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James Mavor Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00119
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1862-1925

Correspondence with notable people such as Robert Falconer, Petr Kropotkin, Stephen Leacock, Peter Veregin; drafts for articles and books, notes, notebooks, scrapbooks, clippings, photographs.

Mavor, James

Niagara Falls Suspension Bridge Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00568
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1846-1937

The Niagara Falls Suspension Bridge fonds consists primarily of textual records that document the developmental phases and operation of the Niagara Falls Suspension Bridge, and the administrative activities of the Niagara Falls Suspension Bridge Company and the Niagara Falls International Bridge Company Joint Board of Directors. As these records document the lifespan of the Niagara Falls Suspension Bridge from conception to destruction, they also show the operational progress and administrative history of the conjoined bridge company and Board of Directors. Included is a large collection of handwritten letters and early telegram correspondance authored by and addressed to various members of the Joint Board of Directors, engineers, attorneys, and representatives from the Great Western Railroad Company and the New York, Lake Erie, and Western Railroad Company. Of note is the glut of professional correspondance between William Hamilton Merritt, Charles Brydges, William Swan, and various engineers involved with the concept, construction, and renewals of the Niagara Falls Suspension Bridge, including Charles Ellet, Jr., Samuel Keefer, John Augustus Roebling, and Leffert Lefferts Buck.The fonds also includes textual records that document financial and business transactions between the conjoined bridge company, engineers, and merchants. Many of the latter bear historical company letterheads and insignia, including those of the Detroit Bridge and Ironworks Co., the Hamilton Bridge and Tool Company, the First National Bank of Albion (NY), and the Grand Trunk and Great Western Railroads. Further records document the internal administration of the conjoined bridge company and the interactions of the Board of Directors and executives, including internal financial records, engineering drafts, and executive meeting reports. In the interest of provenance, a small amount of ephemeral material, including photographs, postcards, stamps, and miscellaneous correspondance addressed to Glenn C. Way of 1631 Niagara Avenue, Niagara Falls, New York (1902 -1917), Charles H. Stringer (Clifton Hotel Accountant) of 1259 Heywood Avenue, Niagara Falls, Ontario, and c/o the Clifton Hotel (1902 -1931) is also maintained within the fonds.

Niagara Falls Suspension Bridge Company

Robert Priest Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00662 2B Annex
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1964-2010

Includes several drafts of published and unpublished poems, lyrics, short stories and novels from the author’s youth to 2010; mockups and original artwork for books; correspondence (in particular, letters exchanged between RP and members of The League of Canadian Poets, 1980-1999); pamphlets and magazines by other poets and writers; promotional material for poetry and music events held in the greater Toronto area, 1970-2010.

Priest, Robert

Beth Follett/Pedlar Press Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00747
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1960-2013

This accession contains manuscripts, drafts, proofs, correspondence, reviews and other material related to Pedlar Press and the life and work of Beth Follett.

Follett, Beth

Charles Fothergill Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00140
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1795-[ca.1875]

The collection includes correspondence both private and public, diaries, natural history notebooks, a few sketches, and scrapbooks. Much of the material pre-dates Fothergill's arrival in Upper Canada in 1816. Some of the family correspondence continues for over 30 years after his death in 1840.

Fothergill, Charles

David Gardner Papers (Downsview Offsite)

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00359
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1950-1999

The collection consists of material relating to Canadian theatre history and to Gardner's acting and directing career. It includes theatre programmes, articles and press clippings concerning the history of theatre in Canada, especially for the Toronto area (1974 to 1999); audio tapes of Association for Canadian Theatre Research conferences; videotapes of ten television productions directed by him, and more than fifty production photographs; tapes of his television and film performances; scrapbooks (1935-1955), that document his career on stage (Hart House Theatre, Straw Hat Players, Crest Theatre, New Play Society, Jupiter Theatre, Stratford Festival) and in radio and television; other papers and photographs; other directors' prompt books; diaries; correspondence; playbills and broadsides. John Holden's collection of 19th and 20th century playscripts as well as Holden's production scripts for Canadian theatres, mainly in the 1950s and early 1960s, are also in the collection.

Gardner, David Emmett

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

Camilla Gibb Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00515
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1970-2006

Collection consists of manuscripts, drafts and research for her books, articles and Ph.D. thesis, as well as correspondence and other materials - including scholarly articles and papers on social anthropology; day planners; address books; Harar language material; early writings (high school); audio/visual material; books; music scores for viola; photographs; translations of published works (many languages); short pieces; printed appearances/journals; personal journals; book designs; ephemera; and posters - related to Gibb's work and life.

Gibb, Camilla

James Balfour Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL MS Mapcase
  • Manuscript Collection
  • [188-]-[190-]

Four architectural drawings by James Balfour (1854-1917) who practised as an architect in Hamilton from 1876 to 1905. The drawings were executed for George A. Grover of Hamilton. One plan is dated 1883. The others are undated. Two receipts, dated 1884, are also included.

Balfour, James

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

Charles Best Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00241
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1928-1985

1982 Accession:
Correspondence, research notes and articles, offprints of his published research and of his colleagues including Banting and McLeod, his other writings and lectures, biographical material, photographs, films, slides, records, tapes, and cassettes.

2003 Accession:
Includes material related to the discovery of insulin at the University of Toronto; Margaret Mahon Best’s journals 1925-1984(75) describing their life and extensive travels following the discovery, plus several holograph notebooks about Sandy and Henry as
children, and from MMB’s childhood, 1914-1919; original course notes of Charles Best; original holograph insulin manuscript; research, drafts, correspondence and other material related to Margaret and Charley by Henry Best; letters of correspondence to
MMB and HB regarding the death of Alexander (Sandy) Best and Charles Best; letters scientific to Dr. Best; ‘Dear Jessie’ letters from Linda Mahon on her travels with Margaret and Charley to her cousin Jessie at home in Toronto; H.H. Dale letters; photographic images of awards, citations, etc. given to CB; other material related to the discovery of insulin and the writing of the book on their lives by their son, Henry Best.

Best, Charles Herbert

Earle Birney Papers (Downsview Offsite)

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00049
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1896-1990 (bulk 1940-1976)

Collection includes correspondence; manuscripts, typescripts and some galley proofs of the work of Earle Birney; teaching materials; some Malcolm Lowry material; typescripts of other Canadian authors; scrapbooks and memorabilia.

Birney, Earle

Canadian Authors Photographs

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00262
  • Manuscript Collection
  • [1921?]

This collection of photographs and photographs of drawings of sixty-two Canadian authors was probably made about 1921. Some of the authors included are obscure, others are well-known such as Charles G.D. Roberts.

Harshaw Collection of William Boyne Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00298 2B Annex
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1830-1991

Collection Includes: family correspondence, holograph and printed volumes, albums of plates; also transcriptions and introductions by William A. Harshaw.

Boyne, William

Heidenreich Collection of Dorothy Walker Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00431
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1894-1975

Contains the papers of Dorothy Walker, daughter of Sir Edmund Walker. Includes correspondence, a diary, manuscripts and notes documenting Sir Walker’s life and his contribution to Canadian culture.

Heidenreich, Conrad E.

Julia Jarvis Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00284 2B Annex
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1976

Consists of a master copy, with extra illustrations and documents, of In Good Faith, being the story of some Jarvises, namely Stephen Jarvis, and his ancestors, along with an appendix containing the two elder branches of United Empire Loyalist families, namely Munson Jarvis and some family and William Jarivs and some family. Based on family papers, some of which were subsequently deposited in the Metro Toronto Public Library and in the Anglican Church Archives.

Jarvis, Julia

David M. Lank Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00202
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1977-1978

Collection is largely comprised of papers from Terry Schott, an orinthological artist and author and chief artist at the Royal Ontario Museum until his retirement. It contains Schott's notes on his field sketches and trip to Madagascar, as well as his draft typescript for two chapters in a planned book on wildlife and art. It also contains Lank's typescript draft of an article on Shortt.

Lank, David M.

John DePol Collection

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00410
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1982-1997

Included are correspondence, mainly with James Fraser or copies made for James Fraser; articles about DePol; promotional materials for his work and exhibitions; original prints and artist’s proofs; a collection of lithographs (artist’s signed proofs) drawn and printed by DePol at the College of Art, School of Technology in Belfast in early 1944; prints portraying Irish subjects, etched by DePol in New York in 1947; printed ephemera; and newspaper clippings.

DePol, John

Douglas M. Duncan Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00044
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1882-1943

This collection contains sketches and notes executed by Duncan, along with related correspondence. The dates of this material are 1935-1943. The collection also includes files of correspondence, typescripts and proofs of English authors collected by Duncan. Among the writers collected include Richard Aldington, Max Beerbohm, Lord Alfred Douglas and D.H. Lawrence, among others. The date of this material is 1882-ca.1930.

Duncan, Douglas

Beatrice Ferneyhough Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00469
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1971-1997

Collection includes correspondence with Lil Greene, Robert Kenny, Ursula Herzberg; material related to the life and work of Bea Ferneyhough, including Singing in the Night. Also included are cards, photographs, clippings and records relating to communism in Canada.

Ferneyhough, Beatrice

Agnes Chamberlin Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00112
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1863-1934

The collection includes original paintings of Canadian flora and mushrooms by Chamberlin, and subscription books for her book Canadian Wild Flowers (1868 and 1869 editions). Most of the paintings have not been reproduced. It also contains original paintings and photographs of Canadian flora and other subjects by Chamberlin's daughter, Geraldine Moodie, an album of pressed plants by Moodie, and an album of pressed ferns by Catherine Parr Trail.

Chamberlin, Agnes

Eileen Clairmonte Collection

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00446
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1890-1997

Collection consists primarily of material relating to China from the late 19th century to early 20th century. The bulk is photographs taken by Robert John Davidson, a Quaker missionary in Western China for 35 years beginning in the 1890s, and include some rare and unique photos of life in China at the turn of the 20th century. It also includes various papers, including missionary travel itineraries, of the Davidson family.

Clairmonte, Eileen

Lloyd Roberts Collection of Grey Owl Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00373
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1937-1950

The collection consists of correspondence from Grey Owl and Anahareo "Pony" Gertie to Roberts, along with typescripts of an unpublished article by Roberts on Grey Owl and of a thirteen-part programme on CBC radio entitled "My Friend Grey Owl".

Roberts, Lloyd

Anthony Salvin Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00249
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1828-[ca. 1862]

The collection consists of architectural drawings for various projects by the British architect Salvin. Drawings are either executed by Salvin himself or by other architects or draughtsmen in his office. Additional material includes: 8 photographs of Salvin projects; 5 drawings by Salvin's wife, Anne Andrews (Nesfield) Salvin; a catalogue of Salvin's library at Elmshurst; and engravings of British cathedrals.

Salvin, Anthony

Solandt-McKillop Collection

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00158 2B Annex
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1837-1895

The collection consists of journals and a letter book from André Solandt, and an orderly book and account books from Archibald McKillop.

Solandt, André

J. Murray Speirs Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00387
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1923-2000

The collection consists of daily bird journals (1923-2000), daily bird records (1922-1949), first and last sightings records (1922-1990), and research records on the American Robin and the Lincoln Sparrow (1930s-1940s).

Speirs, J. Murray (John Murray)

Henry Sproatt Collection

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00047
  • Manuscript Collection
  • [n.d.]

The collection consists of autographs, letters, photographs and printed material, chiefly of Canadian interest, that was collected by Sproatt.

Sproatt, Henry

Sam Tata Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00448
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1938-1992

Collection includes large black and white photographs and several scrapbooks related to the life and work of Sam Tata.

Tata, Sam

Samuel Alexander White Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00204 2B Annex
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1905-1954

The collection consists of drafts and tearsheets of published writings, part of an unpublished autobiography, drawings, sketches, correspondence, and other printed material.

White, Samuel Alexander

George M. Miller and William J. Miller Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00194
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1883-1952

This collection consists of architectural drawings and other documentation for buildings designed by Toronto architect George M. Miller and his son William J. Miller. Additional documentation includes microfilms of G.M. Miller's ledger books (1894-1912), as well as correspondence, specifications and other materials for several of the buildings designed by Miller of his son. It also includes photographs of many of the buildings designed by Miller and a small amount of biographical material.

Miller, George M.

Euromaidan Protests Collection

  • Manuscript Collection
  • 2013-2014

Collection consists of miscellaneous leaflets, pamphlets, bumper stickers, newspapers, posters, and ribbons issued during the protests in Kiev, Ukraine from November 2013 to March 2014.

Colonel Benjamin Aylett Branfill Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00746
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1846-1930

Contains the journals of Col. Benjamin Aylett Branfill, as well as sketchbooks and assorted papers including correspondence, photographs, and newspaper clippings. Also includes photography albums and genealogical information collected by his descendants, specifically the family of his daughter Helen Hammond de Caux.

Branfill, Benjamin Aylett

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