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consists of correspondence from Grey Owl and Anahareo "Pony" Gertie to Roberts, along with typescripts of an unpublished article by Roberts on Grey Owl and of a thirteen-part programme on CBC radio entitled "My Friend Grey Owl".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

Literary Club Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00218
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1930-1934, 1984

This collection consists of the minutes of the Literary Club, as well as correspondence of various members with Mrs. Norma Lyne, brief biographies of the members, and a portion of the untitled reminiscences of Henry H. Noyes.

Literary Club

Leonard Cohen Papers

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.

Cohen, Leonard

Leonard Cohen Papers

Death of a Lady’s Man: author’s proofs with some holograph revision; master proofs; first and revised proofs, illustrations; cover designs and layout, all June 1977; photos; The Language of Flowers —manuscript book presented to Suzanne Elrod by Leonard Cohen in 1970; awards, Leonard Cohen fan event, Montreal, May 2000; record from York University Radio; posters—one signed by Harry Rasky to Cohen, from Chagall film and other material.

Cohen, Leonard

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

Leon Katz Collection

Consists largely of photographs, many of them signed, primarily of artists and writers. Also contains background material Katz collected on the various individuals represented in his Momento Books, including newspaper clippings and related correspondence. It also includes photographs of Henry Moore's work, material from the Arts & Letters Club of Toronto during the 1970s, and misc. professional material (photographs, correspondence, patents, printed matter) from Leon Katz's career as owner and president at Canada X-Ray Ltd. Personal material includes letters from Katz's parents written in the 1930s and a journal kept by Katz from 1958-1961. Additional correspondence includes holiday cards from friends, as well as letters from anonymous collectors solicited by Katz in advertisements in various magazines for a study he hoped to do on the psychology of collecting.

Katz, Leon

Leah Purkiss Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00123
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1844

The collection consists of a holograph journal (dated April 2 to May 25, 1844) kept by Purkiss and sent to her sister Fanny Lockyer in England. It was written during the Atlantic Ocean voyage made when she and her husband George emigrated to Canada. After arriving in Montreal, they settled in Toronto where they had one child, Mary, who married Robert Freeland.

Purkiss, Leah

League for Social Reconstruction Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00035
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1933-1940

The collection consists of minutes, membership records and correspondence of the League for Social Reconstruction, as well as letters dealing with the Canadian forum (1936-1940) while it operated under the auspices of the League.

League for Social Reconstruction

Leacock-McDougall Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00499
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1928-1962

This collection consists primarily of correspondence of Stephen Leacock and Joseph Easton McDougall, including material about Leacock following his death.

Leacock, Stephen

Lawrence Hill Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00593
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1915-2008

This collection consists of extensive material - manuscripts, research materials, correspondence - related to published books by Lawrence Hill, including Any Known Blood; Some Great Thing; The Book of Negroes/Someone Knows My Name; Black Berry, Sweet Juice; Women of Vision: the Story of the Canadian Womens Association; Trials and Triumphs: the Story of African Canadians; The Deserter's Tale: the Story of an Ordinary Soldier Who Walked Away from the War in Iraq, among other titles and projects. It also includes correspondence, photographs, family histories and other material related to the life and work of Hill.

Hill, Lawrence

Laurie Kahn (Frank Plumpton Ramsey) Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00735
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1970-1982

Correspondence and research about Frank Plumpton Ramsey (1903-1930), mathematician, philosopher, economist. Ramsey biographer Laura Leavitt-Kahn gathered letters from old school friends of Ramsey, from Winchester School to colleagues and students at Cambridge. Included are her notes and research for the biography, which was never completed. Correspondence from Ramsey’s wife, Lettice, is also present. Copies of some of his work and correspondence to his parents, Wittgenstein and others form part of this material. Originals of these are held by Ramsey’s grandson.

Kahn, Laurie

Lanman and Kemp Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00208
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1850-1880

A small collection from the pharmaceutical firm of Lanman and Kemp, New York, that consists of orders received from Canadian firms and individuals.

Lanman and Kemp

Kurt Loeb Collection of Otto Meissner Correspondence

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00456
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1939-1942

Collection consists of official correspondence and personal letters of Otto Meissner. The material includes birthday greetings sent to Nazi party officials, invitations to Meissner to attend parades and other gala events, letters received sent by German citizens with suggestions and requests for Meissner, and notes accompanying gifts sent to Meissner by various citizens and companies.

Meissner, Otto

Klement Family Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00610
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1933-2004

Papers consist of “birthday books”- albums created by Anna Pachner Klement for her grandson, Tomaš (Tomi), beginning at age two, when he was diagnosed with Sydenham’s chorea. Albums depict stories of a young boy and his adoring grandmother and the life of one Jewish family during the 1930’s. Two years after Tomi’s birth, Adolf Hitler came to power, and the albums begin to record the changing attitude towards Jews in Czechoslovakia. The last album was written in 1940 and in it Mrs. Klement describes how they are forbidden to go to the theatre or the movies. Also included in the family papers are photo albums, photographs, Anna Klement’s diaries, poems by Anna Klement, family papers including obituaries, marriage certificates, etc., and Olga Klement’s diaries as well as her art work, autobiography, correspondence, notebooks and betacam tapes.

Klement Family

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

Kenneth Sherman Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00740
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1970s-2000s

Includes drafts and notes for: Black Flamingo, Cost of Living, Jogging With the Great Ray Charles, Clusters, My Father Kept His Cats Well Fed and Words for Elephant Man. Poem drafts, early essays, course work from York University and literary correspondence, 1980s – 2000s (Irving Layton, Seymour Mayne, Eric Ormsby, Cynthia Ozick, Robyn Sarah, Joe Rosenblatt, Czeslaw Milosz, Philip Roth and others) also form part of this accession.

Sherman, Kenneth

Kati Rekai Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00536
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1989-2006

Collection includes correspondence and other material related to the various stages of preparation and completion of Canadian Book Exhibitions by Kati Rekai around the world on behalf of the Writers Union of Canada and Canadian authors and publishers.

Rekai, Kati

Kathleen Switzer Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00773
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1966

Unpublished typescript of ‘The Parish House Murders’ by Kathleen Switzer, with added author Mrs. T. J. Brook. Date of creation most likely March 21, 1966. “77,500 words”, 310 leaves.

Switzer, Kathleen

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.

Karl Schofield Bernhardt Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00368
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1926-1970

Collection of notes, drafts and manuscripts for articles, lectures and addresses by Bernhardt.

Bernhardt, Karl Schofield

Karen Mullhallen Papers

1999 Accession:

A collection of draft manuscripts, notes and correspondence pertaining to her book, In The Era of Acid Rain, Windsor, Ont. : Black Moss Press, 1993. Also includes correspondence with Virgil Burnett, a draft of Simon Louvich's "Cosmic Follies", and galleys and rejected submissions for Descant.

2000 Accession: Materials relating to the editing and publication of Descant, the literary journal edited by Karen Mulhallen. Includes author correspondence, manuscripts, photographs, drawings, proofs, cover proofs, promotional materials, and financial and administrative documents (1989-2000). Also included are material pertaining to other editing work Mulhallen has done, manuscripts, proofs, notes and correspondence pertaining to her book The Grace of Private Passage. Windsor, Ont.: Black Moss Press, 2000, and gifts to her.

2001 Accession:

Materials relating to the editing and publication of Descant, 1987-2001. Includes author correspondence, manuscripts, manuscripts on diskettes, proofs, production and research notes, and office, subscription and distribution documents.

Mulhallen, Karen

Karen Mulhallen Papers

January Accession, Boxes 1-9:

A collection of papers relating to the edition and publication of Descant, issues 111-115 (2000-2001). Includes author correspondence, manuscripts, proofs, production files, editorial correspondence and notes, subscription lists, and distribution files. Also includes materials relating to Mulhallens trip to Hungary in 2000, a manuscript of Stan Jonnanesen's "Sister Patsy", author photographs for use in Paper Guitar, a proof of the Descant index, donor files, photographs of events, and magnetic tape backups of computer files (issues 88-99 with gaps).

April-May Accession, Boxes 10-16:

Manuscripts and background materials for Mulhallen's War Surgery (1996), and materials for Descant 113-116, including author correspondence, manuscripts and editorial files.

June Accession, Boxes 17-23:

Manuscripts, correspondence, notes, and background materials relating to Mulhallen's writings, including The Grace of Private Passage, individual poems, essays, reviews, juvenalia, and other writing. Also includes a collection of her printed appearances 1960-2002.

Mulhallen, Karen

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

Karen Mulhallen Papers

This collection consists primarily of material related to the production of Descant, the literary journal edited by Karen Mulhallen, as well as some of Mulhallen's personal papers. The Descant papers include original manuscripts, correspondence, copy edits, typeset galleys and office administration files.

Mulhallen, Karen

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

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

Karen Mulhalen Papers

Consists of manuscripts, general correspondence, and various papers relating to Descant magazine. The gift also consists of some of Mulhallen's professional and personal correspondence. Also included are correspondence and manuscripts relating to Modern Love, Herm on Tour, War Surgery and In The Era of Acid Rain.

Mulhallen, Karen

Julius Griffith Papers

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

Includes sketches and book jackets.

Griffith, Julius

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

Joy Fielding Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00422
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1970-ongoing.

Collection consists of manuscripts drafts, correspondence, reviews and other material related to Fielding's work.

Fielding, Joy

Joseph Salsberg Collection

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00084
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1902-1988

Collection of materials relating to the labour movement in Canada.

Salsberg, Joseph

Joseph Burr Tyrrell Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00026
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1870-1957

The collection consists of correspondence, reports, notebooks, drafts for articles and books, family papers, maps, large collection of photographs, clippings and memorabilia.

Tyrrell, Joseph Burr

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)

Josef Škvorecký Papers

Holograph and typescript drafts of his works (novels, travelogues, literary essays, film scripts, etc.), correspondence and works by other authors

Škvorecký, Josef

Jon Pearce Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00282 2B Annex
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1964-1987

The collection consists of papers and tapes (with transcriptions) relating to Pearce's book of interviews with twelve Canadian writers titled Twelve Voices (1980). It also includes tapes and transcripts with Milton Acorn for an article in Canadian Poetry.

Pearce, Jon

Johnny Wayne Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1946-1989

Miscellaneous scripts and screenplays.

Wayne, John

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]

John Reid Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00544
  • Manuscript Collection
  • [195-]-

Collection consists primarily of manuscript drafts of John Reid's various writing projects, including novels, short stories, poetry, memoirs and librettos. It also contains some material related to a proposed biography he wished to write on Wyndham Lewis.

Reid, John

John Reeves Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00006
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1940-1988

Correspondence; manuscript entitled Autumn nocturne, typescript of a Beach of stranger, 1959. photocopy of typescript of The Human Face". tapes, cassettes, videotapes of prominent Czech and Slovak leaders interviewed either by John Reeves or by Vera Blackwell. Reminiscences of pre-1948 Czechoslovakia used in CBC's The Human face (Ideas programme).

Reeves, John

John Newlove Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00057
  • Manuscript Collection
  • [195-]-1984

Collection includes drafts of poems; typescripts and proofs of Grave sirs, Moving in alone, Elephants, Mothers and others, Black night window, and the Green plain; correspondence with publishers and other Canadian authors.

Newlove, John

John Mitchell Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00212
  • Manuscript Collection
  • [195-?]

Consists of part of the manuscript of John Mitchell's book The Settlement of York County which was published posthumously in 1951 and commissioned by the Municipal Corporation of the County of York to mark the centennial of the beginnings of municipal government in the two Canadas. Also included is correspondence with Mitchell's typist Elaine Williams.

Mitchell, John

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

John Millyard Papers

This accession for John Millyard's papers includes: drafts, notes, manuscripts, research accounts, business files, photography (predominantly from the 1960s-70s) and other material related to the life and work of John Millyard and Money Jar Publishing.

Millyard, John

John Millyard Papers

This accession for John Millyard’s Papers includes: manuscripts (for The Money Gap and The Money Team), publishing files, correspondence, notes, and other material related to the life and work of John Millyard and Money Jar Publishing.

Contains series:

  1. The Birth of a Book: The Money Gap
  2. The Birth of Another Book: The Money Team
  3. Prospects
  4. Miscellaneous prospects and leads
  5. Publishing Files
  6. Correspondence with Other Writers
  7. Personal Correspondence
  8. Other Files
  9. Notes About the Collection

Millyard, John

John Millyard Papers

Includes early family history; business correspondence related to Money Concepts and Money Jar Publishing, as well as JDM Consulting; early work by John Millyard; editorial work and other material

Millyard, John

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