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Karen Mulhallen Papers

Collection consists of editorial material - including manuscripts, page proofs and correspondence - for issues of the Mulhallen-edited literary journal Descant (nos. 133-136), as well as manuscripts and other materials of Mulhallen's own literary output. It includes a Renga Talk written in collaboration with artist Virgil Burnett, and material related to her book Sea Horses (Black Moss Press, 2007). The remainder of the collection is research and lecture notes, both for courses taken by Mulhallen when she was a student at the University of Toronto and for her own lectures at Ryerson University, as well as other personal and miscellaneous materials.

Mulhallen, Karen

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for various media outlets; manuscripts for his books Monetarist Perspectives and Fabricating the Keynesian Revolution; unpublished articles and miscellaneous writings; scrapbooks; correspondence; files relating to projects that were not completed; and weekly planners.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

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

Maureen Scott Harris Papers

This collection consists of manuscript drafts for various Harris projects, including her chapbook The Raven and the Writing Desk (illustrated by Kelly Aitken and published by Jack Pine Press, 2007), drafts for various freelance writing projects, including blurbs.

Harris, Maureen

Alberto Manguel Papers

Consists of original draft manuscripts and translations of Manguel's commissioned articles, reviews and other projects for a variety of publications, as well as manuscripts, proofs and other related material for the Manguel-authored books Homer's The Iliad and The Odyssey: A Biography (published in 2007 by Douglas & McIntyre, Vancouver), The Reading Diary, The Library At Night and The Bride of Frankenstein (published by the British Film Institute, 1997). It also includes material for several Manguel-edited anthologies - including The Penguin Book of Summer Stories (released 2007) - correspondence, both general and with his new literary agency, Agencia Schavelzon, and material for the book series, Cabinet de lecture, which Manguel edits for the French publisher Actes Sud. The collection also includes material from Timothy Findley (and his partner William Whitehead), primarily correspondence, but also two books on whose inside covers Findley wrote notes for two novels he was beginning.

Manguel, Alberto

Gwendolyn MacEwen Papers

Collection consists of audio material, primarily radio broadcasts of shows about MacEwen as well as productions of her work, including her original radio play “The World of Neshiah” (produced in 1967). The material has been digitized from MacEwen-owned reel-to-reel and cassette tapes and put on CDs

MacEwen, Gwendolyn

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

Jack MacLeod Papers

Includes the first drafts of the first seven chapters of a new novel-in-progress, with the working title, ‘Mr. Godwin, Out of the Whirlwind’, in holograph and word processed; copies of letters to John Metcalf, re: John Newlove, Porcupine’s Quill and the upcoming publication of MacLeod’s novel, Uproar, in 2008.

MacLeod, Jack

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

David Young Papers

This collection consists of material, including manuscript drafts and correspondence, for various projects David Young worked on between 2004 and 2007. It includes "Sold", a project he developed for CTV, as well as his work for the TV program ReGenesis. it also includes material from various productions of his plays, Glenn and Inexpressible Island, among other projects.

Martin Hunter Papers

This latest accession complements and builds on the previous collection of Martin Hunter’s papers (MS Coll 00511). It includes manuscript drafts of various plays and musicals written by Hunter, as well as materials (programs, notes and photographs) associated with productions directed and/or written by Hunter. It also includes a substantial amount of correspondence, both personal and business, including letters written and received by Hunter from the 1950s.

Hunter, Martin

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.

Sam Solecki Papers

Includes Mavis Gallant correspondence, 1982-1984, re: Writer-in-Residence program at Massey College; page proofs, corrections, rejections and editing for A Muddy Hand: Selected Poetry of Earle Birney, edited by Sam Solecki

Solecki, Sam

Maureen Scott Harris Papers

This latest accession of Maureen Scott Harris’ papers include manuscript drafts of various writing projects – including book reviews and essays – as well as material from the Milkweed Collective, Brick Books, correspondence and material collected for a Ken Saro-Wiwa reading Harris organized.

Harris, Maureen

Alberto Manguel Papers

This latest accession complements and builds on the existing collections of Alberto Manguel's papers held at the Fisher Library. It consists of manuscript drafts (including translations) of his various works - both fiction and non-fiction - including his 2007 Massey Lecture, "The City of Words." It also contains other editorial material, primarily galley and page proofs, as well as correspondence and material related to awards won by Manguel and various literary juries he has served on.

Manguel, Alberto

Karen Mulhallen Papers

Includes editorial material - primarily manuscripts, proofs and correspondence - for issues 137, 138, 140 and 141 of the literary journal Descant, as well as files related to fund-raising activities and outreach. The collection also contains some of Mulhallen's personal and professional files related to her writing and her readings, and material related to her teaching at Ryerson University.

Mulhallen, Karen

M.R. Appell Papers

Collection consists of correspondence, including letters from Nelson Ball, J.W. Curry and Douglas Henderson, as well as poetry booklets created by Appell and small press imprints and publications.

Appell, M. R. (Melvin Robert)

Marshall Hryciuk Papers

Consists of material – including manuscripts and proofs – for Prose Karen (Toronto: Nietzsche’s Brolly, [2007]), an anthology of poetry, prose and concrete/visual poetry, edited by Marshall Hryciuk. It also includes correspondence and other material related to Hryciuk’s work.

Hryciuk, Marshall

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.

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.

Suniti Namjoshi Papers

Consists primarily of correspondence, private and professional, as well as some manuscript material.

Namjoshi, Suniti

Afua Cooper Papers

Includes personal and professional correspondence; poem manuscripts; academic papers and lectures for the University of Toronto, York University, Ryerson University and other institutions; academic course materials; personal photographs; appearances; academic positions; cultural and political pursuits; community events; extensive work related to the history of slavery, and the history of African Canadians; the Dub Poets Collective; material related to her books The Hanging of Angelique: the untold story of Canadian slavery and the burning of old Montreal, The Underground railroad: next stop, Toronto!, Henry Bibb, The Young Phillis Wheatley, Memories Have Tongue, Copper Woman, and other material related to her life and work

Cooper, Afua

Barbarian Press Papers

This collection complements the existing Barbarian Press Papers held at the Fisher Library. It consists of a variety of material – including correspondence, manuscripts, and other production material – related to the production and publishing of the Barbarian titles Venus & Adonis (published 2005), The Wolf’s Carol (2006), Under Strange Sail (2007), Amours de Voyage (2007) and Not Yet (privately printed in 2006), as well as various pamphlets, broadsheets and ephemera produced by the Mission, B.C. team of Crispin and Jan Elsted.

Barbarian Press

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 Whipple Papers

Includes correspondence with other writers; material from the launch of Swim Class at St. Thomas’ Church, Toronto, Ontario; Passing Through Eden; small album of original drawings by George Whipple

Whipple, George

George Fetherling Papers

Includes proofs of Red Light Neon by Daniel Francis; Canadian Poems for Canadian Kids edited by Jen Hamilton, illustrated by Merrill Fearon (both Subway Books titles); first proofs, corrected, of River of Gold by George Fetherling; only proof, corrected, of revised edition of Running Away to Sea by George Fetherling; working files of Subway Books, George Fetherling’s small press, 1997 to date, arranged by title. These files include manuscripts; correspondence with authors, editors, distributors, sales representatives and interns; catalogues; production records; photographs and illustrations; outgoing and incoming publicity; reviews and materials relating to memberships in publishing organizations. Personal and professional correspondence is included, as well as foreign editions and scrapbooks of newspaper columns, 2005-2007; and two original portraits of George Fetherling by Gerhard Harpe and Dane Leming.

Fetherling, George

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

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.

Elspeth Cameron Papers

Includes material re: And Beauty Answers : the life of Frances Loring and Florence Wyle, extensive background research on sculptors and sculpting, and on sculptors Frances Loring and Florence Wyle, various drafts, personal correspondence [Doris McCarthy, Aritha van Herk, David Adam—former Canadian Ambassador to Mexico, Cameron family and friends]; research, fan and business correspondence—academic and publishing; drafts; other projects; teaching and lecture notes for English, Poetry and Canadian Studies courses taught at Brock University and the University of Toronto; other material related to her life and work; extensive research for Hugh Maclennan: a Writer’s Life; massage therapy training and business; poems; other writing; publicity.

Cameron, Elspeth

George Fetherling Papers

Includes all stages for Walt Whitman’s Secret, a new novel by George Fetherling, from ‘first stirrings’ [holograph notebook] to various drafts through to final page proofs; correspondence; scrapbooks; audio cassettes of Leonard Cohen and signed copies of Running Away to Sea and Rivers of Gold

Fetherling, George

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

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

John Slater Papers

Includes correspondence between John Slater and Ronald William Clark (1916-1987), biographer of Bertrand Russell and author of several biographies and other books; Kenneth Blackwell, McMaster University Archivist in charge of the Bertrand Russell archives; Pearla Clark, his second wife, and Elizabeth Clark, his third wife; as well as various friends and neighbours of the Clarks in London, England [Campden Street]

Erika Ritter Papers

Includes research, drafts and print related to The Hidden Life of Humans; The Dog by the Cradle, the Serpent Beneath; “Unmuzzled” column for Dogs in Canada; The Great Big Book of Guys; The Girl I Left Behind Me; travel writing; CBC Radio writing and hosting; appearances; comedy pieces; notes for speeches, talks and readings; various radio pieces; “The Ark Gallery/Noah’s Arcade” radio programme; published and unpublished work; memorials; book reviews; professional and personal correspondence, 2004-2006 and other material related to the life and work of Erika Ritter

Ritter, Erika

Frances Dafoe Papers

Includes original colour sketches of costume designs, costume notes, scripts, photographs of designs and cutting instructions for costumes designed by Frances Dafoe, including for CBC programmes such as ‘Come By the Hills’, ‘Wayne and Shuster’; Charlottetown Festival Shows [Charlottetown, PEI], including ‘Mary’, ‘Paradise Hill’, ‘Life Can be Like Wow!’, ‘Aimee’, ‘Rowdyman’, ‘Swing’, ‘Ballade’, ‘Turvey’ (‘Private Turvey’s War’), ‘Sunshine Town’, costumes for the film ‘The Magic Show—starring Doug Henning’, with inscribed poster; Expo ‘67 – Pepsi; CNE Grandstand Show 1968 [Sea to Sea: The Iron Miracle]; ‘Rodeo’ – The Royal Winnipeg Ballet, 1973; General Motors dealers show at the O’Keefe Centre 1968; Ice Princess: the Tai Babilonia Story [final title: ‘On Thin Ice: the Tai Babilonia Story’ 1990, film about Olympic figure skaters pair Tai Babilonia and Randy Gardner], some correspondence and other material related to the life and work of Frances Dafoe

Dafoe, Frances Helen

Alberto Manguel Papers

This latest accession of the Alberto Manguel Papers complements and builds on the existing Manguel Papers held at the Fisher Library (see MS Colls 00405, 00425, 00444, 00477, 00522, 00541). It includes manuscripts for City of Words (the 2007 Massey Lecture delivered by Manguel, and published by House of Anansi Press) and All Men Are Liars, a novel begun in English in the early 1990s but eventually completed, and published, in Spanish as Todos los hombres son mentirosos. It also includes French translations, including manuscripts and page proofs, of the above three books. As well, the collection consists of the manuscripts, primarily in English and Spanish, for Manguel’s numerous writing projects in 2008-09, and material from various projects, including the 2009 TVO-produced television series “Empire of the Words.” The collection also includes correspondence – including letters and notes from writers Isabel Huggan, Anne Michaels, Rohinton Mistry, P.K. Page and Susan Swan – literary jury work, manuscripts sent to Manguel for review or reading, and an extensive collection of antiquarian book catalogues collected by Manguel.

Manguel, Alberto

John Millyard Papers

This accession of John Millyard's papers is the first by the Fisher Library. It consists primarily of materials - including manuscripts, correspondence and research materials used to produce the books The Money Jar (first published by Key Porter Books, 1990), The Money Gap (published by Money Jar Publishing, 1997), and The Money Team (Money Jar Publishing, 1999). It also consists of material related to Money Jar Publishing, Millyard's independent company, and for the book Fiddlers and Whores (London: Chatham, 2006), a diary/journal written in 1807 by a man who worked as a surgeon with Lord Nelson's fleet in the Mediterranean, which Millyard was instrumental in getting published.

Millyard, John

Margaret Atwood Papers

This year’s accession of Margaret Atwood Papers complements and builds on the Atwood papers held at the Fisher Library. It includes the manuscript drafts of The Year of the Flood (published 2009), along with editorial material (manuscripts, galleys, correspondence) for other Atwood books and projects including Rude Ramsey and the Roaring Radishes, Payback, the stage version of The Penelopiad, The Blind Assassin, The Handmaid’s Tale, among other titles, and also includes various speeches, book reviews and other writing work.

Stillman Drake Papers

The collection consists of manuscript, computer-generated drafts, and galleys of Stillman Drake’s published works; offprints of his periodical articles; offprints of articles by other writers in the history of science; Drake’s correspondence; and book invoices; and miscellaneous items.

Drake, Stillman

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

Eric Wright Papers

Includes various drafts and edited drafts of published and unpublished works, correspondence, reviews and other material relating to the following: The Day We Sold The Cabin; Me and Fred; Joe Barley and the Russian Mob; A Likely Story; A Hemingway Caper; Bringing in the Sheaves; the first ten Charlie Salter books; Death of a Sunday Writer; Always Give A Penny...; Moodie's Tale; Death of a Hired Man; My Brother's Keeper; The Last Hand; Death on the Rocks; and print appearances in various journals.

David Donnell Papers

Includes holograph, typescript and word processed drafts of poems, reviews and other work by David Donnell; material, including student work, relating to teaching master poetry classes at Ryerson University and the University of Toronto; correspondence; print, appearances and other material related to the life and work of David Donnell.

Donnell, David

Charles Pachter Papers

Includes numerous photographs, documents, letters and other material related to Sara Pachter, Harry Pachter and the extended Pachter and Sanders families; Charles Pachter correspondence, 2000-2009; art-related events and projects; personal diaries (restricted); books inscribed to Pachter by the authors, including Margaret Atwood and Rick Salutin as well as various materials related to the life and work of Charles Pachter

Pachter, Charles

Alberto Manguel Papers

This accession of Alberto Manguel’s Papers complements and builds on the existing collections held at the Fisher Library. (Please MS Colls. 00405, 00425, 00444, 00477, 00522 and 00541.) It consists of manuscripts – in English, Spanish and French – for Manguel’s numerous writing projects, as well as the manuscript for his 2010 book A Reader on Reading, along with proofs and other materials related to the book. Among other works represented in this collection are an operatic libretto he composed to accompany music by Oscar Strasnoy titled Un retour (it premiered at the Festival d’Aix-en-Provence in 2010), his novel All Men Are Liars, City of Words, Homer’s Iliad and Odyssey: A Biography, and catalogues and books on the artists Miquel Barceló and Glen Baxter.

Manguel, Alberto

E.R. Hunter Papers

Includes personal diaries of E.R. Hunter's mother, Ethelwyn Walker, 1890-1903; extensive personal correspondence between husband and wife, Sir Byron Edmund Walker and Lady Mary Alexander Walker, 1873-1921; and correspondence between Lady Mary Alexander Walker and her sister Eliza I. Alexander, sister 1902-1921

Hunter, E. Robert

Crad Kilodney Papers

Includes correspondence with reader/friends and signed photo card of Hollywood actor Brett Halsey.

Elspeth Cameron Papers

This accession for Elspeth Cameron’s Papers includes archival material related to her life and work predominantly between the years of 2005-10. Featured within this accession are her speech for the Margaret Laurence Lecture (apart of the Writers’ Trust of Canada’s annual lecture series), as well as research materials and photographs for her book, And Beauty Answers: The Life of Frances Loring and Florence Wyle (2007).

Cameron, Elspeth

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