The David B. King Papers consist of materials created and assembled by King pertaining to his research, writing, and teaching. The bulk of the materials pertain to his book The Crisis of Our Time: Reflections on the Course of Western Civilization, Past, Present, and Future (1988) and include an annotated typed manuscript of the book, a few notes, and several book reviews.
The Papers also include correspondence, course outlines, essays, a research proposal, and sketches. The sketches include cartoons and caricatures based on OSU faculty and well-known Oregon personalities and issues that he distributed within the History Department. Topics addressed in the sketches include the spotted owl as a threatened or endangered species, OSU faculty, and higher education funding in Oregon.