Fonds consists of records related to Alan Austin’s activities as an educator and phycologist, including materials generated through major research projects and student projects, arranged into four series: 1. Seaweed Inventory Project; 2. Victoria Phenology Project; 3. Teaching and student material; and 4. Aquatic ecology projects. The Seaweed Inventory Project (SIP), in particular, is a valuable, detailed record and baseline survey of a substantial part of the coastline of BC, and the vegetation and biota (thus measurable on a global scale) supported at the time of the surveys done in 1972 and 1974. These data stand as a permanent record against which any coastal changes can be compared and measured. The sedentary, attached nature of coastal biota makes it particularly responsive to, and thus a sensitive indicator of changes in their environment. Forces of change include oil spills, toxic spills, runoff from land developments, marina construction, and natural catastrophic events. Series 1 has been arranged into four sub-series: SIP reports; SIP films and photographs; SIP correspondence and field notes; and SIP reference literature.
The collection consists of essays written by Loft's students, including David Holmes-Smith and Lorraine Brand, for Loft's education courses at the University of Victoria concerning the history of education in B.C. and the history of Victoria's churches.
Series consists of data collected during field trips, and related essays and field reports relating to the study of aquatic ecology in the Capital Regional District. Dr. Austin conducted numerous aquatic ecology projects for his students, during which they collected field data and submitted reports and essays. Material is bound in the following volumes: Ashlee Bay; BC creeks and lakes; Bilston and Metchosin Creeks; Blenkinsop Lake; Colquitz; Colwood; Elk and Beaver Lakes; Langford Lake; Millstream; Ogden Point; Phelps Sewage Treatments Facility; Hartland Landfill; Scott’s Poultry; Swan Lake; Victoria area lakes and creeks; Victoria area marine ecology and miscellaneous. Series also contains reports produced under the direction of Dr. Austin for Butchart Gardens, Colwood, Tod Creek, Whistler and Metchosin.
Fonds consists of research data, research literature and index, testing kit and wooden blocks, presentation package and audio-visual tapes, subject files, Open Court wall charts, numerous articles and a booklet written by Bell entitled "Phonemes: A Parents Guide to Beginning Reading".
The fonds consists of manuscripts of poetry, 1969-74; research files relating to Richard Aldington (including copies of Aldington correspondence), 1912-86; research files relating to James K. Baxter, a New Zealand poet, 1968-76; correspondence with publishers, 1964-79; UVic course notes, 1981-1988; files of the Committee on Alternatives for British Columbia, 1983-85; and files of the UVic End the Arms Race Committee, 1983-86.
The fonds consists of two notebooks of notes from Gordon's classes at Victoria College (B.C.) on constitutional law and English literature, 1911-1912; diploma and citation for Honourary Doctor of Laws degree awarded to Gordon from the University of Victoria; and scrapbook with oil pastels of outdoor scenes drawn by Gordon.