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Horatio C. Boultbee Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00198
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1930-1967

Includes Boultbee's writings and correspondence relating to the posthumous publication of his work.

Boultbee, Horatio C.

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)

Bristol, Bayly, and Armour Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00095 2B Annex
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1905-1920

Legal correspondence and documents chiefly on behalf of mining and transport companies.

Bristol, Bayly and Armour

Hide Shimizu Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00701
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1898-1999

Contains official documents, newspaper clippings, scrapbooks, photographs and other biographical material related to the life of Japanese Canadian Hide Shimizu and her family members. Includes material related to Shimizu's awards from the Order of Canada, the Order of the Precious Crown (Government of Japan) and the National Association of Japanese Canadians (NAJC).

Shimizu, Hide

Ray Smith Papers

Collection consists of novel manuscripts for various novels, including The Man Who Loved Jane Austen; The Man Who Hated Emily Bront?; Flushed with Victory: Jack Bottomly Among the Virgins; drafts of a new novel, It Floats: Jack Bottomly Among the Politicians; journalism; correspondence with business associates, including publishers and personal correspondence with authors and friends; and other material related to the life and work of Ray Smith.

Smith, Ray

Morris Wolfe Papers

  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1942-2016

Contains files relating to the life and work of writer and editor, Morris Wolfe.

Wolfe, Morris

Canadian Authors Association Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00101
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1921-1954

The bulk of the collection concerns the Toronto branch of the Association and is comprised mainly of correspondence, reports of meetings and conventions, membership lists, minutes of executive meetings, newspaper clippings, poetry, bills, receipts, financial statements, and programs.

Canadian Authors Association

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)

Collection of 190 Pieces of Vellum Illustrating the History and Development of Handwriting

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00045
  • Manuscript Collection
  • ca. 380-1514

Collection of 190 pieces of vellum in Greek and Latin illustrating the history and development of handwriting from the 4th century until the end of the Middle Ages. Items 1-21 (which are Coptic in origin) illustrate the development of uncial writing from the beginning up to its decline in Egypt in the 9th century. All leaves, with the exception of items 106 and 170 are mounted; items 62-90 and 113-169 are bound volumes.

Worel, Charles F.

[Collection of Canadian bookplates]

  • CA OTUTF duff 03951
  • Collection
  • 1600-1967

Binder 1 — A-B. - Binder 2 — C-D. - Binder 3 — E-G. - Binder 4 — H-L. - Binder 5 — M-O. - Binder 6 — P-S. - Binder 7 —T-Z.

[Book of German chromolithographed trade label samples]

  • CA OTUTF M-10 00323
  • Collection
  • n.d.

Collection of 558 chromolithographed trade labels intended for the Indian and Chinese market.
Many samples bear the names of the colours, places of manufacture, and names of local merchant companies in China and India including Carlowitz & Co. and Manilal Mooljee.
Probably produced by Paul Israel in Werra, Germany.
Samples are illustrated with Asian and Indian motifs, and include mythological and religious figures, including characters from Journey to the West

[Collection of bookmarks.]

  • CA OTUTF Ephemera box 00014
  • Collection
  • 1861-2015

A collection of 13 pieces of Canadian bookmark ephemera.

[Collection of British travel ephemera.]

  • CA OTUTF Fisher ephemera box 00002
  • Collection
  • 1787-1985

Contains maps, articles, clippings, and pictures of various areas in London, as well as their histories.

[Collection of bookmarks and booksellers' ephemera.]

  • CA OTUTF Ephemera box 00016
  • Collection
  • 1813-1999

A collection of bookmarks, advertisements, book fair posters newspaper clippings and more related to booksellers across North America and Europe.

Mary Burkett Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00745
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1993-2013

Correspondence of Lana Peters (Svetlana Alliluyeva, 1926-2011) to Mary Burkett, 1993-2013. Includes print articles about Svetlana Alliluyeva during and after her defection to the United States from the Soviet Union in 1967.

Burkett, Mary

George Elliott Clarke Papers

Includes extensive drafts, notes, research for his many projects; personal and professional correspondence; appearances; teaching; early material from the 1980s; Whylah Falls; One Heart Broken Into Song; The Motorcyclist; Illicit Sonnets; Red; Saltwater Spirituals and Deeper Blues; prose; poem drafts; essays; articles; reviews; columns; B.A. and M.A. course work University of Waterloo, Queen’s; typescript poems by John Thompson for Stilt Jack and other material related to the life and work of George Elliott Clarke.

Contains series:
Series 1: The Motorcyclist Boxes 1-5
Series 2: Writing/Manuscripts Boxes 6-25
Series 3: Correspondence, 1980s – 2014, Boxes 26-81
Series 4: Ideas, Boxes 82-86
Series 5: Africana, Boxes 87-88
Series 6: Other material, including publicity and work by others, Boxes 89-108
Series 7: Stilt Jack John Thompson typescript poems, Box 109
Series 8: George Hamilton/family/personal, Box 110

Note: extensive correspondence includes family/friends/personal, as well as M. Nourbese Philip, Althea Prince, Paul Zemokhol, Joe Sealy, Fil Fraser and a wide variety of Canadian and international writers, artists, musicians, politicians, and others

Clarke, George Elliott

Elisabeth Young-Bruehl Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00759
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1950-2013

This collection of Young-Bruehl’s papers contains a wide variety of material ranging from juvenilia, high school, and university student work, to drafts, correspondence, and publicity material surrounding all of her major publications. It also includes a significant amount of correspondence over the span of her life, both personal and professional, along with materials relating to her teaching, academic work, and her psychoanalytic practice.

Young-Bruehl, Elisabeth

Mary Burns Papers

Includes drafts and notes for The Reason for Time; You Again; Casting the Angel; The Last Resort; and Presto!; as well as writing-related and personal correspondence; Mary Burns’ blog; columns from The Yukon News, including ‘Soapbox’, 1970s.

Burns, Mary

Robertson Davies Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS Coll. 00050
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1929 - 2008

Collection contains personal and professional papers pertaining to Robertson Davies. This includes material relating to Davies’ early life, including writing and acting as a student at Upper Canada College (1929-1932), his studies at Baillol College at Oxford (1935-1938), and participation in theatrical performances in Kingston, Oxford, the Old Vic Theatre, Peterborough and the Stratford Festival (1934-1960). The papers contain a small amount of material related to Davies’ career as a journalist at Saturday Night magazine and the Peterborough Examiner. These papers contain extensive material on the novels, books and writing of Davies. This includes drafts, proofs, correspondence, reviews, clippings and any stage adaptations of his novels from The Salterton Trilogy (Tempest-Tost, Leaven of Malice and A Mixture of Frailties), The Deptford Trilogy (Fifth Business, The Manticore and World of Wonders), The Cornish Trilogy (The Rebel Angels, What’s Bred in the Bone and The Lyre of Orpheus) and the incomplete Toronto Trilogy (Murther and Walking Spirits and The Cunning Man). Also included are a complete set of original drafts and woodcuts for the Penguin edition covers of Davies’ novels, which were designed by the American printmaker Bascove. Limited material related to his essays, short stories and non-fiction publications, notably including Shakespeare’s Boy Actors, A Voice from the Attic, High Spirits and his books of fictional essays by Samuel Marchbanks are a part of the papers. Additionally, the collection includes considerable records relating to Davies’ contributions to anthologies as well as professional writing in academic journals, newspapers and magazines. These papers encompass Davies’ career as a playwright, including material related to twenty-two original works including drafts, scripts, photographs, posters, playbills and clippings, as well as the complete papers relating to the production of The Golden Ass which was staged after Davies’ death. The collection contains a large sampling of correspondence of both a professional and personal nature spanning from 1934 to his death in 1995. Also included in the collection is material related to the professional career of Davies’ as a well-known Canadian writer, this includes photographs and press clippings as well as speeches and commentaries made by Davies and his awards. Records also pertain to academic and trade writing on Davies and his work, most notably a complete set of interviews conducted with family, friends, colleagues and acquaintances by Val Ross during the course of her writing Robertson Davies: A Portrait in Mosaic (2009). Papers also relate to the eighteen years Davies spent as the Master of Massey College beginning in 1963. Including articles on the founding of Massey College, the death of Vincent Massey, newsletters, teaching material and invitations and programmes for the annual Christmas Gaudy, printed on the Massey College Press. Also included is a small amount of personal records including travel records, calendars, real estate and list of personal effects. Finally, the collection contains a series dedicated to the collecting practices of Dr. Rick Davis, who collected and assembled these papers. This includes Davis’ invoices and notes for his Davies material, as well as correspondence including exchanges with Robertson Davies, Moira Whalon, Brenda Davies and Jennifer Surridge.

Davies, Robertson

The Provincial Marine Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS Coll 00022B
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1788 - 1792

Collection consists of 34 promissory freight notes for merchandise and peltries shipped aboard the King’s Armed Vessels between British Garrisons on Lake Ontario, Lake Erie and Lake Huron (1778-1787). This series includes thirty holograph notes and four printed forms with holograph additions. The printed form are likely produced by William Brown, Quebec’s first printer. Collection also contains 12 manuscript documents and letters on the hardships experienced by fur traders and merchants in their attempts to conduct business in the Great Lakes region (1783-1793). These documents primarily illustrate the experiences of three prominent fur traders: Philippe-Francois de Rastel de Rocheblave, James Ellice and Toussaint Pothier.

The Provincial Marine

[Collection of art and architectural photographs.]

  • CA OTUTF Ephemera box 00071
  • Collection
  • 1905-1981

A collection of 43 folders holding ephemera related to art and architecture, this including an item from the University of Toronto's Architecture Department. Other material originates from Spain, and France.

Jay MillAr Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS Coll. 00036A
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1986 - 2006

Contains drafts, manuscripts, correspondence and other material pertaining to the life, education, poetry and published work of Jay MillAr (1971-). The collection also includes his involvement and interaction with the Toronto experimental poetry community and other poets and writers, notably Brian T. Francis, John Barlow, Rob Ruzic and Rob McLennan. In addition, the collection also includes publications, correspondence and manuscript material from the two literary presses – Boondoggle Books (1992-1997) and BookThug (1997-) – that he founded and operates.

MillAr, Jay

Bliss Carman Papers

Collection of printed works with extensive manuscript revisions, partly in author's hand, and 48 photos of actresses in costume as characters from Daughters of Dawn; miscellaneous photos of Bliss Carman and others.

Carman, William Bliss

Antanas Sileika Papers

This first donation for Antanas Sileika and includes published (including Woman in Bronze,
Underground, and Dinner at the End of the World); unpublished manuscript materials; juvenilia;
correspondence; CBC Radio comedy sketch scripts; various publications he has worked on or
contributed to; and materials from the Humber School for Writers including correspondence and
transcriptions of author talks for a series called The Writing Life.

Sileika, Antanas

Kildare Dobbs Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00049C
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1855-2013

This first accession of Kildare Dobbs’s papers contains drafts of his published works (Running to Paradise, The Great Fur Opera, Anatolian Suite: Travels and Discursions in Turkey, The Eleventh Hour: Poems for the Third Millennium, Casablanca: The Poem, Running the Rapids: A Writer’s Life, Cassanova in Venice: A Raunchy Rhyme, Away From Home: Canadian Writers in Exotic Places); other writing drafts, including writing for newspapers, magazines, his contributions to CBC radio programs “Ideas” and “Anthology”; his travel files pertaining to all of the places he visited (and wrote about) around the world; a significant amount of correspondence (both physical and digital correspondence); personal files and documents relating to his family’s history; professional files; photographs; cut-outs and print-outs of published articles; notebooks and journals; audiovisual and digital materials; and other files relating to the life and work of Kildare Dobbs.

Dobbs, Kildare

Coleman Romalis Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00049G
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1989-1990

Included are audio cassettes and typed summaries of interviews conducted by Coleman Romalis with members of Canada’s Jewish community in Toronto, Vancouver and Montreal. Individuals interviewed by Romalis include Ben Shek, Becky Lapedes, Morris Biderman, Jack Cowan, Sam Lipshitz, Manya Lipshitz, Ben Kayfetz, Polly Weinstein, Henry Weinstein, Dave Ship and Itche Goldberg. Interviews address their involvement in various organizations including the United Jewish People’s Order (UJPO), the International Workers’ Order (IWO), the Labour League, the Workmen’s Circle and the Canadian Jewish Congress.

Romalis, Colman

Craig Stephenson Papers

This first accession of Craig Stephenson’s papers includes manuscripts, proofs, correspondence, writing for academic journals, teaching files and other material related to his life and work.
Contains series:

  1. Manuscripts
  2. Writing Files
  3. Journals
  4. Educational Programs and Certifications
  5. Festivals, Lectures and Seminars
  6. Teaching Files
  7. Correspondence + Non-Craig Stephenson works
  8. Professional Associations
  9. Other
  10. Book Reviews
  11. Research
  12. Audio-visual Materials
  13. Magazine and Journal Publications

Stephenson, Craig E.

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

Frances Dafoe Papers

Includes original colour sketches of costume designs, costume notes, scripts, photographs of designs and cutting instructions for costumes designed by Frances Dafoe, including for CBC programmes such as ‘Come By the Hills’, ‘Wayne and Shuster’; Charlottetown Festival Shows [Charlottetown, PEI], including ‘Mary’, ‘Paradise Hill’, ‘Life Can be Like Wow!’, ‘Aimee’, ‘Rowdyman’, ‘Swing’, ‘Ballade’, ‘Turvey’ (‘Private Turvey’s War’), ‘Sunshine Town’, costumes for the film ‘The Magic Show—starring Doug Henning’, with inscribed poster; Expo ‘67 – Pepsi; CNE Grandstand Show 1968 [Sea to Sea: The Iron Miracle]; ‘Rodeo’ – The Royal Winnipeg Ballet, 1973; General Motors dealers show at the O’Keefe Centre 1968; Ice Princess: the Tai Babilonia Story [final title: ‘On Thin Ice: the Tai Babilonia Story’ 1990, film about Olympic figure skaters pair Tai Babilonia and Randy Gardner], some correspondence and other material related to the life and work of Frances Dafoe

Dafoe, Frances Helen

Sean Kane Papers

Includes correspondence with Margaret Atwood, primarily about the work of Robert Bringhurst, and Sean Kane’s The Cloud Herder; Graeme Gibson, including his screenplay of As For Me and My House by Sinclair Ross; Robert Bringhurst, including drafts of works by Bringhurst; Scott Symons correspondence, partly concerning Civic Square, Helmet of Flesh, [including Morocco letters] 1974- , drafts of Civic Square; John McConnell correspondence and novel draft; extensive editorial and personal Dennis Lee correspondence, 1970-2010 and extensive draft material of poems, prose, including literary essays and other material by Dennis Lee, with extensive editorial comments by Sean Kane.

Kane, Sean

Bruce Whiteman Papers

Includes poetry submissions, manuscripts, book reviews, short prose pieces, journals, notes, drafts, photographs and other material related to his life and work as writer, librarian and musician.

Whiteman, Bruce

Bata Shoe Company Papers

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 organization’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

William Arthur Deacon Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00160
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1918 - 1960

Collection of personal & business correspondence with authors,publishers, organizations, readers; minutes of the Canadian Authors Assoc.; manuscripts and typescripts of his writings and lectures as well as galleys and publicity for his books; clippings and scrapbooks of his columns and articles in the Globe & Mail and Saturday Night; 976 photographs of Canadian and international authors.

Deacon, William Arthur

William Arthur Deacon Papers

Collection of personal & business correspondence with authors,publishers, organizations, readers; minutes of the Canadian Authors Assoc.; manuscripts and typescripts of his writings and lectures as well as galleys and publicity for his books; clippings and scrapbooks of his columns and articles in the Globe & Mail and Saturday Night; 976 photographs of Canadian and international authors.

Deacon, William Arthur

William Arthur Deacon Correspondence

Series consists of correspondence sent and received by William Arthur Deacon on literary subjects, particularly in
regards to Canadian literature. Passive correspondence and carbon copies of active correspondence with authors, publishers, organizations and readers relates primarily to the professional activities of William Arthur Deacon, including the reviews he wrote for Saturday Night and The Mail and Empire (amalgamated as The Globe and Mail); his participation within literary organizations such as the Canadian Authors’ Association (C.A.A.); publicity for his own books; biographical information and photographs of Canadian authors.

Deacon, William Arthur

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