The Austin Dobson collection contains letters by and to Dobson; autograph manuscripts, typescripts and proofs of works by Dobson, including poems, essays, and biographical sketches; notes and notebooks; and manuscript and printed material related to Dobson's research concerning William Hogarth. Boxes 1-4 hold letters by and to Dobson. These consist almost entirely of letters by Dobson, and recipients include: C. B. Foote; H. Buxton Freeman; Edmund Gosse; William Heinemann; E. V. Lucas; Sir Bernard Partridge; the firm of Kegan Paul; George Saintsbury; and R. F. Sketchley. Boxes 5-9 contain manuscripts of many of Dobson's poems, both in bound albums and as individual manuscripts. His occasional prose pieces are also well documented; Boxes 10-14 contain manuscripts, typescripts and proofs of a variety of essays, introductions, biographical sketches, and other prose works. Boxes 15-19 hold research materials, including notes and notebooks on various historical figures and events, and material Dobson collected while researching his biography of William Hogarth. Box 19 (Oversize) contains oversize manuscript material. Box 20 consists of individual accessions relating to Austin Dobson.