Fonds reflects Patterson's career as a professor in both the Department of English and the Centre for Communications Studies at Mount Royal University, and as a chronicler of the University's history. Fonds contains course outlines, programs for Conservatory and theatre performances, research on the history of the Conservatory and theatre, presentation notes and photos, meeting minutes, and correspondence.
Collection consists of 17th to 20th century English manuscript records that were collected by Mount Royal University professor Diana Patterson. The collection contains a wide variety of personal, legal, financial, and religious records including: diaries, travel journals, correspondence, wills, commonplace books, transcriptions of philosophical and literature texts, poetry, and sermons. Patterson intended the collection to be used to teach English and History students about paleography, scholarly editing, primary source research methods, and the history of the book.