The collection consists of writings, correspondence, documents, printed materials, photographs, and artifacts documenting the lives and work of Jonathan Edwards and his family. Jonathan Edwards' papers contain the great majority of his surviving manuscripts. These include over one thousand sermons; private theological and philosophical notebooks, including the nine volume "Miscellanies" and four volume "Notes on the Scripture;" Edwards'interleaved Bible. In addition, there is a box of Jonathan Edwards' correspondence; principal correspondents include Joseph Bellamy and Thomas Foxcroft. Other Edwards family papers include several of Timothy Edwards's sermon notebooks; correspondence belonging to Jonathan Edwards (1745-1801), Jonathan Walter Edwards, and Hannah Edwards Wetmore (principal correspondents are Calvin Chapin, Moses Tryon, Joseph Bellamy, Lucy Wetmore Whittelsey and Chauncey Whittelsey); printed material (chiefly numerous family Bibles) and a broadside Thanksgiving Proclamation by George Washington dated October 1789; photographs of Edwards family members; and papers relating to the history of the collection.