||The collection comprises manuscripts of published and unpublished works -poems, opera librettos, short stories, novels, some early musical manuscripts, playscripts, articles and reviews. There is substantial material relating to Shapcott's work as an editor of anthologies, as a reader for publishing houses and as a member of literary and cultural boards and committees. There are also personal papers, photographs, memorabilia and correspondence. The correspondence includes letters to family, friends, publishers, and fellow authors. A large quantity of literary manuscript material is present as enclosures with the correspondence.