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George Fetherling Papers

Includes correspondence, drafts and proofs for River of Gold: the Fraser and Cariboo gold rushes; The Sylvia Hotel Poems; Walt Whitman’s Secret; personal and professional correspondence; inscribed copies of GF books; 1 CD; scrapbooks

Fetherling, George

Graeme Gibson Papers

Includes manuscripts and other material related to Moral Disorder, Uncommon Ground (Matt Cohen Festschrift), Desde El Invierno (stories by Canadian authors published in Spanish, in Cuba), The Bedside Book of Birds, Perpetual Motion, Gentleman Death, ‘Malcolm Burgess’, Notes From a Cuban Journal, ‘ An Ordinary Rape’, Pancho Villa’s Head; and extensive correspondence, including with: Marian Engel, Matt Cohen, Timothy Findley, Greg Gatenby, Harold Horwood and many others; and other material related to the life and work of Graeme Gibson, 1960-2005.

Gibson, Graeme

Graeme Gibson Papers

Includes drafts, proofs, editorial and promotional material for The Bedside Book of Birds.

Gibson, Graeme

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 Drafts of new and unpublished poems for Goldengrove: new and selected poems, as well as reviews, a current c.v., a short biography and an original ink drawing are also included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 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

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

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

Jack MacLeod Papers

This accession of the papers of Jack McLeod (Macleod) contains correspondence with Richard E. Spencer, 2011-2014, a.k.a. ‘Zinger’; 30th anniversary of the literary group P.O.E.T.S. Corner (‘Piss on Everything Tomorrow’s Saturday’) with photographs from February 2010; ‘Advice for my Grandchildren’ commonplace book; personal photographs and other material related to his life and work

MacLeod, Jack

Alberto Manguel Papers

This accession for Alberto Manguel’s papers contains manuscripts, including both his and other authors’; information regarding projects; personal correspondence; research; material pertaining to various literary events, lectures, seminars; printed books; periodicals; magazine appearances; clippings; and other material related to his life and work primarily in the years between 2010 and 2012.
Contains series:

  1. Manuscripts
  2. Other Writing Files
  3. Non-Alberto Manguel works - other people’s manuscripts
  4. Projects
  5. Jury: Premio Iberoamericano Planeta-Casa de América de Narrativa
  6. Other Publications
  7. Appearances
  8. Art-related projects
  9. Correspondence
  10. Reviews
  11. Personal and Miscellaneous files
  12. Festivals, lectures and seminars
  13. Research
  14. Audiovisual materials
  15. Arts de México magazines
  16. Publications
  17. Antiquarian book catalogues
  18. Miscellaneous ephemera

Manguel, Alberto

Alberto Manguel Papers

This accession for Alberto Manguel’s papers contains manuscripts for some of his latest work; correspondence; essays; articles; projects; material pertaining to various literary events, lectures, seminars, including his own festival, Atlantide; periodicals; extensive research files; personal photographs; and other material related to his life and work.
Contains series:

  1. Manuscripts and other writing files
  2. Travel and appearances
  3. Teaching files
  4. Correspondence
  5. Photographs
  6. Research files
  7. Other people’s manuscripts
  8. Honorary degrees, grants, writing residencies
  9. National Library of Argentina – directorship
  10. Personal and miscellaneous files
  11. Publications
  12. Advanced reading copies, other books

Manguel, Alberto

Karen Mulhallen Papers

Includes interviews and correspondence with prominent Canadian authors, as well as notes and biographical information on them. Also includes correspondence, manuscripts and other editorial papers stemming from her work as an editor at Somerville House, and as editor-in-chief of Descant; drafts, notes and correspondence relating to her literary works.

Mulhallen, Karen

Karen Mulhallen Papers

This latest accession of Karen Mulhallen’s papers includes editorial material – primarily manuscripts, proofs and correspondence – for issues 144, 151, 152, 153, 154, 155, 162, 163, 165, 166 and 167of the literary journal Descant. Also included are submissions and rejections to Descant, and general administration files including staff and hiring, financials, correspondence, fundraising, subscriptions and events. There are also files related to the Winston Collins Poetry Prize and Writers’ Reserve competitions, as well as administrative files from Now Hear This! (NHT!) and Students, Writers and Teachers Programs (SWAT), which were charitable organizations created by Descant to improve literacy in Toronto-area schools. The collection also contains some of Mulhallen’s personal and professional files related to her academic and writing career.

Contains series:
Series 1: Descant Production
Series 2: Descant Submissions/Rejections
Series 3: Descant Business and Administration
Series 4: Descant Financials
Series 5: Descant Correspondence
Series 6: Descant Events and Meetings
Series 7: Writers’ Reserve and Winston Collins Prize for Poetry
Series 8: Now Hear This! And Students, Writers and Teachers Programs
Series 9: Karen Mulhallen Personal and Professional Files

Mulhallen, Karen

Karen Mulhallen Papers

This latest accession of Karen Mulhallen’s papers consists of both Descant materials – manuscripts, correspondence and proofs, as well as Mulhallen’s own files for the literary journal – and papers pertaining to Mulhallen’s literary work, including the book Acquainted with Absence: Selected Poems (published by Blaurock Press, 2009) along with other Mulhallen books. It also includes material for an Open Radio program developed by Mulhallen called Tale and the Teller, as well as correspondence, files relating to her various archival and book donations, and various academic materials, primarily lecture notes for courses she taught at Ryerson.

Karen Mulhallen

Eric Ormsby Papers

Includes correspondence (personal, publishing and editorial); drafts for articles; talks; unpublished works; ‘discarded poems’; photographs (E.O., Morocco and others); printed appearances; E.O.’s bible 1965; holograph notebooks; ‘letters to Dorothy Ormsby (former wife), 1966’; notes pertaining to Islamic Studies work and translation.

Ormsby, Eric

Eric Ormsby Papers

Includes drafts and notes for his many columns, reviews and other work; Ghazali; Time’s Covenant; personal and professional correspondence(including letters to childhood friend Marjorie Saunders in 1958); personal photographs; New York Sun columns in print form, as well as word processed versions of each; three holograph notebooks.

Ormsby, Eric

Charles Pachter Papers

Collection of family papers and photographs; correspondence with Margaret Atwood concerning their collaboration on the design and printing of five of her books, 1964-1980; and drafts and working copies of the books; his paintings and other activities.

Pachter, Charles

Charles Pachter Papers

Collection is comprised exclusively of correspondence, including photographs and drawings from various friends and associates of Charles Pachter, many of whom are prominent Canadians. The collection contains personal and business material from the 1950s to 2001. The correspondence reflects Pachter's extensive and changeable career as an artist, including material from all of his exhibitions; for the retrospective of his work, Charles Pachter by Bogomila Welsh-Ovcharov; his close friendship with his mother and father ("Dibbles and Har") and his large circle of friends, fans and acquaintances. Pachter studied art at the Sorbonne in Paris, the Cranbook Academy of Art in Michigan and the University of Toronto. His involvement in graphic art production, papermaking, real estate, building renovation and Gracie's, his Queen Street West restaurant in Toronto are all documented here. The collection also includes material related to his work as writer, lecturer, informal Canadian historian and his extensive charitable pursuits.

Pachter, Charles

Joe Rosenblatt Papers

Correspondence with friends and other writers; tapes; manuscript radio plays and a short story; worksheets and typescripts of his poems.

Rosenblatt, Joe

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

Rosemary Sullivan Papers

  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1970-2000

Papers consist of research notes , manuscript drafts, final manuscripts, galleys, correspondence for her published works: The Space a Name Makes; Blue Panic; By Heart: Elizabeth Smart, A Life; Shadow Maker: Gwendolyn MacEwen; The Red Shoes; Margaret Atwood Starting Out; The Home Ladder; published writings in journals and anthologies; research material relating to her two biographies, Gwen MacEwen and Elizabeth Smart. 7 VHS and 30 cassette tapes; 34 photos.

Sullivan, Rosemary

Trinidad Theatre Workshop Papers

Includes correspondence, photographs, scripts, set designs, financial information, touring information and other material related to all aspects of the functioning of the Trinidad Theatre Workshop, its affiliates and educational programmes, 1965-2002. Founded by Derek Walcott in 1959 (See also Derek Walcott Papers, MS COLL 00136 and 00348).

Trinidad Theatre Workshop Papers

2005 Accession: Includes papers reflecting the various activities of the Trinidad Theatre Workshop, 1990-2005, from performances and travel, to budgetary and financial information, correspondence, teaching, training and theatre education. The Trinidad Theatre Workshop was established in 1959 by Derek Walcott, with artistic direction by Albert Laveau.

2006 Accession: Includes material reflecting the various activities of the Trinidad Theatre Workshop, from scripts and correspondence to budget and financial material.

Derek Walcott Papers

The collection contains literary papers relating to Walcott's poetic, theatrical and prose writings from the early 1980s to the mid-1990s. Holograph notes, rough drafts and revisions are included, as well as final drafts and galleys of publications. Many drafts are the result of a 'cut-and-paste' method using a variety of formats. These are referred to as "composite drafts" throughout. Many works, both poetic and theatrical, also include screen adaptations.

There is a small collection of material relating to Walcott's role as stage director, particularly with the Trinidad Theatre Workshop. The literary papers are complemented by sketches and watercolours by Walcott, often in the form of stage directions or film storyboards.

William Stewart Wallace Papers

Contains articles on historical subjects; biographies for his Dictionary of North American authors; personal correspondence; correspondence for the Royal Society of Canada, the Encyclopedia of Canada, and the Canadian Society for the Protection of Science and Learning, ca. 1920-1940-.

Wallace, William Stewart

Eric Wright Papers

Collection of drafts of published and unpublished works, 1955-2001. Includes short stories, articles, a drama, his memoir, Always Give a Penny to a Blind Man (1999), and several of his novels, including Death on the Rocks (1999), The Kidnapping of Rosie Dawn (2000), Death of a Sunday Writer (2000), Death of a Hired Man (2001), The Last Hand (2001), and My Brother's Keeper (a novella by Wright and Howard Engel, 2001). Also includes correspondence with publishers and notes relating to the works.

Kate A. Foster Papers (Downsview Offsite)

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00086
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1932-1956

The collection consists of correspondence, minutes, programmes, reports, articles and speeches relating to the Council of Friendship and its work with immigrants.

Foster, Kate A.

Mark Gayn Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00215
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1930-1980

The collection consists of notebooks, diaries, drafts for writings, lectures, broadcasts, correspondence, pamphlets, newspapers clippings, films and photographs related to the journalistic career of Gayn.

Gayn, Mark

Louis Allen Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00142
  • Manuscript Collection
  • [192-?]

A collection of research materials for a PhD. thesis on thirteenth century French poems: De l'hermite et del jougleour. Includes photocopies of two ms. texts of poem and of related ms. materials includes published thesis.

Allen, Louis

Ralph Allen Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00038 2B Annex
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1960-1964

Collection of notes and drafts of published works, The high white forest (1964); Ask the name of the Lion (1962); Ordeal by fire (1961); material on Cyprus and BattleCreek, Mich.

Allen, Ralph

Eric Norman Armour Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00094 2B Annex
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1914-1919

Notebooks of materials relating to the Canadian army during World War I.

Armour, Eric Norman

James Bacque Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00588
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1962-2007

This collection consists of the bulk of material including the research, manuscript drafts, proofs and correspondence for most of Bacque's fiction and non-fiction works, both published and unpublished. It also includes a large collection of POW correspondence Bacque received after publishing his book Other Losses, which he used for research into his follow-up, Crimes and Mercies. Other material in the collection include manuscripts for Bacques journalism work, along with correspondence and editing work he did with Seal Books in the 1970s.

Bacque, James

James Little Baillie Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00127 (Downsview Offsite)
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1920-1970

Correspondence with naturalists; a dictionary of naturalists; drafts for a life of Charles Fothergill; bird-watching journals kept by Baillie from 1920-1970; Baillie’s weekly columns in The Toronto Evening Telegram, 1931-70 (on microfilm); some material by other naturalists.

Baillie, James Little

Helen J. Dow Collection of Alex Colville Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00270
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1942-1987

This collection consists primarily of a long sequence of letters from Alex Colville to Helen Dow, many of which contain detailed comments on individual paintings as well as on his aesthetic and philosophical views. In addition, there is correspondence from Colville's wife, Rhoda, thanking Dow for small gifts, and from his daughter, Ann, who worked at Fischer Fine Art Ltd., in London, England, the firm handling Colville's English sales. There is also a copy of Colville's B.A. thesis.

Dow, Helen J.

Birdsall & Son Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00205
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1840-1961

A collection of photographs and rubbings of bindings, tool designs, tooling patterns, designs, and drawings executed by the firm of Birdsall and Son, Northampton, England, from the 1840's to 1961.

Birdsall & Son Bookbinders and Stationers

J. O. P. Bland Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00081
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1883-1954

Correspondence with officials and British authors, journals kept while in China 1883-85 and 1906-1910, typescripts of chapters of his various published books, his unfinished autobiography, scrapbooks, photos and memorabilia.

Bland, J. O. P. (John Otway Percy)

Hale Family Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00090
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1799-1910

Original and transcribed letters from John Hale, Receiver-General of Lower Canada, and his wife, Elizabeth, between 1799-1823. The collection also contains copies of other family letters and documents giving genealogical information.

Hale Family

Elsinore Haultain Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00264 2B Annex
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1911-1961

Collection consists of manuscript notes and drafts, both holograph and typescript, for Haultain's biographical sketch of Lorne Pierce, as well as correspondence to Haultain. Collection also contains the 1911 Coronation memorabilia of her uncle, George Ewan McCraney.

Haultain, Elsinore

Isabelle Hughes Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00320
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1947-1954

Collection of notes and drafts of Hughes' published and unpublished works.

Hughes, Isabelle Grace

Huron County Temperance Associations Collection

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00181
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1914-1960

The collection consists of minute books and ephemera of several Huron County organizations, including the Exeter Temperance Alliance (in 1932 it becomes the South Huron Branch of the Ontario Prohibition Union), the Huron County Branch of the Dominion Alliance (also known as the Huron County Temperance Alliance) and the Huron County Temperance Federation.

Bradley, Ralph E.

Mary Innis Quayle Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00139 2B Annex
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1925-[196-?]

The collection consists of typescripts, correspondence, notes and clippings relating to Innis' unpublished novel The Milburn Stone, and an edition of Anna Jameson's Winter Studies and Summer Rambles in Canada. It also contains typescripts and page proofs of Mrs. Simcoe's Diary (1965), edited by Innis.

Innis, Mary Quayle

James Paton Isaac Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00294 2B Annex
  • Manuscript Collection
  • [1971?]

Collection consists of typescripts, with editorial revisions and instructions to the printer in the manuscript, for Paton's book Factors in the Ruin of Antiquity: A Criticism of Ancient Civilization.

Isaac, James Paton

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