Scope and arrangement
This is a synthetic collection consisting of manuscripts, a typescript, correspondence, a notebook for 1856 through 1857, financial documents, and portraits. The manuscripts include poems, essays, fragments of plays, criticism, articles, and notes toward works. Also included are manuscripts copied in Swinburne's hand of works by S. T. Coleridge, Victor Hugo, and James Roxburgh MacClymont, as well as manuscripts relating to the author from Edward Thomas, Humbert Wolfe and others. The correspondence includes letters, dating from  to 1908, from Swinburne to Ford Madox Brown, Robert Browning, Andrew Chatto, Edmund Gosse, William Ernest Henley, Frederick Locker-Lampson, Ann Isabella Thackeray Ritchie, Dante Gabriel Rossetti, Clement King Shorter, and others. There are also letters relating to the author, dating from  to 1945, exchanged between various correspondents including Maurice Baring, Ford Madox Ford, Sir Edward Howard Marsh, Theodore Watts-Dunton and others. There are letters to Swinburne from Henry Arthur Bright, T. J. Cobden-Sanderson, John Payne-Collier, Tola Dorian, Harold Hodge, Robert Gordon Latham, Eden Phillpotts, André Raffalovich, Richard Herne Shepherd, Alfred Tennyson, Emilie Ashurst Venturi, Thomas Humphry Ward, Theodore Watts-Dunton, and others, dating from 1859 to 1906.
The Algernon Charles Swinburne collection of papers are arranged in three series: