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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

Lorna Goodison Papers

Includes various earlier [1995- ] and later drafts of From Harvey River: a memoir of my mother and her people. Early working titles include ‘Rock Steady’, ‘Rocksteady’ and ‘The Rock Steady Dancer.’ Editorial revisions and notes by J. Edward Chamberlin are included on several drafts. Drafts of new and unpublished poems for Goldengrove: new and selected poems, as well as reviews, a current c.v., a short biography and an original ink drawing are also included

Lorna Goodison Papers

Includes copy edited manuscripts and galleys with detailed revision for U.S. version of Lorna Goodison’s From Harvey River: A Memoir of my Mother and her Island, Amistad/Harper Collins and paperback version, with new subtitle.

Goodison, Lorna

Margaret Atwood Papers

This Margaret Atwood accession complements and builds on the existing Atwood collections held at the Fisher Library. It includes manuscript drafts – both holograph and word processed – of Atwood’s 2006 short story collection Moral Disorder, as well manuscripts and related material for various projects, including short articles, lectures and speeches. There is also a large collection of material dealing with various causes (cultural and environmental, as well as her work with PEN Canada), and administrative material dealing with the founding of the Griffin Award for Poetry

Margaret Atwood Papers

The latest accession of Margaret Atwood’s papers complements and builds on the Atwood Papers held at the Fisher Library. It consists of a large collection of juvenilia, both her’s and her brother’s, as well as letters written by Atwood to her parents over a 40- year period. The papers also include manuscripts, including the holograph drafts of individual poems, from Atwood’s collection of poems, The Door (published in 2007), as well as manuscripts and editorial material for Moral Disorder and the stage version of The Penelopiad.

Margaret Atwood Papers

This latest accession of the Margaret Atwood Papers complements and builds on the Atwood collections held at the Fisher Library. It consists of draft manuscripts for the 2008 Massey Lectures delivered by Atwood, collected and published as Payback: Debt and the Shadow Side of Wealth (House of Anansi Press, 2008), as well as research material for the lectures. There is also an extensive collection of media clippings, including reviews, for the Atwood books Moral Disorder, The Tent, Up in the Tree and The Penelopiad (book and stage production), as well as correspondence, largely editorial (including marketing and book tour information) on those books. The papers also include correspondence from various friends and colleagues of Atwood, including June Callwood, Dorothy Livesay, John Newlove, James Reaney, Jane Rule and Carol Shields.

Margaret Atwood Papers

This accession contains notes, drafts, editorial correspondence (with Ellen Seligman and others) and research for Hag-Seed: The Tempest Retold; the Rolex Mentor and Protégé Arts Initiative in which Margaret Atwood mentored writer Naomi Alderman; appearances; short pieces; essays; interviews; media for various projects including her graphic novel with Johnnie Christmas, Angel Catbird; a draft of Dark Backward, early title of Hag-Seed; material related to the upcoming Netflix mini-series Alias Grace directed by Sarah Polley; fan mail; editorial and other correspondence; the City Opera Vancouver production of Pauline; and other material

Maureen Scott Harris Papers

This ninth donation of Maureen Scott Harris papers consist of manuscript drafts including ‘Slow Curve Out’, ‘Learning My Place’ and ‘Drowning Lesson’s; information pertaining to various projects including publishing Beth Follett’s ‘YesNo’ chapbook; writing group files; readings; and a significant amount of professional and personal correspondence.

Harris, Maureen

Phyllis Grosskurth Papers

  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1954 - 2015

The collection consists of research notes, manuscript notes and drafts for published and unpublished writings; correspondence with various people; documents, including legal and correspondence, relating to the class action lawsuit against the University of Toronto over pension equity. Collection includes some special media material.

Grosskurth, Phyllis

Phyllis Grosskurth Papers

Collection of papers related to her recent biography of Lord Byron, Byron: The Flawed Angel (London: Hodder & Stoughton, 1997). Includes correspondence with her editors in London, Boston and Toronto; four manuscript drafts, page proofs as well as research notes and other correspondence.

Phyllis Grosskurth Papers

This donation contains manuscripts, personal and business correspondence, essays and reviews, notebooks, photographs and other files relating to the life and work of Phyllis Grosskurth.
Contains series:

  1. Manuscripts
  2. Correspondence
  3. Articles and Reviews
  4. Conferences, Appearances and Lectures
  5. Correspondence with Agents – David Higham Associates
  6. Grants
  7. Other Files
  8. Personal Files
  9. Photographs
  10. Notebooks
  11. Research

Robert Gilford Lawrence Papers

This gift constitutes the fifth instalment of the Robert G. Lawrence theatre history collection including notes; drafts; research material; lectures; index card entries and other material connected with Robert G. Lawrence’s ongoing research into English Actors and Plays performed in Canada; including a poster from the Ellen Terry Jubilee, June 12, 1906; and issues of The Play Pictorial

Ronald Bryden Papers

This collection complements and builds upon the previous accession of Ronald Bryden’s papers (see Collection 00461). It consists primarily of correspondence sent to Bryden. The correspondents are varied, and include such theatre luminaries as Keith Baxter, Alec Guinness, Terry Hands, Anthony Hopkins, Ian McKellen, Lawrence Olivier, Trevor Nunn and Michael Redgrave. Among the literary correspondents include Robertson Davies, Graham Greene, William Golding, Brian Moore, W. Somerset Maugham, Harold Pinter, Mordecai Richler, Tom Stoppard, Guy Vanderhaeghe and Derek Walcott.

Ronald Hambleton Papers

Collection includes typescripts of his novels, published and unpublished, general and business correspondence, various articles, radio scripts, unpublished essays, plays, music reviews and magazine appearances. Tape recordings of his interviews with write

Ronald Hambleton Papers

This collection consists of various projects – some completed, others unfinished and abandoned – from freelance writer Ronald Hambleton. It includes some older material, including interview transcriptions from his broadcast work for the BBC and CBC from the 1940s and 1950s and some original holograph drafts of his poetry, along with more recent work, including an unpublished novel entitled Private Performances and some children’s stories.

Ronald Hambleton Papers

Consists of manuscripts to two as-yet unpublished novels, The Masque of Orpheus and The Veiled Murderess, as well as clippings of Hambleton’s freelance work and stories about the writer.

Douglas LePan Papers

The collections include research notes pertaining to the Royal Commission on Canada's Economic Prospects, for which LePan was secretary and director of research, 1955-1958, along with manuscripts, typescripts and correspondence concerning his literary works, as well as personal correspondence.

LePan, Douglas

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

Jack MacLeod Papers

Includes personal correspondence, particularly with old friend R.E. ‘Dick’ Spencer, a.k.a. ‘Zinger’, drafts, photographs, radio scripts, essays, lectures and other material related to the life and work of Jack McLeod [J.T. McLeod, Jack Macleod]

MacLeod, Jack

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

John Metcalf Papers

This first accession of John Metcalf’s papers includes manuscripts and correspondence with various authors for Biblioasis; editing files for the journal CNQ (Canadian Notes and Queries) and the publication Best Canadian Stories; as well as personal writing, journals, photographs and other material related to his life and work.

Metcalf, John

John Metcalf Papers

This accession of John Metcalf’s papers includes personal writing; manuscripts and correspondence with various authors; correspondence with other writers; as well as journals, photographs and other material related to his life and work.

Contains series:

  1. Manuscripts and other writing
  2. Editing files
  3. Correspondence
  4. Humber Schools for Writers files
  5. Personal and miscellaneous files

Metcalf, John

George Whipple Papers

Collection includes material related to the complete work and life of Toronto poet George Whipple.

Whipple, George

Robert Stacey Papers

Includes research (bulk of which are copies) and writings by Robert Stacey on John Reid, Ian Hamilton Finlay, Ezra Pound and Ronald Duncan; correspondence with Ronald Duncan; extensive writings by John Reid; photographs of Ronald Duncan and John Reid, and other research material.

Stacey, Robert

Bliss Carman Papers

Contains an incomplete handwritten draft of April Airs: A Book of New England Lyrics (1916), which was published by Small, Maynard Publishers, Boston. The poems are primarily handwritten, as well as some previously published poems which are pasted on to loose-leaf paper. All poems are signed and some include edits or editorial remarks in the hand of Bliss Carman. Collection contains a small amount of material sent to R.T Hale, an editor at Small, Maynard, by Bliss Carmen including a photograph with a dedication to Hale, a letter and two signed copies of Four Sonnets (1916), printed by Small, Maynard Publishers.

Carman, William Bliss

David Laidler Papers

The collection consists of the bulk of papers related to Laidler's professional life, including manuscript drafts of his published work and extensive correspondence with other leading economists. Included are journal articles; papers from conferences, bank reviews, committees, fetschrifts, etc.; book reviews written by Laidler; manuscripts, correspondence and some clippings of Laidlers writings for various media outlets; manuscripts for his books Monetarist Perspectives and Fabricating the Keynesian Revolution; unpublished articles and miscellaneous writings; scrapbooks; correspondence; files relating to projects that were not completed; and weekly planners.

Laidler, David

David Laidler Papers

Includes Laidler’s research and teaching notes on various economic theorists (including Lauchlin Currie, Milton Friedman, J.M. Keynes, Alfred Marshall, Allyn Young and others); drafts and print-offs of Laidler’s published journal articles; general correspondence between Laidler and colleagues; copies of reference letters written by Laidler for colleagues and students; correspondence and Laidler’s review comments for various publications; Laidler’s day planners for the years 2004-2011, as well as a small number of newspaper clippings by and about Laidler.

Includes Series:
Series I: Research and teaching notes
Series II: Talks and conference programmes
Series III: Journal articles
Series IV: General correspondence
Series V: Letters of reference
Series VI: Refereeing
Series VII: Miscellaneous material

Laidler, David

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

Includes drafts of ‘A Truffaut Notebook’ forthcoming 2015; correspondence with Karen Mulhallen, Michael Ondaatje(restricted), Anne Michaels(restricted), ; photographs of authors; Josef Skvorecky memorial material; research and other material for ‘Collected Letters of Al Purdy’; research for essays on Michael Ondaatje and Al Purdy; interviews with Michael Ondaatje, Czeslaw Milosz, Josef Skvorecky, Joseph Brodsky

Solecki, Sam

Richard Teleky Papers

Collection consists of extensive drafts, notes, editing and research material for various Teleky works, including: Winter in Hollywood; Pack Up the Moon; Hungarian Rhapsodies; The Paris Years of Rosie Kamin; Goodnight, Sweetheart and other stories; The Hermit's Kiss; The Oxford Book of French-Canadian short stories and early writings. It also includes manuscripts from other writers such as Larry Fineberg, Priscila Uppal, David Plante, Rosemary Sullivan, Adele Wiseman, Anne Carson and Betty Jane Wylie.

Teleky, Richard

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.

Allan Sratton Papers

This accession of Allan Stratton’s papers includes manuscripts for The Dogs, The Resurrection of Mary Mabel McTavish, Curse of the Dream Witch; and The Grave Robber’s Apprentice; professional files; correspondence; personal files; addenda for plays such as Nurse Jane Goes to Hawaii and earlier plays; juvenilia; and other material related to his life and work.
Contains series:

  1. Manuscripts and other writing
  2. Professional Files
  3. Correspondence
  4. Personal Files
  5. Addenda for Plays
  6. Juvenilia

Stratton, Allan

George Elliott Clarke Papers

Includes extensive correspondence (1979-2007) including personal, poetic, academic, political; ‘ideas’; manuscripts; Africana; publicity/reviews; William Lloyd Clarke material; other varied material related to the life and work of George Elliott Clarke

Selected correspondents include: Karlene Nation, Ingrid Joseph [Oni the Haitian Sensation], Althea Prince, Dany Laferriere, Senator Anne Cools, Senator David Oliver, Andy Wainwright, Greg Cook, Jan Zwicky, Olive Senior, M. Travis Lane, George Fetherling, George Bowering, David Young, Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty, Rob Maclennan, M. NourbeSe Phillip, John Ralston Saul, Clement Virgo, Tamara Berger, Noah Richler, Karen Kain, Sheila Copps, Michael Redhill, Austin Clarke, Randy Resh, Linda Rogers, Ambassador of Romania, Lawrence Hill, Sylvia Hamilton, Wendy Brathwaite [Motion], Budge Wilson, Hedy Fry, Ian Wilson, Antonio Alfonso [Guernica Editions], Roch Carrier, Hilary Weston,Omaha Rising, Greg Gatenby, Dionne Brand, Rinaldo Walcott, Rita Dove, Michael Ondaatje, Herb Gray, and many others.

Clarke, George Elliott

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

Robert Finch Papers

Collection of drafts and final manuscripts for his published and unpublished writings, correspondence; 170 photographs; family papers including correspondence from his sister Mary and his grandfather John Allen.

Finch, Robert

Robert Finch Papers, Gift of John C. Cairns

Includes 50 year correspondence between Robert Finch and John C. Cairns (1947-1995), as well as audio cassette recordings of Finch reading his poetry, speaking and playing the piano (recorded in the 1980s). The Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library also holds Robert Finch’s papers, which were accessioned in 1992, 1996 and 1997 (see MS Coll 324), which contains correspondence from John C. Cairns, as well as some carbon copies of letters written by Finch for the time period between 1947 and 1995.

Finch, Robert

Miriam Beckerman Papers

Includes audio cassette interview conducted by Miriam Beckerman with Margaret Atwood, at home, January 12, 1972; correspondence from John Fowles, Adrienne Clarkson, Margaret Atwood, Helen Weinzweig (including carbon typed transcript of interview), rejection letter from Chateleine magazine re: Weinzweig interview, "Margaret Atwood: Her Poems and Novels", essay by Miriam Beckerman, marked by Michael Ondaatje, with detailed holograph comments, February 16, 1972

Beckerman, Miriam

Miriam Dashkin Beckerman Papers

Includes Haftling (Prisoner) No. 94771 Memoirs of Holocaust Survivors in Canada, Volume 28: experiences in German Lagers (Camps) 1941-1945, Lithuania: Dvinsk, Riga, Kaiserwald, Germany: Stutthof, Tarin, Bromberg by Paula Frankel-Zaltzman, translated from the Yiddish by Miriam Dashkin Beckerman; English translations of Boris Sandler’s short stories published in The Jewish Forward; English translations from the Yiddish of stories by Dovid Katz [nom de plume Heershadovid Menkes], including ‘If Not Wiser’, ‘The Thirteenth Romp’, ‘The Angel of Martzibal’ and ‘Noach Anshel of the Other World’; translations of Chava Rosenfarb stories and notes; translations of Friedenson/Strauss family poems and letters; I and My World by David Volpe, English translation; Beckerman’s translation of the Yizkor book entry, On the Ruins of My Home by Avraham Zimler regarding Zsirardow (Zherardow), Amshinov and Viskit, [Pinkes Zshirardoṿ, Amshinoṿ un Ṿisḳiṭ : yizker-bukh tsu der geshikhṭe fun di ḳehiles : Zshirardoṿ, Amshinoṿ, Ṿisḳiṭ, fun zeyer oyfḳum biz zeyer ḥurben dorkh di Natsis yimaḥ shmam [redaḳṭor, Mordkhe Ṿ. Bernshṭayn]. Imprint Buenos-Ayres : Landslayṭ-faraynen in Ameriḳe, Yiśroel, Franḳraykh, Argenṭine, 1961.];

Beckerman, Miriam

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

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

Morris Wolfe Papers

This accession contains a manuscript for ‘Re/mem/ber/ing’ part 2, other writing, and personal and miscellaneous files relating to the life and work of Morris Wolfe.

Wolfe, Morris

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