Correspondence includes a letter from J. E. May to his mother (1863) written from near Lynchburg about the Chancellorsville Campaign. May comments on the death of Frank Deall and the number of killed and wounded in his company, Company F, 2nd Regiment, N.C. Troops. The remainder of the correspondence concerns general family activities.
Legal and land records cover the years 1822-1856 and include court cases about a family land dispute.
The major portion of the collection consists of receipts and financial accounts, mainly for Turner May (1822-1866) but also for J. E. May (1878-1894). Earlier receipts document purchases made for foodstuffs, coal, nails, tools, farm equipment, and sewing materials. A Confederate receipt for 1864 is included. Tuition bills for his daughters Emily and Penelope (1853-1855) and for his son William (1851) reflect their enrollment in drawing, arithmetic, geography, and grammar classes. Medical bills (1840-1844) reflect doctor's visits, diagnosis, medicine given, and costs. Tax receipts cover the years 1848-1860.
A miscellaneous file includes a photograph of the Turner May house in Craven County and a 1924 notebook which includes J. E. May's Civil War record.