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Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library, University of Toronto Manuscript Collection
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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

George Gabriel Stokes Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00018
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1865

The collection consists of lectures, in the hand of Charles Niven, by Stokes on hydrostatics and optics.

Stokes, George Gabriel

J.S. Will Collection

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00435
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1961-1962

The collection consists of purchase records for Will's book collection.

Will, J.S. (Joseph Stanley)

Writers & Co. Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00398
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1984-1994

The collection consists primarily of correspondence, both business and personal, to Irene McGuire, owner of the Toronto-area bookshop Writers & Co. The letters deal with topics such as book launches held at Writers & Co., general information about books from readers, writers and publishers, and letters on other topics related to the book store. Among the correspondents include Graeme Gibson, Nan Talese, Alberto Manguel, Helen Garner, Greg Gatenby, W.P. Kinsella and Douglas Fetherling, among others.

Writers & Co.

Joseph Salsberg Collection

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00084
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1902-1988

Collection of materials relating to the labour movement in Canada.

Salsberg, Joseph

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

Rabbi Benjamin Wolf Singer (Zeev) Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00596
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 19--

Typescript and copies of typescript of a Novellae by rabbinic scholar Singer (1855-1930).

Singer, Rabbi Benjamin Wolf (Zeev)

Goldwin Smith Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00016
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1875-1887

The collection consists of Smith's letters to George William Curtis, chiefly discussing Canadian-American relations.

Smith, Goldwin

David Rempel Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00329 2B Annex
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1782-1992

Contains the manuscripts and research of David G. Rempel, primarily on the topic of Mennonite life in pre-Revolutionary Russia. This collection includes the manuscripts of Rempel’s brother Johann (John) Gerhard Rempel, which have been translated by Rempel. As well as books, articles, manuscripts, diaries and other writing on the topic of Mennonites in Russia, and more widely, which was collected by Rempel for research purposes. In addition, the collection contains a large amount of Rempel’s correspondence with family, friends, scholars and researchers on the topic of Mennonite history.

Rempel, David G.

Adrian Gibson Dafoe Papers

Includes material related to Dr. W. A. Dafoe’s medical training and career; posting to #4 General Hospital, Salonica [Thessaloniki], Greece, during World War I; Dr. Allan Roy Dafoe and the Dionne Quintuplets; University of Toronto Athletics Association, especially Lacrosse, and hockey; other sports-related; Dafoe/Van Deusen family history; work at the Wellesley Hospital; Dr. Murray L. Barr and his work on sex chromosomes and sex determinants [Dr. Barr was ‘one of my babies’ – Dr. W.A. Dafoe delivered him]; unpublished memoirs by Dr. W. A. Dafoe; medical degrees; Lester B. Pearson material

Dafoe, Adrian Gibson

Canadian Society of Civil Engineers, Toronto Branch Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00102 2B Annex
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1889-1921

Minute books, business records (correspondence, minutes, reports, vouchers, mailing lists) and advance proofs of articles on engineering topics.

Canadian Society for Civil Engineering. Toronto Section.

Charles Mason Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00061
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1890-1891

Transcript and translation of Le Roman de Rou.

Mason, Charles

Delhi Durbars Collection

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00075 2B Annex
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1903-1911

Official directories of the Coronation Durbars of 1903 and 1911. The collection also includes printed invitations and tickets for various state functions.

Edwin Clarence Guillet Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00091
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1943-1960

The collection consists of documents and typescripts of works on the Ontario Education Association, plank roads, emigration, famous Canadian trials, Canadian literary pioneers and the Peter Robinson emigration to Peterborough, Ont.

Guillet, Edwin C. (Edwin Clarence)

Florence Randal Livesay Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00109
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1953

The collection consists of the typescript of a novel, The Moon and the Morning Star, with many alterations as well as a suggested epilogue. With it are two pages of notes and a holograph letter from Livesay to Miss Byam in which she discusses the historical background of the novel.

Livesay, Florence Randal

Harley Granville-Barker Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00089
  • Manuscript Collection
  • [1898?]

The collection consists of an original manuscript of Granville-Barker's The Wicked Man, an unfinished and unpublished play. It also includes typescripts of two unpublished versions of his play The Weather Hen, written in collaboration with Berte Thomas.

Granville-Barker, Harley

Harold M. Tovell Collection

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00023 2B Annex
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1815-1934

The collection consists of correspondence and notes concerning Napoleon Bonaparte, as well as a transcript of the manuscript diary of Barry Edward O'Meara.

Tovell, Harold M.

Hugh MacLennan Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00053
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1930-1962

Typescripts with holograph notes for Barometer Rising, "Requiem" published as The Watch that Ends the Night, and Seven Rivers of Canada.

MacLennan, Hugh

James Kyran Latchford Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00107 2B Annex
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1922-1950

The collection consists of typescripts of articles on medical subjects.

Latchford, James Kyran

Jan Drabek Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00611
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1971-1986

Correspondence between Jan Drabek, Josef Škvorecký, Zdena Salivarová, and Lumír Salivar (1971-1986), concerning 68 Publishers, Czech writers in exile, Czech publishing and translating. Includes information regarding surreptitious funding being given by several organizations to Czech banned writers, letters outing Czech cultural figures supporting Bolshevik organizations and includes also references to author and President Václav Havel, Nobel laureate Jaroslav Seifert and filmmaker Miloš Forman.

Drabek, Jan

John Beattie Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00415
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1913

Typescript of Frank Walker Beattie's unpublished book, With the Durham R.E.'s.

Beattie, John

John Brundle Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00097 2B Annex
  • Manuscript Collection
  • [195-?]

Contains music; typescript of books and articles on local history of Roches Point, Ont.; short stories.

Brundle, John

John Hubert Cornyn Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00070
  • Manuscript Collection
  • [1930-1932?]

Transcriptions and translations by Cornyn of Aztec literature. In some cases, there are parallel texts. The collection also includes Cornyn's translation of Song of Quetzalcoatl.

Cornyn, John Hubert

John Leon Atkins Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00487
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1934-1939

Course notes in Laryngology, Neurology, Otolaryngology, Otology and Rhinology taken by Atkins while doing post-graduate training as an ear, nose and throat specialist at the Harlem Eye and Ear Hospital in New York City.

Atkins, John Leon

Julius Griffith Papers

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

Includes sketches and book jackets.

Griffith, Julius

League for Social Reconstruction Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00035
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1933-1940

The collection consists of minutes, membership records and correspondence of the League for Social Reconstruction, as well as letters dealing with the Canadian forum (1936-1940) while it operated under the auspices of the League.

League for Social Reconstruction

Leah Purkiss Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00123
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1844

The collection consists of a holograph journal (dated April 2 to May 25, 1844) kept by Purkiss and sent to her sister Fanny Lockyer in England. It was written during the Atlantic Ocean voyage made when she and her husband George emigrated to Canada. After arriving in Montreal, they settled in Toronto where they had one child, Mary, who married Robert Freeland.

Purkiss, Leah

Louis Blake Duff Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00074 2B Annex
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1932-1953

This collection is largely comprised of correspondence concerned with printing, but letters are also of a personal nature. Correspondents include: Edward Lee Stone, Melbert B. Cary, Jr., E.W. Johnson, Carl Dair, Mary Ethel Somerville, along with carbon copies of a letter from Duff to Edward Lee Stowe, and two letters to Carl Dair. There is also one letter to Blake from William Colgate sending him a copy of Horace Walpole on Milton, along with a typed copy of Duff's reply. The collection also includes a visitors' book at Cooneen Cross, proofs of Duff's The Printer of the Jesuit Relations and a a carbon copy of Duff's Ben Franklin and the First Printing in Montreal.

Duff, Louis Blake

A.J.M. Smith Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00015
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1924-1965

The collection consists of letters, some holograph, from Canadian poets and critics, including Earle Birney, Douglas Bush, E.K.Brown, Morley Callaghan, D.C. Scott, and many others. It also includes drafts and research for lectures and articles, and drafts and correspondence regarding Smith's published works.

Smith, A. J. M. (Arthur James Marshall)

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

Al Purdy Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00004
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1956-1967

Includes 28 tapes of Purdy reading his poetry (Cariboo horses; Pressed on sand). Typescripts and drafts of poems. Typescripts and mimeographs of articles and plays for television and radio).

Purdy, Al

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

Alan Lund Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00571
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1960-1989

Collection scripts, music and film of productions by Alan Lund, primarily at the Charlottetown Festival in Prince Edward Island, the Stratford Festival and the Canadian National Exhibition (CNE).

Lund, Alan

Albert Collignon Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00451
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1928-1987

Collection includes correspondence, photographs and manuscript material related to the life and work of poet Albert Collignon, including his Martha's Clinic Letters series.

Collignon, Albert

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

Alexander James McPhail Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00054 2B Annex
  • Manuscript Collection
  • [192--]-[193--]

The collection consists of correspondence, reports, notes and diaries chiefly concerning western wheat pool marketing.

McPhail, Alexander James

Alexander Pathy Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00528
  • Manuscript Collection
  • [193-]-2003

Collection consists of the research files for Pathy's book Waterfront Blues: Labour Strife at the Port of Montreal, 1960-1978, published by the University of Toronto Press (2004).

Pathy, Alexander C.

Alfred Edward Lavell Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00108
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1835-1935.

The collection consists of drafts of Lavell's History of the Ontario Hospitals for the insane and feeble-minded. It contains material on mental institutions in Ontario.

Lavell, Alfred Edward

Alfred Tennyson DeLury Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00071
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1890-1941

The DeLury collection contains correspondence with Anglo-Irish writers, with friends and with book dealers. It also contains card files and notebooks relating to his collection of Ango-Irish literature and a few diaries from the 1920s.

DeLury, Alfred Tennyson

Alfred Young Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00037 2B Annex
  • Manuscript Collection
  • [n.d.]

The collection consists of Young's holograph notes on algebra of invariants and the theory of groups. It also includes a small amount of correspondence, mainly on the subject of mathematics.

Young, Alfred

Andrew Drummond Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00221
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1839-1923

The collection consists of correspondence and papers of Andrew Drummond and his sons, Charles, George and Frank. It includes a variety of family letters as well as letters from Sir Sandford Fleming, Sir Oliver Mowat and Sir John Schultz. Noteworthy items include early correspondence (1841-1848) relating to St. Andrew's Church in Ottawa; Andrew Drummond's reminiscenes describing his experience as an accountant and cashier in the Bank of Montreal during the 1837 Rebellion, the Fenian Raids and during later disturbances; correspondence and scrapbooks on the attempt to promote the Hudson's Bay Railway; and papers relating to George Drummond's invention of a new typewriter.

Drummond, Andrew

Ann Buttrick Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00385
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1968-1979.

The collection consists of materials relating to the anti-Vietnam War activities of Ann Buttrick. Topics include civil liberties, Canadian policy vis-a-vis the United States, and the Annie Mae Aquash case. Papers were created in connection with The International Committee to Free South Vietnamese Political Prisoners from Detention, Torture and Death, which was a committee of the Canadian Council of Churches, and Voice of Women, a non-governmental organization, and the Canadian Religious Society of Friends (Quakers). They include correspondence, Vietnamese government publications, audio recordings of Toronto events, newspaper clippings, and printed matter.

Buttrick, Ann

Anne Wilkinson Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00029
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1946-1961

The collection consists of drafts and typescripts of Wilkinson's writings, including The Hangman Ties the Holly (1955), Lions in the Way (1956), and Swann and Daphne (1960). Literary correspondence is also included.

Wilkinson, Anne

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

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