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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

Sharon Abron Drache Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00684 (2B annex)
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1974-2013

Includes extensive correspondence, manuscripts, etc. with Joe Rosenblatt, David Gurr; drafts, research and correspondence related to Barbara Klein-Muskrat: Then and Now; The Lubavitchers Are Coming to Second Avenue; Ritual Slaughter; The Mikveh Man; The Golden Ghetto; The Magic Pot; correspondence, research and drafts for piece on Richard Landon and the Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library; Arthur Drache material; unpublished children’s stories; family material; ghost writing; mentoring and other material related to the life and work of Sharon Abron Drache.

Drache, Sharon Abron

Julius Griffith Papers

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

Includes sketches and book jackets.

Griffith, Julius

Stanley Morisse Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00561
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1897-1987

Includes personal and professional correspondence; personal photographs; official documents; receipts and invoices; typescript drafts of books; newspaper articles, passports, cultural and political pursuits. Various highlighted items in his collection include many interesting photographs documenting the May Day Rallies of 1933-4 in Hamilton, Ontario-suggesting that he had an active role in organizing these demonstrations. There are also a number of newspaper clippings (primarily from The Daily Colonist (Victoria, B.C.), documenting such issues as communism, the war in Vietnam, Cyprus, various actions taken by the Canadian Government, and celebrities such as Marilyn Munroe and Princess Diana. A series of postcards document a trip taken by Sam Lawrence across Europe in 1936. Also featured is a collection of photographs of Lenin from 1897-1917 from a book of photographs entitled “Lenin” edited by Vladimir Il’ich and a collection of postcards documenting the Third Congress of Komintern in Russia, 1919. Lastly, there are two typescript books dedicated to Morisse and written by Georgoula Beikos entitled “The Greece That Fights: A Collection of Articles in Russian”, and a book of poems written by political prisoners on the Cypriot island of Gioura after the Greek civil war from 1945-1949.

Morisse, Stanley

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

Leon Katz Momento Books

Two-volume book which consists of 341 paintings, sketches, prints, collages, autographs, partial music scores, poetry and prose collected by Katz, with the help of his wife Johanna, over nearly three decades, from 1970-1998.

Among the Canadian contributors: Farley Mowat, Margaret Atwood, Northup Frye, Robertson Davies, Michael Ondaatje, Arthur Lismer, Thoreau MacDonald (a frequent contributor), Leon Bellefleur. Interest
contributors: Marc Chagall, Rufino Tamayo, Henry Moore, Andy Warhol, among many others.

Katz, Leon

Frances Dafoe Papers

Includes a complete record of the career of Frances Dafoe as a costume designer for a wide variety of projects. Includes full colour drawings, photographs, slides and rough sketches for many CBC television programs(1950s-1990s), including ‘Juliette’, ‘Tommy Ambrose Show’, ‘Front Page Challenge’, ‘The Tommy Hunter Show’, ‘Brenda Lee’, ‘One of a Kind’ – with Rita Allen Greer and Kathie McNeil, ‘Holiday Ranch’, ‘Tom Jones’, ‘Stars on Ice’, ‘The Rene Simard Show’, 1980 Genie Awards, ‘I’ll Never Get to Heaven’, and ‘Back to the Beanstalk’. Most are original full colour drawings with fabric samples and notions attached, and colour photographs of the finished design in many cases. Dafoe’s costume design has been nominated for Gemini Awards many times. Dafoe designed costumes for the Closing Ceremonies of the Calgary Olympics in 1988; various theatre productions—especially for The Charlottetown Festival; various commercial designs, including for 1960s General Motors Automobile shows and Eaton’s wedding dresses; some project-related correspondence; videotapes; posters; and other material related to her life and work. Frances Dafoe’s uncle, Dr. Allan Roy Dafoe delivered the Dionne Quintuplets with telephone assistance from Dafoe’s father, Toronto physician Dr. William A. Dafoe.

Dafoe, Frances Helen

Frances Dafoe Papers

This accession contains drafts of manuscripts; costume design sketches; design booklets; figure skating files; photographs; skating memorabilia; family records; skating-related tapes and CDs; and other materials relating to the life and work of Frances Dafoe.

  1. Manuscript: Figure Skating and the Arts: Eight Centuries of Sport and Inspiration
  2. Exhibition: Art Forms of Skating
  3. Other Writing
  4. Costume Design Files
  5. Design Booklets
  6. Figure Skating Files
  7. Figure Skating Associations and Judges
  8. Awards Photographs
  9. Personal and work-related files
  10. Press clippings
  11. Skating images and memorabilia
  12. Family records
  13. Other files
  14. Audiovisual materials

Dafoe, Frances Helen

Frank Gould Shears Papers

Consists of material created or gathered by F.G. Shears in his capacity as the director of the Vancouver branch of the office of the Custodian of Enemy Property. The Vancouver office was established in 1942 following the attack on Pearl Harbor, with the special purpose of overseeing the seizure and, later, liquidation of assets of Japanese removed from the Pacific exclusion zone for internment. The office also helped with the administering of Japanese claims for remuneration in accordance with the findings of the Royal Commission, and Justice Henry Irving Bird, in 1950. The office was closed on March 31, 1952.

Shears, Frank Gould

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

Coach House Press Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00620
  • Manuscript Collection
  • [196-]-2005

This is the first accession of the Coach House Press (CHP) papers by the Fisher Library. It primarily includes files accumulated and maintained by Stan Bevington, founder of the CHP. (While Library and Archives Canada holds a significant amount of Coach House Press materials, Bevington held back many of his own personal files related to CHP, with the intention of donating them to the Fisher Library). The papers include accounting materials for the Press–price quotes, sales invoices, payroll information, etc. –and other materials related to the running of the CHP. It also includes material collected by Bevington, dubbed “Stan’s ephemera,” which contain handwritten notes written by Bevington, as well as correspondence, programs and other assorted and interesting items.
The collection is particularly noteworthy for its extensive collection of computer-related material, including the files for SoftQuad, the company co-founded by Bevington that was at the forefront of the digital age in publishing. Bevington is considered a publishing pioneer in the transition to digital technology from traditional typesetting.

Coach House Press

Bliss Carman papers

  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1904-1928

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

Alan Stein Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00702
  • Manuscript Collection
  • [199-]-2009

This collection features the bulk of material associated with Alan Stein’s fine press imprint Church Street Press.

Stein, Alan

Malka Marom Papers

Collection of research notes, interviews, and manuscript drafts relating to her first novel, Sulha, (Toronto, Key Porter Books, 1999),; photographs, tapes, cassettes and other material regarding research for Sulha, and her work as a world musician; tapes, films, videos, notes and draft scripts of her work as a maker of documentary radio programmes and films, and the interviewer of celebrated world figures (Pablo Casals, Moshe Dayan); correspondence (Dennis Lee, Leonard Cohen, Jack McClelland, Eli Wiesel), mainly 1972-1999.

Marom, Malka

Sam Solecki Papers

  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1982-2016

Contains drafts of work; correspondence with various writers; photographs; files from 1982-1984 (re: Writer-in-Residence program, Massey College).

Solecki, Sam

George Elliott Clarke papers

Includes manuscript drafts for ‘I and I’, ‘Sonnets to Luxury’, ‘Red’, ‘The Motorcyclist’( a novel in progress based in part on father Lloyd Clarke’s diaries), Whylah Falls, Directions Home: Approaches to African-Canadian Literature; Lush Dreams, Blue Exile; ‘Sonnets from the Lebanese’ drafts [Salim Gold], with edits by Paul Zemokhol, Roy Wang and John Fraser; ‘Aurélian Verses’ drafts and correspondence; ‘Cinema Italiano’ drafts; journals, extensive personal and professional correspondence, 2006-2012, ‘Africana’, columns, essays, lectures, public appearances, book reviews, course material, financial information 2000-2002, personal and professional photographs, print, ephemera, ‘Africana’ and other material related to the life and work of professor, performer, poet and activist George Elliott Clarke. The original holograph notebooks and pages containing his works, lyrics, first drafts and notes form part of this accession, July 1975 - 2004. These notebooks represent the first drafts of nearly all of Clarke’s work.

Clarke, George Elliott

Fritz Hauch Eden Crowe Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00751
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1863-1908

Contains the only known records of Captain Fritz Hauch Eden Crowe. The collection comprises of two leaves from a scrapbook, which has pasted-in watercolours and clippings, as well as three singular watercolours and one pencil drawing. These eleven watercolours and two pencil drawings were made during the course of his travels as a British naval officer and Consul-General to Portuguese East Africa at the following locations: Bahia Blanca (Argentina), Chupat, Patagonia (Argentina), Colonia, Rio Plata (Uruguay), Santa Catarina and Anhatomirim Island (Brazil), Simambaya Island (off the coast of Lamu, Kenya), Cape Verde (off the Senegalese coast), Egypt and Ascension Island (South Atlantic Ocean, 1600 km from the coast of Africa). Collected clippings demonstrate Crowe’s interest in naval history and exploration. Crowe’s papers also contain personal correspondence, notably three letters written to his mother (1863, 1872, 1878), and one to his grandfather as a 14 year old naval cadet. Correspondence and documentation also relates to his career as a naval officer and consul-general including a commission document, a letter of introduction and a letter from Crowe requesting retirement. The collected papers comprises some estate documents, such as an original codicil to Crowe’s will, which makes arrangements for his young daughter, as well as documents outlining the distribution of inheritance from his Uncle and his parents.

Crowe, Fritz Hauch Eden

The Ronald Peters Gift of the Lester Douglas Personal Archives of Earl Horter, Hans Foy, David Karfunkle and Barbara Shermund

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00750
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1916-1958

Contains the personal archives of Lester Douglas of four artists: Earl Horter, Hans Foy, David Karfunkle and Barbara Shermund. Douglas was acquainted with these artists through his role as the Director of Art and Printing for the Chamber of Commerce of the United States and through his work as a typographer and book designer. These collections include original artworks from all four artists, including drawings, paintings, etchings and engravings, some of them inscribed with dedications to Douglas. Apart from Horter, the artworks are contained in portfolios created by Douglas. Also included is correspondence from Horter and Foy to Douglas, as well as some ephemera, such as newspaper clippings and exhibition pamphlets for Horter, Foy and Karfunkle.

Peters, Ronald

Mary Burns Papers

Includes early writings and drafts of published and unpublished material, extensive research, personal and business correspondence, and other material related to her books and publications.

Burns, Mary

Roderick Stewart Collection of Bethune

  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1927-2009

Contains extensive research, drafts and notes for work on Dr. Norman Bethune, as well as prints and photographs of Norman Bethune and Bethune memorabilia

Stewart, Roderick

Roderick Stewart Collection of Bethune

Includes extensive research, drafts and notes for work on Dr. Norman Bethune, including for Stewart’s The Mind of Norman Bethune and Phoenix: The Life of Norman Bethune. Includes extensive research relating to the Spanish Civil War and Dr. Bethune, China, and the life and work of Dr. Bethune.

Stewart, Roderick

Mark Gayn Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00215
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1930-1980

The collection consists of notebooks, diaries, drafts for writings, lectures, broadcasts, correspondence, pamphlets, newspapers clippings, films and photographs related to the journalistic career of Gayn.

Gayn, Mark

Girdwood Collection of Glass Lantern Slides, Niagara Falls and Area

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00407
  • Manuscript Collection
  • [ca. 1850-1860].

Collection consists of 79 stereoscopic and panorama glass negatives taken by Girdwood and by commercial photographers, one of whom was possibly American photographer James Thomson. Fifteen of the slides depict scenes in and around Niagara Falls and are mounted with descriptions. Other locations depicted include Montreal and Ottawa, however, in many cases there is no information about either the photographer or location. Some of the negatives have been split into two pictures as each side contained a different image, and some of the negatives have only one image as they were taken as panoramas instead of stereo images.

Girdwood, Gilbert Prout

James Little Baillie Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00127 (Downsview Offsite)
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1920-1970

Correspondence with naturalists; a dictionary of naturalists; drafts for a life of Charles Fothergill; bird-watching journals kept by Baillie from 1920-1970; Baillie’s weekly columns in The Toronto Evening Telegram, 1931-70 (on microfilm); some material by other naturalists.

Baillie, James Little

Birdsall & Son Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00205
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1840-1961

A collection of photographs and rubbings of bindings, tool designs, tooling patterns, designs, and drawings executed by the firm of Birdsall and Son, Northampton, England, from the 1840's to 1961.

Birdsall & Son Bookbinders and Stationers

J. O. P. Bland Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00081
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1883-1954

Correspondence with officials and British authors, journals kept while in China 1883-85 and 1906-1910, typescripts of chapters of his various published books, his unfinished autobiography, scrapbooks, photos and memorabilia.

Bland, J. O. P. (John Otway Percy)

Elsinore Haultain Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00264 2B Annex
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1911-1961

Collection consists of manuscript notes and drafts, both holograph and typescript, for Haultain's biographical sketch of Lorne Pierce, as well as correspondence to Haultain. Collection also contains the 1911 Coronation memorabilia of her uncle, George Ewan McCraney.

Haultain, Elsinore

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

J.P. (James Playfair) McMurrich Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00052
  • Manuscript Collection
  • [192-?]-[193-?]

Collection consists of notes and manuscript drafts for McMurrich’s unpublished book, The History of Anatomy as well as a portrait of McMurrich.

McMurrich, J.P (James Playfair)

David Mazierski Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00280
  • Manuscript Collection
  • [1987?]

The collection consists of drawings in pen and ink for the book Anatomy of the Dromedary by Malie M.S. Smuts and A.J. Bezuidenhout (1987).

Mazierski, David

Lord's Day Alliance of Canada Papers (Downsview Offsite)

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00129
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1888-1994

This collection includes correspondence, minute books, administrative records, legal documents, photographs, scrapbooks and printed materials generated by the Alliance and many of its branches from 1888 to 1979. The second part of the collection includes records and artifacts from the renamed Alliance: the People for Sunday Association of Canada, from 1982 until its dissolution in 1994. There is also material from other organizations concerned with Sunday observance.

Lord's Day Alliance of Canada

Daniel and Lois Lowe Collection

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00223
  • Manuscript Collection
  • [17-]-[18-]

The collection consists of drawings and paintings of birds and flowers, mainly by English and French artists.

Lowe, Daniel

Lorna Kane McCracken Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00230 2B Annex
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1909-1965

Correspondence from John Galsworthy, W.W. Jacobs, Blanch Patch, Helen Waddell, manuscript of Galsworthy's The Pigeon; photographs.

McCracken, Lorna Kane

Ernest Buckler Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00099
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1929-1989

Drafts and final typescripts of literary works, juvenilia, correspondence, photographs, and biographical materials. Copies of all Buckler's published books are available in Fisher Library's main collections.

Buckler, Ernest

Charles Stuart Calverley Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00124 2B Annex
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1866-1895

The collection consists of Calverley's miscellaneous correspondence, poems, drawings and translations.

Calverley, Charles Stuart

Charlebois Family Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00390
  • Manuscript Collection
  • [1960-197?]

Collection includes manuscript drafts, research notes, correspondence and photos relating to: Dr. Peter Charlebois' 'The Life of Louis Riel.' Toronto: New Canada Publications, 1975; the history of the Northwest Rebellion of 1885; and the history of the Metis in Canada. Also includes several albums of riverboat photographs for his 'Sternwheelers & Sidewheelers: the romance of steamdriven paddleboats in Canada.' Toronto: NC Press, 1978.

Charlebois, Peter

Dorothy Foster Chubb Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00243 2B Annex
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1930

Forty-four plates (numbered 1-41) of original scientific drawings.

Chubb, Dorothy Foster

J.B. Collip Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00269
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1898-1976

A collection of scrapbooks containing correspondence, newspaper clippings and photographs; bound volumes of offprints; medals, awards and pins; and texts related to James Bertram Collip's research career in biochemistry and endocrinology.

Collip, J. B. (James Bertram)

Karen Mulhallen Papers

Includes interviews and correspondence with prominent Canadian authors, as well as notes and biographical information on them. Also includes correspondence, manuscripts and other editorial papers stemming from her work as an editor at Somerville House, and as editor-in-chief of Descant; drafts, notes and correspondence relating to her literary works.

Mulhallen, Karen

Eric Ormsby Papers

Includes correspondence (personal, publishing and editorial); drafts for articles; talks; unpublished works; ‘discarded poems’; photographs (E.O., Morocco and others); printed appearances; E.O.’s bible 1965; holograph notebooks; ‘letters to Dorothy Ormsby (former wife), 1966’; notes pertaining to Islamic Studies work and translation.

Ormsby, Eric

Eric Ormsby Papers

Includes drafts and notes for his many columns, reviews and other work; Ghazali; Time’s Covenant; personal and professional correspondence(including letters to childhood friend Marjorie Saunders in 1958); personal photographs; New York Sun columns in print form, as well as word processed versions of each; three holograph notebooks.

Ormsby, Eric

Charles Pachter Papers

Collection of family papers and photographs; correspondence with Margaret Atwood concerning their collaboration on the design and printing of five of her books, 1964-1980; and drafts and working copies of the books; his paintings and other activities.

Pachter, Charles

Charles Pachter Papers

Collection is comprised exclusively of correspondence, including photographs and drawings from various friends and associates of Charles Pachter, many of whom are prominent Canadians. The collection contains personal and business material from the 1950s to 2001. The correspondence reflects Pachter's extensive and changeable career as an artist, including material from all of his exhibitions; for the retrospective of his work, Charles Pachter by Bogomila Welsh-Ovcharov; his close friendship with his mother and father ("Dibbles and Har") and his large circle of friends, fans and acquaintances. Pachter studied art at the Sorbonne in Paris, the Cranbook Academy of Art in Michigan and the University of Toronto. His involvement in graphic art production, papermaking, real estate, building renovation and Gracie's, his Queen Street West restaurant in Toronto are all documented here. The collection also includes material related to his work as writer, lecturer, informal Canadian historian and his extensive charitable pursuits.

Pachter, Charles

Doris Huestis Mills Speirs Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00319
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1917-1981

Collection of Thoreau MacDonald papers (1917-1981) and others in the Canadian and Americn art world in the 1920s.

Speirs, Doris Huestis Mills

Rosemary Sullivan Papers

  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1970-2000

Papers consist of research notes , manuscript drafts, final manuscripts, galleys, correspondence for her published works: The Space a Name Makes; Blue Panic; By Heart: Elizabeth Smart, A Life; Shadow Maker: Gwendolyn MacEwen; The Red Shoes; Margaret Atwood Starting Out; The Home Ladder; published writings in journals and anthologies; research material relating to her two biographies, Gwen MacEwen and Elizabeth Smart. 7 VHS and 30 cassette tapes; 34 photos.

Sullivan, Rosemary

Trinidad Theatre Workshop Papers

Includes correspondence, photographs, scripts, set designs, financial information, touring information and other material related to all aspects of the functioning of the Trinidad Theatre Workshop, its affiliates and educational programmes, 1965-2002. Founded by Derek Walcott in 1959 (See also Derek Walcott Papers, MS COLL 00136 and 00348).

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