The collection consists of a genealogy and family history of the McPhater/Patton family, compiled by Neil McPhater, and a burial permit for Arch McPhater, 1892. The genealogy traces members of the McPhater family from ca. 1780. The McPhaters, who emigrated to Canada, changed their name to Patton. Donald Patton owned a ships chandlery in Vancouver around 1890. There are other descendants in the Vancouver area. Ronald Reagan also is included in the genealogy.