Fonds contains textual records relating to the history of the activities of the Dalhousie University English Department and to Bevan's academic activities. The fonds consist of research notes generated during Bevan's study of Dryden's literature; academic and departmental correspondence and documentation created while Bevan was head of the English department and afterwards; documents and correspondence relating to operations at the Dalhousie Review from 1972-1980; fiction and other writings; material pertaining to courses he taught from 1949 to 1976; and various undated papers written by his students.
File contains a manuscript that won the 24th Atlantic Writing Competition award for unpublished novels. Ian Colford's competitions pseudonym (Packard Bell) appears on the title page. File also includes two reviews and a letter from Jane Buss, the executive director of the Writers' Federation of Nova Scotia, announcing the winner.
File contains Budge Wilson's notes for her presentation to a class at the Dalhousie Library School on Young Adult Writing. Wilson was invited to talk to the class by Vivian Howard of Dalhousie University.