The Source book of Materials for Local History is broken down initially into the periods Pre-Historic, Roman and Anglo-Saxon and then moves forward in time by century to 1916.
In the form of a notebook it contains, according to the introductory note, all the notes that were entered on cards up to 11 October 1946 with many additional notes that were collected subsequently.
The search for the local material covered 368 volumes from the following series Chancery Records, Exchequer Records, State Papers, Foreign Archives, Pipe Roll Society Publications, Chronicles and Memorials, Record Commission Series and other miscellaneous records.
In essence it offers local history source material in a chronological sequence, giving title, volume and page number accompanied by a brief explanation of the entry.
The second volume acts as an alphabetical index to the chronological entries in the first volume.