The fonds consists of incoming and outgoing correspondence between Beardsley and various friends, fellow writers, and acquaintances (1967-2017). Also includes manuscripts and transcripts of poems, short stories, essays, as well as handwritten brainstorming notes written on hotel paper pads and airplane bags. Includes book reviews for the Times Colonist, correspondence and work regarding the Al Purdy-Doug Beardsley Papers collaborative work. Also includes handwritten journals kept by Beardsley from approximately 1969-2017.
The collection consists of one printed leaf on paper with glossed text. Gloss on verso encircles text proper. Sections marked by red and blue initials. Page numbers XXVII and DI in red. 285 x 427 mm. Circa 1500. Includes one manuscript leaf on parchment. Eight lines or music on recto, ten lines of music on verso. Staff lines and first letters are in red. On recto is hymn “Quemque pastores vigils adorant,” followed by Angelus, which continues to verso. Second unidentified hymn on verso. 285 x 432 mm. Circa 1500. Also includes a letter from Pierre Elliott Trudeau (June 25, 1997) and a letter from Timothy Findley (May 1, 2000).