The collection encompasses the years 1832-1886, consisting of personal correspondence comprised of loose letters, drafts of various manuscripts and clippings, two hundred and thirty-six watercolor paintings and drawings from the Mexican Boundary Commission Survey and eleven folio volumes from the Mexican Boundary Commission.
The David H. Hirsch papers (1826-2000; bulk, 1961-1999) include correspondence, essays, manuscripts, translated materials, research and lecture notes, course syllabi, annotated critical material, financial documents, conference proceedings, committee agendas, notebooks, and photographs. These materials relate primarily to his tenure as Professor of English at Brown University. Most of the collection reflects his extensive research and writing in American literature and literary theory, as well as in Holocaust literature and interpretation. A portion of the collection contains the fiction of his son, Joe Hirsch.
The Arthur B. and Sally Bruce Kinsolving papers are primarily comprised of correspondence, articles and essays, and newsclippings, with dates ranging from 1885 to 1951. Letters from Arthur Kinsolving to his wife, Sally Bruce, and letters to Mrs. Kinsolving make up the majority of the correspondence between 1896 and 1945. The other major portion of correspondence are sympathy cards, letters and telegrams for Sally Kinsolving upon the death of her husband in 1951.