Collection contains Kimball's autobiography and several of his journals, which were used in writing Church history, and some correspondence.
Autobiography consists of two versions and edited copies of those versions, in which Kimball recounts his early life and conversion to the Church, association with Brigham Young, experiences with Zion's Camp, activities in Kirtland, Ohio, and building of the Kirtland Temple. Second version also contains account of Kimball's first mission to England, experiences in Far West, Missouri, and Nauvoo, Illinois, and start for his second English mission.
Journals record missions in England and the eastern United States, events in Nauvoo after Joseph Smith's death, building of the Nauvoo Temple, and travel westward to the Salt Lake Valley in 1847 and 1848. Correspondence includes letters exchanged with sons and other missionaries in England. Correspondents include Franklin D. Richards, George Q. Cannon, John M. Bernhisel, William H. Hooper, William C. Staines, James Ferguson, and William H., David P., Charles S., and Brigham W. Kimball.
Kimball used as scribes William Clayton, James Sloan, Thomas Bullock, Wilmer Benson, Horace K. Whitney, Richard Bentley, and William Thompson, as well as Peter O. Hansen, who drew depictions of Mount Pisgah and Garden Grove in Kimball's 1846 journal.