Fonds consists of 272 files that document both Allard's professional and personal life. Textual documents include correspondence, telegrams, memoranda, and reports. There are various personal records relating to Allard, including genealogical information, autobiographical memoirs, scrapbooks and agendas and daybooks used by Allard. There are newspaper and journal articles collected by Allard on various topics of interest to him, as well as numerous articles about him. There are also several transcripts of speeches, addresses and lectures given by Allard, as well as transcripts of interviews about him or with him.
In addition to textual records, there are approximately 450 pictures, most of which are in black and white. Many of these are of Allard at various stages of his life. Other photograph subjects include Allard's family and his ancestors, and various military ceremonies. Many of the pictures lack captions or other explanations. There are also approximately ten maps, mainly of European locations where Allard fought during the Second World War, a few drawings, blueprints, travel albums, flags, badges, greeting cards, and certificates.
Each of the stages of Allard's life is documented. From his childhood, to his personal participation in the Second World War, the Korean War, as well as Canada's more general involvement, to his years in the USSR and West Germany, to his role in the unification of the armed forces and his time as CDS, Allard's rich and varied experiences can be largely reconstructed from the diverse materials found in this fonds.
Allard, Jean V. (Jean Victor), 1913-