The contents are as follows.
(i) William Edmondstoune Aytoun's card of admission to Edinburgh University Library for 1827-1828, and a note, 1866, about the classes Aytoun attended at Edinburgh University, 1827-1833. (Folio 1.)
(ii) Papers concerning Aytoun's legal career, including his apprenticeship to his father, 1829, his commission as Writer to the Signet, 1835, and his qualification as Advocate, 1840. There is also a receipt, 1834, for a donation to the Society of Writers to the Signet, and a copy of 'Interlocutor in declaration Earl of Moray v Aytoun and Maconockie', 1857. (Folio 3.)
(iii) Manuscript, circa 1841, of a report, 'Development of character of W E A by Mrs Hamilton, Phrenologist, Edinburgh'. (Folio 17.)
(iv) Manuscripts, 1859, 1864, and 1865, of 'Statement of expenses and sales' for ‘Bothwell’, 2nd edition, ‘Bon Gaultier's ballads’, 7th edition, and ‘Lays of the cavaliers’, 14th and 15th editions. There is also a note, 1865, concerning separate reprints of Aytoun's tales. (Folio 19.)
(v) Lists, 1864, 1865, of signatures of professors, including Aytoun, attending University symposiums. (Folio 24.)
(vi) Letter of the secretary of the Scottish Widows' Fund and Life Assurance Society, with an extract from their minutes, 1865, concerning Aytoun's services as a director of the Society; letter, 1865, of John Blackwood to Lord Neaves on Aytoun's death; and manuscript, undated, of some particulars regarding Aytoun's family. (Folio 26.)
(vii) Papers concerning the loan of a portrait of Aytoun to the Third National Portrait Exhibition, 1868, and the loan of Sir Walter Scott's babyclothes and basket to the Centenary Exhibition, 1871. (Folio 36.)
(viii) Miscellaneous drawings and photographs.
(ix) Aytoun's Belgian passport, 1848, and British passport, 1864.