The fonds consists of records that document the academic career of Professor Clara Thomas; her relationships with colleagues, family, and friends; and her writings in the field of Canadian literature. Fonds is comprised of the following series: Correspondence files Files relating to Margaret Laurence Student files Publication files Personal files
The fonds consists of typescripts for two works by the Clara McCandless Thomas and John Watt Lennox: one is the typescript of their work, 'William Arthur Deacon: a Canadian literary life,' with editorial changes in pencil, and the second is a chapter titled, 'A sense of belonging,' a study of the Canadian Authors Association, that was eventually incorporated into the Deacon book. Deacon was literary critic for the 'Mail and empire', (later the 'Globe and mail') and 'Saturday night magazine'. There are also computer printouts of index lists generated for the book on Deacon.