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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

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

Charles G. D. Roberts Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00253 2B Annex
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1899-1985

Collection of five letters and typescript, two photographs and mounted newspaper clippings about Sir Charles George Douglas Roberts and one letter from Theodore Goodridge Roberts , his youngest brother.

Roberts, Charles G. D. (Charles George Douglas), Sir

W.W.E. Ross Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00211
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1916-1966

The collection consists of drafts of writings, notebooks, correspondence and biographical material.

Ross, W. W. E. (William Wrightson Eustace)

Scrapbook of North American Fire Reports

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00434
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1904-1918

The collection consists of a disassembled scrapbook of insurance underwriters' reports and records, fire reports, original news clippings and photographs, and other miscellaneous material on various North American conflagrations between 1904 and 1918. Of particular local interest are the pages (five in total) devoted to the Toronto fire of 1904. Among the other major North American fires represented in the scrapbook include those in the cities of Baltimore, Rochester, Halifax, Indianapolis, New Orleans, Three Rivers (Que.), Salem (Mass.), Campbelltown (NB), Houston and Atlanta, among others. The scrapbook appears to have been assembled by an underwriter from the firm of Royal Insurance Company of Liverpool.

Royal Insurance Company of Liverpool

William Shelden Collection

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00233 2B Annex
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1670-1838

The collection consists of Shelden's collected correspondence with book dealers, and notes and cards with bibliographical information about his collection. Among the documents of interest include a signed letter from Sir Joseph Banks and a photograph of Robert Louis Stevenson, as well as a volume of original drawings used to illustrate one of Dumont D'Urville's voyages.

Sheldon, W. L.

Shelton Ayliffe Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00258 2B Annex
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1561-1974

The collection consists of records of the Ayliffe Family which were acquired by S.W. Shelton in the 1950s. Included are two account books (dating from 1572 and 1595-1613), as well as documents and letters that belonged to the Ayliffe family. Transcriptions made by S.W. Shelton, along with his correspondence and research notes are also included.

Shelton, S. W.

Raymond Souster Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00203
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1951-1980

Correspondence; drafts of poems; typescripts and proofs of books of poems; drafts and typescripts for published and unpublished novels.

Souster, Raymond

Spanish Civil War Collection

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00165
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1936-1990

Collection consists of manuscripts from various sources relating to the Spanish Civil War and to various anti-Franco organizations in Canada and the United States to support the Republican cause. Included are manuscripts; correspondence; scrapbooks containing clippings, correspondence, documents and prints; and records relating to the fiftieth anniversary of the Spanish Civil War including photographs, memorabilia, awards and audio recordings.

Vilhjamur Stefansson Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00046
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1922-1962

The collection consists of correspondence, diaries and documents (mainly photographs) pertaining to Stefansson's Wrangel Island expedition.

Stefansson, Vilhjalmur

Talacko Collection of Czech Authors

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00612
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 18-

Correspondence, poems and short stories written by a variety of late 19th century Czech authors. Includes members of the “Maj” group, Josef Svatopluk Machar, founder of “The Czech moderns”, Adolf Černy, Eliška Krásnohorská, František Táborský and composer Karel Weis.

Machar, Josef Svatopluk

David Thompson Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00021
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1784-1914

The collection consists of holograph manuscripts and copies of manuscripts by Thompson, including two drafts for his projected book: a narrative account of his explorations in western America from 1784 to 1812. It also includes several sketches of mountain elevations, some of which were published in J.B. Tyrell's 1916 edition of the Narrative, and several other fragments of manuscripts by Thompson, typed transcripts of his journals, and photostats of other original Thompson material held elsewhere.

Thompson, David

Toronto Newspaper Guild Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00133 (Downsview Offsite)
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1948-1972

The collection consists of case files, manuals and minutes of meetings of the Toronto Newspaper Guild.

Toronto Newspaper Guild

Toronto Social Welfare Agencies Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00012
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1911-1951

The collection consists of typed reports and correspondence dealing with the history of social work and agencies in Toronto.

University of Toronto. School of Social Work

Harold M. Tovell Collection

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00023 2B Annex
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1815-1934

The collection consists of correspondence and notes concerning Napoleon Bonaparte, as well as a transcript of the manuscript diary of Barry Edward O'Meara.

Tovell, Harold M.

Vincent Tovell Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00328
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1958-1993

The collection consists of Tovell's scripts, research material, correspondence, photographs and other professional and personal material. The collection includes the research and scripts for his films on Glenn Gould and the Massey Family.

Tovell, Vincent

Martin Farquhar Tupper Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00492
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1848-1886

Collection includes twelve signed holograph letters and notes from Tupper.

Tupper, Martin Farquhar

Tymperon Mottram Family Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00266 2B Annex
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1649-1781

The collection consists of various documents pertaining to the Tymperon and Mottram families.

Mottram Family

University College Collection of Canadian Authors

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00382
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1912-1989

The collection consists of correspondence of various Canadian authors and printed materials removed from University College's Al Purdy Collection.

University College (Toronto, Ont.)

Bruce West Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00279 2B Annex
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1967-1979

The collection consists of typescripts of West's two books, Toronto (1967, revised in 1979) and The Firebirds: An Account of the First Fifty Years of the Ontario Provincial Air Service (1974), along with photographs, galleys, editorial notes, newspaper clippings, articles and reports relating to the City of Toronto.

West, Bruce

Anne Wilkinson Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00029
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1946-1961

The collection consists of drafts and typescripts of Wilkinson's writings, including The Hangman Ties the Holly (1955), Lions in the Way (1956), and Swann and Daphne (1960). Literary correspondence is also included.

Wilkinson, Anne

J.S. Will Collection

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00435
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1961-1962

The collection consists of purchase records for Will's book collection.

Will, J.S. (Joseph Stanley)

Paul Wilson Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00128 2B Annex
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1982-

The collection consists of Wilson's English translations of various Czech authors, including Josef Skvorecky and Vaclav Havel, among others.

Wilson, Paul

William Wood Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00225 2B Annex
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1834-1871

The collection consists of correspondence and papers written by or addressed to Woods. Letters are chiefly from family members in England, but also includes three letters by Wood giving Canadian news and some extracts relating to his experiences during the Mackenzie Rebellion, copied from his journal (dated 1837-38).

Wood, William, Rev.

Alfred Young Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00037 2B Annex
  • Manuscript Collection
  • [n.d.]

The collection consists of Young's holograph notes on algebra of invariants and the theory of groups. It also includes a small amount of correspondence, mainly on the subject of mathematics.

Young, Alfred

Associated Medical Services Incorporated Papers

  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1926 - 2003

Business and financial records, correspondence, scrapbooks, pamphlets.To be consulted only with permission of Hannah Institute.

Associated Medical Services, Inc.

Graeme Gibson papers

  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1959 - 2005

Drafts and final manuscripts for his novels; correspondence including editorial correspondence for Anansi Press and correspondence relating to PEN Canada.

Gibson, Graeme

Leonard Cohen Papers

  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1953 - 2003

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. The materials span 1950-1968.

Cohen, Leonard

Maureen Scott Harris Papers

  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1969-ongoing

Collection consists of manuscript drafts for Harris' books and writing projects, along with editorial correspondence and material from her role as production manager at London, Ont.-based Brick Books.

Harris, Maureen

Phyllis Grosskurth Papers

  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1954 - 2015

The collection consists of research notes, manuscript notes and drafts for published and unpublished writings; correspondence with various people; documents, including legal and correspondence, relating to the class action lawsuit against the University of Toronto over pension equity. Collection includes some special media material.

Grosskurth, Phyllis

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

Richardson Family Papers

  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1913-1918

Consists of letters sent by three brothers, Edward, Reginald and Harry Richardson, during WWI. Also included are newspaper clippings and a photographic portrait of Reginald Richardson.

Richardson Family

Rev. George Tsukornyk Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00669
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1920-1968

The papers of Rev. George G. Tsukornyk include: selected correspondence; a daily journal he kept while pastor for St. Mary's Ukrainian Greek Orthodox Church in Oshawa; speeches and concert programs given at several Ukrainian Orthodox parishes for various occasions, such as Mother's Day, commemorations of the poet Taras Shevchenko, or the marking of the anniversary of the declaration of Ukrainian independence; various musical arrangements; examination questions for students of Ukrainian Sunday schools; and a few photographs.

Tsukornyk, George

Stanislava Eduardovna Dranishnikova Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00688
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1923

Contains a set of three documents: two hand-drawn certificates, and one typewritten cover letter, dated 20 & 27 January 1923 in Krasnoiarsk, Siberia that were given to Stanislava Eduardovna Dranishnikova on the occasion of her 20th anniversary as an actress.

Dranishnikova, Stanislava Eduardovna

Elspeth Cameron Papers

  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1970 - ?

Collection of notes, research materials, correspondence relating to her biographies - Hugh Maclennan: a writer's life (1981); Irving Layton: a Portrait, (1985) and Earle Birney: a Life (1994) as well as her annotated bibliography of MacLennan and her recently published memoir, No Previous Experience: a memoir of love and change, (1997). Drafts of articles in Chatelaine and Saturday Night, class notes and administrative correspondence for her teaching at Concordia and University of Toronto, 54 photographs,and audio and video tapes.

Cameron, Elspeth

Bata Shoe Company Papers

  • Manuscript Collection
  • [189-?]-2014

abstract
Includes corporate files from the Canadian Bata Shoe Company (including correspondence; legal and financial records; product development, marketing and promotional files; technical and production-related files, and human resources files). The bulk of the material was created by the Canadian Bata company, however many records relate to several of the oraganization’s international outposts, including companies headed in Africa, India, Asia and Europe. The collection also includes press clippings and other publications about the Bata Company and its historical significance. There are also a small number of Bata family records, primarily for Thomas J. Bata (1914-2008), Sonja I. Bata, Tomáš Baťa (1876-1932) and Marie Bata.

Bata Shoe Company

Coach House Press Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00620
  • Manuscript Collection
  • [196-]-2005

This is the first accession of the Coach House Press (CHP) papers by the Fisher Library. It primarily includes files accumulated and maintained by Stan Bevington, founder of the CHP. (While Library and Archives Canada holds a significant amount of Coach House Press materials, Bevington held back many of his own personal files related to CHP, with the intention of donating them to the Fisher Library). The papers include accounting materials for the Press–price quotes, sales invoices, payroll information, etc. –and other materials related to the running of the CHP. It also includes material collected by Bevington, dubbed “Stan’s ephemera,” which contain handwritten notes written by Bevington, as well as correspondence, programs and other assorted and interesting items.
The collection is particularly noteworthy for its extensive collection of computer-related material, including the files for SoftQuad, the company co-founded by Bevington that was at the forefront of the digital age in publishing. Bevington is considered a publishing pioneer in the transition to digital technology from traditional typesetting.

Coach House Press

Tripe Family Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS Coll 00050A
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1838 - 1950

This collection is comprised of correspondence, documents, photographs and art works, and genealogical materials from England, India, the U.S.A, Cuba, the Philippines, and Canada, dating from 1838-1999, and related to Alfred Tripe (1818-1854), his sister Emily (Tripe) James (1817-1850), their first cousin Mary Broad (Tripe) De Rusett (1820-1898), and their relatives and descendants. Correspondence includes an extended series written 1866-1903 by William Francis James, highlighted by letters during his service with Roosevelt’s Rough Riders in Cuba in 1898. Nineteenth-century images include four art works, 100 cartes-de-visite and thirty-three cabinet or larger size family portraits. The genealogical material consists of a comprehensive Tripe pedigree compiled in the 1980s and 1990s, a James Family Tree c1880, and four related pedigrees. The collection also documents the development of a family fairy tale, composed in India in 1878, edited in England c1914, and fully illustrated in Canada in 1992.

Tripe Family

Tom Harpur Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00770
  • Manuscript Collection
  • [193-]-2017

Papers consist of records created and acquired by Tom Harpur in the course of his career as a journalist and writer. Included are his columns for the Toronto Star and other media outlets; short stories and other writing that he did along with records related to his books; research materials for the Pagan Christ; various television series and documentaries which he hosted and were based on his books; correspondence with his readers, publishers, and colleagues; and interviews and other records relating to publicity. Also included is a small amount of personal material and photographs, pertaining to his education and early career. Some published materials were received as part of the donation but were either not retained or catalogued separately. A list of these books is included as an appendix to this finding aid for reference purposes.

Harpur, Tom

Derek McCormack Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00769
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1995-2008

This first accession of Derek McCormack’s papers contains manuscript drafts of novels Dark Rides (1996), Wish Book (1999), The Haunted Hillbilly (2003), Christmas Days (2005), Grab Bag (2004), The Show That Smells (2008); material related to chapbooks: Halloween Suite, Western Suit, Faux; notebooks; anthologies; and newspaper and magazine articles he’s contributed to.

Contains series:

  1. Manuscripts and other writing
  2. Personal journals
  3. Newspapers, magazines, literary journals and anthologies

McCormack, Derek

Simon McInnes Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00703
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1972-1999

Includes correspondence from Mavis Gallant to Joan McInnes, 1970s-1990s.

Simon McInnes

Bliss Carman papers

  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1904-1928

Collection of printed works with extensive manuscript revisions, partly in author's hand, and 48 photos of actresses in costume as characters from Daughters of Dawn; miscellaneous photos of Bliss Carman and others.

Carman, William Bliss

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

Alan Stein Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00702
  • Manuscript Collection
  • [199-]-2009

This collection features the bulk of material associated with Alan Stein’s fine press imprint Church Street Press.

Stein, Alan

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