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:
P195/1 Early life, family, visual art, diaries, personal documents, honors and awards
P195/2 Correspondence with friends and colleagues
P195/3 Canadian Press
P195/4 Retirement, freelance activity
P195/5 Canadian Press War Correspondents' Association
P195/6 Canadian War Correspondents Association
P195/7 Research materials