This collection consists of 13 different series which reflect his personal life, his professional career, and his research interests he conducted while a professor at Utah State University and Brigham Young University.
Mostly correspondence and memorabilia, including invitations, theater programs, and travel related items. Some of the correspondence is to George W. Reed, Jr. and some to George W. Reed, Sr. Also includes newspaper clippings of officers of wards and stakes of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints for 1885.
The collection consists of 30 manuscript volumes (24 in original holograph and 6 in photocopy). In addition to detailing Brigham Young's personal financial affairs, the records also contains an almost comprehensive account of his actions as Trustee-In-Trust of the Mormon Church; in essence they are financial records of the LDS Church from 1859-1877. The ledgers show that little distinction was made in accounting between properties of the Mormon Church and Brigham Young's personal business interests. The 23 other account books include daybooks for the Brigham Young Store in the Beehive House; employee pay registers; carding books; checkbooks (one covering Young's railroad construction contract in Echo and Weber Canyons in 1859); and various memoranda from Brigham Young's Barn and the Globe Bakery. A major series consists of receipt books showing expenses for the Gardo House in 1882 and receipts for payment of rents to the Brigham Young estate 1879-1882. Other financial papers consist of original invoices for purchases from ZCMI (1869-1875); invoices and accounts of the B.K. Tannery; deeds and land transfers 1852-1873, including plats of the site of the Ogden Union Depot. Miscellaneous items of special interest: the "Memoranda for Tabernacle at Centerville Ward," "Inventory of the B.Y. Store, January 1866," "Accounts due Brigham Young, October 1866," and a series of "Military Orders and Inventories, July 16, 1857 to September 18, 1863."