Fonds consist of photocopies of the following papers by Mr. MacDonald: “Solomon Jacobs”, “Pottle’s Lake Drowning," “The Sacrament in the Early Days, 1873," “The Gammell Will Case, 1880," “The Flavin Murder 1833," “The Tragedy of the ‘Troop’, 1873," “Tale of the Bungling Hangman, 1816," “North Sydney and the Atlantic Cable [Sydney Harbour Convoys], 1940-1942. Also, textual records include, clippings and write-ups on Flora MacDonald and her father, Fred MacDonald.
The collection consists of 4 complete manuscripts and 2 partial manuscripts of “Memoirs of a Cape Breton Doctor”/ “Hang the Lantern on the Gate” (which was the original title), personal correspondence and letters of congratulations, reviews of “Memoirs of a Cape Breton Doctor” as well as a rough draft of an opening scene for a play based on “Memoirs of a Cape Breton Doctor”. This collection consists of photographs, an audio cassette tape (The Bush & The Salon), a CD (C.L. MacMillan- Oral Histories), clipping with information about the “C. Monty MacMillan” ferry, clippings of Dr. MacMillan’s obituary as well as condolence letters sent to the family, tributes that were given after the doctor's death, political speeches given by Dr. MacMillan as well as other speeches he has given and 2 scrapbooks containing clippings dealing with his time as MLA and letters of congratulations on receiving the Order of Canada.
The donation made to the Beaton Institute was received in September 2022, the collection made by Tom Carter during a trip to Board cove and surrounding areas in Inverness county in 1971. The collection contains 16 photographs, 21 photo sides and 4 recordings of the Beaton Family, and Kennedys in the Board cove area. The recordings feature John Beaton playing the fiddle, while family is heard speaking with Tom Carter about various topics pertaining to Cape Breton. There is a change in language between English and Canadian Gaelic from individuals on the recordings. The fiddle playing is Scottish-Canadian in style, while some are Scottish fiddle music. The recordings include small conversations between reels and songs, descriptions and origins of the music’s is also discussed. The photographs are of the Beaton family house and farm, highlighting rural life in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia. The photos also show the boarder Board cove community and Inverness county.