The fonds consists of biographical material, correspondence, drafts, and versions of Dorothy Livesay's writings of all genres. The records are divided into five categories: autobiographical, biographical, bibliographical, business papers regarding her writing and her personal business papers. The remainder of the manuscript collection consists of plays, reviews, poems, short stories, essays, talks and addresses, and memoirs. The photograph collection contains pictures of Dorothy Livesay, her family and friends, and places and buildings. The tape collection consists of conversations between Livesay and others, interviews, poetry readings, radio broadcasts, music, and memoirs.