This collection is composed of approximately 6,500 items for the dates 1747-1894. Of this number, about 4,000 items are Overton papers and about 2,500 items are Claybrooke papers. They contain accounts (bills, notes, receipts); correspondence (family and general); land records (grants, maps, surveys, agreements, deeds, indentures, etc.); Memphis land records (acts, agreements, court cases, grants, maps, naval depot lands, etc.); miscellaneous legal documents (boundary line papers, slave deeds, powers-of-attorney, court cases,); estate papers (wills, inventories, etc.); journals; legal notebooks; dockets; genealogical data; biographical data; memoranda; memorabilia; petitions; roads and turnpike records; school records; speeches; and writings.