Fonds consists of various photographic materials and a small number of textual records. Glass plate negatives document totem poles, house fronts, street scenes, church groups, school groups, weddings, the local store and maritime subjects in Alert Bay. Textual records include a Christmas card from Alert Bay Radio and two small pamphlets of photography instructions printed by "J. Mennie, Developing & Printing Service." The oldest negative dates from 1862, though the identity of its photographer is unknown.
Labelled: "Indian Totem. Alert Bay B.C." Single pole at centre foreground. Bottom figure's arms are outstretched. Actual title: "Thunderbird on Dzunukwa." Top figure is Thunderbird and figure below is Dzunukwa. Pole was carved by Willie & Joe Seaweed in Blunden Harbour in 1931.