Fonds comprises records documenting James Gray's work s a scholar and teacher. Records include publications, manuscripts and lecture notes; audio recording of lectures; correspondence with colleagues and students; teaching materials; editorial and publishing correspondence and records; and personal correspondence and photographs.
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.
This fonds consists of English department meeting minutes and course materials for English 1006 (Introduction to Literature), English 2233 (Science Fiction), and English 3206 (American Literature of the Nineteenth Century). Course materials include assignments, outlines, overheads, student marks and attendance records, and other textual documents materials related to these courses.
Fonds contains considerable material from the Dalhousie Review from 1950–1953, including correspondence, book reviews and articles pending; correspondence relating to Dalhousie University Faculty of Graduate Studies and Senate; examinations and papers of Dalhousie students (primarily 1930s); correspondence, outlines and galley proofs of Canada Books, I to VI, 1933–1951; correspondence and other material relating to the Down Under Club and Anzac Club (1940s); personal papers, including Bennet's course notes and exams from his days as a Harvard undergraduate; copies of acting scripts; photographs of local theatre productions, the School for the Blind, Dalhousie University English Department, and the first Soviet war bride in England (Nora Murray); and copies of Archibald MacMechan's Late Harvest and E. Ritchie's In the Gloaming.