This collection has been divided into parts by the donor; each is described below. The donor has made transcriptions of the first four parts plus two parts not included in the collection. There are photocopies of other papers also not included. Each part is arranged chronologically; the transcriptions are generally arranged alphabetically by author, and chronologically.
Letters and papers of the Fordyce family are housed in 6-3" legal size Hollinger boxes. The collection also includes 2-4" legal size boxes of portraits, photographs and albums, daguerreotypes; and 1-16" box containing five looseleaf notebooks of transcriptions.