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Vilhjamur Stefansson Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00046
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1922-1962

The collection consists of correspondence, diaries and documents (mainly photographs) pertaining to Stefansson's Wrangel Island expedition.

Stefansson, Vilhjalmur

Shirley Yamada Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00673
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1987

Photographs, slides and negatives taken during Japanese Canadian redress campaign rallies in B.C., Ottawa and Washington, plus audio recordings of redress-related radio programs.

Yamada, Shirley

Scrapbook of North American Fire Reports

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00434
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1904-1918

The collection consists of a disassembled scrapbook of insurance underwriters' reports and records, fire reports, original news clippings and photographs, and other miscellaneous material on various North American conflagrations between 1904 and 1918. Of particular local interest are the pages (five in total) devoted to the Toronto fire of 1904. Among the other major North American fires represented in the scrapbook include those in the cities of Baltimore, Rochester, Halifax, Indianapolis, New Orleans, Three Rivers (Que.), Salem (Mass.), Campbelltown (NB), Houston and Atlanta, among others. The scrapbook appears to have been assembled by an underwriter from the firm of Royal Insurance Company of Liverpool.

Royal Insurance Company of Liverpool

Girdwood Collection of Glass Lantern Slides, Niagara Falls and Area

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00407
  • Manuscript Collection
  • [ca. 1850-1860].

Collection consists of 79 stereoscopic and panorama glass negatives taken by Girdwood and by commercial photographers, one of whom was possibly American photographer James Thomson. Fifteen of the slides depict scenes in and around Niagara Falls and are mounted with descriptions. Other locations depicted include Montreal and Ottawa, however, in many cases there is no information about either the photographer or location. Some of the negatives have been split into two pictures as each side contained a different image, and some of the negatives have only one image as they were taken as panoramas instead of stereo images.

Girdwood, Gilbert Prout

Julius Griffith Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00491
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1948-1993

Includes sketches and book jackets.

Griffith, Julius

Abe Kabayama Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00673
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1969-2002

Contains printed material related to the National Association of Japanese Canadians (NAJC) task force of First Nations Canadians, including meeting announcements and agendas; a small amount of material related to the Earth Spirit Festival held in Toronto in 1991; plus related correspondence. Also includes biographical and genealogical booklets on the Kabayama family, with photographs.

Kabayama, Abe

Bata Shoe Company Papers

  • Manuscript Collection
  • [189-?]-2014

abstract
Includes corporate files from the Canadian Bata Shoe Company (including correspondence; legal and financial records; product development, marketing and promotional files; technical and production-related files, and human resources files). The bulk of the material was created by the Canadian Bata company, however many records relate to several of the oraganization’s international outposts, including companies headed in Africa, India, Asia and Europe. The collection also includes press clippings and other publications about the Bata Company and its historical significance. There are also a small number of Bata family records, primarily for Thomas J. Bata (1914-2008), Sonja I. Bata, Tomáš Baťa (1876-1932) and Marie Bata.

Bata Shoe Company

Joseph Brabant Lewis Carroll Manuscript Collection

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00371
  • Manuscript Collection
  • [1866?]-1896

The collection consists of correspondence from Charles L. Dodgson, photographs (including an 1865 photograph taken by Carroll), memorabilia, and Brabant's notes and correspondence about the collection.

Brabant, Joseph A. (Joseph Anthony)

Agnes Chamberlin Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00112
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1863-1934

The collection includes original paintings of Canadian flora and mushrooms by Chamberlin, and subscription books for her book Canadian Wild Flowers (1868 and 1869 editions). Most of the paintings have not been reproduced. It also contains original paintings and photographs of Canadian flora and other subjects by Chamberlin's daughter, Geraldine Moodie, an album of pressed plants by Moodie, and an album of pressed ferns by Catherine Parr Trail.

Chamberlin, Agnes

Alan J. Horne Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00295
  • Manuscript Collection
  • [194-]-1994

The collection consists of correspondence with British illustrators relating to Horne's Dictionary of 20th Century British Book Illustrators (1994) and slides of illustrations for the Dictionary. The collection also contains John Buckland Wright's sketches, drawings and working proofs for Jurgen.

Horne, Alan J.

Alan Jarvis Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00171
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1933-1972

The collection covers the personal and professional life of Jarvis. It contains general and business correspondence, typescripts, magazine articles, minutes of meetings, newspaper clippings and photographs. Much of the early correspondence consists of letters Jarvis wrote home to his family while he was at Oxford (1938-39) and while he was working in Britain (1942-55).

Jarvis, Alan

Albert Ellis Allin Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00260 2B Annex
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1915-1966

The papers contain his diaries with field notes, scrapbooks, photographs, correspondence, drafts of articles, notes, minutes of meetings for organizations of which he was an officer, and printed materials including newspaper clippings of columns written by other naturalists but collected by Allin. Included in the correspondence are letters from J. L. Baillie whose papers are also in the Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library.

Allin, Albert Ellis

Anthony Salvin Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00249
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1828-[ca. 1862]

The collection consists of architectural drawings for various projects by the British architect Salvin. Drawings are either executed by Salvin himself or by other architects or draughtsmen in his office. Additional material includes: 8 photographs of Salvin projects; 5 drawings by Salvin's wife, Anne Andrews (Nesfield) Salvin; a catalogue of Salvin's library at Elmshurst; and engravings of British cathedrals.

Salvin, Anthony

Arkadii Liubchenko Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00345
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1923-1997

Consists of correspondence received by Liubchenko from writers, translators, theatre administrators, directors, actors, film studios and editors; records of the literary groups HART and VAPLITE and PROLITFRONT; correspondence and other records dating from WWII; manuscripts and typescripts of Liubchanko's novels, short stories, reports and articles; notes; photographs; books; newspaper clippings; and records relating to the Liubchenko Archive.

Liubchenko, Arkadii

Arthur Harvey Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00093 2B Annex
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1857-1905

This collection of Harvey family papers includes: correspondence to Arthur Harvey about his writings and other interests, to Jane Grist Harvey, his wife; photographs from the studios of Notman, Notman & Fraser, Simpson Bros., Stanton, Eldridge Stanton, Archambault & McCorkingdale, and Livernois; printed appearances and clippings.

Harvey, Arthur

Austin Seton Thompson Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00043
  • Manuscript Collection
  • [197-]-1980

The collection consists of drafts (corrected and final) and copies of the photographs for Thompson's books Spadina: A Story of Old Toronto (1975) and Jarvis Street: A Story of Triumph and Tragedy (1980), as well as the research notes and other material for Jarvis Street. Some correspondence is also included.

Thompson, Austin Seton

Beatrice Ferneyhough Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00469
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1971-1997

Collection includes correspondence with Lil Greene, Robert Kenny, Ursula Herzberg; material related to the life and work of Bea Ferneyhough, including Singing in the Night. Also included are cards, photographs, clippings and records relating to communism in Canada.

Ferneyhough, Beatrice

Beth Follett/Pedlar Press Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00747
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1960-2013

This accession contains manuscripts, drafts, proofs, correspondence, reviews and other material related to Pedlar Press and the life and work of Beth Follett.

Follett, Beth

Birdsall & Son Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00205
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1840-1961

A collection of photographs and rubbings of bindings, tool designs, tooling patterns, designs, and drawings executed by the firm of Birdsall and Son, Northampton, England, from the 1840's to 1961.

Birdsall & Son Bookbinders and Stationers

Bruce West Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00279 2B Annex
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1967-1979

The collection consists of typescripts of West's two books, Toronto (1967, revised in 1979) and The Firebirds: An Account of the First Fifty Years of the Ontario Provincial Air Service (1974), along with photographs, galleys, editorial notes, newspaper clippings, articles and reports relating to the City of Toronto.

West, Bruce

C. H. D. Clarke Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00367
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1925-1980

The collection is comprised of material related to Clarke's scholarly studies and life work in wildlife conservation and management. It includes: correspondence; drafts of published and unpublished reports and conferences; articles; reprints; diaries; negatives and photographs. His unpublished drafts also include such subjects as doxology, literature, and reflections on man's relationship with nature.

Clarke, C. H. D. (Charles Henry Douglas)

Camilla Gibb Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00515
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1970-2006

Collection consists of manuscripts, drafts and research for her books, articles and Ph.D. thesis, as well as correspondence and other materials - including scholarly articles and papers on social anthropology; day planners; address books; Harar language material; early writings (high school); audio/visual material; books; music scores for viola; photographs; translations of published works (many languages); short pieces; printed appearances/journals; personal journals; book designs; ephemera; and posters - related to Gibb's work and life.

Gibb, Camilla

Canadian Authors Photographs

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00262
  • Manuscript Collection
  • [1921?]

This collection of photographs and photographs of drawings of sixty-two Canadian authors was probably made about 1921. Some of the authors included are obscure, others are well-known such as Charles G.D. Roberts.

Canadian Women Authors Collection of Photographs

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00450
  • Manuscript Collection
  • [ca. 1880-1890]

Collection of black and white photographs of prominent Canadian women, primarily authors, circa late 19th century, many signed.

Charlebois Family Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00390
  • Manuscript Collection
  • [1960-197?]

Collection includes manuscript drafts, research notes, correspondence and photos relating to: Dr. Peter Charlebois' 'The Life of Louis Riel.' Toronto: New Canada Publications, 1975; the history of the Northwest Rebellion of 1885; and the history of the Metis in Canada. Also includes several albums of riverboat photographs for his 'Sternwheelers & Sidewheelers: the romance of steamdriven paddleboats in Canada.' Toronto: NC Press, 1978.

Charlebois, Peter

Charles Best Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00241
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1928-1985

1982 Accession:
Correspondence, research notes and articles, offprints of his published research and of his colleagues including Banting and McLeod, his other writings and lectures, biographical material, photographs, films, slides, records, tapes, and cassettes.

2003 Accession:
Includes material related to the discovery of insulin at the University of Toronto; Margaret Mahon Best’s journals 1925-1984(75) describing their life and extensive travels following the discovery, plus several holograph notebooks about Sandy and Henry as
children, and from MMB’s childhood, 1914-1919; original course notes of Charles Best; original holograph insulin manuscript; research, drafts, correspondence and other material related to Margaret and Charley by Henry Best; letters of correspondence to
MMB and HB regarding the death of Alexander (Sandy) Best and Charles Best; letters scientific to Dr. Best; ‘Dear Jessie’ letters from Linda Mahon on her travels with Margaret and Charley to her cousin Jessie at home in Toronto; H.H. Dale letters; photographic images of awards, citations, etc. given to CB; other material related to the discovery of insulin and the writing of the book on their lives by their son, Henry Best.

Best, Charles Herbert

Charles Fothergill Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00140
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1795-[ca.1875]

The collection includes correspondence both private and public, diaries, natural history notebooks, a few sketches, and scrapbooks. Much of the material pre-dates Fothergill's arrival in Upper Canada in 1816. Some of the family correspondence continues for over 30 years after his death in 1840.

Fothergill, Charles

Charles G. D. Roberts Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00253 2B Annex
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1899-1985

Collection of five letters and typescript, two photographs and mounted newspaper clippings about Sir Charles George Douglas Roberts and one letter from Theodore Goodridge Roberts , his youngest brother.

Roberts, Charles G. D. (Charles George Douglas), Sir

Charles MacKay Willmot Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00185
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1922-1929

The collection consists of 43 architectural drawings, blueprints and related materials by Willmot, and include those for four major houses and two commercial buildings in Los Angeles. It also includes two blueprints by his father, Mancel Willmot.

Willmot, Charles MacKay

Charles Stuart Calverley Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00124 2B Annex
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1866-1895

The collection consists of Calverley's miscellaneous correspondence, poems, drawings and translations.

Calverley, Charles Stuart

Coach House Press Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00620
  • Manuscript Collection
  • [196-]-2005

This is the first accession of the Coach House Press (CHP) papers by the Fisher Library. It primarily includes files accumulated and maintained by Stan Bevington, founder of the CHP. (While Library and Archives Canada holds a significant amount of Coach House Press materials, Bevington held back many of his own personal files related to CHP, with the intention of donating them to the Fisher Library). The papers include accounting materials for the Press–price quotes, sales invoices, payroll information, etc. –and other materials related to the running of the CHP. It also includes material collected by Bevington, dubbed “Stan’s ephemera,” which contain handwritten notes written by Bevington, as well as correspondence, programs and other assorted and interesting items.
The collection is particularly noteworthy for its extensive collection of computer-related material, including the files for SoftQuad, the company co-founded by Bevington that was at the forefront of the digital age in publishing. Bevington is considered a publishing pioneer in the transition to digital technology from traditional typesetting.

Coach House Press

Colonel Benjamin Aylett Branfill Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00746
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1846-1930

Contains the journals of Col. Benjamin Aylett Branfill, as well as sketchbooks and assorted papers including correspondence, photographs, and newspaper clippings. Also includes photography albums and genealogical information collected by his descendants, specifically the family of his daughter Helen Hammond de Caux.

Branfill, Benjamin Aylett

Cooper & Beatty Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00297
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1921-1987

The collection contains office files of correspondence, interoffice memos and financial records for Cooper & Beatty designs, as well as proof copies of work completed, copies of work and mounted samples for exhibits, posters, photographs and organizations connected with the firm.

Cooper & Beatty, Limited

Daniel and Lois Lowe Collection

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00223
  • Manuscript Collection
  • [17-]-[18-]

The collection consists of drawings and paintings of birds and flowers, mainly by English and French artists.

Lowe, Daniel

David M. Lank Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00202
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1977-1978

Collection is largely comprised of papers from Terry Schott, an orinthological artist and author and chief artist at the Royal Ontario Museum until his retirement. It contains Schott's notes on his field sketches and trip to Madagascar, as well as his draft typescript for two chapters in a planned book on wildlife and art. It also contains Lank's typescript draft of an article on Shortt.

Lank, David M.

David Mazierski Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00280
  • Manuscript Collection
  • [1987?]

The collection consists of drawings in pen and ink for the book Anatomy of the Dromedary by Malie M.S. Smuts and A.J. Bezuidenhout (1987).

Mazierski, David

David Thompson Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00021
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1784-1914

The collection consists of holograph manuscripts and copies of manuscripts by Thompson, including two drafts for his projected book: a narrative account of his explorations in western America from 1784 to 1812. It also includes several sketches of mountain elevations, some of which were published in J.B. Tyrell's 1916 edition of the Narrative, and several other fragments of manuscripts by Thompson, typed transcripts of his journals, and photostats of other original Thompson material held elsewhere.

Thompson, David

Dorothy Foster Chubb Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00243 2B Annex
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1930

Forty-four plates (numbered 1-41) of original scientific drawings.

Chubb, Dorothy Foster

Douglas Family Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00188 2B Annex
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1888-1945

A small collection of letters, photos, commonplace books and memorabilia. The material chiefly relates to the Hughes family of St. Thomas, Ont.

Douglas Family

Douglas M. Duncan Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00044
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1882-1943

This collection contains sketches and notes executed by Duncan, along with related correspondence. The dates of this material are 1935-1943. The collection also includes files of correspondence, typescripts and proofs of English authors collected by Duncan. Among the writers collected include Richard Aldington, Max Beerbohm, Lord Alfred Douglas and D.H. Lawrence, among others. The date of this material is 1882-ca.1930.

Duncan, Douglas

Duncan Campbell Scott Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00013
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1896-1946

Personal and literary correspondence; notebooks with drafts of poems, unpublished and untitled novel. 1896-1946.

Scott, Duncan Campbell

E. Hopper Ross Collection

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00201 2B Annex
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1936-1938

The collection consists of anatomical drawings by Ross. The majority of the drawings represent a complete dissection of the human neck and torso, including all major organs. Their value lies in their artistic merit, and in the unique record they provide of the teaching methods of Max Brodel, one of the pioneers of medical illustration.

Ross, E. Hopper (Eila Hopper)

Edward Gilpin-Brown Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00292
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1878-1880

The collection contains 2 volumes of photographic albums that document Gilpin-Brown's journey to and tour of duty in India. The first album has 49 photographs, beginning with photos of the ship Euphrates, Malta, and continues through to the second album of 49 photographs with photos of India. Each album has a raised gold monogram of Gilpin-Brown on the front cover.

Gilpin-Brown, Edward

Edward Goodall Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00312 2B Annex
  • Manuscript Collection
  • [ca. 1961]

Collection of six drawings in pencil, signed, by Goodall that were commissioned by the Illustrated London News for its series on famous Canadian universities and schools, including the University of Toronto. His drawings appeared in the May 6, 1961 issue.

Goodall, Edward

Eileen Clairmonte Collection

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00446
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1890-1997

Collection consists primarily of material relating to China from the late 19th century to early 20th century. The bulk is photographs taken by Robert John Davidson, a Quaker missionary in Western China for 35 years beginning in the 1890s, and include some rare and unique photos of life in China at the turn of the 20th century. It also includes various papers, including missionary travel itineraries, of the Davidson family.

Clairmonte, Eileen

Eldon Garnet Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00354
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1975-1990

Papers consist of editorial files for Impulse magazine from 1975-1990. Files for each volume include submissions to the journal, drafts with editorial corrections and page proofs. Many files include additional editorial material, such as advertising, cover art, rejected submissions and correspondence. The collection includes an office archive, which contains correspondence, financial information (with grant proposals), advertising and promotional material, and circulation and distribution records. There is a large number of original art boards and other oversized materials, such as posters. The editorial records of I Shot Mussolini by Eldon Garnet is also included along with related correspondence.

Garnet, Eldon

Elizabeth Hughes Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00334
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1907-1951 (bulk 1921-1923).

The collection largely consists of letters written by Hughes to her mother describing her activities and giving information about her health and diabetic condition. The letters dating from August to November 1922 describe Hughes' experiences in Toronto where she was treated with insulin by F.G. Banting. The collection also contains photographs of Hughes and her family, dating from 1907 to 1951.

Hughes, Elizabeth

Elsinore Haultain Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00264 2B Annex
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1911-1961

Collection consists of manuscript notes and drafts, both holograph and typescript, for Haultain's biographical sketch of Lorne Pierce, as well as correspondence to Haultain. Collection also contains the 1911 Coronation memorabilia of her uncle, George Ewan McCraney.

Haultain, Elsinore

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