The archive is very fragmentary, and is by no means a complete record of the Department's academic activities. Minutes of the departmental board from 1973 are not present and are not believed to be extant.
The archive includes a number of programmes for University music bodies such as the Orchestra and Chorus as well as external performers from the 1960s to the 1970s. There is also a small collection of administrative files, mainly concerning the University Organ in the Whitworth Hall and music groups. It is believed these files were created by departmental staff members other than the head of department. There are also a couple of document books which provide information on University musical groups. The content of the archive therefore focusses on musical performances and music groups, rather than the academic work of the Department.