The William L. Ryan collection consists of printed material, research material, correspondence, memorabilia, and audio material.
Printed material in the collection includes news clippings, articles, and booklets. News clippings include clippings regarding Ryan or topics he was researching. Articles include several articles written by Ryan on various topics such as Communism and terrorism. Also included is a booklet for President John F. Kennedy’s visit to Colombia in 1961.
Research material in the collection includes notes and other research collected for Ryan’s pieces on China and Russia.
Correspondence in the collection includes letters from W. Averell Harriman and Lowell Thomas.
Memorabilia in the collection includes various certificates and press passes, among other items. Audio material in the collection includes a cassette recording of an interview with John Wingate.