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Ken Koyama Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00670
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1987-1992

Small collection of printed material regarding Japanese Canadian immigrants after WWII .

Koyama, Ken

William Blissett Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00273
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1953-1984

Collection of fifty-nine letters and postcards from contemporary Canadian, British, and American poets in response to William Blissett's inquiry as to the influence of Edmund Spencer on their work. The letters date from 1953-1984. Some replies are added to Blissett's letter to addressee. The 1984 letters give him permission to publish the earlier letters from sender.

Blissett, William

Horatio C. Boultbee Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00198
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1930-1967

Includes Boultbee's writings and correspondence relating to the posthumous publication of his work.

Boultbee, Horatio C.

Joseph Brabant Lewis Carroll Manuscript Collection

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00371
  • Manuscript Collection
  • [1866?]-1896

The collection consists of correspondence from Charles L. Dodgson, photographs (including an 1865 photograph taken by Carroll), memorabilia, and Brabant's notes and correspondence about the collection.

Brabant, Joseph A. (Joseph Anthony)

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

Quentin Brown Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00213 2B Annex
  • Manuscript Collection
  • [1946?]

Includes materials relating to Lennox Robinson, collected by Quentin Brown such as the journals of Lady Gregory which were edited by Robinson; a stage manager’s copy of “Drama at Irish,” received from Robinson by Brown; a programme of a performance of “Drama at Irish;” photographs of Robinson; and newspaper clippings.

Brown, Quentin

Patrick Byrne Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00247 2B Annex
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1939-1964

Papers consist of typed & printed copies of O Broin's poems; proofs for his selected poems, Than any Star. Typescripts compiled by O Broin including printed materials of literary works by MacEwen,George Miller, D. French, Layton, Spiecker and John Maclean. Compilations of material on the Collected Poetry Group Readings at the YM-YWHA Building, 1960-61.

O Broin, Padraig

Canadian Authors Association Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00101
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1921-1954

The bulk of the collection concerns the Toronto branch of the Association and is comprised mainly of correspondence, reports of meetings and conventions, membership lists, minutes of executive meetings, newspaper clippings, poetry, bills, receipts, financial statements, and programs.

Canadian Authors Association

C. H. D. Clarke Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00367
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1925-1980

The collection is comprised of material related to Clarke's scholarly studies and life work in wildlife conservation and management. It includes: correspondence; drafts of published and unpublished reports and conferences; articles; reprints; diaries; negatives and photographs. His unpublished drafts also include such subjects as doxology, literature, and reflections on man's relationship with nature.

Clarke, C. H. D. (Charles Henry Douglas)

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.

Byrne Hope Sanders Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00754
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1920-1986

Contains newspaper clippings and photographs related to BHS’s career as a writer and businesswoman, including a scrapbook and draft manuscripts for an autobiography; plus a small number of personal and family records.

Series:
Series I: Writing and career-related material
Series II: Personal and family records
Series III: Photographs

Sanders, Byrne Hope (1902-1981)

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

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

Malka Marom Papers

  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1961-1999

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

Dora Mavor Moore Papers

  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1888-1979

This collection consists of correspondence, scripts, photos, clippings, theatre programs and tapes covering the personal and professional career of Dora Mavor Moore. It excludes that part of Moore's career when she was director of the New Play Society and School. This material can be found in the New Play Society Papers (MS Coll. 228).

Moore, Dora Mavor

Mary Burkett Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00745
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1993-2013

Correspondence of Lana Peters (Svetlana Alliluyeva, 1926-2011) to Mary Burkett, 1993-2013. Includes print articles about Svetlana Alliluyeva during and after her defection to the United States from the Soviet Union in 1967.

Burkett, Mary

Robert Finch Papers

  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1903 - 1995

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

Elisabeth Young-Bruehl Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00759
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1950-2013

This collection of Young-Bruehl’s papers contains a wide variety of material ranging from juvenilia, high school, and university student work, to drafts, correspondence, and publicity material surrounding all of her major publications. It also includes a significant amount of correspondence over the span of her life, both personal and professional, along with materials relating to her teaching, academic work, and her psychoanalytic practice.

Young-Bruehl, Elisabeth

Adrian Gibson Dafoe Papers

Includes material related to Dr. W. A. Dafoe’s medical training and career; posting to #4 General Hospital, Salonica [Thessaloniki], Greece, during World War I; Dr. Allan Roy Dafoe and the Dionne Quintuplets; University of Toronto Athletics Association, especially Lacrosse, and hockey; other sports-related; Dafoe/Van Deusen family history; work at the Wellesley Hospital; Dr. Murray L. Barr and his work on sex chromosomes and sex determinants [Dr. Barr was ‘one of my babies’ – Dr. W.A. Dafoe delivered him]; unpublished memoirs by Dr. W. A. Dafoe; medical degrees; Lester B. Pearson material

Dafoe, Adrian Gibson

William Arthur Deacon Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00160
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1918 - 1960

Collection of personal & business correspondence with authors,publishers, organizations, readers; minutes of the Canadian Authors Assoc.; manuscripts and typescripts of his writings and lectures as well as galleys and publicity for his books; clippings and scrapbooks of his columns and articles in the Globe & Mail and Saturday Night; 976 photographs of Canadian and international authors.

Deacon, William Arthur

Sharon Abron Drache Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00684 (2B annex)
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1974-2013

Includes extensive correspondence, manuscripts, etc. with Joe Rosenblatt, David Gurr; drafts, research and correspondence related to Barbara Klein-Muskrat: Then and Now; The Lubavitchers Are Coming to Second Avenue; Ritual Slaughter; The Mikveh Man; The Golden Ghetto; The Magic Pot; correspondence, research and drafts for piece on Richard Landon and the Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library; Arthur Drache material; unpublished children’s stories; family material; ghost writing; mentoring and other material related to the life and work of Sharon Abron Drache.

Drache, Sharon Abron

Julius Griffith Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00491
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1948-1993

Includes sketches and book jackets.

Griffith, Julius

Patrick McGahern Papers (Downsview Offsite)

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00697
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1888-2012

This collection demonstrates the scope and practice of operating an antiquarian bookseller’s establishment both before and during the use of computerized orders, payments, and catalogue creation. In particular, it deals with Patrick McGahern Books in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, also known as both The Book Boutique and Patrick and Liam McGahern Books. The collection contains business records,financial records, book orders, correspondence, memorabilia, a card catalogue, and bookseller’s catalogue proofs, masters, and prints related to the operation of Patrick McGahern Books.It also contains a moderate collection of nineteenth and twentieth-century bookseller’s catalogues either collected or used by Patrick and Liam McGahern.

Patrick McGahern Books

Stanley Morisse Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00561
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1897-1987

Includes personal and professional correspondence; personal photographs; official documents; receipts and invoices; typescript drafts of books; newspaper articles, passports, cultural and political pursuits. Various highlighted items in his collection include many interesting photographs documenting the May Day Rallies of 1933-4 in Hamilton, Ontario-suggesting that he had an active role in organizing these demonstrations. There are also a number of newspaper clippings (primarily from The Daily Colonist (Victoria, B.C.), documenting such issues as communism, the war in Vietnam, Cyprus, various actions taken by the Canadian Government, and celebrities such as Marilyn Munroe and Princess Diana. A series of postcards document a trip taken by Sam Lawrence across Europe in 1936. Also featured is a collection of photographs of Lenin from 1897-1917 from a book of photographs entitled “Lenin” edited by Vladimir Il’ich and a collection of postcards documenting the Third Congress of Komintern in Russia, 1919. Lastly, there are two typescript books dedicated to Morisse and written by Georgoula Beikos entitled “The Greece That Fights: A Collection of Articles in Russian”, and a book of poems written by political prisoners on the Cypriot island of Gioura after the Greek civil war from 1945-1949.

Morisse, Stanley

Rudyard Fearon Papers

  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1977- ongoing

Includes early poetry Jamaica, 1972-1974; Canada, 1974-1977; ongoing poetry, 1977-present; correspondence; photographs; print and ephemera.

Fearon, Rudyard

Morris Wolfe Papers

  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1942-2016

Contains files relating to the life and work of writer and editor, Morris Wolfe.

Wolfe, Morris

Jean-Jacques Rousseau Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00130 2B Annex
  • Manuscript Collection
  • [174-]-1844

The collection consists of a small group of documents and letters by or about Rousseau, the bulk of which are notes on the history of women taken by Rousseau from a variety of books. He appears to have compiled these notes acting as secretary to Louise Marie Madelaine (Fontaine) Dupin, who had hoped to write a book on the history of women (the work was never completed).

Rousseau, Jean-Jacques

Robertson Davies Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS Coll. 00050
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1929 - 2008

Collection contains personal and professional papers pertaining to Robertson Davies. This includes material relating to Davies’ early life, including writing and acting as a student at Upper Canada College (1929-1932), his studies at Baillol College at Oxford (1935-1938), and participation in theatrical performances in Kingston, Oxford, the Old Vic Theatre, Peterborough and the Stratford Festival (1934-1960). The papers contain a small amount of material related to Davies’ career as a journalist at Saturday Night magazine and the Peterborough Examiner. These papers contain extensive material on the novels, books and writing of Davies. This includes drafts, proofs, correspondence, reviews, clippings and any stage adaptations of his novels from The Salterton Trilogy (Tempest-Tost, Leaven of Malice and A Mixture of Frailties), The Deptford Trilogy (Fifth Business, The Manticore and World of Wonders), The Cornish Trilogy (The Rebel Angels, What’s Bred in the Bone and The Lyre of Orpheus) and the incomplete Toronto Trilogy (Murther and Walking Spirits and The Cunning Man). Also included are a complete set of original drafts and woodcuts for the Penguin edition covers of Davies’ novels, which were designed by the American printmaker Bascove. Limited material related to his essays, short stories and non-fiction publications, notably including Shakespeare’s Boy Actors, A Voice from the Attic, High Spirits and his books of fictional essays by Samuel Marchbanks are a part of the papers. Additionally, the collection includes considerable records relating to Davies’ contributions to anthologies as well as professional writing in academic journals, newspapers and magazines. These papers encompass Davies’ career as a playwright, including material related to twenty-two original works including drafts, scripts, photographs, posters, playbills and clippings, as well as the complete papers relating to the production of The Golden Ass which was staged after Davies’ death. The collection contains a large sampling of correspondence of both a professional and personal nature spanning from 1934 to his death in 1995. Also included in the collection is material related to the professional career of Davies’ as a well-known Canadian writer, this includes photographs and press clippings as well as speeches and commentaries made by Davies and his awards. Records also pertain to academic and trade writing on Davies and his work, most notably a complete set of interviews conducted with family, friends, colleagues and acquaintances by Val Ross during the course of her writing Robertson Davies: A Portrait in Mosaic (2009). Papers also relate to the eighteen years Davies spent as the Master of Massey College beginning in 1963. Including articles on the founding of Massey College, the death of Vincent Massey, newsletters, teaching material and invitations and programmes for the annual Christmas Gaudy, printed on the Massey College Press. Also included is a small amount of personal records including travel records, calendars, real estate and list of personal effects. Finally, the collection contains a series dedicated to the collecting practices of Dr. Rick Davis, who collected and assembled these papers. This includes Davis’ invoices and notes for his Davies material, as well as correspondence including exchanges with Robertson Davies, Moira Whalon, Brenda Davies and Jennifer Surridge.

Davies, Robertson

The Provincial Marine Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS Coll 00022B
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1788 - 1792

Collection consists of 34 promissory freight notes for merchandise and peltries shipped aboard the King’s Armed Vessels between British Garrisons on Lake Ontario, Lake Erie and Lake Huron (1778-1787). This series includes thirty holograph notes and four printed forms with holograph additions. The printed form are likely produced by William Brown, Quebec’s first printer. Collection also contains 12 manuscript documents and letters on the hardships experienced by fur traders and merchants in their attempts to conduct business in the Great Lakes region (1783-1793). These documents primarily illustrate the experiences of three prominent fur traders: Philippe-Francois de Rastel de Rocheblave, James Ellice and Toussaint Pothier.

The Provincial Marine

Jay MillAr Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS Coll. 00036A
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1986 - 2006

Contains drafts, manuscripts, correspondence and other material pertaining to the life, education, poetry and published work of Jay MillAr (1971-). The collection also includes his involvement and interaction with the Toronto experimental poetry community and other poets and writers, notably Brian T. Francis, John Barlow, Rob Ruzic and Rob McLennan. In addition, the collection also includes publications, correspondence and manuscript material from the two literary presses – Boondoggle Books (1992-1997) and BookThug (1997-) – that he founded and operates.

MillAr, Jay

Stanislava Eduardovna Dranishnikova Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00688
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1923

Contains a set of three documents: two hand-drawn certificates, and one typewritten cover letter, dated 20 & 27 January 1923 in Krasnoiarsk, Siberia that were given to Stanislava Eduardovna Dranishnikova on the occasion of her 20th anniversary as an actress.

Dranishnikova, Stanislava Eduardovna

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

Bata Shoe Company Papers

  • Manuscript Collection
  • [189-?]-2014

abstract
Includes corporate files from the Canadian Bata Shoe Company (including correspondence; legal and financial records; product development, marketing and promotional files; technical and production-related files, and human resources files). The bulk of the material was created by the Canadian Bata company, however many records relate to several of the oraganization’s international outposts, including companies headed in Africa, India, Asia and Europe. The collection also includes press clippings and other publications about the Bata Company and its historical significance. There are also a small number of Bata family records, primarily for Thomas J. Bata (1914-2008), Sonja I. Bata, Tomáš Baťa (1876-1932) and Marie Bata.

Bata Shoe Company

Coach House Press Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00620
  • Manuscript Collection
  • [196-]-2005

This is the first accession of the Coach House Press (CHP) papers by the Fisher Library. It primarily includes files accumulated and maintained by Stan Bevington, founder of the CHP. (While Library and Archives Canada holds a significant amount of Coach House Press materials, Bevington held back many of his own personal files related to CHP, with the intention of donating them to the Fisher Library). The papers include accounting materials for the Press–price quotes, sales invoices, payroll information, etc. –and other materials related to the running of the CHP. It also includes material collected by Bevington, dubbed “Stan’s ephemera,” which contain handwritten notes written by Bevington, as well as correspondence, programs and other assorted and interesting items.
The collection is particularly noteworthy for its extensive collection of computer-related material, including the files for SoftQuad, the company co-founded by Bevington that was at the forefront of the digital age in publishing. Bevington is considered a publishing pioneer in the transition to digital technology from traditional typesetting.

Coach House Press

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

Ernest Buckler Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00099
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1929-1989

Drafts and final typescripts of literary works, juvenilia, correspondence, photographs, and biographical materials. Copies of all Buckler's published books are available in Fisher Library's main collections.

Buckler, Ernest

Charles Stuart Calverley Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00124 2B Annex
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1866-1895

The collection consists of Calverley's miscellaneous correspondence, poems, drawings and translations.

Calverley, Charles Stuart

Marjorie Wilkins Campbell Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00138 (Downsview Offsite)
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1923-1986

Collection of literary papers of Marjorie Wilkins Campbell including published and unpublished works, personal and business correspondence.

Campbell, Marjorie Wilkins

William J. Carter Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00103
  • Manuscript Collection
  • [1920]

Typescript of unpublished reminiscences of pioneers and pioneering in Alberta and Manitoba.

Carter, William J.

Charlebois Family Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00390
  • Manuscript Collection
  • [1960-197?]

Collection includes manuscript drafts, research notes, correspondence and photos relating to: Dr. Peter Charlebois' 'The Life of Louis Riel.' Toronto: New Canada Publications, 1975; the history of the Northwest Rebellion of 1885; and the history of the Metis in Canada. Also includes several albums of riverboat photographs for his 'Sternwheelers & Sidewheelers: the romance of steamdriven paddleboats in Canada.' Toronto: NC Press, 1978.

Charlebois, Peter

Dorothy Foster Chubb Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00243 2B Annex
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1930

Forty-four plates (numbered 1-41) of original scientific drawings.

Chubb, Dorothy Foster

J.B. Collip Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00269
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1898-1976

A collection of scrapbooks containing correspondence, newspaper clippings and photographs; bound volumes of offprints; medals, awards and pins; and texts related to James Bertram Collip's research career in biochemistry and endocrinology.

Collip, J. B. (James Bertram)

Associated Medical Services Incorporated Papers

  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1926 - 2003

Business and financial records, correspondence, scrapbooks, pamphlets.To be consulted only with permission of Hannah Institute.

Associated Medical Services, Inc.

Powell-Ridout Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00003 2B Annex
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1728-1939

The collection consists of documents and correspondence of family interest, including drawings, a diary of a journey from Toronto to Natchez (1837), commonplace books, family trees, photographs, and notebooks with impressions of Canada.

Powell Family

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