The collection documents the life, work, and interests of Alfie Roberts and Patricia Cambridge. It includes documentation about their post-secondary studies, their work experience in different companies and organizations, their contribution to the black community and their affiliation with various community organizations such as the St. Vincent and Grenadines Association of Montreal, the Emancipation 150 Committee, the Black Community Council of Quebec and the Project Genesis. The collection provides information about several Black community organizations in Montreal, the rest of Canada and North America, including promotional material of events, which provide an overview of the cultural activities held between the 60s and 90s. In addition, the collection contains numerous publications such as periodicals, booklets and books that were part of Roberts and Cambridge’s personal library and the Alfie Roberts Institute. Some of the periodicals found in the collection include issues of The Vincentian, Afro-Can, Gramma, Uhuru, Caribbean Contact, The Afro Canadian, The Militant, The Struggle, Outlet, Focus Umoja, Justice, Freedom, The Crusader, Nam Speaks, Speak Out, Day Clean, Forum, and New Beginning, among others publications. The collection covers topics that are related but not limited to Black history, imperialism, slavery, racism, liberation, colonialism, Marxism, communism, socialism, housing and segregation, urban planning, labour, history of Africa, the Caribbean and Latin America.
The Alfie Roberts and Patricia Cambridge Collection is divided into four series:
C025/A Personal Records
C025/B Community relations
C025/C Library and Research Documentation
The collection contains correspondence, handwritten notes, assignments, essays written by Alfie Roberts and Patricia Cambridge, reference and research documentation, books, periodicals, newspaper clippings, booklets, speech transcripts, flyers, drawings, conference documents, posters, objects, pamphlets, brochures, leaflets, newsletters, bulletins, meeting minutes, agendas, photographs, maps, sound recordings, and objects.