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Fleming Family Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00290
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1829-1960

Collection consists of correspondence and business material related to the Fleming Family of Ontario. There is special emphasis on material about Niagara Falls, Owen Sound, Ontario local history and Northern Business College. Much of the material is related to Christopher Alexander Fleming, a life-long teacher and author of several textbooks on penmanship, mensuration, bookkeeping and business practices.

Fleming Family

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

Klement Family Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00610
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1933-2004

Papers consist of “birthday books”- albums created by Anna Pachner Klement for her grandson, Tomaš (Tomi), beginning at age two, when he was diagnosed with Sydenham’s chorea. Albums depict stories of a young boy and his adoring grandmother and the life of one Jewish family during the 1930’s. Two years after Tomi’s birth, Adolf Hitler came to power, and the albums begin to record the changing attitude towards Jews in Czechoslovakia. The last album was written in 1940 and in it Mrs. Klement describes how they are forbidden to go to the theatre or the movies. Also included in the family papers are photo albums, photographs, Anna Klement’s diaries, poems by Anna Klement, family papers including obituaries, marriage certificates, etc., and Olga Klement’s diaries as well as her art work, autobiography, correspondence, notebooks and betacam tapes.

Klement Family

French Theatre Collection

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00146 2B Annex
  • Manuscript Collection
  • [ca.1860]-1950

Plays in manuscript and typescript, articles, clippings, reviews and photographs pertaining to theatre in the French language.

James Scarth Gale Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00245
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1863-1937

Drafts of writings about Korea and translations of Korean texts; commonplace books, diaries, correspondence, family papers, photographs, his collection of manuscripts, photographs, printed appearances.

Gale, James Scarth

Mary Gilliam Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00453
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1928-1988

Collection consists primarily of material related to the British writer and poet Kenneth Hopkins. It includes correspondence Hopkins wrote in the 1960s to Franklin Gilliam, who at the time was proprietor of the Brick Row Book Shop, as well as a number of original Hopkins manuscripts from the late 1920s and early 1930s.

Gilliam, Mary

Mary Elizabeth Gilmore Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00301 2B Annex
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1906-1954 (bulk 1906-1910)

Collection of lecture notes and miscellaneous material relating to the philosophy of Sankara, a seventh century Hindu philospher. The lectures were delivered by Miss B.S.A. de Branconiere, also identified as 'Guru Sahasrara Satchitananda,' to the student members of the Oriental Literature Society of California. She is described as "an accredited Messenger from the Sankaracharya School of Philosophy, France." The collection also contains an Esoteric Dictionary which was compiled by Mary Elizabeth Gilmore in the mid-1950s. The Dictionary contains definitions of philosophical and literary terms drawn from the lectures. It appears Gilmore gathered and arranged the lectures in their present form sometime in the mid-1930s.

Gilmore, Mary Elizabeth

Martin Ahvenus Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00574
  • Manuscript Collection
  • [192-]-2006

This collection of papers from the famed Toronto bookseller includes administrative records from his shop Village Books, including invoices, correspondence, book lists, as well as individual files related to the running of the store and the publishing arm of Village Books. It also contains material related to Ahvenus’ work as an appraiser, correspondence with various Canadian authors, a travel diary from 1993-94, and books, many of them signed and inscribed by the authors.

Avenus, Martin

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

Arts and Letters Club of Toronto Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00315
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1908-1971

The collection consists of scrapbooks, ledgers, cashbooks, accounts and other material.

Arts and Letters Club of Toronto

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

Gilbert Bagnani Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00265 2B Annex
  • Manuscript Collection
  • [1835?]-1980

A collection of volumes and papers from the library of Professor Gilbert Bagnani and his wife, Stewart Bagnani. It includes manuscripts collected by them or relating to their library.

Bagnani, Gilbert

John M. Barnett Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00141 2B Annex
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1944-1972

Nature notes on the Toronto area; Franklin Camp, Ont.; Victoria, B.C.; Flamingo Isle and Trinidad, B.W.I.; Florida; Texas etc. With many fine photos, drawings and plant specimens.

Barnett, John M.

Gerry Bennett Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00362
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1952-1998

Collection of papers from Gerry Bennett (1921-1999), ornithologist and author. He wrote and published the journal Birdfinding in Canada (1981-1989) and at least three books on birdwatching and birdwatchers. The papers consist of: GB's typed journals recording his bird sightings and other observations of natural history from the 1950s to 1998; his correspondence with naturalists from the late 1970s to 1990s; his research notes and files on ornithological topics, including bird records and lists for a variety of locations, and the newsletters from a number of ornithological organizations; drafts and typescripts of some of his writings.

Bennett, Gerry

Karl Schofield Bernhardt Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00368
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1926-1970

Collection of notes, drafts and manuscripts for articles, lectures and addresses by Bernhardt.

Bernhardt, Karl Schofield

Danuta Irena Bienkowska Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00176 2B Annex
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1939-1945

The collection begins with the diaries written during the war years and ends with correspondence relating to a conference she was to attend during the academic year after her death. All extant poetry and prose is here, in various forms. Some matters pertaining to the Slavic Dept. at the University of Toronto, as well as obituaries, memorial cards, etc. have been included.

Bienkowska, Danuta Irena

Hugh Halliday Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00411
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1940-1980

The collection includes typescript drafts of Halliday's columns on birds and nature for The Toronto Star Weekly and other publications; alphabetical subject files; reader correspondence and correspondence with naturalists, birders, publishers, editors and friends (including extensive correspondence with Al Oeming, founder and director of the Alberta Game Farm, and one letter from John Diefenbaker); photographs of mushrooms, insects, animals and birds by Halliday; notes and sketches; print and ephemera.

Halliday, Hugh M.

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

Lawrence Hill Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00593
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1915-2008

This collection consists of extensive material - manuscripts, research materials, correspondence - related to published books by Lawrence Hill, including Any Known Blood; Some Great Thing; The Book of Negroes/Someone Knows My Name; Black Berry, Sweet Juice; Women of Vision: the Story of the Canadian Womens Association; Trials and Triumphs: the Story of African Canadians; The Deserter's Tale: the Story of an Ordinary Soldier Who Walked Away from the War in Iraq, among other titles and projects. It also includes correspondence, photographs, family histories and other material related to the life and work of Hill.

Hill, Lawrence

Campbell Hughes Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00296 2B Annex
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1935-1990

Collection consists of correspondence, papers and other files pertaining to Ryerson Press, Charles E. Merrill Books, Van Nostrand Reinhold Ltd., Beaufort Books, Beat Associates, and volunteer actitivies for publishers' organizations and other groups.

Hughes, Campbell

James Patrick Hynes Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00287 2B Annex
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1868-1953

The collection contains files from the Ontario Association of Architects and the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada. It also contains blueprints from Noulan Cauchon, a noted railway engineer and city planner.

Hynes, James Patrick

John Allan Irving Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00132 (Downsview Offsite)
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1928-1965

The collection consists of research materials for Irving's book The Social Credit Movement in Alberta, as well as correspondence, both personal and professional. Correspondents include William Aberhart and Ernest Manning. It also continues drafts and typescripts of his numerous articles, lecture notes and other teaching materials, and items relating to the television program Fighting Words.

Irving, John Allan

George Keppie Papers (Downsview Offsite)

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00116
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1918-1959

The collection consists of correspondence and accounts relating to Keppie's work as manager of several American Theatres and the Uptown Theatre, Toronto (Vaughan Glaser Players) and the Empire Theatre (Theatre Guild of Canada). It also contains photographs and mimeographed and typed playscripts, including two by John Coulter and one by Wilson MacDonald.

Keppie, George

Malcolm Lester Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00010E
  • Manuscript Collection
  • [198-]-[9-].

Collection includes primarily financial statements, correspondence and legal transactions related to the operations of the publishing house Lester & Orpen Dennys during the 1980s. It includes material related to Key Porter, Christopher Ondaatje, Pearson and Jack Shapiro.

Lester, Malcolm

J.A. McNeil Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00234 2B Annex
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1927-1942

The collection consists of photos, manuscript notes and ephemera relating to Gilbert and Sullivan, and especially to the D'Oyley Carte Company across Canada in 1927. There is also some biographical material relating to J.A. McNeil.

McNeil, J. A. (John Alexander)

Jock de Marbois Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00226 2B Annex
  • Manuscript Collection
  • Date unknown

The collection contains two versions of de Marbois' autobiography "The Adventures of Little Joe Buggins" and six letters relating to his naval career in the Second World War.

Marbois, Jock de

Charles Mason Papers

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

Transcript and translation of Le Roman de Rou.

Mason, Charles

Massey Collection of Manuscripts

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00257
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1858-1932

The collection consists of various manuscripts, including holograph poems signed by Hugh MacDiarmid along with correspondence and notes by or relating to MacDiarmid.

Massey College

Literary Club Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00218
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1930-1934, 1984

This collection consists of the minutes of the Literary Club, as well as correspondence of various members with Mrs. Norma Lyne, brief biographies of the members, and a portion of the untitled reminiscences of Henry H. Noyes.

Literary Club

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

Margaret L. Robinson Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00236 2B Annex
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1912-1924

The collection consists of correspondence relating to Robinson's part in forming the Colonial Nursing Association and its sub-committee, the Canada Prairie Nursing Association.

Robinson, Margaret L.

Jean-Jacques Rousseau Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00130 2B Annex
  • Manuscript Collection
  • [174-]-1844

The collection consists of a small group of documents and letters by or about Rousseau, the bulk of which are notes on the history of women taken by Rousseau from a variety of books. He appears to have compiled these notes acting as secretary to Louise Marie Madelaine (Fontaine) Dupin, who had hoped to write a book on the history of women (the work was never completed).

Rousseau, Jean-Jacques

The Carl Schaefer Collection of Thoreau MacDonald Material 

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00240
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1924-1975

The collection consists of letters from Thoreau MacDonald to Schaefer, as well as a large collection of Christmas and occassional cards, several of which are originals, original lino-cuts, printer's proofs of lino-cuts and pen drawings, and other printed material and clippings. The letters describe their work and contain running commentary on the art scene of the period.

Schaefer, Carl

Otto Schneid Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00350
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1929-1973

The collection consists of research materials for Schneid's unpublished book on 20th century Jewish artists in Europe, manuscripts for his published and unpublished works, and galleys for his published writings. The research materials include correspondence with more than 120 Jewish artists, copies of their exhibition catalogues, and other published works, and photographs of their art. Most of these artists perished during the Second World War.

Schneid, Otto

Ernest J. Schwarz Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00276 2B Annex
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1981-1986

The collection consists of originals and copies of correspondence, proposals for productions, investors' agreements, contracts between the producers and the theatres as well as between the producers and actors; scripts, financial statements (including expenses, revenues, pre-production and production budgets, balance sheets); investors' kits, publicity, production and casting notes, programmes, flyers, newspaper and magazine reviews, resumes and photographs of actors, directors, choreographers and technical crews; videocassettes of some of the productions and a few properties.
The collection also contains the papers (contracts, proposals, financial statements, correspondence, notes, scripts, reviews of past productions, publicity and productions notes) of unrealized project possibilities.

Schwarz, Ernest J.

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

Morton Shulman Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00285 2B Annex
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1882-[ca. 1982]

The collection consists of a bound typescript of Shulman's The Pfeffenhauser Clock, and a copy of Julia Jarvis' In Good Faith, with some of the graphic materials that she assembled in preparing it. Most of the material relates to Jarvis' parents, Arthur and Frances Annie Julia Roe.

Shulman, Morton

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)

William Snaith Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00042 2B Annex
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1914-1960

The collection consists largely of papers concerned with industrial engineering, including the description and 103 photos of the building of the Leaside Bridge in Toronto. It also contains Snaith's personal accounts and diaries covering the years 1914-60.

Snaith, William

Halyna Stadnyk Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00514
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1937-1984

The Halyna Stadnyk Papers focuses on the activities of several members of the United Hetman Organization [Soiauz hetmantasiv derzahavnykiv]. Halyna Stadnyk is the main recipient of the letters in this collection. Her principal correspondents are Natalia Doroshenko and IaElysaveta Skoropads?ka-Kuzahim. Nataliaa Doroshenko (1888-1970) was a stage actress and a prominent figure in the theater world. She was the wife of renowned Ukrainian historian Dmytro Doroshenko. She lived in Canada from 1947 and in Munich from the 1950s. IaElysaveta Skoropads?ka-Kuzahim (1899-1976) was a civic leader and sculptor. Her father, Pavlo Skoropadsky-, served as hetman of the Ukrainian State in 1918. Forced to abdicate in November, the Skoropadsky- family fled to Berlin. There she helped with her father's political activities, while also resuming her study of sculpture. She was also actively engaged in organizing humanitarian assistance to Ukrainians in need following the 1932-1933 famine and during the Second World War. After the death of her father in 1945 and upon the death her sister in 1959, she assumed the leadership of the hetmanite movement. The collection also includes photographs of Danylo Skoropadskyi and other members of the hetmanite movement. There are a number of photographs of the Lypynsky- East European Research Institute in Philadelphia, as well as photographs of some of its members.

Stadnyk, Halyna

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

Mykhailo Sytnyk Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00578
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1939-1982

The collection consists of correspondence between Sytnyk and his mother in Ukraine, whom he found in the last years of his life; other relatives in Ukraine; and his wife Hanna Cherin. The letters from Volodymyr Vynnychenko, a writer and political leader, forms the large part of the correspondence. The collection also includes some of Sytnyk's personal documents. The collection also contains many photographs of Sytnyk. They were taken when he was living in Lviv, Kyiv, Germany, and the United States. He was photographed with famous Ukrainian literary figures, such as, for example, IaUri- Kosach and IaUri- Klen (pseud. of Oswald Burghardt). The collection also contains Sytnyk's publications. These include two of his manuscripts, and a number of clippings of his poetry published in different periodicals. The collection also includes many articles about Sytnyk. In addition, the collection consists of material collected by John Luczkiw for a collection of Sytnyks poetry entitled TaSvit paporoti (Flower of the Fern). Luczkiw compiled the bibliography of Sytnyks works that was incorporated into the publication. The collection is organized into six series: biographical records, correspondence, publications, photographs, bibliographical materials, and miscellaneous.

Sytnyk, Mykhailo

Henry D. Townshend Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00143 2B Annex
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1838

The collection consists of correspondence chiefly addressed to Colonel Townshend relaying instructions and information relative to quelling the rebels and supporters of William Lyon Mackenzie. Correspondents include Sir George Arthur, W.B. Robinson and Colonel T. Halkett.

Townshend, Henry D.

Henry Grattan Tyrrell Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00024
  • Manuscript Collection
  • [ca. 1882]-1929

The collection consists of notes and typescripts for Tyrrell's industrial engineering works and for his books on bridge design. It also includes family correspondence, personal diaries, scrapbooks and some family photographs. Papers of Tyrrell's youngest son, William Tyrrell, are also included.

Tyrrell, H. G. (Henry Grattan)

William Tyrrell Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00025
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1836-1928

The collection consists of both private family correspondence and business papers. Included in the family correspondence are letters from William and his wife Elizabeth to their children, as well letters from relatives in Ireland, family friends and from important figures of the day who were acquaintances of Tyrrell. There is also material relating to Tyrrell's career in local politics and his activities as Justice of the Peace in Weston, Ont. The collection also contains business papers that relate to Tyrrell's contracting and building business.

Tyrrell, William

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