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Leonard Cohen Papers

  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1953 - 2003

Includes extensive materials related to Leonard Cohen’s early writing and publications, both poetry and prose, as well as some plays and television play scripts. There are multiple drafts of many poems from Cohen’s undergraduate years through his mid-late 20s, both typescript (many with holograph revisions) and holograph. There are similar drafts of prose: short stories, and prose fragments, from the same period. Many of these writings became the basis for Cohen’s publications. Also included are materials directly related to the publication of Let Us Compare Mythologies, The Spice Box of Earth, The Favorite Game, Flowers for Hitler, and The Death of a Lady’s Man, including typescripts, page proofs, and correspondence with publishers and literary agents. There is also correspondence with friends, mentors, and colleagues, as well as some fan mail from 1967-68. The materials span 1950-1968.

Cohen, Leonard

J. Edward Chamberlin Papers

  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1970 - 2012

Includes correspondence with various poets in his capacity as Saturday Night poetry editor, some with submissions, and copies of replies, as well as correspondence with other writers and drafts of their work, including Rachel Manley, Lorna Goodison, Derek Walcott (along with the nomination for Walcott to receive the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1992), Anne Michaels and Bruce St. John. It also includes books, pamphlets,print and ephemera pertaining to West Indian and Caribbean Literature, history and culture.

Chamberlin, J. Edward

Graeme Gibson papers

  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1959 - 2005

Drafts and final manuscripts for his novels; correspondence including editorial correspondence for Anansi Press and correspondence relating to PEN Canada.

Gibson, Graeme

Elspeth Cameron Papers

  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1970 - ?

Collection of notes, research materials, correspondence relating to her biographies - Hugh Maclennan: a writer's life (1981); Irving Layton: a Portrait, (1985) and Earle Birney: a Life (1994) as well as her annotated bibliography of MacLennan and her recently published memoir, No Previous Experience: a memoir of love and change, (1997). Drafts of articles in Chatelaine and Saturday Night, class notes and administrative correspondence for her teaching at Concordia and University of Toronto, 54 photographs,and audio and video tapes.

Cameron, Elspeth

Douglas Fetherling Papers

  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1880 - ?

Notes, drafts and galleys of writings, notebooks, correspondence, art work, photographs, business records, family papers, printed appearances.

Fetherling, George

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

Don McKay Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00518
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1954-2006

Collection consists of manuscript drafts (both holograph and typescript) of McKay's published and unpublished poems and other writings. Publications represented in this collection include: Night Field: Poems (1991), Apparatus (1997), Another Gravity (2000), Vis a Vis (2001), Deactivated West 100 (2005) and Strike/Slip (2006). Other materials in the collection are manuscripts from other writers edited by McKay, as well as correspondence with various writers and friends. It also includes extensive research material, most of it holograph, on writers for his teaching activities.

McKay, Don

David Donnell Papers

  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1978 - 1999

The collection consists of Donnell's drafts, proofs andgalleys of his published books, including Water Street Days (1989), China Blues 1992) and The Blue Ontario Hemingway Boat Race (1985). It also includes drafts and fragments of his unpublished poetry, as well as correspondence. Correspondence includes business and personal communications with publishers, other writers and friends, as well as teaching and grant applications. These papers also include printed appearances by Donnell and works by other writers, printed notices and ephemera, poems by students in Donnell's Master classes in poetry and short fiction at Ryerson and the University of Toronto, and some financial records.

Donnell, David

Collection of 190 Pieces of Vellum Illustrating the History and Development of Handwriting

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00045
  • Manuscript Collection
  • ca. 380-1514

Collection of 190 pieces of vellum in Greek and Latin illustrating the history and development of handwriting from the 4th century until the end of the Middle Ages. Items 1-21 (which are Coptic in origin) illustrate the development of uncial writing from the beginning up to its decline in Egypt in the 9th century. All leaves, with the exception of items 106 and 170 are mounted; items 62-90 and 113-169 are bound volumes.

Worel, Charles F.

W. C. Bell Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00254 2B Annex
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1913-1932

Collection of thirteen letters from Stephen Leacock and one letter from Mrs. Leacock, to W. C. Bell; gallery proofs for 'College Days'; newspaper clippings about Leacock and other Leacock material.

Bell, W. C.

Miguel de Unamuno Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00027 2B Annex
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1885-1936

The collection consists of xerox copies of newspaper articles by Unamuno and of correspondence received by him. Also included are indexes and inventories of the materials, prepared by the National Archives of Spain and Professor M.J. Valdes.

Unamuno, Miguel de

John Greenleaf Whittier Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00496
  • Manuscript Collection
  • [18--]-1924

Includes notes by Whittier, as well as correspondence and notes about Whittier and his papers by Reverend J. B. Silcox and Samuel T. Pickard. Includes notes by Silcox and collected print material about poet Robert Browning. Correspondence with librarians, Paul E. Gray and John Moulton at Haverhill Public Library, Haverhill, Mass. about Whittier bibliographic information.

Whittier, John Greenleaf

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)

Helvétius Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00302 2B Annex
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1749-1801

Letters to the French philosopher from 18th century writers, philosophers, diplomats, ecclesiastics, government officials, patrons or friends of the arts.

Helvétius

Gabriel Sagard-Theodat Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00186 2B Annex
  • Manuscript Collection
  • [193-]

The collection consists of the typescript, by H.H. Langton, of Sagard-Theodat's history of Canada from 1615-1630.

Sagard, Gabriel

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

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

William Wood Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00225 2B Annex
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1834-1871

The collection consists of correspondence and papers written by or addressed to Woods. Letters are chiefly from family members in England, but also includes three letters by Wood giving Canadian news and some extracts relating to his experiences during the Mackenzie Rebellion, copied from his journal (dated 1837-38).

Wood, William, Rev.

William Tyrrell Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00025
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1836-1928

The collection consists of both private family correspondence and business papers. Included in the family correspondence are letters from William and his wife Elizabeth to their children, as well letters from relatives in Ireland, family friends and from important figures of the day who were acquaintances of Tyrrell. There is also material relating to Tyrrell's career in local politics and his activities as Justice of the Peace in Weston, Ont. The collection also contains business papers that relate to Tyrrell's contracting and building business.

Tyrrell, William

William Snaith Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00042 2B Annex
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1914-1960

The collection consists largely of papers concerned with industrial engineering, including the description and 103 photos of the building of the Leaside Bridge in Toronto. It also contains Snaith's personal accounts and diaries covering the years 1914-60.

Snaith, William

William Shelden Collection

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00233 2B Annex
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1670-1838

The collection consists of Shelden's collected correspondence with book dealers, and notes and cards with bibliographical information about his collection. Among the documents of interest include a signed letter from Sir Joseph Banks and a photograph of Robert Louis Stevenson, as well as a volume of original drawings used to illustrate one of Dumont D'Urville's voyages.

Sheldon, W. L.

William S. Martin Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00183 2B Annex
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1858-1932

The collection consists of notebooks, diaries, account books and memoranda books belonging to or associatd with Martin and his family.

Martin, William S.

William R. Feasby Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00235
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1899-1978

Collection consists of research materials and drafts for an unpublished biography of C.H. Best, containing much direct comment and dictation by Best. It also contains research materials and typescript of an unpublished history of the University of Toronto's Faculty of Medicine, drafts and notes for various articles and speeches, and some biographical and autobiographical materials.

Feasby, William R.

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

William John Alexander Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00155
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1874-1944

The collection consists mainly of accounts written by Dr. Alexander of his own family and of his wife's family, the Morrows and Richeys of Halifax; a few letters; a large clipping file of events from W.J. Alexander's life; some family photos.

Alexander, W. J. (William John)

William French Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00300
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1926-ongoing

Papers for his tenure as successor to W.A. Deacon, literary editor of the Globe and Mail. Correspondence with book reviewers and authors, drafts for his reviews, column articles, lectures and speeches, press releases for new books, and clippings.

French, William

William E. Blatz Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00134
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1926-1965

Includes personal and professional papers of Blatz; historical materials relating to the Institute of Child Study and associated schools; research material connected with projects carried out at the Institute under the direction of W.E. Blatz, 1926-1964, and after his death, by members of his staff at the Institute and the Brora Centre, up to 1979.

Blatz, William E.

William Charles White Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00032
  • Manuscript Collection
  • [ca. 1867]-1955

The collection consists of correspondence, notes, articles and printed material concerning personal, ecclesiastical and Chinese matters. It also contains some photographs and other memorabilia.

White, William Charles

William Amhurst Tyssen Amherst Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00206
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1850-1909

The papers of William Amhurst Tyssen Amherst, 1st Baron Amherst of Hackney (1835-1909) includes invoices and correspondence from Quaritch and other booksellers relating to the formation and the later sale of Amherst's extensive library, 1856-1908, correspondence on bibliographical matters; general correspondence and family letters; correspondence and papers relating to the management of Amherst's estate, Didlington Hall, Yorks, and to the Home Farm; papers and legal documents collected in the course of genealogical research into Amherst family.

Amherst, William Amhurst Tyssen-Amherst, Baron

Walter Bauer Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00039
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1950-1976

Collection of drafts, revisions of short stories and radio plays;typescripts of poems.

Bauer, Walter

W.W.E. Ross Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00211
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1916-1966

The collection consists of drafts of writings, notebooks, correspondence and biographical material.

Ross, W. W. E. (William Wrightson Eustace)

Venkatacharya Collection

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00291 2B Annex
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1700-1900

Collection of palm-leaf and paper manuscripts [ca. 1700-1900] of Sanskrit works mainly in Telugu and Bengali, and manuscript transcripts, microfilm and photocopies of Sanskrit works mainly in Devanagari and Telugu.

Venkatacharya, Tuppil

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

University College Collection of Canadian Authors

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00382
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1912-1989

The collection consists of correspondence of various Canadian authors and printed materials removed from University College's Al Purdy Collection.

University College (Toronto, Ont.)

Tymperon Mottram Family Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00266 2B Annex
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1649-1781

The collection consists of various documents pertaining to the Tymperon and Mottram families.

Mottram Family

Tragedy of the Soviet Countryside Collection

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00573
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1927-1940; 2000-2006

Consists of an archival collection about the history of the Soviet peasantry, collectivization and repression in the countryside during the 1930s. Records were acquired by Professor Lynne Viola in the course of co-editing two document collections on Soviet collectivization. Included are photocopies of documents from the major archives in Moscow. Some of the documents on collectivization and dekulakization became accessible to researchers in the 1990s, which enabled the publication of the 5-volume The Tragedy of the Soviet Village: Collectivization and Dekulakization, 1927-1939 [Tragediia sovetskoi derevni: kollektivizatsiia i raskulachivanie: dokumenty i materialy 1927-1939], a work that was the result of collaboration of historians from six countries: Russia, USA, Canada, UK, Australia, and South Korea. Another important publication, which was a result of the collaboration, is the 2-volume set The Politburo and the Peasantry: Deportation and Special Resettlement 1930-1940 [Politbiuro i krestianstvo: vysylka, spetsposelenie 1930-1940]. The greater part of this publication contains material from the Archive of the President of the Russian Federation. The collection contains photocopies of documents that were not included in the above mentioned publications, but have enormous historical significance and archival value. The documents came from five major archives in the Russian Federation: The Russian Center for the Preservation and Study of Records of Modern History [Rossiiskii tsentr khraneniia i izucheniia dokumentov noveishei istorii]; The State Archive of the Russian Federation [Gosudarstvennyi arkhiv Rossiiskoi Federatsii]; The Russian State Archive of the Economy [Rossiiskii gosudarstvennyi arkhiv ekonomiki]; The Russian State Military Archive [Rossiiskii gosudarstvennyi arkhiv ekonomiki]; and The Central Archive of the Federal Security Service of the Russian Federation [Tsentral’nyi arkhiv Federal’noi sluzhby bezopasnosti Rossiiskoi Federatsii] (which is the successor to the Soviet secret police agencies OGPU, NKVD, and the KGB, and which is still closed to all but a handful of researchers.) In addition, the collection includes documents from provincial archives of Russia and Ukraine. The gathering of this material was a part of the Stalin Era Research and Archives Project (SERAP) based at the Centre for Russian and East European Studies (now the Centre for European, Russian, and Eurasian Studies) at the University of Toronto.

Viola, Lynne

Toronto Social Welfare Agencies Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00012
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1911-1951

The collection consists of typed reports and correspondence dealing with the history of social work and agencies in Toronto.

University of Toronto. School of Social Work

Thoreau MacDonald Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00180
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1905-1980

The collection consists of papers pertaining to MacDonald, including original drawings and designs, along with correspondence and biographical material. These papers also include notes and drafts by Margaret E. Edison which she collected during the course of her research for her book, Thoreau MacDonald: A Catalogue of Design and Illustration (1973). A second accession includes more of MacDonald's original drawings and designs, notebooks and diaries, a small amount of correspondence, photographs and some printed materials.

MacDonald, Thoreau

Thomas York Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00304 2B Annex
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1973-1988

The collection includes manuscript and typescripts of York's novels We, the Wilderness (1973), Snowman (1976), Musk-ox Passions (1978), Trapper (1981), Desireless (1988), and Pimping for Jesus (unpublished). It also includes correspondence and non-fiction writings.

York, Thomas

Arlene Lampert Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00730
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1960s-2000s

Includes extensive correspondence from writers, 1960s-2000s, to Arlene Lampert. The correspondence
is primarily personal in nature. Photographs from the University of Toronto Writers’ Workshops held in
Toronto and The Bahamas, 1972-1978, form part of this accession. The photographs include many wellknown
authors, such as Austin Clarke, Al Purdy, Dennis Lee, Graeme Gibson, P.K. Page, Joe Rosenblatt,
Marian Engel, George Bowering.
Frequent correspondents include Bill Bissett, Susan Musgrave, Stephen Reid, Joe Rosenblatt, Jeni
Couzyn, Rosemary Sullivan, Anne Michaels, Patrick Lane, Lorna Crozier, Alice Denham, P.K. Page, Earle
Birney and Wailan Low, Phyllis Webb and others.

Lampert, Arlene

Thomas Townshend Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00222 2B Annex
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1741-1800

The collection consists primarily of correspondence written to Townshend. The letters are from family, friends, political colleagues and people who worked for him or served under him. Many were written to Townshend between 1784 and 1786 after he was made Baron Sydney and when he was secretary of state in the Pitt government, with many asking for political favours.

Townshend, Thomas

Thomas Griffith Taylor Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00020 2B Annex
  • Manuscript Collection
  • [190-]-1996

The collection consists of Taylor's research notes, typescripts and galley proofs for his books on geography, urbanography and similar subjects. It also includes correspondence with Taylor's family and colleagues, photographs and offprints of his articles in connection with Marie Sanderson's biography, Griffith Taylor: Antarctic Scientist and Pioneer Geographer (1988).

Taylor, Thomas Griffith

Thomas Babington Macaulay Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00252
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1815-1858

The collection consists of eleven letters and notes written by Baron Macaulay to his family and friends. Six of the letters were published in Thomas Pinney's edition of Macaulay's letters in 1974. The papers also include one contemporary photograph of Macaulay, one photograph of his portrait in coloured chalk, and one engraving of him.

Macaulay, Thomas Babington Macaulay, Baron

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