The earliest documents relate to the Albright family interest in land and property at Charlbury, Oxon MS 1509/1-3; see below. Of special archival interest is the writ of non Omittas; propter libertatem, although it is not known what connection, if any, this has with the Albright family and hence how it came to be included in the collection.
Clearly the family never forgot their roots in Charlbury and the archive includes a number of historical accounts and recollections of this branch of the Albright family. The rest of the collection forms a delightful and interesting mixture of family letters, sketch books, photographs and commonplace books illustrated to an exceptionally high standard. Also deserving of special mention is the series of correspondence between Rachel Lloyd nee Braithwaite and her daughter Deborah MS1509/4/5-14. Although most of this is of a domestic and routine nature, the letters document the everyday early nineteenth century life of a Quaker household. Isolated in religious matters, the family clearly drew upon their own company and actively corresponded with their many cousins. The Albright family also travelled widely and there is much interest to be found in letters addressed home. Apart from those diary-letters written by Maria Catherine Albright from the Quaker mission centre in Madagascar, MS1509/4/66-67 another notable series comprises the letters written by Arthur Albright when travelling on business MS1509/4/46. In 1849 he began to concentrate on producing amorphous phosphorous which entailed regular journeys to Turkey, often returning via Italy. In 1851 the phosphorus business separated from the other concerns and a new works was set up as Oldbury, the business dividing in 1851 when Arthur Albright went into partnership with John Edward Wilson. For records of the firm of Albright & Wilson see MS1724, but there are no other business records in this collection and there is also curiously little concerning Arthur Albright's known interest in the cause of anti-slavery or the Peace Society, apart from incidental references MS1509/4/13, 5/69