The David Williams collection consists of manuscripts, printed material, correspondence, and audio material.
Manuscripts include drafts of Williams’ novels, including Unholy Writ (1976), Treasure by Degrees (1977), Treasure Up in Smoke (1978), Murder for Treasure (1980), Copper Gold & Treasure (1982), Treasure Preserved (1983), Advertise for Treasure (1984), Wedding Treasure (1985), Murder in Advent (1985), Treasure in Roubles (1986), Divided Treasure (1987), Treasure in Oxford (1988), Holy Treasure (1989), Prescription for Murder (1990), Treasure by Post (1991), Planning on Murder (1992), Banking on Murder (1993), Last Seen Breathing (1994), Death of a Prodigal (1995), Dead in the Market (1996), A Terminal Case (1997), Suicide Intended (1999), and Practise to Deceive (2003), as well as drafts of various short stories.
Printed material includes magazine articles written by Williams, newspaper and magazine articles regarding Williams, and book reviews. Also present are copies of magazines, including issues of Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine from 1986, 1988, and 1993, as well as issues of Twentieth Century and The Poisoned Pen. Also included are notes on Williams’ obituary.
Correspondence consists of personal letters, with notable correspondents including Kingsley Amis, John Betjemen, T.J. Binyon, Sir Edward Boyle, Thomas Bulmer, J.L. Carr, Hugh Casson, Edmund Crispin, Lord Deedes, Tom Driberg, Geoffrey Fletcher, Bryan Forbes, Dick Francis, Antonia Fraser, Robin Gibson, Michael Gilbert, Dulcie Gray, Robert Hardy, Lord Haslam, Eric Hiscock, Lord Home, Frank Muir, David Niven, Reg Hill, Michael Innes, Margaret Thatcher, and Morris West, among others. Also included are letters from readers dating from 1978 to 1991, letters from publishers dating from 1979 to 1991, and letters from agents dating from 1985 to 1991. Also included are a series of personal letters to other novelists from 1997 to 2002, with notable correspondents including Catherine Aird, Alex Auswaks, Robert Barnard, Simon Brett, Kate Charles, Liza Cody, Lindsey Davis, Ed Hoch, Tim Heald, Reginald Hill, Bill James, H.R.F. Keating, Peter Lovesey, Priscilla Masters, Frank Muir, and Stephen Steinbock, among others.
Audio material includes tape recordings of a 1961 BBC program titled British Inquiry, speeches given at sales conferences from 1961 to 1962, a 1964 BBC radio program titled Fair Play and a 1965 program titled Home this Afternoon, and a 1966 talk on advertising, among others.