The Ted Willis collection consists of manuscripts, printed material, correspondence, photographs, scrapbooks, research material, memorabilia, and financial material.
Manuscripts in the collection include novels, short stories, stage plays, screenplays, teleplays, and articles. Novels include The Buckingham Palace Connection (1978), The Lions of Judah (1979), The Most Beautiful Girl in the World (1982), and The Green Leaves of Summer (1988). Drafts of approximately 65 stage plays are included. Drafts of screenplays are included, such as A Boy, a Girl, and a Bike (1949), The Huggetts Abroad (1949), The Blue Lamp (1950), Blueprint for Danger (1953), The Large Rope (1953), Up to His Neck (1954), One Good Turn (1955), and The Young and the Guilty (1958). Drafts of teleplays are included, such as Dixon of Dock Green (1955-76), Sergeant Cork (1963-68), Mrs. Thursday (1966-67), Virgin of the Secret Service (1968), Copper’s End (1971), The Adventures of Black Beauty (1972-74), and Hunter’s Walk (1973-76). Also included are book reviews and articles by Willis between 1984 and 1988.
Printed material in the collection includes newspapers, magazines, and clippings. Newspapers date between 1959 and 1980, and clippings relate to Willis and his work. Correspondence in the collection dates 1945 to 1972 and includes correspondence related to the Writers Guild of Great Britain, of which Willis was chairman from 1958 to 1964.
Photographs in the collection include various pictures of Willis with family and friends, as well as ten pictures regarding The Blue Lamp.
There are approximately 30 scrapbooks in the collection, such as one devoted to Dixon of Dock Green as well as a compilation of reviews of Willis’ plays.
Research material in the collection includes various subject files on topics such as anti-fascism, blindness, and Australian Aboriginals.
Memorabilia in the collection includes a photocopy of Willis’ Writ Summons to Parliament in 1936.
Financial material in the collection includes receipts, bank statements, and invoices from 1990 to 1995.