The Mrs. Humphry Ward Collection, presented by William Clary, Homer Crotty, and The Honnold Library Society, is an accumulation of manuscript material consisting of correspondence, notebooks and unbound notes of Mary A. Arnold Ward (Mrs. Humphry Ward), English writer best remembered for her novel Robert Elsmere (1888). Since Mrs. Ward was active early in the movement for higher education for women which began in Oxford, and Mr. Ward was a fellow and tutor of Brasenose College, this collection ties in well with the Oxford Collection.

The correspondence (1,600 items) is scattered over the period 1885–1919, but limited to communications to and from Mrs. Ward's publishers, notably Smith Elder & Co. of London. There are few personal letters in this group. Her working notes (forty-two volumes and 175 packets) cover roughly the same period and relate not only to her twenty-odd books and the firms that published them, but also contain observations on celebrities of the period, current events, and social life in England.