Fonds consists of departmental records from Anthropology and Sociology (1964-2000); Canadian Sociology and Anthropology Association records (1970-1979); and, material relating to the Simon Fraser University dispute concerning the Department of Political Science, Sociology and Anthropology (1969-1971). This group of records was assembled by Ames through his participation on the C.S.A.A. team which studied the situation. The papers also include Ames' records of the Board of Directors of the Canadian Museums Association (1980-1983) and the Shastri Indo-Canadian Institute (1967-1995). The material relating to the Shastri Institute includes records generated or collected by Ames and other members of the Institute at UBC. The names of other members are indicated in the file title. In addition, the fonds contains manuscripts and drafts, records pertaining to Ames research, courses taught by Ames, a variety of conferences and seminars, and records pertaining to Ames participation in several museum studies program reviews. The fonds also contains records relating to Ames' involvement with the MOA, although the majority of the records pertaining to his position as Director and Acting Director of the MOA are held at the MOA Archives. In total, there are 16 series: UBC Department of Anthropology and Sociology series, Canadian Sociology and Anthropology Association series, Department of Political Science, Sociology, and Anthropology (Simon Fraser University) Dispute series, Canadian Museums Association series, Shastri Indo-Canadian Institute series, Assorted Associations and Conferences series, Manuscripts, Drafts, and Papers series, General Correspondence series and a Biographical series, Course Materials series, Program Review series, Research series, Museum of Anthropology (MOA) series, Photographic series, Audio Cassette series and Computer Tape series (last 3 series were added with an accrual in 2007).