brown, Carter, Foulke, Kaighn, Lowry, Mennell, Pearsall, Shinn, Shipley.
Prominent within the collection are the correspondence, diaries, photographs and other materials (24 boxes, 1882-1965) of Emma Cadbury Jr. (1875-1965) much of which documents her work, 1924-1938, at AFSC's Vienna Friends Center (Singerstrasse 16). Also papers (25 boxes, 1916-1994) of Mary Hoxie Jones (1904-2003) include letters and drafts of published and unpublished speeches, talks, essays, articles, poetry, chapters and books. Also included are Joel Cadbury Jr. (1838-1923) letters, etc. 1854-1923 and Anna K. Cadbury (1846-1923) letters, diaries, etc. 1855-1923, also their joint diary, 1872-1888, of family life; Emma Cadbury Sr. (1843-1923) letters, notebooks, etc. 1851-1923; Henry Joel Cadbury (1883-1974) letters, scrapbooks, etc. 1888-1974; Elizabeth B. Jones (1871-1952) letters, diaries, etc. 1883-1952; Benjamin Lowry (1810-1873) letters, journals, etc. 1827-1873; Eleanor H. Pearsall (1819-1885) letters, etc. 1830-1884; Ann Warder (1758-1829) letters, diary transcripts, 1786-1825; also papers of Benjamin Cadbury (1873-1955), Caroline Warder Cadbury (1801-1868), John Warder Cadbury (1912-1989), John Warder (1751-1828) and many others.