The fonds consists of monographs, scientific articles, newspaper clippings, letters, slides, photographic prints, moving images, maps and other documents. The records are arranged in 3 series, reflecting Ellis's research and teaching interests: Environmental assessments, 1969-1997; Underwater Photography of salmon, 1957-1963; Arctic Research 1952-1967.
Fonds documents Munro's activities as a diplomat and Member of Parliament, personal research interests, and ongoing political concerns, and include correspondence, memoranda, manuscripts and research materials. Research subjects include Abortion, the Canada/Alaska Boundary Dispute, the Canadian Constitution, External Affairs, Eugene Forsey, the Middle-East, the National Debt, Sidney, B.C., and South Africa. The fonds consists of the following series: Member of Parliament speeches and other material (1972-1990); External Affairs correspondence, manuscripts and research (1955-1990); correspondence relating to research subjects and political concerns (1961-1996); research materials (1967-1995); manuscripts (1946-1993); and personal correspondence and other materials (1925-1993).