The collection consists of financial and farm records (1853-1896) which reflect the various aspects of the Brickells' profession. In the farm accounts the father and son describe the weather, planting methods, land rentals and labor, and livestock owned, as well as family and community news.
Of particular interest in the farm records is a brief description of a camp meeting (1856); W.W. Brickell's presiding over the marriage of Joseph H. Cullen and Mary E. Johnston (1858); and a notation of the hanging of Elias Powell "for the murder of cows" (1876).
Cash accounts of the Brickell family reflect prices of livestock, cotton, corn, potatoes, subscriptions to North Carolina periodicals, and subscriptions for community and church improvements. Financial records give evidence of the effect of the Civil War on private life such as the subscription of volunteers and the sale of fodder and horses to the Confederate Army. Also included are records of expenses at the Fork Institute and Quankey Academy; W.W. Brickell's accounts as guardian to Lucy Day, Helen Day, Anne M. Day and Mary W. Simmons (1860-1874), which includes records of the hiring out of slaves and expenses of schooling, clothing, and travel; and records of payment received for boarding young boys.
The county records include accounts of the offices which W.W. Brickell held. Records of the votes in Faucetts township in the 1876 and 1880 elections are also found in the collection along with lists of jury tickets and county orders.
Other records include the score of a baseball game, apparently played in Halifax County (1873); the names and addresses of boarders at the Fork Institute, spring session, (1874); the marriage of R.B. Brickell (1888) and the birth of a daughter, Margaret (1889); account of the sale of the estate of W.W. Brickell (1878); and mental science lecture notes (1870).
The bulk of the miscellaneous material consists of financial papers, receipts, bills and IOU's. Other items of interest are a special cure offer of patent medicine (1890's), a copy of the will of Mrs. Rena Brickell (1933); a report card of Billy Brickell (1937-1938), final report of the estate of R.B. Brickell (1943), and a contract between William A. Daniel and laborers under the auspices of the Freedman's Bureau (undated).