Series consists of notes Duff took while visiting First Nations communities. The materials consist of handwritten notes by Duff concerning totem poles, carvers, language and social organization of the communities. There are also some notes of conversations with community members or stories recounted by them.
Sub-series consists of papers relating to anthropology lectures given by Duff at the University of British Columbia. The records include handwritten and typed lecture notes, course outlines, course plans, examination questions, maps and drawings, and correspondence. There are also a few student essays relating to the subject matter of the lectures.