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Crad Kilodney Papers

Drafts of published and unpublished works, notes, correspondence, business records and correspondence, cassettes of readings, reprinted appearances, scrapbooks.

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

Douglas Chambers Papers

A collection of correspondence, manuscripts (holograph, typescript, and photocopied), research materials (mostly photocopies), notes, and background materials relating to various works by Douglas Chambers on the British poet Thom Gunn (1929-2004 ).

Chambers, Douglas

Morris Wolfe Papers

This first accession includes the complete archive of the life and work of writer and editor, Morris Wolfe.

Wolfe, Morris

Dora Mavor Moore Papers

This donation contains items related to Dora Mavor Moore and Francis W. Mavor Moore from Ms. Moore’s home.

Moore, Dora Mavor

Richard Teleky Papers

Contains various draft manuscripts, proof sheets, notes and source material for Teleky's novels (Pack Up the Moon, Winter in Hollywood), poetry (The Hermit's Kiss, The Hermit in Arcadia) and non-fiction writing (The Dog on the Bed: A Canine Alphabet; draft versions of short stories for anthologies edited by Teleky (including The Exile Book of Canadian Dog Stories and The Exile Book of Yiddish Women Writers ed. Frieda Johles Forman); plus some correspondence related to these projects.
Arrangement: The material is arranged chronologically in four series:
1) Monographs;
2) Poetry;
3) Edited volumes;
4) Works by other authors and miscellaneous material.

Teleky, Richard

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

Malka Marom Papers

Includes drafts, research, transcripts, photographs, correspondence and other material related to Joni Mitchell: In Her Own Words, Conversations with Malka Marom; and Sulha

Marom, Malka

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

Dora Mavor Moore Papers (Downsview Offsite)

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

John Metcalf Papers

This accession of John Metcalf’s papers includes manuscripts and correspondence with various authors; correspondence with other writers; editing files for the journal CNQ (Canadian Notes and Queries) and the publication Best Canadian Stories; as well as personal writing, journals, photographs and other material related to his life and work.
Contains series:

  1. Manuscripts and other writing
  2. Publications
  3. Writers’ Files
  4. Correspondence
  5. Humber School for Writers Files
  6. Professional and personal files
  7. Photographs
  8. Journals and scrapbooks

Metcalf, John

John Metcalf Papers

Includes Porcupine’s Quill Press submissions, rejections, reviews, print runs, scrapbook, log and correspondence; Canadian Notes and Queries submissions, rejections and correspondence; photographs: artists and writers (i.e. Eden Mills Writer’s Festival, 2001-2005)

Metcalf, John

Michael Redhill Papers

Includes early fiction, 1982-1991, poetry and plays: Be Frank, Heretics, Deadwait, Mr. Stern is Dead, Building Jerusalem, Goodness, literary and personal correspondence, including with many writers such as Michael Ondaatje, Margaret Atwood, Don McKay, Linda Spalding, Esta Spalding, interviews with Dennis Lee, Michael Ondaatje and Don Coles, reviews by and about Michael Redhill; publishing; drafts, editing—including Andre Alexis, Elisabeth Harvor; research for Martin Sloane, Consolation, Goodness; print; Lake Nora Arms, Asphodel, Impromptu Feats of Balance and other poetry; short fiction and prose pieces; screenplays, plays and short stories: The Covered, a screenplay written by Michael Redhill and Michael Helm, Breakthrough, collections of short stories, Fidelity; ‘The Last Resort’ film treatment and other film and television projects; material related to Brick magazine, editing and publishing correspondence and other material. Michael Redhill was the proprietor and publisher of Brick magazine from 2003-2011, and an editor from 1998-2003.

Redhill, Michael

George Whipple Papers

Includes 41 slides of paintings created in 1962-63 (‘originals lost, alas’); 19 small albums containing 36 original and/or copies of drawings, 684 altogether; 1 large album of photos taken from slides of 29 paintings, plus 12 reproductions of small drawings; some miscellaneous papers and his 10th book, Kites, published by Ekstasis Editions in 2007.

Whipple, George

Abols, Gesta Janie "Gus" (oral history)

Interview with Gesta Janie "Gus" Abols, conducted by Paul A. Bator. Discusses the Arts curricula ca. 1960-1970, student government with specific reference to the Students' Administrative Council and the Canadian Union of Students, the Commission on University Government and student-administrator relationships, 1969-1971.

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

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

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

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

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

David Donnell Papers

Includes manuscripts, notes and drafts for works including: China Blues, Water Street Days, Donnell’s poetry, and other material. Correspondence includes business and personal communications with publishers, other writers, and friends, as well as teaching and grant applications. These papers also include printed appearances by Donnell and works by other writers, printed notices and ephemera, poems by students in Donnell's Master classes in poetry and short fiction at Ryerson and the University of Toronto, and some financial records.

Donnell, David

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

Dennis Lee Papers

Includes a complete archive of the work of Dennis Lee, beginning from the last accession in 1998 to the present; with material from: Bubblegum Delicious (2000); The Cat and the Wizard (2001); revised edition of Garbage Delight, subtitled Another Helping(2002); Pasticcio di Alligatore (2002); Un (2003); SoCool (2004); reprints of Alligator Pie and Jelly Belly; editing material; Toronto Poet Laureate Material; early (1957 on) and later literary correspondence; letters from children; critical reactions from children and young adults to his poetry and other material related to his life and work, such as the Queen’s Jubilee Luncheon. Includes some photographs.

Lee, Dennis

Don Bailey Papers

This accession includes personal correspondence; audiovisual materials; and 160 floppy disks containing manuscript drafts, story drafts, journal entries, projects, notes, correspondence, foster children’s files, and other items relating to the life and work of Don Bailey.
Contains series:

-Correspondence
-Other Files
-Audiovisual Materials

Bailey, Don

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

George Fetherling Papers

This donation contains drafts of manuscripts such as Indochina: Now and Then, Plans Deranged by Time as well as play adaptation of Fetherling’s Walt Whitman’s Secret by Sean O’Leary; and personal and business correspondence.

Fetherling, George

George Fetherling Papers

Includes personal and professional files and correspondence related to the life and work of George Fetherling, as well as holograph personal journals, nos. 19-23, 24 December 2012 – 15 July 2014; Twentieth Anniversary edition of Travels By Night proofs; scrapbooks of ‘Ephemeral Newspaper Scribbling’, reviews and other material related to the life and work of George Fetherling.

Fetherling, George

Graeme Gibson Papers

Drafts and final manuscripts for his novels, correspondence about them, editorial correspondence for Anansi Press, correspondence relating to PEN Canada and other organizations with which he was involved.

Gibson, Graeme

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

Lorna Goodison Papers

Includes early poetry drafts, many unpublished; Goldengrove corrected proofs, partial drafts and correspondence; Controlling the Silver drafts with holograph revisions ; miscellaneous holograph and word processed drafts of Turn Thanks, including some unpublished work and ink sketches; drafts of Travelling Mercies; From Harvey River drafts, proofs and correspondence (including early drafts titled ‘Rocksteady’ or ‘Rock Steady’) with editorial revision and correspondence; Fool-Fool Rose is Leaving Labour-in-Vain Savannah drafts; print, audio and video appearances by author, poet and professor Lorna Goodison.

Goodison, Lorna

Margaret Atwood Papers

Includes drafts, proofs, editorial correspondence and other material related to MaddAddam; The Year of the Flood [early title ‘God’s Garden’]; promotional material, publisher’s correspondence, website, early preliminary material; the ‘Trace’ play; film scripts and correspondence for Grace Marks/Alias Grace, Life Before Man, The Robber Bride, Lady Oracle, Cat’s Eye, The Edible Woman, ‘Score: a hockey musical’ [MA singing cameo]; print and personal appearances, activism and other activities; short pieces, essays, speeches; Nashville Public Television interview, and research files for The Year of the Flood, Oryx and Craik, MaddAddam

Atwood, Margaret

Margaret Atwood Papers

Includes drafts, notes, proofs for Stone Mattress: Nine Tales; The Handmaid’s Tale ballet by the Royal Winnipeg Ballet; “I’m Starved For You” short story (part of The Heart Goes Last) published digitally only with Byliner/Positron, online publisher; drafts, notes and other material related to Margaret Atwood’s new novel The Heart Goes Last, including extensive editorial notes and comments by Ellen Seligman; ‘Cause Files’; letters of recommendation by Margaret Atwood; appearances; In Other Worlds foul matter; MaddAddam media; general media; fan mail 2013-2014; various small projects; general media; general fan mail; ‘fantastic fan mail’; Future Library press archive

Martin Hunter Papers

This collection consists of the bulk of Martin Hunter’s literary output, including manuscript drafts and scripts of his numerous writing projects for the stage, screen and radio, as well as other writing projects.

Hunter, Martin

Douglas LePan Papers

This gift of papers from the estate of Douglas LePan (1914-1998) includes diaries, journals, manuscripts, notes and correspondence relating to his career as a writer, diplomat and teacher as well as personal correspondence. It complements the collection of LePan Papers already in the Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library

LePan, Douglas

Jack MacLeod Papers

Literary papers containing drafts, working papers and photocopies of research materials for his books: Zinger and Me (1979), Going Grant (1983), The Oxford Book of Canadian Political Anecdotes (1988) and one book which he co-edited with Cynthia Smith, Sir John A. (1989), and "Dreaming a Beach"/"Uproar"; non-fiction writings; and correspondence.

MacLeod, Jack

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