This small collection of papers was accumulated by Helena Mennie Shire through the work which she undertook in publishing The Pure Account and The Wrong Music. It is believed to contain a comprehensive collection of the extant, known, literary works of Olive Fraser, and is complemented with a small volume of personal papers, photographs, correspondence, and associated papers regarding the publishing of The Pure Account and The Wrong Music.
The collection has not been fully listed, but has been loosely arranged and is available for research. Two boxes contain poetry and prose (manuscript and typescript), written by Olive Fraser in the period dating from the late 1920s until shortly before her death in 1977. These papers have been arranged into 13 files of poetry, 1920s - 1970s (mostly from 1950s onwards) and 1 file of prose, some of which is autobiographical or semi-autobiographical in nature, 1950s - 1970s and n.d.. They are accompanied by a series of card index files and a supplementary index. A third box contains correspondence, loosely sorted into the following series: correspondence between Olive Fraser and Elma R. Mennie, 1965 - 1977, sister of Helena Mennie Shire, and student contemporary of Olive Fraser (1 file); mixed correspondence, 1950s - 1970s, including letters from the Arts Council of Great Britain and the University of Aberdeen re. literary awards, and letters from Olive Fraser to her mother re. family affairs (1 file); correspondence to and from Helena Mennie Shire, re. the publication of Olive Fraser's works, 1979 - 1981 (4 files).
The remaining boxes are largely unsorted, but comprise 1 box of family photographs and other papers, n.d.; 1 box miscellaneous printed papers of and relating to Olive Fraser, including notes made by Helena Mennie Shire, n.d.; and 1 box miscellaneous papers, comprising photographs, letters, poems and prose loaned by Helena Mennie Shire to various museums for exhibition, n.d.