Fonds consists of records generated by Helen Dahlstrom's activities in her capacity as a pianist, accompanist, music teacher, choir conductor, examiner, adjudicator, and as a member of national, provincial and international arts and music boards. The records relate to personal and administrative daily activities concerning music and the arts mainly in western Canada but also to a lesser extent in the United States, England, France and Africa. The records consist of personal and administrative correspondence, newspaper clippings, concert programs, newsletters of music associations, bibliographies of chief Canadian composers, material relating to music teaching, histories of music associations and musicians, curriculum vitae, speeches, Canadian music sheets, jury lists and schedules of music examinations, music evaluation notes, financial records, grant proposals, promotional material, annual reports of music associations, minutes of meetings of music associations, and miscellaneous material. In addition to the textual records, the fonds consists of a small number of photographs. The records have been arranged into the following series: biographical material (1929-1993); personal correspondence (1940-1999); records relating to Canada Music Week committee (1970-1992); records relating to Music and Arts organizations (1968-1992); miscellaneous photographs (between 1970 and 1990).