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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

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

Kildare Dobbs Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00049C
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1855-2013

This first accession of Kildare Dobbs’s papers contains drafts of his published works (Running to Paradise, The Great Fur Opera, Anatolian Suite: Travels and Discursions in Turkey, The Eleventh Hour: Poems for the Third Millennium, Casablanca: The Poem, Running the Rapids: A Writer’s Life, Cassanova in Venice: A Raunchy Rhyme, Away From Home: Canadian Writers in Exotic Places); other writing drafts, including writing for newspapers, magazines, his contributions to CBC radio programs “Ideas” and “Anthology”; his travel files pertaining to all of the places he visited (and wrote about) around the world; a significant amount of correspondence (both physical and digital correspondence); personal files and documents relating to his family’s history; professional files; photographs; cut-outs and print-outs of published articles; notebooks and journals; audiovisual and digital materials; and other files relating to the life and work of Kildare Dobbs.

Dobbs, Kildare

Phyllis Grosskurth Papers

Includes drafts, research and notes, photographs, editorial and other material related to Phyllis Grosskurth’s biographies of Melanie Klein, Margaret Mead, Freud and his circle, Lord Byron, Havelock Ellis and John Addington Symonds – the bulk pertaining to Klein, Byron and Freud material; psychoanalytical research, conferences and activities; personal and professional correspondence; travel and research

Grosskurth, Phyllis

Craig Stephenson Papers

This fourth accession of Craig Stephenson’s papers includes drafts and other materials relating to his recent works: Anteros: A Forgotten Myth (2011), Ages of Anxiety (2016), W. H. Auden’s Use of Jung’s Typology (2016), and Possession: Jung’s Comparative Anatomy (2017). It also includes materials relating to Stephenson’s teaching positions, along with talks and lectures given at conferences in recent years. It is supplemented by a small amount of personal correspondence, as well as by documents from the Philemon Foundation, and screenplay drafts on which Stephenson worked as a consultant.
Contains series:

  1. Writing & Editing
  2. Teaching
  3. Conferences & Lectures
  4. Miscellaneous
  5. Personal Correspondence
  6. Philemon Foundation
  7. Consultant Work

Stephenson, Craig E.

Coleman Romalis Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00049G
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1989-1990

Included are audio cassettes and typed summaries of interviews conducted by Coleman Romalis with members of Canada’s Jewish community in Toronto, Vancouver and Montreal. Individuals interviewed by Romalis include Ben Shek, Becky Lapedes, Morris Biderman, Jack Cowan, Sam Lipshitz, Manya Lipshitz, Ben Kayfetz, Polly Weinstein, Henry Weinstein, Dave Ship and Itche Goldberg. Interviews address their involvement in various organizations including the United Jewish People’s Order (UJPO), the International Workers’ Order (IWO), the Labour League, the Workmen’s Circle and the Canadian Jewish Congress.

Romalis, Colman

Champlain Society Papers

Correspondence, administrative material and membership files (membership files are kept in unnumbered boxes arranged numerically by membership number). Typescripts of several of the Society’s publications and manuscripts of other works not published by the Society.

Champlain Society

Flora MacDonald Denison Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00051
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1898-1921

Correspondence, draft manuscripts of writings and speeches, scrapbooks; address presented to Denison by Canadian Suffrage Association and designed by A.H. Howard

Denison, Flora MacDonald

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)

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

Alexander James McPhail Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00054 2B Annex
  • Manuscript Collection
  • [192--]-[193--]

The collection consists of correspondence, reports, notes and diaries chiefly concerning western wheat pool marketing.

McPhail, Alexander James

Hugh Morrison Collection of Edmund Blunden Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00056
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1932-1978

The collection consists of twenty-eight Edmund Blunden letters, cards and other manuscripts. Blunden was Hugh Morrison's tutor at Merton College, Oxford, and the correspondence reflects their friendship, including mutual acquaintances, friends and common interests.

Morrison, Hugh

John Newlove Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00057
  • Manuscript Collection
  • [195-]-1984

Collection includes drafts of poems; typescripts and proofs of Grave sirs, Moving in alone, Elephants, Mothers and others, Black night window, and the Green plain; correspondence with publishers and other Canadian authors.

Newlove, John

Charles Hamilton Mitchell Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00059
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1920-1930

The collection consists of correspondence, reports and minutes concerning the St. Lawrence Waterway project and an electric railway for Ontario.

Mitchell, Charles H. (Charles Hamilton)

Peter Hanson Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00060
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1985-1989

The collection consists of materials, notes, manuscripts, galleys, correspondence, reviews promotional materials and other printed materials for two Hanson books: The Joy of Stress and Stress for Success. The papers document the way in which a book privately published in Canada became an international best seller.

Hanson, Peter G. (Peter George)

Charles Mason Papers

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

Transcript and translation of Le Roman de Rou.

Mason, Charles

George William Russell Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00062
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1928-1933 (bulk 1930-1931)

The collection consists of copies of correspondence and memorabilia relating to the lecture tours made by Russell to the United States in 1928 and 1930-31. A telegram and the copy of one letter are from Russell to James Pond, who organized the tours. The rest are carbon copies of letters mainly from Pond to Russell and concern arrangements for specific lectures.

Russell, George William

George Henry Needler Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00063
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1821-1947

The collection consists of manuscripts for the book John Galt's Poems, edited by Needler, and notes regarding Galt. It also contains notes on and correspondence concerning Anna Jameson and letters between David Macbeth Moir and Alexander Balfour (1821-1829).

Needler, G. H. (George Henry)

Osborne Family Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00064
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1849-1926

The collection consists of correspondence pertaining to Osborne family matters and articles about the local history of Penetanguishene, Ont., as well as photos of pioneers of the surrounding townships.

Osborne Family

Osler Family Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00065
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1827-1961

The collection consists chiefly of correspondence of Osler family news and the social history of Upper Canada.

Osler Family

Hudson's Bay Company Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00066
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1870-1901

Consists of a small collection of manuscript journals and notebooks, including: journal of occurences at Long Portage,1870-1871; journal of occurence, 1884-1886; first part of holograph journal most likely written by Mr. MacLeod, 1885-1886; account books dealing chiefly with goods purchased by First Nations people by barter at New Post, 1900-1901; two volumes entitled "New Post-Fur Book-Outfit-1901," and "New Post-Provision blotter and transfers-Outfit 1901."

Hudson's Bay Company

George Louis Beer Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00067 2B Annex
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1902-1920

The collection comprises the research papers of George Louis Beer, historian (1872-1920). Included are notes on British colonial affairs and immigration to Canada. An unpublished work on South Carolina is also included.

Beer, George Louis

Van der Smissen Family Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00068
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1751-1926 (bulk 1751-1875)

The collection consists of letters and documents concerning the van der Smissen family in Germany and Canada. The correspondence includes letters to Jacob Gysbert van der Smissen from Johann Lavator, a Reformed minister in Zurich, from Johann Heinrich Jung-Stilling, an eminent theological writer, and from Carl Heinrich von Bogatzky, an influential and prolific Lutheran writer in Germany. The remaining letters are primarily family correspondence, along with a family history, a travel journal, and the sermons of Wilhelm Leendert. It also includes W.H. van der Smisson's English translation, in the original metres, of Goethe's Faust.

van der Smissen Family

Contact Press Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00069
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1960-1966

The collection contains editorial correspondence, typescripts, translations and galley proofs for a variety of Contact Press publications. Among the works covered in the editorial files include Octavio Paz's Sun-stone, Margaret Atwood's The Circle Game (winner of the Governor-General's award), Anne Hebert's Le tombeau des rois, Alan Grandbois' Selected Poems and Gaston Miron's La vie agonique. It also includes a typescript of Miller's unpublished selection of poems, Afterimages.

Contact Press

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

Alfred Tennyson DeLury Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00071
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1890-1941

The DeLury collection contains correspondence with Anglo-Irish writers, with friends and with book dealers. It also contains card files and notebooks relating to his collection of Ango-Irish literature and a few diaries from the 1920s.

DeLury, Alfred Tennyson

Robert Henry Dee Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00072 2B Annex
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1826-1838

Collection consists of account books recording purchases made by customers at Robert Henry Dee's store in Stamford, Ont. Also included are various bills and receipts recording business transactions.

Dee, Robert Henry

De Grassi Family Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00073
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1793-1877

Collection of papers of the family and descendents of Philip De Grassi (1793-1877). Letters of Charles Gordon Lennox, 5th Duke of Richmond (1791-1860), and other members of his family (1812-1836), mostly to Philip De Grassi.

De Grassi, Philip

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

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.

Frederick Banting Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00076
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1908-1976

The collection consists of research notes and papers, drafts of articles and speeches, travel journals, diaries, correspondence, drawings and sketches, photographs, scrapbooks, awards and memorabilia, and papers of Henrietta Banting.

Banting, Frederick Grant, Sir

North West Company Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00077
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1800-1818

The collection consists of journals, including typed copies of portions of the transcript of the Selkirk Papers at Library and Archives Canada; inventories; invoices; an agreement standardizing wages and equipment of employees; and, manuscript notebooks containing accounts with First Nations.

North West Company

John Elmsley Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00078 2B Annex
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1801-1863

The collection consists of personal family letters of the Elmsley and Bradshaw families, along with a family memoir (written in 1842), John Elmsley's diaries (1831 and 1851), Mary Bradshaw's letterbooks (1871 and 1877), along with family trees, documents, verses and printed matter.

Elmsley, John

Chester Martin Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00080
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1882-1958

Bound volumes of archival reproductions, transcripts and other miscellaneous papers.

Martin, Chester

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)

Rochegude Canal Collection

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00082 2B Annex
  • Manuscript Collection
  • [ca. 1690-1720]

The collection consists of letters and documents relating to the construction of a canal from the river Rhone at Donzere to the river Aigue near Rochegude.

Margaret Fairley Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00083
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1952-1956

The Fairley papers consist mainly of research notes and contributions to the magazine New Frontiers. There is also material for an unpublished book titled With Our Hands, about the writings of Canadian pioneers.

Fairley, Margaret

Joseph Salsberg Collection

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00084
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1902-1988

Collection of materials relating to the labour movement in Canada.

Salsberg, Joseph

Peter Fidler Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00085
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1791-1812.

Collection contains journals (dated 1791-1792 and 1796-1812) of the fur trader and surveyor.

Fidler, Peter

Kate A. Foster Papers (Downsview Offsite)

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00086
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1932-1956

The collection consists of correspondence, minutes, programmes, reports, articles and speeches relating to the Council of Friendship and its work with immigrants.

Foster, Kate A.

Charles Ryle Fay Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00087 2B Annex
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1884-1961

Collection includes correspondence, notes and documents relating to his work on Adam Smith titled Adam Smith and the Scotland of his Day (1956), and to his work on Charles Townshend and David Hume. It also includes an unpublished typescript, Grenfell and the Moravian Mission to the Labrador, his journal entitled Western Tour (June-June 1928), concerning farming in the Canadian west, and a typescript of his book Agriculture and the Agricultural Surplus (1928).

Fay, C. R. (Charles Ryle)

Gibbs Blackstock Family Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00088
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1813-1962

Collection of papers of the family and descendants of William Schenck Blackstock (1824-1905) and Mary Hodge Gibbs Blackstock (1827-1909).

Gibbs Blackstock Family

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

Hale Family Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00090
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1799-1910

Original and transcribed letters from John Hale, Receiver-General of Lower Canada, and his wife, Elizabeth, between 1799-1823. The collection also contains copies of other family letters and documents giving genealogical information.

Hale Family

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)

Richard Handscombe Collection of Powys Family Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00092 2B Annex
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1924-1959.

Collection of thirteen letters written by John Cowper Powys, Littleton Powys, Llewelyn Powys and Theodore Francis Powys. There is also a notebook, "Where Is It?" that contains names and addresses for the Powys family and others.

Powys Family

Arthur Harvey Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00093 2B Annex
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1857-1905

This collection of Harvey family papers includes: correspondence to Arthur Harvey about his writings and other interests, to Jane Grist Harvey, his wife; photographs from the studios of Notman, Notman & Fraser, Simpson Bros., Stanton, Eldridge Stanton, Archambault & McCorkingdale, and Livernois; printed appearances and clippings.

Harvey, Arthur

Eric Norman Armour Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00094 2B Annex
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1914-1919

Notebooks of materials relating to the Canadian army during World War I.

Armour, Eric Norman

Bristol, Bayly, and Armour Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00095 2B Annex
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1905-1920

Legal correspondence and documents chiefly on behalf of mining and transport companies.

Bristol, Bayly and Armour

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

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