The fonds consists of ranching records (1896-1985): correspondence, agreements, inventories, appraisals, financial statements, ledgers, maps, purchases and brand records; oil records (1911-1953): correspondence, leases and oil company prospectuses; legal records (1882-1959): mortgages, agreements and leases; investment records (1896-1955): correspondence, mortgages and agreements; records of Burns' companies (1898-1981): correspondence, ledgers, memorandum of association, financial statements and minutes; real estate records (1942-1973): correspondence, reports and maps; records of Burns' estate (1932-1983): will, reports, correspondence, minutes of executors' meetings and ledgers; personal account ledgers (1912-1936); share certificates (1903-1941); and collected samples of Metis scrip and North-West Mounted Police veterans' land scrip (1880-1911). Includes photographs of Alberta oil wells, Burns' ranches, the meat industry, and aerial views of Bow River Valley and Fish Creek. RECORDS RELATED TO THE FOLLOWING SUBJECTS ARE ALSO IN THIS FONDS. SEE INVENTORY FOR DETAILS: Adams River Lumber Co., Ainsworth Oils, Alberta Consolidated Oils, Alert Oils, Alliance Investments Co., Alsask Chemical Products, Anglo-American Exploration, Anglo-American Oil Co., Askalta Oils, Bar S Ranch, R.B. Bennett, Benton Oils, Big Valley Ranch, A.M. Bowlen, Buffalo Head Ranch, Isabelle Burnada, Fred W. Burns, Burns Coal Mines, Bush Petroleum Corporation, Canadian Club of Great Britain, Canadian Colonization Association, Canadian Exploration, Canadian Pacific Railway (CPR) lands, Canadian Percheron Horse Breeders' Association, Canadian Thoroughbred Horse Society, Carnation Silver Lead Mines, Carstens Packing Co., Frank Collicutt, Commonwealth Petroleum, Consumers' Co-op Refineries, Col. P.J. Daly, Count de Foras, Neil J. Duggan, Eden Valley Ranch, Edward Prince of Wales, Earl of Egmont, EP Ranch, Thomas Farrell, George Findlay, Findlay Ranch, Franco-Oils, Fraser Valley (BC), Clem Gardner, Henry Haffner, E.D. Hardwick, Hays Co., H.O. Heimbecker, Norman Hindsley, Home Oil, W.R. Hull, R. Frazier Hunt, Hunter Valley Oil Co., Indian supply farm, irrigation, Jenkins Groceteria, Lacombe Home, Lancashire Oils, George Lane, Lazy H. Ranches, Leader Petroleums, Henry Le Vasseur, J.C. Linton, Frank McHugh, McHugh Brothers Ltd., Neil McLean, McLeod Oil Co., Majestic Oils, William Mayhew, Mennonites, Minto Ranch, John T. Mitchell, James F. Moodie, Reuben Mottishaw, Mule Creek Cattle Co., Northern Syndicate, North West Commercial Travellers Association, Paramount Oils, Patrick Oils, Prairie Farm Rehabilitation Administration (PFRA), Ranchmen's Gas and Oil Co., Red Cross, Rialto Oils, Julius Rickert, Sen. D.E. Riley, G.T.C. Robinson, Ross Ranching Co., Royalite Oil Co., Sanata Catasma Development Co., Scottish Petroleum, Karl Selzler, Seneca Oils, Sentinel Oils, songs, Southern Alberta Pioneers' and Old Timers' Association, Stampede Ranch, Stockmen Oils, Transcontinent Oil, United Oils, Urban Oil Co., warble fly, Wayne Oils, Guy Weadick, Western Alberta Oil Co., Western Ranches, Weymarn Petroleums, and Wartime Prices and Trade Board.