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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

Margaret Atwood Papers

Includes drafts, notes, proofs for Stone Mattress: Nine Tales; The Handmaid’s Tale ballet by the Royal Winnipeg Ballet; “I’m Starved For You” short story (part of The Heart Goes Last) published digitally only with Byliner/Positron, online publisher; drafts, notes and other material related to Margaret Atwood’s new novel The Heart Goes Last, including extensive editorial notes and comments by Ellen Seligman; ‘Cause Files’; letters of recommendation by Margaret Atwood; appearances; In Other Worlds foul matter; MaddAddam media; general media; fan mail 2013-2014; various small projects; general media; general fan mail; ‘fantastic fan mail’; Future Library press archive

Margaret Atwood Papers

This accession contains notes, drafts, editorial correspondence (with Ellen Seligman and others) and research for Hag-Seed: The Tempest Retold; the Rolex Mentor and Protégé Arts Initiative in which Margaret Atwood mentored writer Naomi Alderman; appearances; short pieces; essays; interviews; media for various projects including her graphic novel with Johnnie Christmas, Angel Catbird; a draft of Dark Backward, early title of Hag-Seed; material related to the upcoming Netflix mini-series Alias Grace directed by Sarah Polley; fan mail; editorial and other correspondence; the City Opera Vancouver production of Pauline; and other material

Margaret Atwood Papers

Includes drafts, proofs, editorial correspondence and other material related to MaddAddam; The Year of the Flood [early title ‘God’s Garden’]; promotional material, publisher’s correspondence, website, early preliminary material; the ‘Trace’ play; film scripts and correspondence for Grace Marks/Alias Grace, Life Before Man, The Robber Bride, Lady Oracle, Cat’s Eye, The Edible Woman, ‘Score: a hockey musical’ [MA singing cameo]; print and personal appearances, activism and other activities; short pieces, essays, speeches; Nashville Public Television interview, and research files for The Year of the Flood, Oryx and Craik, MaddAddam

Atwood, Margaret

Barbarian Press Papers

This collection complements the existing Barbarian Press Papers held at the Fisher Library. It consists of a variety of material – including correspondence, manuscripts, and other production material – related to the production and publishing of the Barbarian titles Venus & Adonis (published 2005), The Wolf’s Carol (2006), Under Strange Sail (2007), Amours de Voyage (2007) and Not Yet (privately printed in 2006), as well as various pamphlets, broadsheets and ephemera produced by the Mission, B.C. team of Crispin and Jan Elsted.

Barbarian Press

Barbarian Press Papers

This accession consists of the manuscripts, illustrations, page proof sheets, correspondence and other editorial material for Barbarian Press books released between 2002 and 2005, including: Endgrain Editions Three: Peter Lazarov (2002), John Keats’ Eve of Saint Agnes (2003), Hoi Barbaroi: A Quarter Century at Barbarian Press (2004), Emily: Opposites Attract (2004), Carlo Toselli’s What is Time? (2004) and John Loney’s Gallipoli (2005). It also contains material for smaller, miscellanous Barbarian Press projects, including catalogues, wedding invitations and broadsheets.

Barbarian Press

Barbarian Press Papers

This gift contains Proofs and Design Drawings for C. Toselli’s Immobile correndo (Motionless in Motion) from proofs to deluxe edition, Crispin Elsted’s A Natural History of Surprise, Abigail Rorer’s Endgrain Editions Two, Arnold Shives’ Mountain Journal, and miscellaneous. There are also Proofs and Design Drawings for Founts and Circumstance and A Sloth of Bears,

Barbarian Press

Barbarian Press Papers

Papers for its commissioned and non-commissioned work. Includes correspondence, designs, dummies, proofs from blocks, and page proofs.

Barbarian Press

Bata Shoe Company Papers

  • Manuscript Collection
  • [189-?]-2014

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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

Jack Batten Papers

This collection contains papers and other documents pertaining to the work of Jack Batten, a Toronto-based writer and journalist..

Batten, Jack

Miriam Dashkin Beckerman Papers

Includes Haftling (Prisoner) No. 94771 Memoirs of Holocaust Survivors in Canada, Volume 28: experiences in German Lagers (Camps) 1941-1945, Lithuania: Dvinsk, Riga, Kaiserwald, Germany: Stutthof, Tarin, Bromberg by Paula Frankel-Zaltzman, translated from the Yiddish by Miriam Dashkin Beckerman; English translations of Boris Sandler’s short stories published in The Jewish Forward; English translations from the Yiddish of stories by Dovid Katz [nom de plume Heershadovid Menkes], including ‘If Not Wiser’, ‘The Thirteenth Romp’, ‘The Angel of Martzibal’ and ‘Noach Anshel of the Other World’; translations of Chava Rosenfarb stories and notes; translations of Friedenson/Strauss family poems and letters; I and My World by David Volpe, English translation; Beckerman’s translation of the Yizkor book entry, On the Ruins of My Home by Avraham Zimler regarding Zsirardow (Zherardow), Amshinov and Viskit, [Pinkes Zshirardoṿ, Amshinoṿ un Ṿisḳiṭ : yizker-bukh tsu der geshikhṭe fun di ḳehiles : Zshirardoṿ, Amshinoṿ, Ṿisḳiṭ, fun zeyer oyfḳum biz zeyer ḥurben dorkh di Natsis yimaḥ shmam [redaḳṭor, Mordkhe Ṿ. Bernshṭayn]. Imprint Buenos-Ayres : Landslayṭ-faraynen in Ameriḳe, Yiśroel, Franḳraykh, Argenṭine, 1961.];

Beckerman, Miriam

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

Afua Cooper Papers

Includes drafts, correspondence, posters, appearance material, teaching material and ephemera related to the life and work of Dr. Afua Cooper.

Cooper, Afua

Afua Cooper Papers

Includes personal and professional correspondence; poem manuscripts; academic papers and lectures for the University of Toronto, York University, Ryerson University and other institutions; academic course materials; personal photographs; appearances; academic positions; cultural and political pursuits; community events; extensive work related to the history of slavery, and the history of African Canadians; the Dub Poets Collective; material related to her books The Hanging of Angelique: the untold story of Canadian slavery and the burning of old Montreal, The Underground railroad: next stop, Toronto!, Henry Bibb, The Young Phillis Wheatley, Memories Have Tongue, Copper Woman, and other material related to her life and work

Cooper, Afua

Alberto Manguel Papers

This accession for Alberto Manguel’s Papers includes archival material and work related to his life predominantly between the years of 2009-2011. Featured within this accession are new manuscript drafts for novels; music and art projects for the Fondation Cartier: Moebius - Transe Forme Exhibit (“Metamorphoses” anthology by A.M.), and for the Metropolitan Opera; original drawings; other writers’ manuscripts and page proofs; material pertaining to various lectures, seminars and readings; printed books; periodicals; magazine appearances; clippings; the Lettres d’Automne and Montauban DVDs; 2007 Massey Lecture: The City of Words CD; and significant correspondence with Westwood Agency, Schavelzon Agency, and author, Isabel Huggan.

Manguel, Alberto

Alberto Manguel Papers

This accession of Alberto Manguel’s Papers complements and builds on the existing collections held at the Fisher Library. (Please MS Colls. 00405, 00425, 00444, 00477, 00522 and 00541.) It consists of manuscripts – in English, Spanish and French – for Manguel’s numerous writing projects, as well as the manuscript for his 2010 book A Reader on Reading, along with proofs and other materials related to the book. Among other works represented in this collection are an operatic libretto he composed to accompany music by Oscar Strasnoy titled Un retour (it premiered at the Festival d’Aix-en-Provence in 2010), his novel All Men Are Liars, City of Words, Homer’s Iliad and Odyssey: A Biography, and catalogues and books on the artists Miquel Barceló and Glen Baxter.

Manguel, Alberto

Alberto Manguel Papers

This latest accession of the Alberto Manguel Papers complements and builds on the existing Manguel Papers held at the Fisher Library (see MS Colls 00405, 00425, 00444, 00477, 00522, 00541). It includes manuscripts for City of Words (the 2007 Massey Lecture delivered by Manguel, and published by House of Anansi Press) and All Men Are Liars, a novel begun in English in the early 1990s but eventually completed, and published, in Spanish as Todos los hombres son mentirosos. It also includes French translations, including manuscripts and page proofs, of the above three books. As well, the collection consists of the manuscripts, primarily in English and Spanish, for Manguel’s numerous writing projects in 2008-09, and material from various projects, including the 2009 TVO-produced television series “Empire of the Words.” The collection also includes correspondence – including letters and notes from writers Isabel Huggan, Anne Michaels, Rohinton Mistry, P.K. Page and Susan Swan – literary jury work, manuscripts sent to Manguel for review or reading, and an extensive collection of antiquarian book catalogues collected by Manguel.

Manguel, Alberto

Alberto Manguel Papers

This latest accession complements and builds on the existing collections of Alberto Manguel's papers held at the Fisher Library. It consists of manuscript drafts (including translations) of his various works - both fiction and non-fiction - including his 2007 Massey Lecture, "The City of Words." It also contains other editorial material, primarily galley and page proofs, as well as correspondence and material related to awards won by Manguel and various literary juries he has served on.

Manguel, Alberto

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