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Woodsworth Memorial Collection

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00035
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1919-1977

The collection consists of manuscript and mimeographed materials relating to the history of labour and socialist movements in Ontario and Canada, with special emphasis on the Ontario section of the Co-operative Commonwealth Federation (CCF). It consists chiefly of the personal files of individual CCF party members and others active in the socialist and labour movements in Ontario. Among those individuals include: James McArthur Conner, William Crocker, William Dennison, Alice Loeb and Desmond Morton, among others. Also included are the records of Arthur Mould, a labour leader and president of the Ontario section of the Canadian Labour Party.

Ontario Woodsworth Memorial Foundation

Yuan Collection of Edmund Blunden Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00372
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1951-1999

The collection consists of holograph typescript manuscripts of Blunden's lecture notes, essays, speeches, addresses and poems, as well as correspondence with Sheila Yuan, who was Blunden's secretary in the Deptartment of English at the University of Hong Kong in the 1950s.

Blunden, Edmund

Gabriel Sagard-Theodat Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00186 2B Annex
  • Manuscript Collection
  • [193-]

The collection consists of the typescript, by H.H. Langton, of Sagard-Theodat's history of Canada from 1615-1630.

Sagard, Gabriel

Helvétius Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00302 2B Annex
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1749-1801

Letters to the French philosopher from 18th century writers, philosophers, diplomats, ecclesiastics, government officials, patrons or friends of the arts.

Helvétius

J.A. McNeil Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00234 2B Annex
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1927-1942

The collection consists of photos, manuscript notes and ephemera relating to Gilbert and Sullivan, and especially to the D'Oyley Carte Company across Canada in 1927. There is also some biographical material relating to J.A. McNeil.

McNeil, J. A. (John Alexander)

John Greenleaf Whittier Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00496
  • Manuscript Collection
  • [18--]-1924

Includes notes by Whittier, as well as correspondence and notes about Whittier and his papers by Reverend J. B. Silcox and Samuel T. Pickard. Includes notes by Silcox and collected print material about poet Robert Browning. Correspondence with librarians, Paul E. Gray and John Moulton at Haverhill Public Library, Haverhill, Mass. about Whittier bibliographic information.

Whittier, John Greenleaf

Miguel de Unamuno Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00027 2B Annex
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1885-1936

The collection consists of xerox copies of newspaper articles by Unamuno and of correspondence received by him. Also included are indexes and inventories of the materials, prepared by the National Archives of Spain and Professor M.J. Valdes.

Unamuno, Miguel de

Beverley Slopen Papers

This accession for Beverley Slopen’s papers consists of administrative records, working files,correspondence, manuscripts (bound and unbound) and other material related to the activities of the Beverley Slopen Literary Agency. It includes material from her current, past and prospective clients.

Slopen, Beverley

Collection of 190 Pieces of Vellum Illustrating the History and Development of Handwriting

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00045
  • Manuscript Collection
  • ca. 380-1514

Collection of 190 pieces of vellum in Greek and Latin illustrating the history and development of handwriting from the 4th century until the end of the Middle Ages. Items 1-21 (which are Coptic in origin) illustrate the development of uncial writing from the beginning up to its decline in Egypt in the 9th century. All leaves, with the exception of items 106 and 170 are mounted; items 62-90 and 113-169 are bound volumes.

Worel, Charles F.

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

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 notes and drafts of various short works; drafts of: Settlements, Hemingway in Toronto, The Blue Sky, Slow Dreams, China Blues, Blue Ontario Hemingway Boat Race, Tobacco Heaven, A Natural History of Water,Dangerous Crossings and Water Street Days; correspondence with publishers and other writers; printed appearances by Donnell and other writers, ephemera,

Donnell, David

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.

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

Dennis Lee Papers

Collection of manuscript drafts for Nightwatch and Body Music with corespondence from manuscript readers and editors; correspondence with other writers, accompanied by their manuscripts which he edited; correspondence about his readings, personal appearances, and lectures; letters from children; literary and biographical essays

Lee, Dennis

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

Derek Walcott Papers

Includes drafts and other material related to The Prodigal; Steel; The Haytian Earth; Walker; Omeros; an Arthur Miller tribute; the Haitian Bicentenary Conference, as well as correspondence, short pieces, i.e. on Guillermo Cabera Infante, sketches, photographs, souvenirs, travel, conferences, honours and other material related to his life and work.

Derek Walcott Papers

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

Derek Walcott Papers

The collection contains literary papers relating to Walcott's poetic, theatrical and prose writings from the early 1980s to the mid-1990s. Holograph notes, rough drafts and revisions are included, as well as final drafts and galleys of publications. Many drafts are the result of a 'cut-and-paste' method using a variety of formats. These are referred to as "composite drafts" throughout. Many works, both poetic and theatrical, also include screen adaptations.

There is a small collection of material relating to Walcott's role as stage director, particularly with the Trinidad Theatre Workshop. The literary papers are complemented by sketches and watercolours by Walcott, often in the form of stage directions or film storyboards.

Don McKay Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00518
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1954-2006

Collection consists of manuscript drafts (both holograph and typescript) of McKay's published and unpublished poems and other writings. Publications represented in this collection include: Night Field: Poems (1991), Apparatus (1997), Another Gravity (2000), Vis a Vis (2001), Deactivated West 100 (2005) and Strike/Slip (2006). Other materials in the collection are manuscripts from other writers edited by McKay, as well as correspondence with various writers and friends. It also includes extensive research material, most of it holograph, on writers for his teaching activities.

McKay, Don

Doris Huestis Mills Speirs Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00319
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1917-1981

Collection of Thoreau MacDonald papers (1917-1981) and others in the Canadian and Americn art world in the 1920s.

Speirs, Doris Huestis Mills

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

George Fetherling Papers

Includes edited drafts and editorial correspondence for The Writing Life: journals 1975-2005; holograph personal journals, November 2010-December 2012, Nos. 14-18; Access Copyright materials and other material related to his life and work.

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 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

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

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

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

Douglas Fetherling Papers

The collection includes Fetherling’s correspondence, typescripts for two of his books, four unpublished typescripts (three by other writers) for the New Views of Canadian Art series that he edited, research material for his 1998 biography of George Woodcock: typescripts and print appearances by Woodcock, material about Woodcock, and articles on anarchism.

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.

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

Douglas LePan Papers

The collections include research notes pertaining to the Royal Commission on Canada's Economic Prospects, for which LePan was secretary and director of research, 1955-1958, along with manuscripts, typescripts and correspondence concerning his literary works, as well as personal correspondence.

LePan, Douglas

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

Eric Ormsby Papers

Includes ‘Readings’, Eric Ormsby’s weekly column in the New York Sun, both print and draft versions; Al-Ghazali drafts and translation; short pieces, reviews and poems, both published and unpublished; ‘Student Writings’ on various subjects, University of Pennsylvania, 1969-1972; a holograph notebook, 2004-2005; personal and publishing correspondence; first published poems and first published article and other material related to his life and work.

Ormsby, Eric

Eric Ormsby Papers

Includes correspondence (personal, publishing and editorial); drafts for articles; talks; unpublished works; ‘discarded poems’; photographs (E.O., Morocco and others); printed appearances; E.O.’s bible 1965; holograph notebooks; ‘letters to Dorothy Ormsby (former wife), 1966’; notes pertaining to Islamic Studies work and translation.

Ormsby, Eric

Eric Ormsby Papers

Includes proofs, photographs (New York City, 1967), holograph notebooks, printed appearances in numerous journals such as The New Criterion; Books in Canada; videotaped appearance at Bentley College, September 2, 2002; David Solway manuscripts; Correspondence with other writers, editors and publishers: John Black; Richard Outram; David Solway; Karen Mulhallen/Descant; Shlomo Dov Goitein; PhD thesis, Princeton; drafts and proofs of Al-Ghazali; gallies, correspondence and cover art for Daybreak at the Straits and Other Poems.

Eric Ormsby Papers

This collection contains papers and other material pertaining to the work of Eric Ormsby, a Montreal-based writer and Islamic studies scholar. Born 16 October 1941 in Atlanta, GA, Ormsby, a McGill professor, is the author of several collections of poetry and works of non-fiction. His poems have been published in numerous well-known publications, including The New Republic, The New Yorker, The New Criterion and the Norton Introduction to Literature.

Includes word-processed and holograph versions of numerous poems, including sections of forthcoming collection Time's Covenant, short stories, plays, reviews, and essays. Collection also includes notebooks and mss. dating back to the 1950s, speaking tour information, photographs, personal and professional correspondence, and material related to academic activities in Canada and abroad. Ormsby currently lives in London, England.

Eric Wright Papers

Collection of drafts of published and unpublished works, 1955-2001. Includes short stories, articles, a drama, his memoir, Always Give a Penny to a Blind Man (1999), and several of his novels, including Death on the Rocks (1999), The Kidnapping of Rosie Dawn (2000), Death of a Sunday Writer (2000), Death of a Hired Man (2001), The Last Hand (2001), and My Brother's Keeper (a novella by Wright and Howard Engel, 2001). Also includes correspondence with publishers and notes relating to the works.

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.

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

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

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 Elliott Clarke papers

Includes manuscript drafts for ‘I and I’, ‘Sonnets to Luxury’, ‘Red’, ‘The Motorcyclist’( a novel in progress based in part on father Lloyd Clarke’s diaries), Whylah Falls, Directions Home: Approaches to African-Canadian Literature; Lush Dreams, Blue Exile; ‘Sonnets from the Lebanese’ drafts [Salim Gold], with edits by Paul Zemokhol, Roy Wang and John Fraser; ‘Aurélian Verses’ drafts and correspondence; ‘Cinema Italiano’ drafts; journals, extensive personal and professional correspondence, 2006-2012, ‘Africana’, columns, essays, lectures, public appearances, book reviews, course material, financial information 2000-2002, personal and professional photographs, print, ephemera, ‘Africana’ and other material related to the life and work of professor, performer, poet and activist George Elliott Clarke. The original holograph notebooks and pages containing his works, lyrics, first drafts and notes form part of this accession, July 1975 - 2004. These notebooks represent the first drafts of nearly all of Clarke’s work.

Clarke, George Elliott

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

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