Fonds consists of records relating to his career as a journalist and to his family life in Victoria. It has been arranged in two series, Autobiography and Writing. The Autobiography series consists of Archies autobiographical works, which document his service in World War I and his family life and career. It has been arranged into three sub-series: All in A Lifetime, My Life in the Army, and Travel. The Writing series consists of his published and unpublished work, and background material for it. The series shows his interest in making new generations of Victoria residents aware of their citys history and aware of World War I history. It has been arranged into two sub-series: Articles and Stories, and Broadcasts. Records include typed manuscripts, clippings of Archies published articles, photographs including photograph albums, diaries, scrapbooks, war medals, and ephemera.
Fonds documents Drury's journalism career, and consists of files relating to journalism, 1943-1958; subject files, 1944-62; the Empire Press Union, 1941, 1946; and the United Nations Conference on International Organization, 1944-45.
The fonds consists of records relating to the preparation of the "Dictionary of Canadian English", the Survey of Canadian English, and the revised "Canadian Dictionary" (CD2). Sub-series include unpublished academic papers, budgets, correspondence, applications, protocols and manuals, seminar material, personnel records, survey, CD2 lexical lists and proofs, log books, newsletters and other publicity material, reports and correspondence regarding English phrasal verbs, specialized vocabularies and word lists.
Fonds consists of records of the Malahat Review (Issues 1 through 64) and includes typescripts of articles, short stories and poems submitted to the magazine; galley proofs, page proofs; minutes of meetings of the Malahat Review Editorial Board; general financial and administrative records relating to the magazine's founding by Robin Skelton and John Peter; correspondence of Skelton and Peter concerning submissions to the magazine, requests for submissions to special issues, the magazine's financial crisis in 1975 and appeals to subscribers for support; account books recording works submitted; photographs; press releases; newsclippings.
The fonds consists of the following series: Victoria College history files, including biographies, McGill years; UVic campus development files; UVic Committee files; UVic facts files; UVic history files, including athletics, biographies, clippings; Multitude of the Wise manuscript files; and Development of Gordon head Campus manuscript files. The history files include biographical material on: Thomas Cornett, Jeffree Cunningham, Percy Elliott, Walter Gage, Edward B. Paul, Russell Howard and Samuel Willis (Victoria College); and Hugh Farquhar, Harry Hickman, Willard Ireland, Howard Petch, Robert Petrie, David Strong, Malcolm Taylor, Robert Wallace and Robin Wood (UVic).