The photographs are arranged by subject matter and cover activities in and around the town of Deseronto, Ontario. The majority date from the late nineteenth century and many depict the lumber-related industries of the Rathbun Company in Deseronto. There are also photographs of school groups, churches, railways, First World War airfields and portraits of Deseronto citizens.
Photograph of a young woman with inscription reading "Dear Mother With best Love Lettie, Aug 12th 1903". The woman is possibly Lettie Howard (born Lettie Young: 1874-1961). Lettie Howard is the only person in Deseronto in the 1901 census with that first name. She married Robert Howard in Belleville on 10 April 1894.