Fonds reflects Paterson's career as a teacher of speech arts and drama at Mount Royal University and independently, as well as his work as a performer, director, and adjudicator. The fonds is arranged into five series: adjudication, teaching, performances, education, and local speech and music festivals. Fonds consists of performance and festival programs, newspaper clippings, photographs, audio and video recordings, correspondence, cards, scripts, brochures, tickets, and schedules.
Fonds documents Tom Besse’s direction and production of theatre productions at Mount Royal College during his tenure as Coordinator of Theatre Arts and Chairman of the Department of Fine and Performing Arts. The fonds includes two series: Production files, which documents theatre productions he directed or produced, and Theatre production slides, which consists of photographs of plays he was involved in. The fonds also contains other records related to fundraising, project proposals, and promotion related to theatre productions.