The fonds consists of economic papers and reports collected and written by Clarence Barber, Professor of Economics at the University of Manitoba. Included are memoranda drafts of the final version of the Royal Commission on the Economic Union and Development Prospects of Canada (1984-85), several economics reports authored by others, and six of Barber's economic reports. The fonds also consists of correspondence, which includes the letters of prominent economists such as D.H. Robertson and John Kenneth Galbraith, as well as eight books.
The fonds consists of material pertaining to Bell's activities in the Wolseley Expedition. It documents the Expedition's journey to the Red River Settlement, its return to Thunder Bay, and its work in exploring and laying telegraph lines in the west from 1875 to 1876. In addition to the 1.49 m of textual records the fonds includes 27 photographs, 37 lantern slides and 3 maps (including one plan). The articles and lantern slides relate to a presentation Bell gave in later years on the history of these events.
The collection contains the files, reports, correspondence, printed maps and pamphlets gathered or created by Donald Birse during his career spanning the years 1928 to 1969. Of special interest are his diaries and work journals, mineral claims, company reports and approximately 150 photographs of various geological expeditions in northern Manitoba from 1924 to 1937.
The fonds consists of printed materials related to the Communist Party of Canada and the Labour Progressive Party. These include reports, pamphlets, briefs to royal commissions, convention materials, newspapers, election handouts, constitutions, and writings by such notables as William Kashtan and Leslie Morrison.
The fonds consists of two 16 mm film reels of a 1935 rally in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan of the Canadian Ukrainian Youth Association (C.Y.M.K.). The films offer individual and group footage of young Ukrainians from the western region as well as scenes of the prairie city in the mid-1930s. There are some striking frames of the delegates participating in mass calisthenics.
The fonds consists of one 7 inch reel-to-reel tape recording which contains oral histories or historic interviews with "old timer" farmers including Mr. Gardner, Mr. Rich, Mr. Young, and other residents of Cypress River, Manitoba and Littleton, Manitoba. The oral histories were conducted by Morley Young. They discuss homesteading and the very earliest grain farming in the region (1820-1920), hardships, changing economics, social life and recreation, fiddling, and family life.
The fonds consists of a photocopy of a book called Emerson the Gateway City to the West 1880-1890, which was published in 1987 and written by William Wightman. It details the history and citizens of Emerson, Manitoba, with birth, death and marriage information.
The fonds consists mainly of books with attached photographs and correspondence. All loose inserts were removed. The material that could not safely be removed remains in the volumes in the Rare Book Collection and is noted briefly in the listing appended to the register. The donated library comprises some 425 titles. The majority are Canadian works, some historical or descriptive, with emphasis on the Maritimes. The remainder are largely works of or about Charles Dickens. The material taken from these volumes consists of letters and notes, press clippings, programs, and other memorabilia.