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Leonard Cohen Papers

Includes extensive materials related to Leonard Cohen’s early writing and publications, both poetry and prose, as well as some plays and television play scripts. There are multiple drafts of many poems from Cohen’s undergraduate years through his mid-late 20s, both typescript (many with holograph revisions) and holograph. There are similar drafts of prose: short stories, and
prose fragments, from the same period. Many of these writings became the basis for Cohen’s publications. Also included are materials directly related to the publication of Let Us Compare Mythologies, The Spice Box of Earth, The Favorite Game, Flowers for Hitler, and The Death of a Lady’s Man, including typescripts, page proofs, and correspondence with publishers and literary agents. There is also correspondence with friends, mentors, and colleagues, as well as some fan mail from 1967-68.

Cohen, Leonard

Lorna Goodison Papers

Includes early poetry drafts, many unpublished; Goldengrove corrected proofs, partial drafts and correspondence; Controlling the Silver drafts with holograph revisions ; miscellaneous holograph and word processed drafts of Turn Thanks, including some unpublished work and ink sketches; drafts of Travelling Mercies; From Harvey River drafts, proofs and correspondence (including early drafts titled ‘Rocksteady’ or ‘Rock Steady’) with editorial revision and correspondence; Fool-Fool Rose is Leaving Labour-in-Vain Savannah drafts; print, audio and video appearances by author, poet and professor Lorna Goodison.

Goodison, Lorna

Martin Hunter Papers

This collection consists of the bulk of Martin Hunter’s literary output, including manuscript drafts and scripts of his numerous writing projects for the stage, screen and radio, as well as other writing projects.

Hunter, Martin

Robert Gilford Lawrence Papers

Collection ofresearch notes for articles, essays published and unpublished by Robert G. Lawrence (1923-1995) on American and English actors and theatrical companies that have toured in Canada, especially before 1939. Includes correspondence with the families ofthese actors, and with other historians ofCanadian theatre.

Ronald Bryden Papers

This collection consists of the papers of Ronald Bryden and cover a wide range of his professional life: from early scripts co-written by Bryden when he was an undergraduate student at Trinity College, University of Toronto, in the 1940s, through to his published work when he was a journalist and critic in London during the 1960s and early 1970s, and up through the period when he was director of the Graduate Centre for Study of Drama at the University of Toronto. The collection also contains some of Bryden’s original research on the history of theatre, as well as journals that detail the productions he viewed in London, Toronto, Stratford, Ont., and Niagara-on-the-Lake (Shaw Festival).

Russell Brown Papers

  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1972-1999

A collection of Russell Brown's literary papers, and his editorial and correspondence files from his tenure as editor at 'Lakehead University Review' (1972-1975), 'Descant' (1979-1983), as joint editor of 'An Anthology of Canadian Literature in English' (1982-1983), and poetry editor at McClelland and Stewart (1983-1988). Brown edited about thirty books of poetry, including works by Roo Borson, Lorna Crozier, Mary di Michele, Ralph Gustafson, Irving Layton, Douglas LePan, Susan Musgrave and Al Purdy. Some manuscripts are included with the correspondence. Manuscripts for which the authors sought Brown's editorial and critical suggestions may contain lengthy comments which, in many cases, resulted in the works being revised and later published.

Brown, Russell

W.J. Keith Papers

Correspondence from writers, mainly Canadian, including Hugh Hood, George Johnston, David Solway, John Metcalfe, Robertson Davies, Douglas Lochhead, Hugh Maclennan, Carmine Starnino, George Payerle, Janice Kulyk-Keefer and others. The letters from Laura Riding concern his editing at the University of Toronto Quarterly, 1976-1985. Some letters include a manuscript from the writer, or corrections to a manuscript. Lengthy files are from friends who write about personal and literary matters.

Douglas LePan Papers

This gift of papers from the estate of Douglas LePan (1914-1998) includes diaries, journals, manuscripts, notes and correspondence relating to his career as a writer, diplomat and teacher as well as personal correspondence. It complements the collection of LePan Papers already in the Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library

LePan, Douglas

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

Jack MacLeod Papers

Literary papers containing drafts, working papers and photocopies of research materials for his books: Zinger and Me (1979), Going Grant (1983), The Oxford Book of Canadian Political Anecdotes (1988) and one book which he co-edited with Cynthia Smith, Sir John A. (1989), and "Dreaming a Beach"/"Uproar"; non-fiction writings; and correspondence.

MacLeod, Jack

Jack MacLeod Papers

Contains manuscript material relation to his novel Uproar, with new chapters and a deleted chapter. Also, there is correspondence from 1981-3 regarding Going Grand and scripts for the CBC series The Learning Stage from 1964.

MacLeod, Jack

Alberto Manguel Papers

This gift is representative of Manguel's entire body of work, 1960s to 2002, from both his business and personal life. It includes drafts, revisions, manuscripts, galleys, illustrations, publisher's correspondence, person correspondence, photographs, printed appearances and other material. It includes material related to: A Dictionary of Imaginary Places; A History of Reading; Reading Pictures: A History of Love and Hate; News From a Foreign Country Came; Soho Square; Black Water; Other Fires; Meanwhile in Another Part of the Forest; Into the Looking-Glass Wood; Mothers and Daughters; Fathers and Sons; God's Spies, and many other translations, anthologies, articles, conferences, literary juries and other projects Manguel has been involved with. Manguel maintains correspondence with a fascinating array of authors, publishers and many other notable people.

Manguel, Alberto

Alberto Manguel Papers

Includes drafts, notes, galleys, correspondence and research related to: With Borges; Stevenson Under the Palm Trees; Solitary Vices; la leyenda dorada; Chesterton; Lamentations; le poète mourant (Henrich Heine); translations and different issues of A History of Reading; other authors' work; reviews written by Manguel for various publications; adaptations for CBC; essays; videotapes; reel-to-reel audio tapes; CD-ROM; audio cassettes; Bestiario (special book with loose pages in handmade silk box by Spanish artist Salvador Retana, with text by Manguel; only 10 in total made by the artist); Christmas and birthday cards; ink, pencil and watercolour sketches and drawings by Manguel.

Manguel, Alberto

Alberto Manguel Papers

This collection includes original draft manuscripts, galleys and page proofs for Manguel's published work, including his book A Reading Diary (2004) and his anthology Penguin Book of Christmas Stories (2005), as well as for his articles, reviews and other projects for a variety of publications. It also includes translations of his work, published clippings (of his own work and articles about him), correspondence (October 1999-July 2005) - both personal and business - material related to his work on various literary juries (including the Man Booker International Prize 2005), his drawings, and bound galleys and page-proofs of books sent to Manguel for review.

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 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

Karen Mullhallen Papers

1999 Accession:

A collection of draft manuscripts, notes and correspondence pertaining to her book, In The Era of Acid Rain, Windsor, Ont. : Black Moss Press, 1993. Also includes correspondence with Virgil Burnett, a draft of Simon Louvich's "Cosmic Follies", and galleys and rejected submissions for Descant.

2000 Accession: Materials relating to the editing and publication of Descant, the literary journal edited by Karen Mulhallen. Includes author correspondence, manuscripts, photographs, drawings, proofs, cover proofs, promotional materials, and financial and administrative documents (1989-2000). Also included are material pertaining to other editing work Mulhallen has done, manuscripts, proofs, notes and correspondence pertaining to her book The Grace of Private Passage. Windsor, Ont.: Black Moss Press, 2000, and gifts to her.

2001 Accession:

Materials relating to the editing and publication of Descant, 1987-2001. Includes author correspondence, manuscripts, manuscripts on diskettes, proofs, production and research notes, and office, subscription and distribution documents.

Mulhallen, Karen

Karen Mulhalen Papers

Consists of manuscripts, general correspondence, and various papers relating to Descant magazine. The gift also consists of some of Mulhallen's professional and personal correspondence. Also included are correspondence and manuscripts relating to Modern Love, Herm on Tour, War Surgery and In The Era of Acid Rain.

Mulhallen, Karen

Karen Mulhallen Papers

This collection consists primarily of material related to the production of Descant, the literary journal edited by Karen Mulhallen, as well as some of Mulhallen's personal papers. The Descant papers include original manuscripts, correspondence, copy edits, typeset galleys and office administration files.

Mulhallen, Karen

Karen Mulhallen Papers

Includes editorial material - primarily manuscripts, proofs and correspondence - for issues 137, 138, 140 and 141 of the literary journal Descant, as well as files related to fund-raising activities and outreach. The collection also contains some of Mulhallen's personal and professional files related to her writing and her readings, and material related to her teaching at Ryerson University.

Mulhallen, Karen

Eric Ormsby Papers

Includes drafts, notes, correspondence (Geoffrey Hill, Dennis O’Driscoll, Ana Maria Pacheco, Sebastian Barker, Peter Nichols, John Metcalf and others), translations and other material from the life and work of poet and scholar Eric Ormsby. Includes translations from Arabic and Persian by Dr. Ormsby of ‘The Shadow of Gilgamesh’ by Fawzi Karim; ‘Between Reason and Revelation’ by Nasiri-i Khusraw (early title ‘ Twin Wisdoms Reconciled: On the Harmony of Reason and Revelation’); class notes from University of Tübingen, 1973-74; Princeton University exams in Arab studies, 1973; copy of Arabic text used as basis for first book, as well as notes and drafts from Tübingen for Theodicy in Islamic Thought; Arabic poetry notes and drafts by Ormsby, 1972; translations of poetry from the Persian of 8th century poet, Tahman; notes, drafts and translation of Goethe Notes and Essays on the West-Eastern Divan; holograph notebooks; early scrapbook, 1955; articles, reviews, translations in The New Criterion, Parnassus, etc. as well as print and audio/visual appearances.

Ormsby, Eric

Charles Pachter Papers

Includes numerous photographs, documents, letters and other material related to Sara Pachter, Harry Pachter and the extended Pachter and Sanders families; Charles Pachter correspondence, 2000-2009; art-related events and projects; personal diaries (restricted); books inscribed to Pachter by the authors, including Margaret Atwood and Rick Salutin as well as various materials related to the life and work of Charles Pachter

Pachter, Charles

Josef Škvorecký Papers

Holograph and typescript drafts of his works (novels, travelogues, literary essays, film scripts, etc.), correspondence and works by other authors

Škvorecký, Josef

Derek Walcott Papers

Collection of manuscript drafts for published and unpublished literary works; correspondence; ephemera; printed appearances / clippings relating to his readings and lectures.

Eric Wright Papers

Drafts, manuscripts and correspondence related to the publication of Eric Wright's short stories and novels.

Eric Wright Papers

Includes various drafts and edited drafts of published and unpublished works, correspondence, reviews and other material relating to the following: The Day We Sold The Cabin; Me and Fred; Joe Barley and the Russian Mob; A Likely Story; A Hemingway Caper; Bringing in the Sheaves; the first ten Charlie Salter books; Death of a Sunday Writer; Always Give A Penny...; Moodie's Tale; Death of a Hired Man; My Brother's Keeper; The Last Hand; Death on the Rocks; and print appearances in various journals.

David Young Papers

A collection of David Young's correspondence, literary manuscripts, business papers, and ephemera. Correspondence includes both business and personal matters from the late 1960s to 1995. The literary papers include multiple drafts and the galleys for his novels Incognito and Agent Provocateur, the notes and drafts for some of his most successful dramatic works, among them Fire, and Glenn, and many TV scripts. Also included are several of his adaptations of works by other authors for radio, such as Carol Shield's Swann, and Michael Ondaatje's In the Skin of a Lion and The English Patient. Drafts of works by other authors edited by Young and his own manuscripts edited by others, including Michael Ondaatje, are also included. The business papers relate to The Writer's Union of Canada, The Writers' Trust, The For/Words Foundation, Coach House Press and The Baffin Island Project. The ephemera documents the Toronto arts scene.

David Young Papers

Collection consists of manuscripts edited by David Young by others such as Michael Ondaatje (Anil's Ghost); Margaret Atwood (Alias Grace); Kathy Acker (Blood and Guts in High School); draft manuscripts for Young's books, television, film and theatre scripts; background material for projects; personal and business correspondence; schoolwork and other personal papers, audio cassettes, financial information, posters and other ephemera from various productions of Young's work.

David Young Papers

This collection consists of material, including manuscript drafts and correspondence, for various projects David Young worked on between 2004 and 2007. It includes "Sold", a project he developed for CTV, as well as his work for the TV program ReGenesis. it also includes material from various productions of his plays, Glenn and Inexpressible Island, among other projects.

Barry Callaghan Papers

  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1965-2016

A collection of files for Exile, a literary journal based in Toronto; contains manuscripts with notes, revisions, instructions to the printer, and galley proofs for poems, short stories, essays, plays and art which appeared in Exile from 1972-75; includes 171 photographs and other graphic material.

Callaghan, Barry

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

Dayv James-French Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 103D
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1972 - 2016

This accession of Dayv James-French’s papers includes many drafts of his writing including short stories, poetry, and novels, including drafts for Victims of Gravity (1990) and other unpublished work; professional and personal correspondence with authors and publishers; submissions; book reviews; personal journals and other material related to his life and work.

Contains series:

  1. Manuscripts and other writing files
  2. Professional correspondence
  3. Personal correspondence
  4. Professional files
  5. Personal and miscellaneous files

James-French, Dayv

Michelle Berry Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 762
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1970 - 2014

This first accession of Michelle Berry’s papers contains manuscript drafts of novels and books of short stories; early writing drafts; reviews written by Michelle Berry for the Globe and Mail, as well as reviews of her work; correspondence, and other material related to her life and work.
Contains series:
1.Manuscripts and other writing
2.Reviews
3.Professional files
4.Correspondence
5.Personal and miscellaneous files
6.Early writing
7.Other files
8.Restricted files

Berry, Michelle

Phil Hall Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 206A
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1970 - 2016

Includes drafts and notes for White Porcupine, My Banjo & Tiny Drawings, numerous holograph notebooks, personal and professional correspondence (1980s-20--), manuscripts by others, including Martha Hillhouse, Andrew Vaisius, Erin Mouré, Brother Lawrence Morey, Stan Dragland, Mark Goldstein, Jennifer Still, Sandra Ridley; ephemera used for writing, appearances, editorial work on several literary journals, including Don’t Quit Your Day Job, Hard Row to Hoe, This Magazine. Correspondents include a variety of poets and authors, friends and others, including Andrew Vaisius, Tom Wayman, Erin Mouré, Patrick Lane, Al Purdy, Mick Burrs [a.k.a. Stephen Michael Berzensky], Elizabeth Hay, Gary Geddes, rob mclennan, Brother Lawrence Morey, Stan Dragland, Maureen Scott Harris, Glen Downie, Alice Munro, including alphabetical correspondence. Personal material related to daughter Brett/e Greer-Hall, former partner Jane Greer, Ann Silversides [wife], Dorothy Clarke [mother], legal documents and other personal material related to Phil Hall.

Hall, Phil

Erika Ritter Papers

Includes research, drafts and print related to The Hidden Life of Humans; The Dog by the Cradle, the Serpent Beneath; “Unmuzzled” column for Dogs in Canada; The Great Big Book of Guys; The Girl I Left Behind Me; travel writing; CBC Radio writing and hosting; appearances; comedy pieces; notes for speeches, talks and readings; various radio pieces; “The Ark Gallery/Noah’s Arcade” radio programme; published and unpublished work; memorials; book reviews; professional and personal correspondence, 2004-2006 and other material related to the life and work of Erika Ritter

Ritter, Erika

Roderick Stewart Collection of Bethune

The collection largely consists of prints and photographs of Norman Bethune, some of which are in Stewart's books on Bethune. Most of the prints are in black and white and are identified. It also includes the Elizabeth Wallace collection of Bethune memorabilia, as well correspondence, prints and clippings.

Stewart, Roderick

Elspeth Cameron Papers

Collection of notes, research materials, correspondence relating to her biographies - Hugh Maclennan: a writer's life (1981); Irving Layton: a Portrait, (1985) and Earle Birney: a Life (1994) as well as her annotated bibliography of MacLennan and her recently published memoir, No Previous Experience: a memoir of love and change, (1997). Drafts of articles in Chatelaine and Saturday Night, class notes and administrative correspondence for her teaching at Concordia and University of Toronto, 54 photographs,and audio and video tapes.

Elspeth Cameron Papers

Includes correspondence from writers, artists, poets, friends; material related to Elspeth Cameron’s life and work: such as writing, teaching, photography, literary juror, conferences, readings; print appearances; ESL scripts for videos to be made and used in Beijing to teach children; print material from 2001 accession has been incorporated, primarily print material re: Maclennan biography and Quebec Writers’ Federation Non-Fiction Jury 2000.

Cameron, Elspeth

Elspeth Cameron Papers

This accession for Elspeth Cameron’s Papers includes archival material related to her life and work predominantly between the years of 2005-10. Featured within this accession are her speech for the Margaret Laurence Lecture (apart of the Writers’ Trust of Canada’s annual lecture series), as well as research materials and photographs for her book, And Beauty Answers: The Life of Frances Loring and Florence Wyle (2007).

Cameron, Elspeth

Elspeth Cameron Papers

This accession of Elspeth Cameron’s papers includes manuscript drafts, research and other files for A Tale of Two Divas: The Curious Adventures of Jean Forsyth and Edith J. Miller in Canada’s Edwardian West (2016), and other professional and personal files relating to her life and work.

Contains series:

  1. Manuscript and files relating to A Tale of Two Divas: The Curious Adventures of Jean Forsyth and Edith J. Miller in Canada’s Edwardian West
  2. Research for A Tale of Two Divas: The Curious Adventures of Jean Forsyth and Edith J. Miller in Canada’s Edwardian West
  3. Other writing
  4. Personal and professional files
  5. Audiovisual materials and other files

Cameron, Elspeth

Frances Dafoe Papers

Collection includes original colour sketches of costume designs for shows designed by Frances Dafoe: 1. West Side Story for Banff Festival of the Arts, 1984. '27 mounted and 4 rough. Also included - copy of the playbill, the script and photostats with instructions to the cutters' 2. Kiss Me Kate for Banff Festival of the Arts, 1985. '27 colour mounted plus 18 black and white for a special scene using only black and white copies of the original sketches. There are also 7 quick colour drawings for tights.' 3. The Heart's a Wonder, The Irish Play Society, 1971. '2 colour sketches mounted. Included reviews and Playbill.' Some sketches have sample textile swatches attached.

Dafoe, Frances Helen

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