The fonds consists of correspondence, diaries, account books and other financial and business records of the Trutch family created between 1849 and 1907. Also included in the papers of Joseph William Trutch are records related to his various government positions. The fonds has been arranged into five sous fonds containing the records of: Trutch's mother, Charlotte Hannah (Barnes) Trutch; Joseph William Trutch; his wife, Julia Elizabeth (Hyde) Trutch; his brother John; and John's wife, Zoe Trutch. The Joseph William Trutch sous fonds is the most extensive. The Charlotte Hannah (Barnes) Trutch sous fonds consists of correspondence inward from family members. The Joseph William Trutch sous fonds consists of: a diary; pocket account books with occasional diary entries; correspondence inward, including many letters of sympathy written on the death of his wife, and other personal, business and professional matters; briefs, memos, correspondence, commissions, etc., relating to professional matters; papers relating to business investments; account books and bank books relating both to personal finances and to the construction of the Cariboo road. Charlotte and Joseph William Trutch maintained a correspondence with relatives in England, India and Victoria. Their correspondence inward series contains letters from Davey, Pinder, O'Reilly and Hare relatives and from Julia Trutch's Preston connections. Family letters from Charlotte Barnes (Trutch) Davey and her daughter, Sarah Emily (Davey) Ashley were written from Bombay, India, and describe the life of the merchant class there. The Julia Elizabeth (Hyde) Trutch sous fonds consists of one letter inward. The John Trutch sous fonds consists of correspondence from O'Reilly, Trutch and Pinder family members and financial papers.