The fonds documents William Stewart's early life, his family, his work as a World War II war correspondent, his later work as a journalist and executive with Canadian Press, and his activities in retirement. The fonds also documents the history of Canadian Press/La Presse Canadienne, Canadian politics, journalism, French-English relations in Canada, figures such as Roger Lemelin, J.W. Pickersgill, Claude Ryan, Clyde Gilmour, and other subjects.
The fonds includes news and feature articles by William Stewart in various forms (drafts, wire copy, clippings), correspondence received and sent, photographs, artwork, reports, newsletters, family documents, articles by other writers, and a small number of objects related to his work as a war correspondent and his later activity.
The materials are arranged in the following series:
P0195/1 Early life, family, visual art, diaries, personal documents, honors and awards
P0195/2 Correspondence with friends and colleagues
P0195/3 Canadian Press
P0195/4 Retirement, freelance activity
P0195/5 Canadian Press War Correspondents' Association
P0195/6 Canadian War Correspondents Association
P0195/7 Research materials
Contains records related to Stewart's career in the Canadian press.
The series is divided in sub-series:
P0195/3B World War II Europe 1941-1945 and post-war
P0195/3C World War II Southeast Asia Command 1945 and post-war
P0195/3D Far East correspondent 1945-1947
P0195/3E Quebec City bureau chief 1948-1952
P0195/3F Montreal bureau chief 1952-1974
P0195/3G CP General executive 1975-1979
Contains materials relating to Stewart's personal life and accomplishments.
The series is arranged in sub-series:
P0195/1A Early life
P0195/1C Visual art
P0195/1E Passports, other personal documents
P0195/1F Honours, awards
contents relating to World War II Southeast Asia Command 1945 and post-war.