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Charles MacKay Willmot Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00185
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1922-1929

The collection consists of 43 architectural drawings, blueprints and related materials by Willmot, and include those for four major houses and two commercial buildings in Los Angeles. It also includes two blueprints by his father, Mancel Willmot.

Willmot, Charles MacKay

Woodsworth Memorial Collection

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00035
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1919-1977

The collection consists of manuscript and mimeographed materials relating to the history of labour and socialist movements in Ontario and Canada, with special emphasis on the Ontario section of the Co-operative Commonwealth Federation (CCF). It consists chiefly of the personal files of individual CCF party members and others active in the socialist and labour movements in Ontario. Among those individuals include: James McArthur Conner, William Crocker, William Dennison, Alice Loeb and Desmond Morton, among others. Also included are the records of Arthur Mould, a labour leader and president of the Ontario section of the Canadian Labour Party.

Ontario Woodsworth Memorial Foundation

Writers & Co. Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00398
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1984-1994

The collection consists primarily of correspondence, both business and personal, to Irene McGuire, owner of the Toronto-area bookshop Writers & Co. The letters deal with topics such as book launches held at Writers & Co., general information about books from readers, writers and publishers, and letters on other topics related to the book store. Among the correspondents include Graeme Gibson, Nan Talese, Alberto Manguel, Helen Garner, Greg Gatenby, W.P. Kinsella and Douglas Fetherling, among others.

Writers & Co.

Yuan Collection of Edmund Blunden Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00372
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1951-1999

The collection consists of holograph typescript manuscripts of Blunden's lecture notes, essays, speeches, addresses and poems, as well as correspondence with Sheila Yuan, who was Blunden's secretary in the Deptartment of English at the University of Hong Kong in the 1950s.

Blunden, Edmund

Barbarian Press Papers

  • Manuscript Collection

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

Barbarian Press

Champlain Society Papers

  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1905 - 2005

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

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

Dalley Family Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00237 2B Annex
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1710-1907 [bulk 1846-1907]

The Dalley Papers relate to the family estate in Wiltshire, England, to the military career of Captain William Dalley, and to the Hamilton business of Frederick Dalley and Fenner Frederick Dalley.

Dalley Family

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

George Soper Dempster Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00126
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1777-1883

A collection of letters and papers relating to George Dempster of Dunnichen (1732-1818), including his purchase of the estate of Skibo, the economic condition of the Highlands and Lord Selkirk's Red River settlement scheme. Correspondents include Thomas Telford, Sir Adam Ferguson and 1st Viscount Melville.

Dempster, George Soper

Douglas Family Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00188 2B Annex
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1888-1945

A small collection of letters, photos, commonplace books and memorabilia. The material chiefly relates to the Hughes family of St. Thomas, Ont.

Douglas Family

James Douglas Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL00498
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1851-1909

Collection includes drafts of letters written by Dr. James Douglas in response to the Report of Drs. Nelson and MacConnell concerning an official enquiry into the state and management of affairs at the Quebec Marine and Emigrant Hospital, and correspondence from J. Leslie, provincial secretary, related to same.

Douglas, James

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

Fleming Family Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00290
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1829-1960

Collection consists of correspondence and business material related to the Fleming Family of Ontario. There is special emphasis on material about Niagara Falls, Owen Sound, Ontario local history and Northern Business College. Much of the material is related to Christopher Alexander Fleming, a life-long teacher and author of several textbooks on penmanship, mensuration, bookkeeping and business practices.

Fleming Family

Literary Club Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00218
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1930-1934, 1984

This collection consists of the minutes of the Literary Club, as well as correspondence of various members with Mrs. Norma Lyne, brief biographies of the members, and a portion of the untitled reminiscences of Henry H. Noyes.

Literary Club

J.A. McNeil Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00234 2B Annex
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1927-1942

The collection consists of photos, manuscript notes and ephemera relating to Gilbert and Sullivan, and especially to the D'Oyley Carte Company across Canada in 1927. There is also some biographical material relating to J.A. McNeil.

McNeil, J. A. (John Alexander)

Jock de Marbois Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00226 2B Annex
  • Manuscript Collection
  • Date unknown

The collection contains two versions of de Marbois' autobiography "The Adventures of Little Joe Buggins" and six letters relating to his naval career in the Second World War.

Marbois, Jock de

Charles Mason Papers

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

Transcript and translation of Le Roman de Rou.

Mason, Charles

Massey Collection of Manuscripts

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00257
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1858-1932

The collection consists of various manuscripts, including holograph poems signed by Hugh MacDiarmid along with correspondence and notes by or relating to MacDiarmid.

Massey College

Miller, Scott and Dunlop Family Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00643
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1885-1980

Includes a large number of family photographs and 8mm film pertaining to the Miller, Scott and Dunlop families. Photograph collection includes two intact daguerreotype portraits. Collection of personal drawings and etchings by William J. Miller, including the original zinc and copper etching plates. Miscellaneous letters and ephemera relating to the families, including copies of George M. Miller's estate.

Miller Family

Mills Family Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00248
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1826-1920

This collection consists of correspondence and papers of the Reverend William Mills and the notebooks and other papers of his son, Samuel Dillion Mills

Mills, William (Barrister-at-law)

Milne Family Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00321
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1797-1957

This collection of family papers includes correspondence, land deeds, architectural plans and other family documents. The collection includes some early Johnson family papers, including a testimonial for Abraham Johnson, dated 1794.

Milne Family

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)

Montreal Tramways Company Photographs

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00490
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1904-1930's

Collection of photographs of Montreal and Montreal Tramways Company. Included are photographs of Montreal Tramways Company personnel, a variety of tram cars, trolleys, buses, maintenance trucks, buses and cars, tram stations, rail construction, station construction and Montreal street scenes.

Montreal Tramways Company

John George Mudge Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00306 2B Annex
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1987-1908

The collection consists of seven diaries detailing the life John George Mudge. When the diaries open, Mudge is living in Ireland where he owns a creamery at Ballygrenane, near Listowell. By 1904, he has moved to Devon and by 1906 he is working at Oxford House in East London. In the summer of 1907, he journeys to Canada, visiting Montreal, Ottawa, Winnipeg and Vancouver. The latter years of the diaries are illustrated with numerous photographs, postcards and ephemera.

Mudge, John George

Lawrence Hill Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00593
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1915-2008

This collection consists of extensive material - manuscripts, research materials, correspondence - related to published books by Lawrence Hill, including Any Known Blood; Some Great Thing; The Book of Negroes/Someone Knows My Name; Black Berry, Sweet Juice; Women of Vision: the Story of the Canadian Womens Association; Trials and Triumphs: the Story of African Canadians; The Deserter's Tale: the Story of an Ordinary Soldier Who Walked Away from the War in Iraq, among other titles and projects. It also includes correspondence, photographs, family histories and other material related to the life and work of Hill.

Hill, Lawrence

Campbell Hughes Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00296 2B Annex
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1935-1990

Collection consists of correspondence, papers and other files pertaining to Ryerson Press, Charles E. Merrill Books, Van Nostrand Reinhold Ltd., Beaufort Books, Beat Associates, and volunteer actitivies for publishers' organizations and other groups.

Hughes, Campbell

James Patrick Hynes Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00287 2B Annex
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1868-1953

The collection contains files from the Ontario Association of Architects and the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada. It also contains blueprints from Noulan Cauchon, a noted railway engineer and city planner.

Hynes, James Patrick

John Allan Irving Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00132 (Downsview Offsite)
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1928-1965

The collection consists of research materials for Irving's book The Social Credit Movement in Alberta, as well as correspondence, both personal and professional. Correspondents include William Aberhart and Ernest Manning. It also continues drafts and typescripts of his numerous articles, lecture notes and other teaching materials, and items relating to the television program Fighting Words.

Irving, John Allan

John Joseph Kelso Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00115
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1919-1935

The collection consists of a scrapbook of newspaper clippings on child immigration to Canada as well as other miscellaneous items related to Kelso's work in social work. It also includes a typescript copy of Kelso's biography.

Kelso, J. J. (John Joseph)

George Keppie Papers (Downsview Offsite)

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00116
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1918-1959

The collection consists of correspondence and accounts relating to Keppie's work as manager of several American Theatres and the Uptown Theatre, Toronto (Vaughan Glaser Players) and the Empire Theatre (Theatre Guild of Canada). It also contains photographs and mimeographed and typed playscripts, including two by John Coulter and one by Wilson MacDonald.

Keppie, George

William Kingsford Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00106
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1887-1895

The collection consists of letters from William Kingsford to James Bain, Librarian of the Toronto Public Library, discussing matters arising out of Kingsford's researches into Canadian history and early Canadian printing. It also includes two letters from Douglas Brymmer addressed to Bain.

Kingsford, William

Malcolm Lester Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00010E
  • Manuscript Collection
  • [198-]-[9-].

Collection includes primarily financial statements, correspondence and legal transactions related to the operations of the publishing house Lester & Orpen Dennys during the 1980s. It includes material related to Key Porter, Christopher Ondaatje, Pearson and Jack Shapiro.

Lester, Malcolm

Danuta Irena Bienkowska Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00176 2B Annex
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1939-1945

The collection begins with the diaries written during the war years and ends with correspondence relating to a conference she was to attend during the academic year after her death. All extant poetry and prose is here, in various forms. Some matters pertaining to the Slavic Dept. at the University of Toronto, as well as obituaries, memorial cards, etc. have been included.

Bienkowska, Danuta Irena

Rachel Grover Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00420
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1846-2000

Collection includes journal and correspondence relating to a biography Rachel Grover was working on of her great grandmother-in-law, Harriet Maria Grover. This material dates from 1846-1901, and includes original letters and a diary, as well as typed transcripts. Collection also includes correspondence Rachel Grover had with various Canadian authors. Correspondents include Margaret Avison, Earle Birney, George Johnston, Mavis Gallant, Joan O'Donovan, Thomas Radall, Scott Symons and David Solway.

Grover, Rachel

Hugh Halliday Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00411
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1940-1980

The collection includes typescript drafts of Halliday's columns on birds and nature for The Toronto Star Weekly and other publications; alphabetical subject files; reader correspondence and correspondence with naturalists, birders, publishers, editors and friends (including extensive correspondence with Al Oeming, founder and director of the Alberta Game Farm, and one letter from John Diefenbaker); photographs of mushrooms, insects, animals and birds by Halliday; notes and sketches; print and ephemera.

Halliday, Hugh M.

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

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)

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

Head Collection of Watercolours and Drawings

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00261
  • Manuscript Collection
  • [ca. 1849]-1859

A collection of fifty-one watercolours and drawings of Canadian scenes by Sir Edmund Walker Head and Lady Head. They were made when Sir Edmund was Lieutenant-Governor of New Brunswick (1848-1854) and Governor-General of Canada (1854-1861). A fragment in Lady Head's hand from the cover of the portfolio in which many of the sketches were kept is also included.

Head, Edmund, Sir

Martin Ahvenus Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00574
  • Manuscript Collection
  • [192-]-2006

This collection of papers from the famed Toronto bookseller includes administrative records from his shop Village Books, including invoices, correspondence, book lists, as well as individual files related to the running of the store and the publishing arm of Village Books. It also contains material related to Ahvenus’ work as an appraiser, correspondence with various Canadian authors, a travel diary from 1993-94, and books, many of them signed and inscribed by the authors.

Avenus, Martin

Albert Ellis Allin Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00260 2B Annex
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1915-1966

The papers contain his diaries with field notes, scrapbooks, photographs, correspondence, drafts of articles, notes, minutes of meetings for organizations of which he was an officer, and printed materials including newspaper clippings of columns written by other naturalists but collected by Allin. Included in the correspondence are letters from J. L. Baillie whose papers are also in the Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library.

Allin, Albert Ellis

Arts and Letters Club of Toronto Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00315
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1908-1971

The collection consists of scrapbooks, ledgers, cashbooks, accounts and other material.

Arts and Letters Club of Toronto

John Leon Atkins Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00487
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1934-1939

Course notes in Laryngology, Neurology, Otolaryngology, Otology and Rhinology taken by Atkins while doing post-graduate training as an ear, nose and throat specialist at the Harlem Eye and Ear Hospital in New York City.

Atkins, John Leon

Gilbert Bagnani Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00265 2B Annex
  • Manuscript Collection
  • [1835?]-1980

A collection of volumes and papers from the library of Professor Gilbert Bagnani and his wife, Stewart Bagnani. It includes manuscripts collected by them or relating to their library.

Bagnani, Gilbert

John M. Barnett Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00141 2B Annex
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1944-1972

Nature notes on the Toronto area; Franklin Camp, Ont.; Victoria, B.C.; Flamingo Isle and Trinidad, B.W.I.; Florida; Texas etc. With many fine photos, drawings and plant specimens.

Barnett, John M.

Gerry Bennett Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00362
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1952-1998

Collection of papers from Gerry Bennett (1921-1999), ornithologist and author. He wrote and published the journal Birdfinding in Canada (1981-1989) and at least three books on birdwatching and birdwatchers. The papers consist of: GB's typed journals recording his bird sightings and other observations of natural history from the 1950s to 1998; his correspondence with naturalists from the late 1970s to 1990s; his research notes and files on ornithological topics, including bird records and lists for a variety of locations, and the newsletters from a number of ornithological organizations; drafts and typescripts of some of his writings.

Bennett, Gerry

Karl Schofield Bernhardt Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00368
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1926-1970

Collection of notes, drafts and manuscripts for articles, lectures and addresses by Bernhardt.

Bernhardt, Karl Schofield

Hide Shimizu Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00701
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1898-1999

Contains official documents, newspaper clippings, scrapbooks, photographs and other biographical material related to the life of Japanese Canadian Hide Shimizu and her family members. Includes material related to Shimizu's awards from the Order of Canada, the Order of the Precious Crown (Government of Japan) and the National Association of Japanese Canadians (NAJC).

Shimizu, Hide

Shirley Yamada Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00673
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1987

Photographs, slides and negatives taken during Japanese Canadian redress campaign rallies in B.C., Ottawa and Washington, plus audio recordings of redress-related radio programs.

Yamada, Shirley

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