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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

Derek Walcott Papers

Collection of manuscript drafts for published and unpublished literary works; correspondence; ephemera; printed appearances / clippings relating to his readings and lectures.

Eric Wright Papers

Drafts, manuscripts and correspondence related to the publication of Eric Wright's short stories and novels.

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Includes various drafts and edited drafts of published and unpublished works, correspondence, reviews and other material relating to the following: The Day We Sold The Cabin; Me and Fred; Joe Barley and the Russian Mob; A Likely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 Young Papers

A collection of David Young's correspondence, literary manuscripts, business papers, and ephemera. Correspondence includes both business and personal matters from the late 1960s to 1995. The literary papers include multiple drafts and the galleys for his novels Incognito and Agent Provocateur, the notes and drafts for some of his most successful dramatic works, among them Fire, and Glenn, and many TV scripts. Also included are several of his adaptations of works by other authors for radio, such as Carol Shield's Swann, and Michael Ondaatje's In the Skin of a Lion and The English Patient. Drafts of works by other authors edited by Young and his own manuscripts edited by others, including Michael Ondaatje, are also included. The business papers relate to The Writer's Union of Canada, The Writers' Trust, The For/Words Foundation, Coach House Press and The Baffin Island Project. The ephemera documents the Toronto arts scene.

David Young Papers

Collection consists of manuscripts edited by David Young by others such as Michael Ondaatje (Anil's Ghost); Margaret Atwood (Alias Grace); Kathy Acker (Blood and Guts in High School); draft manuscripts for Young's books, television, film and theatre scripts; background material for projects; personal and business correspondence; schoolwork and other personal papers, audio cassettes, financial information, posters and other ephemera from various productions of Young's work.

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.

Barbarian Press Papers

This gift contains Proofs and Design Drawings for C. Toselli’s Immobile correndo (Motionless in Motion) from proofs to deluxe edition, Crispin Elsted’s A Natural History of Surprise, Abigail Rorer’s Endgrain Editions Two, Arnold Shives’ Mountain Journal, and miscellaneous. There are also Proofs and Design Drawings for Founts and Circumstance and A Sloth of Bears,

Barbarian Press

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

Roderick Stewart Collection of Bethune

The collection largely consists of prints and photographs of Norman Bethune, some of which are in Stewart's books on Bethune. Most of the prints are in black and white and are identified. It also includes the Elizabeth Wallace collection of Bethune memorabilia, as well correspondence, prints and clippings.

Stewart, Roderick

Frances Dafoe Papers

Collection includes original colour sketches of costume designs for shows designed by Frances Dafoe: 1. West Side Story for Banff Festival of the Arts, 1984. '27 mounted and 4 rough. Also included - copy of the playbill, the script and photostats with instructions to the cutters' 2. Kiss Me Kate for Banff Festival of the Arts, 1985. '27 colour mounted plus 18 black and white for a special scene using only black and white copies of the original sketches. There are also 7 quick colour drawings for tights.' 3. The Heart's a Wonder, The Irish Play Society, 1971. '2 colour sketches mounted. Included reviews and Playbill.' Some sketches have sample textile swatches attached.

Dafoe, Frances Helen

Frances Dafoe Papers

This second accession to the Frances Dafoe contains original colour sketches, fabric swatches and photographs of costume designs for shows designed by Frances Dafoe for performances as well as individual figure skaters including herself, Lloyd Eisler, Isabelle Brasseur, Brian Orser, Elizabeth Manley, Elena Bechke, Denis Petrov, Jacqueline Petr, Mark Janoschak, Ekaterina Gordeeva, Sergei Grinkov, Tracy Wilson, Rob McCall, and Jeff Langdon.

Dafoe, Frances Helen

George Whipple Papers

Includes Christmas, Easter and miscellaneous albums of original poems and drawings by George Whipple; appearances on audio cassettes; corrected copies of books; correspondence, 2006-2012, including with Margaret Avison’s secretary and biographer, W.J. Keith, Robyn Sarah, Leonard Enns; music score by Leonard J. Enns for Ten Thousand Rivers of Oil

Whipple, George

Bruce Whiteman Papers

Collection consists of notebooks and drafts of Whiteman's various writing projects, including poetry, book reviews, articles, lectures and other literary endeavours. There is also an extensive collection of research materials compiled for an unfinished bibliography of Contact Press, as well as correspondence.

Whiteman, Bruce

Bruce Whiteman Papers

Includes drafts and research for his work on Constantine Simonides; Frances Jammes; drafts, proofs and other material for Intimate Letters; personal and professional correspondence; reviews and other material related to the life and work of Bruce Whiteman

Whiteman, Bruce

Stillman Drake Collection of A. B. Johnson Papers

Contains typed manuscripts made by Drake with holograph notes of A.B. Johnson (1786-1897) pamphlets which he had been unable to buy because of their scarcity; correspondence with Johnson's descendants, scholars, and other Johnson collectors about Johnson, and the 1967 Johnson centennary conference in Uticah, N.Y. Many of Johnson's pamphlets are in the A. B. Johnson Collection.

Drake, Stillman

Robert Stacey Papers

Series consists of holograph, typescript and word processed poetry. Though he was well-regarded in his lifetime as a leading expert on Canadian art, Stacey also wrote extensive amounts of poetry for several decades. This was largely done in private; his efforts in this area were a little known fact, even among close friends. Frequent switching from type to handwriting, from pencil to pen of different coloured inks, continuation of a work on different sizes of paper, indicate that wrote most of his poems in multiple sittings, in multiple locations, using whatever materials were at hand when the feeling took him. As a medium, poetry appears to have served Stacey’s inclination to play with language, a preference for description over narrative, adjective and adverb over noun and verb. Despite producing a prodigious amount of it, Stacey never published any of his poetry, on the whole, appearing to have written it primarily for his own pleasure. However, as evidenced by several items of correspondence and personal writing, as well as Stacey’s frequent editing of his poems and organizing of this material into possible collections (see Series 2), he did have some thought to publishing. Titles for poems, in many instances, are taken from first lines. Several items are written under the pen names “George Roberts” and “G.H. Roberts.”

Stacey, Robert

Charles Ritchie Papers

Includes extensive early personal correspondence between Charles Ritchie and his mother; his brother Roland “Roley” Ritchie; his uncle Charles Stewart; Anne Maher; typescript diary drafts, 1971-1994 for publication; old family and personal photographs; other writings and various material related to his life and work

Ritchie, Charles

Chava Rosenfarb Papers

Includes drafts and translations of work by Chava Rosenfarb in Yiddish and English; correspondence in Yiddish, Polish, German, French and English between Henry (Heniek) Morgentaler (first husband) and Chava (Ewa) Rosenfarb, 1946-1949; other correspondence, clippings and photograph of Chava with second husband, Bono Wiener.

Rosenfarb, Chava

Allan Sratton Papers

This first accession of Allan Stratton’s papers includes a significant amount of juvenilia from elementary school to university; various play and manuscript drafts; photographs; correspondence (predominantly with family and friends); financial records; reviews; posters and promotional items from plays, as well as and other material related to his life and work, from as early as the age of 10 (1961) until 2011.

Stratton, Allan

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

Afua Cooper Papers

Includes drafts, correspondence, posters, appearance material, teaching material and ephemera related to the life and work of Dr. Afua Cooper.

Cooper, Afua

Rudyard Fearon Papers

Includes ‘first poems’, early poetry and other material; drafts, correspondence, school work and personal material

Fearon, Rudyard

M.R. Appell Papers

Papers consist of correspondence; miscellaneous poetry; several Friends of Lorine Niedecker newsletters; and various works by Appell, including ‘Newfoundland : Prints and Poems’ and ‘Poems Aged in Wood.

Appell, M. R. (Melvin Robert)

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

Dobson, William Arthur Charles Harvey (oral history)

Oral history interview with Professor W.A.C. Dobson, formerly Professor of Chinese and Head of the Department of East Asiatic Studies at the University of Toronto, conducted by Paul A. Bator. Discusses arrival in Canada in 1952 to establish a Dept. of East Asian Studies at University of Toronto, its development, faculty, and students. Comments on relations with Presidents Smith and Bissell, Deans of Arts, especially Vincent Bladen, Massey College, the Dept. of External Affairs and development of curricula in Asian Studies.

Dobson, William Arthur Charles Harvey

Barry Callaghan Papers

The collection of files for Exile, which is published in Toronto, contains manuscripts with notes, revisions, instructions to the printer, and galley proofs for poems, short stories, essays, plays and art which appeared in Exile from 1972 to 1995.

Callaghan, Barry

Barbarian Press Papers

This accession consists of the manuscripts, illustrations, page proof sheets, correspondence and other editorial material for Barbarian Press books released between 2002 and 2005, including: Endgrain Editions Three: Peter Lazarov (2002), John Keats’ Eve of Saint Agnes (2003), Hoi Barbaroi: A Quarter Century at Barbarian Press (2004), Emily: Opposites Attract (2004), Carlo Toselli’s What is Time? (2004) and John Loney’s Gallipoli (2005). It also contains material for smaller, miscellanous Barbarian Press projects, including catalogues, wedding invitations and broadsheets.

Barbarian Press

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

Champlain Society Papers

Correspondence, administrative material and membership files (membership files are kept in unnumbered boxes arranged numerically by membership number). Typescripts of several of the Society’s publications and manuscripts of other works not published by the Society.

Champlain Society

Crad Kilodney Papers

Drafts of published and unpublished works, notes, correspondence, business records and correspondence, cassettes of readings, reprinted appearances, scrapbooks.

Dennis Lee Papers

This collection consists of material related to Dennis Lee’s professional life, including correspondence, editing files and notes, literary manuscripts, drafts, and related materials, including reviews, clippings, publicity, tapes, children’s fan mail and memorabilia.

Lee, Dennis

Douglas Fetherling Papers

The collection contains a variety of business, personal and family correspondence, photographs, drawings and paintings, printed appearances and materials, galleys, and notebooks as well as Fetherling’s correspondence files, 1959 to 1990.

Douglas Fetherling’s literary papers include drafts, galleys, notes, printed appearances and his art work, as well as significant information on literary works and on well-known and aspiring Canadian authors. Authors forwhom files exist (Atwood, Fulford), are listed in the Container List. There is also correspondence with well-known and alternate presses, such as Fifth House and Broadview Press.

The Fetherling family papers have family correspondence and photographs along with material about Fetherling’s father’s work for an American company that manufactured weapons in the early 1940’s.

George Fetherling Papers

Consists largely of manuscript material for Fetherling’s novella, Tales of Two Cities. It also includes correspondence, both editorial and personal.

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

Marshall Hryciuk Papers

This accession consists primarily of small press materials – imprints, chapbooks, zines, broadsides, as well as a number of small press catalogues – that Hryciuk has collected over the years. It’s a broad selection, and includes materials from many noted Canadian small press publishers, including Curvd H&z, Underwhich Editions, Gesture, above/ground press, Unfinished Monuments, and numerous self-published materials. Among the authors represented are bp nichol, jw curry, Stuart Ross, David UU, Mark Laba, Rob McLennan and Gary Barwin, among many others.

Hryciuk, Marshall

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

Marshall Hryciuk Papers

This accession of Marshall Hryciuk’s papers includes poetry notebooks, Imago Press files, and other files related to his life and work.

Contains series:

  1. Notebooks
  2. Imago Press Files
  3. Work files, publications.

Hryciuk, Marshall

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

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

Maureen Scott Harris Papers

This accession of Maureen Scott Harris’ papers include materials relating to writing and literary projects (undertaken by the author individually or with collaborators); drafts and proofs for the Fieldnotes Chapbooks series; a significant amount of correspondence with specific individuals (Lynda Lange, Norma Lundberg, Barry Dempster, Irene McGuire), as well as general professional correspondence; course packs and notes relating to an Environmental Issues class at the University of Toronto, for which Scott Harris was a guest lecturer; materials used in the organization of various literary events and readings; along with books, pamphlets and a small amount of AV material.

Harris, Maureen

Phyllis Grosskurth Papers

Includes drafts, research and notes, photographs, editorial and other material related to Phyllis Grosskurth’s biographies of Melanie Klein, Margaret Mead, Freud and his circle, Lord Byron, Havelock Ellis and John Addington Symonds – the bulk pertaining to Klein, Byron and Freud material; psychoanalytical research, conferences and activities; personal and professional correspondence; travel and research

Grosskurth, Phyllis

Jack MacLeod Papers

Includes manuscripts, correspondence and other material relating to Jack Macleod’s fourth novel, Elevation, first title ‘No Mean Pastime’ (as yet unpublished, re: Tommy Douglas and Medicare in Saskatchewan); his third unpublished novel, Uproar; his divorce from first wife, Barbara; correspondence with agents, editors, academics, authors and others; family correspondence; book reviews and journal articles

MacLeod, Jack

Jack MacLeod Papers

Includes drafts of his last novel, to be published posthumously in fall 2016, titled variously ‘No Mean Pastime’, ‘Elevation’ and finally ‘To Build a Better World’; notes and draft of ‘Advice Wise and Otherwise to my Grandchildren’ correspondence with children and grandchildren, Richard E. Spencer; undergraduate journal, 1952-1956; early writing; photographs and other material related to the life and work of Jack MacLeod, or J.T. McLeod. John Tennyson (Jack) McLeod passed away on September 22, 2016.

MacLeod, Jack

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

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