The fonds consists of Frederick F. Schindeler's records as a graduate student, an educator and during his term as Alderman in North York. The material includes minutes, agendas, correspondence, briefs, background material and related items from Borough Council and its committees (Art gallery, Negotiating, Traffic, Works, Conflicts of Interest, Development, Environmental Control, Adjustment), and from the Board of Control and the Library Board. There is material from several of the municipal departments (Building, Clerk's Office, Parks & Recreation, Personnel, Public Health, Public Works, Police), and material from government agencies, federal and provincial, active in the Borough (Department of Consumer and Corporate Affairs-federal, Consumer Affairs and Workmen's Compensation Board-provincial). There is material dealing with housing, including by-laws and zoning regulations for North York and provincial legislation dealing with housing; material dealing with transportation policy and planning, including rapid transit, the proposed Spadina Expressway, transportation studies, and related subjects. There is correspondence with constituents and civil servants dealing with local problems, and correspondence from ratepayers and other local organizations. For his book, 'Responsible government in Ontario,' there are files relating to the methodology employed in the book, illustrations, notes, source materials and bibliography, and general publication files. Also included are personal graduate papers, research notes, correspondence, professorial notes and memorandums.
The material in Accession 1972-006 dealing with the North York Council is arranged alphabetically by subject heading (associations, committees, government agencies, transportation). The constituents' correspondence is arranged alphabetically by name while that from associations and organizations is organized separately and then arranged alphabetically.