It is possible this Miscellany collection was assembled by Schutz as part of his own research as an historian, as well as the letters and documents collected as autographs for his interest as a collector; the material covers a wide range of years, authors and subjects: Ephemera, Correspondence and Documents are arranged chronologically in Box 1: 1693-1865, and Box 2: 1866-1959. The material includes one piece of printed Ephemera (1693); the early American manuscript material includes correspondence and documents by William Burnet, Thomas Hutchinson, Thomas Pownall, and William Shirley. The 19th century material includes correspondence and documents related to, among others, the American and British politicians and historians, George Bancroft, John Bright, Richard Cobden, John Davis, Charles William Eliot, Henry Hallam, Anthony Ashley Cooper (Earl of Shaftesbury), Robert Cecil (Marquess of Salisbury), and Robert Winthrop. The 20th century material includes correspondence by Charles Edward Chapman, Joseph Hodges Choate, Max Farrand, Hiram Johnson, Louis Knott Koontz, Robert Andrews Millikan, Frederic Lgan Paxson, and Frederick jackson Turner.
Organized in the following manner: 1. Ephemera, Correspondence and Documents, 1693-1865; 2. Correspondence and Documents, 1866-1959; arranged chronologically. John A. Schutz (1919-2005) was a professor, author and long-time Huntington reader in colonial American history; he began his teaching career in 1945, at the California Institute of Technology, followed by Whittier College, and, from 1965 to 1991, the University of Southern California. After his death, the material he had collected over the years was donated to the Huntington Library, on May 5, 2006, as part of the John A. Schutz Bequest; the Bequest also included the William Ewart Gladstone Collection and the Henry Cabot Lodge Collection. The Gladstone Collection, Lodge Collection and the John A. Schutz Miscellany Collection have each been cataloged separately.