The fonds consists of recordings of proceedings of a symposium held by the Franco-Manitoban Society at St. John's College on January 17-18, 1975. The symposium was sponsored by St. John's College, University of Manitoba. Robert Painchaud, who spoke at the January 1975 symposium, was a historian and professor at the University of Winnipeg. Painchaud spoke about the history of Franco-Manitobans, and their image and identity. Another speaker at the symposium was Father Laval Cloutier, principal of the College de St. Boniface, who spoke about bilingual education in Manitoba.
The fonds consists mainly of financial records in the form of farm account books. These account books were made available to farmers by various sources over the years, including the John Deere Company, United Grain Growers, the Division of Agricultural Economics at the University of Manitoba, and the Manitoba Department of Agriculture and Conservation. There were a number of miscellaneous documents stuffed inside the account books. A few documents have been left where they were found, but the larger groups of documents have been placed in separate folders. There are computer printouts in this fonds from 1976 and 1977 from the CANFARM farm accounting system, which has a computerized program in which all financial transactions were encoded and sent by farmers to the regional CANFARM office. These transactions were then compiled and sent out to the farmer in the form of printed summaries. There are some newspaper clippings which were collected by Mr. Friesen which discuss income tax issues.
The fonds has been arranged into eight series. They are manuscripts, articles, speeches and papers presented, Western Grain Transportation Task Force, academic material, research material, photographs, and tape collection. 4 photographs and 338 slides comprise the photograph collection. The tape collection consists of 4 audio-cassettes.
The fonds consists of correspondence, manuscript copybooks related to Frederick Philip Grove's published and unpublished novels, short stories, articles and poems, news clippings, financial documents, biographical material, and photographs. Clippings and financial documents are in chronological order. Most of the material is original, some, such as Greve's poems Wanderungen of 1902, are photocopied from originals held in Germany and elsewhere, like at Queen's University or the University of Toronto. A few published short stories, essays and articles are copied from magazines or newspapers, however, many are extant in original typescripts.
The fonds is an album of the Chamber of Commerce Tour to Churchill, Manitoba. Photographs include Flin Flon, Gilliam, and Churchill and other interesting insights into early mining in Manitoba. The scrapbook includes some articles that are described in the finding aid.