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Champlain Society Papers

Consists of the administrative files of the Champlain Society, including material related to various Society publications, including manuscripts. This accession is primarily material and correspondence from the files of former General Editors J.B. Conacher and Morris Zaslow, and Honorary Treasurer J.K. Armour, as well financial and other administrative material from the mid-1990s onward

Champlain Society

Michael Bliss Papers

Includes research, correspondence and drafts related to The Discovery of Insulin and Banting: a biography by Michael Bliss. Includes correspondence with Ted Ryder and his mother. Also includes photographs and slides related to the discovery of insulin.

Also includes Hugh Hood correspondence and drafts which are restricted for the lifetime of Michael Bliss except by permission.

E.R. Hunter Papers

The collection consists of Hunter's research materials on two Canadian artists: J.E.H. MacDonald and his son Thoreau MacDonald. Papers include: correspondence to Hunter from Thoreau MacDonald (some with original illustrations), Hunter's drafts and editorial correspondence relating to his articles and books on the MacDonalds, and his research materials on both artists, including notes, indexes, articles by others on their work, catalogues, clippings, reviews and reproductions.

Hunter, E. Robert

M.R. Appell Papers

Collection consists of correspondence, including letters from Nelson Ball, J.W. Curry and Douglas Henderson, as well as poetry booklets created by Appell and small press imprints and publications.

Appell, M. R. (Melvin Robert)

Elspeth Cameron Papers

Includes material re: And Beauty Answers : the life of Frances Loring and Florence Wyle, extensive background research on sculptors and sculpting, and on sculptors Frances Loring and Florence Wyle, various drafts, personal correspondence [Doris McCarthy, Aritha van Herk, David Adam—former Canadian Ambassador to Mexico, Cameron family and friends]; research, fan and business correspondence—academic and publishing; drafts; other projects; teaching and lecture notes for English, Poetry and Canadian Studies courses taught at Brock University and the University of Toronto; other material related to her life and work; extensive research for Hugh Maclennan: a Writer’s Life; massage therapy training and business; poems; other writing; publicity.

Cameron, Elspeth

Frances Dafoe Papers

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

Dafoe, Frances Helen

Sean Kane Papers

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

Kane, Sean

Michael Redhill Papers

Includes drafts, proofs, correspondence and other material related to Lake Nora Arms, Impromptu, What We Dreamt the Sky Was, Be Frank, Punishment, Consolation, ’A Kept Woman’, ‘Sugar Cloud’or ‘Mason of Tunica’; Martin Sloane; numerous early works and early drafts of later works; juvenilia, including animation cells for short films, ‘Atomic Man’ and others; artwork; schoolwork; audio-visual material; writing as Inger Ash Wolfe, drafts and proofs of The Calling; The Taken; A Door in the River; Ontario Film Development Corporation material; acting and directing material; personal correspondence, 1970s and 1980s; editorial correspondence: Coach House Press, Anansi Press, 1990s; and other material related to the life and work of Michael Redhill

Redhill, Michael

George Whipple Papers

Includes correspondence with other writers; material from the launch of Swim Class at St. Thomas’ Church, Toronto, Ontario; Passing Through Eden; small album of original drawings by George Whipple

Whipple, George

Bruce Whiteman Papers

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

Whiteman, Bruce

Bata Shoe Company Papers

Includes corporate files from the Canadian Bata Shoe Company (including correspondence;legal and financial records; product development, marketing and promotional files; technical and production-related files, and human resources files). The bulk of the material was created by the Canadian Bata company, however many records relate to several of the organization’s international outposts, including companies headed in Africa, India, Asia and Europe. The collection also includes press clippings and other publications
about the Bata Company and its historical significance. There
are also a
small number of Bata
family records, primarily for
Thomas J.
Bata
(1914

2008),
Sonja I. Bata,
Tomáš Baťa
(1876

1932)
and Marie Bata
.

Bata Shoe Company

Ray Smith Papers

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

Smith, Ray

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

Stillman Drake Papers

The collection consists of manuscript, computer-generated drafts, and galleys of Stillman Drake’s published works; offprints of his periodical articles; offprints of articles by other writers in the history of science; Drake’s correspondence; and book invoices; and miscellaneous items.

Drake, Stillman

Michael Bliss Papers

The papers consist of manuscripts and typescripts together with some research materials for M. Bliss' books: The Discovery of Insulin (McClelland & Stewart: 1982) and Banting: a Biography (McClelland & Stewart: 1984). The remainder of Michael Bliss' papers are being donated to the University Archives.

Jack MacLeod Papers

This accession of the papers of Jack McLeod (Macleod) contains correspondence with Richard E. Spencer, 2011-2014, a.k.a. ‘Zinger’; 30th anniversary of the literary group P.O.E.T.S. Corner (‘Piss on Everything Tomorrow’s Saturday’) with photographs from February 2010; ‘Advice for my Grandchildren’ commonplace book; personal photographs and other material related to his life and work

MacLeod, Jack

Michael Millgate Papers

Includes original letters and documents by Frederick Baldwin Adams, Richard Little Purdy, Henry Reed, Carroll Atwood Wilson, Howard Bliss, John Carter, and other active collectors and scholars of Thomas Hardy during the decades of the twenties and thirties and during the immediate post-war period.

Alberto Manguel Papers

This accession for Alberto Manguel’s papers contains manuscripts, including both his and other authors’; information regarding projects; personal correspondence; research; material pertaining to various literary events, lectures, seminars; printed books; periodicals; magazine appearances; clippings; and other material related to his life and work primarily in the years between 2010 and 2012.
Contains series:

  1. Manuscripts
  2. Other Writing Files
  3. Non-Alberto Manguel works - other people’s manuscripts
  4. Projects
  5. Jury: Premio Iberoamericano Planeta-Casa de América de Narrativa
  6. Other Publications
  7. Appearances
  8. Art-related projects
  9. Correspondence
  10. Reviews
  11. Personal and Miscellaneous files
  12. Festivals, lectures and seminars
  13. Research
  14. Audiovisual materials
  15. Arts de México magazines
  16. Publications
  17. Antiquarian book catalogues
  18. Miscellaneous ephemera

Manguel, Alberto

Alberto Manguel Papers

This accession for Alberto Manguel’s papers contains some of his early writing from 1966-1974 including poetry, his first essay ever published and his first prize-winning short story written in Spanish, ‘Premio Literario La Nacion’. It also includes: manuscripts, including both his and other authors’; information regarding projects; notebooks; personal correspondence; material pertaining to various literary events, lectures, seminars; printed books; periodicals; magazine appearances; clippings; and other material related to his life and work primarily in the years between 2009-2013.
Contains series:

  1. Early Writing
  2. Manuscripts
  3. Translations and Adaptations
  4. Other Writing
  5. Reviews
  6. Non-Alberto Manguel works - other people’s manuscripts
  7. Festivals, Lectures and Seminars
  8. Interviews and Reviews [of Alberto Manguel’s work]
  9. Juries
  10. Correspondence
  11. Personal and Miscellaneous files
  12. Notebooks
  13. Magazines
  14. Other Publications
  15. Collaborative Projects
  16. Audiovisual Materials

Manguel, Alberto

Alberto Manguel Papers

This accession for Alberto Manguel’s papers contains manuscripts for some of his latest work; correspondence; essays; articles; projects; material pertaining to various literary events, lectures, seminars, including his own festival, Atlantide; periodicals; extensive research files; personal photographs; and other material related to his life and work.
Contains series:

  1. Manuscripts and other writing files
  2. Travel and appearances
  3. Teaching files
  4. Correspondence
  5. Photographs
  6. Research files
  7. Other people’s manuscripts
  8. Honorary degrees, grants, writing residencies
  9. National Library of Argentina – directorship
  10. Personal and miscellaneous files
  11. Publications
  12. Advanced reading copies, other books

Manguel, Alberto

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

Karen Mulhallen Papers

This latest accession of Karen Mulhallen’s papers includes editorial material – primarily manuscripts, proofs and correspondence – for issues 144, 151, 152, 153, 154, 155, 162, 163, 165, 166 and 167of the literary journal Descant. Also included are submissions and rejections to Descant, and general administration files including staff and hiring, financials, correspondence, fundraising, subscriptions and events. There are also files related to the Winston Collins Poetry Prize and Writers’ Reserve competitions, as well as administrative files from Now Hear This! (NHT!) and Students, Writers and Teachers Programs (SWAT), which were charitable organizations created by Descant to improve literacy in Toronto-area schools. The collection also contains some of Mulhallen’s personal and professional files related to her academic and writing career.

Contains series:
Series 1: Descant Production
Series 2: Descant Submissions/Rejections
Series 3: Descant Business and Administration
Series 4: Descant Financials
Series 5: Descant Correspondence
Series 6: Descant Events and Meetings
Series 7: Writers’ Reserve and Winston Collins Prize for Poetry
Series 8: Now Hear This! And Students, Writers and Teachers Programs
Series 9: Karen Mulhallen Personal and Professional Files

Mulhallen, Karen

Karen Mulhallen Papers

This latest accession of Karen Mulhallen’s papers consists of both Descant materials – manuscripts, correspondence and proofs, as well as Mulhallen’s own files for the literary journal – and papers pertaining to Mulhallen’s literary work, including the book Acquainted with Absence: Selected Poems (published by Blaurock Press, 2009) along with other Mulhallen books. It also includes material for an Open Radio program developed by Mulhallen called Tale and the Teller, as well as correspondence, files relating to her various archival and book donations, and various academic materials, primarily lecture notes for courses she taught at Ryerson.

Karen Mulhallen

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

Joe Rosenblatt Papers

Correspondence with friends and other writers; tapes; manuscript radio plays and a short story; worksheets and typescripts of his poems.

Rosenblatt, Joe

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).

Trinidad Theatre Workshop Papers

2005 Accession: Includes papers reflecting the various activities of the Trinidad Theatre Workshop, 1990-2005, from performances and travel, to budgetary and financial information, correspondence, teaching, training and theatre education. The Trinidad Theatre Workshop was established in 1959 by Derek Walcott, with artistic direction by Albert Laveau.

2006 Accession: Includes material reflecting the various activities of the Trinidad Theatre Workshop, from scripts and correspondence to budget and financial material.

Derek Walcott Papers

The collection contains literary papers relating to Walcott's poetic, theatrical and prose writings from the early 1980s to the mid-1990s. Holograph notes, rough drafts and revisions are included, as well as final drafts and galleys of publications. Many drafts are the result of a 'cut-and-paste' method using a variety of formats. These are referred to as "composite drafts" throughout. Many works, both poetic and theatrical, also include screen adaptations.

There is a small collection of material relating to Walcott's role as stage director, particularly with the Trinidad Theatre Workshop. The literary papers are complemented by sketches and watercolours by Walcott, often in the form of stage directions or film storyboards.

William Stewart Wallace Papers

Contains articles on historical subjects; biographies for his Dictionary of North American authors; personal correspondence; correspondence for the Royal Society of Canada, the Encyclopedia of Canada, and the Canadian Society for the Protection of Science and Learning, ca. 1920-1940-.

Wallace, William Stewart

Eric Wright Papers

Collection of drafts of published and unpublished works, 1955-2001. Includes short stories, articles, a drama, his memoir, Always Give a Penny to a Blind Man (1999), and several of his novels, including Death on the Rocks (1999), The Kidnapping of Rosie Dawn (2000), Death of a Sunday Writer (2000), Death of a Hired Man (2001), The Last Hand (2001), and My Brother's Keeper (a novella by Wright and Howard Engel, 2001). Also includes correspondence with publishers and notes relating to the works.

Henry Scadding Papers

Contains three albums of photographs collected, arranged and annotated by Scadding, which includes photographs taken and collected during the completion of his Doctor of Divinity at Oxford in 1867, in locales including England, Wales, France, Switzerland and Belgium. Also includes reproductions of historical and religious art, as well as collectable photographs of well-known writers, preachers and Oxford professors. Albums also include early photographs of Toronto, including large residences, monuments and the University of Toronto. Collection contains a small amount of personal papers including a composite book on the history of Cornwall and Devon, letters and an insurance policy for Scadding’s furniture and library.

Scadding, Henry

Barbarian Press Papers

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

Barbarian Press

Crad Kilodney Papers

Includes correspondence with reader/friends and signed photo card of Hollywood actor Brett Halsey.

Crad Kilodney Papers

Includes Exposition Press vanity press books (Hicksville, New York) with holograph comments by Crad Kilodney laid in. correspondence with friend and author Dhymitruy ‘Jimmy’ Bouryiotis; poetry, reviews and prose in Rustler, Mink, Elite and other magazines; 1971 manuscript by Barry Chamish; Barry Goldwater comic; Toronto Police Service Property bag from May 9, 2011 arrest for contempt of court charge

Kilodney, Crad

Don Bailey Papers

Drafts and final typescripts of literary works, correspondence, business and personal papers.

Bailey, Don

George Fetherling Papers

Includes correspondence, drafts and proofs for River of Gold: the Fraser and Cariboo gold rushes; The Sylvia Hotel Poems; Walt Whitman’s Secret; personal and professional correspondence; inscribed copies of GF books; 1 CD; scrapbooks

Fetherling, George

Graeme Gibson Papers

Includes manuscripts and other material related to Moral Disorder, Uncommon Ground (Matt Cohen Festschrift), Desde El Invierno (stories by Canadian authors published in Spanish, in Cuba), The Bedside Book of Birds, Perpetual Motion, Gentleman Death, ‘Malcolm Burgess’, Notes From a Cuban Journal, ‘ An Ordinary Rape’, Pancho Villa’s Head; and extensive correspondence, including with: Marian Engel, Matt Cohen, Timothy Findley, Greg Gatenby, Harold Horwood and many others; and other material related to the life and work of Graeme Gibson, 1960-2005.

Gibson, Graeme

Graeme Gibson Papers

Includes drafts, proofs, editorial and promotional material for The Bedside Book of Birds.

Gibson, Graeme

Gwendolyn MacEwen Papers

Collection consists of audio material, primarily radio broadcasts of shows about MacEwen as well as productions of her work, including her original radio play “The World of Neshiah” (produced in 1967). The material has been digitized from MacEwen-owned reel-to-reel and cassette tapes and put on CDs

MacEwen, Gwendolyn

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

Jack Batten Papers

This latest accession of Jack Batten’s papers includes material – research, manuscripts and other editorial matter – for various Batten books, including: The Man Who Ran Faster than Everyone: The Story of Tom Longboat, The Annex: The Story of a Toronto Neighbourhood, Learned Friends: A Tribute to 50 Remarkable Advocates, 1950-2000, Silent in an Evil Time: The Brave War of Edith Cavell and The War to End All Wars: The Story of World War I. It also includes research and manuscripts for his freelance work, primarily for magazines, as well as his radio scripts and other projects.

Batten, Jack

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