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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

Hugh Halliday Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00411
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1940-1980

The collection includes typescript drafts of Halliday's columns on birds and nature for The Toronto Star Weekly and other publications; alphabetical subject files; reader correspondence and correspondence with naturalists, birders, publishers, editors and friends (including extensive correspondence with Al Oeming, founder and director of the Alberta Game Farm, and one letter from John Diefenbaker); photographs of mushrooms, insects, animals and birds by Halliday; notes and sketches; print and ephemera.

Halliday, Hugh M.

John DePol Collection

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00410
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1982-1997

Included are correspondence, mainly with James Fraser or copies made for James Fraser; articles about DePol; promotional materials for his work and exhibitions; original prints and artist’s proofs; a collection of lithographs (artist’s signed proofs) drawn and printed by DePol at the College of Art, School of Technology in Belfast in early 1944; prints portraying Irish subjects, etched by DePol in New York in 1947; printed ephemera; and newspaper clippings.

DePol, John

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

Girdwood Collection of Glass Lantern Slides, Niagara Falls and Area

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00407
  • Manuscript Collection
  • [ca. 1850-1860].

Collection consists of 79 stereoscopic and panorama glass negatives taken by Girdwood and by commercial photographers, one of whom was possibly American photographer James Thomson. Fifteen of the slides depict scenes in and around Niagara Falls and are mounted with descriptions. Other locations depicted include Montreal and Ottawa, however, in many cases there is no information about either the photographer or location. Some of the negatives have been split into two pictures as each side contained a different image, and some of the negatives have only one image as they were taken as panoramas instead of stereo images.

Girdwood, Gilbert Prout

Maureen Scott Harris Papers

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

Alberto Manguel Papers

This gift is representative of Manguel's entire body of work, 1960s to 2002, from both his business and personal life. It includes drafts, revisions, manuscripts, galleys, illustrations, publisher's correspondence, person correspondence, photographs, printed appearances and other material. It includes material related to: A Dictionary of Imaginary Places; A History of Reading; Reading Pictures: A History of Love and Hate; News From a Foreign Country Came; Soho Square; Black Water; Other Fires; Meanwhile in Another Part of the Forest; Into the Looking-Glass Wood; Mothers and Daughters; Fathers and Sons; God's Spies, and many other translations, anthologies, articles, conferences, literary juries and other projects Manguel has been involved with. Manguel maintains correspondence with a fascinating array of authors, publishers and many other notable people.

Manguel, Alberto

Charles Pachter Papers

Collection is comprised exclusively of correspondence, including photographs and drawings from various friends and associates of Charles Pachter, many of whom are prominent Canadians. The collection contains personal and business material from the 1950s to 2001. The correspondence reflects Pachter's extensive and changeable career as an artist, including material from all of his exhibitions; for the retrospective of his work, Charles Pachter by Bogomila Welsh-Ovcharov; his close friendship with his mother and father ("Dibbles and Har") and his large circle of friends, fans and acquaintances. Pachter studied art at the Sorbonne in Paris, the Cranbook Academy of Art in Michigan and the University of Toronto. His involvement in graphic art production, papermaking, real estate, building renovation and Gracie's, his Queen Street West restaurant in Toronto are all documented here. The collection also includes material related to his work as writer, lecturer, informal Canadian historian and his extensive charitable pursuits.

Pachter, Charles

Jack Batten Papers

This collection contains papers and other documents pertaining to the work of Jack Batten, a Toronto-based writer and journalist..

Batten, Jack

Marshall Hryciuk Papers

Includes material from Hryciuk’s body of work as a poet (the ‘King of Canadian Haiku’), publisher, etc. including Imago Press; Cannon Book Distribution Company; Marshall Hryciuk Book Distribution; Inkstone Press; Hryciuk’s dealings with Chapters, etc.; correspondence from authors, publishers, editors, printers, Haiku Societies; Hryciuk’s time as President of Haiku Canada from 1992-1997; No Holds Barred; fine wing; winnowing; idioms of krete; persimmon moons; and many other publications; philosophy course notes; personal correspondence; many Haiku, Renku and other poetry styles; manuscripts from other authors; small press related material, mostly in the U.S. and Canada

Hryciuk, Marshall

Rudyard Fearon Papers

Includes early poetry Jamaica, 1972-1974; Canada, 1974-1977; ongoing poetry, 1977-present; correspondence; photographs; print and ephemera related to the life and work of poet and performance artist Rudyard Wilberforce St. Francis Fearon- a.k.a. “Rudy”; member League of Canadian Poets; Art Bar Board Member, performer and host

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

Writers & Co. Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00398
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1984-1994

The collection consists primarily of correspondence, both business and personal, to Irene McGuire, owner of the Toronto-area bookshop Writers & Co. The letters deal with topics such as book launches held at Writers & Co., general information about books from readers, writers and publishers, and letters on other topics related to the book store. Among the correspondents include Graeme Gibson, Nan Talese, Alberto Manguel, Helen Garner, Greg Gatenby, W.P. Kinsella and Douglas Fetherling, among others.

Writers & Co.

Readers' Club of Canada Collection

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00397
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1959-1981

The collection consists largely of generic shareholders' correspondence, shareholder reports and annual audited financial reports of the Readers' Club of Canada. There are also a few personal letters between Peter Martin and Patricia Blackburn.

Readers' Club of Canada

Mansfield Woodhouse Collection

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00394
  • Manuscript Collection
  • [ca. 1204]-1903

The collection contains a large number of indentures, wills, marriage contracts, and military commissions that pertain to a small group of families whose ancestral home was in the manor town of Mansfield Woodhouse in Nottinghamshire, England. The records principally relate to the Hall, Meakin, Digby, Stuffyn, Bilbie, Hall, and Snowden families and their relations. They range in date from the thirteenth to the nineteenth centuries, and detail the lives of these families both in Great Britain and in Canada.

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

W.J. Keith Papers

Correspondence from writers, mainly Canadian, including Hugh Hood, George Johnston, David Solway, John Metcalfe, Robertson Davies, Douglas Lochhead, Hugh Maclennan, Carmine Starnino, George Payerle, Janice Kulyk-Keefer and others. The letters from Laura Riding concern his editing at the University of Toronto Quarterly, 1976-1985. Some letters include a manuscript from the writer, or corrections to a manuscript. Lengthy files are from friends who write about personal and literary matters.

Charlebois Family Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00390
  • Manuscript Collection
  • [1960-197?]

Collection includes manuscript drafts, research notes, correspondence and photos relating to: Dr. Peter Charlebois' 'The Life of Louis Riel.' Toronto: New Canada Publications, 1975; the history of the Northwest Rebellion of 1885; and the history of the Metis in Canada. Also includes several albums of riverboat photographs for his 'Sternwheelers & Sidewheelers: the romance of steamdriven paddleboats in Canada.' Toronto: NC Press, 1978.

Charlebois, Peter

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

J. Murray Speirs Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00387
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1923-2000

The collection consists of daily bird journals (1923-2000), daily bird records (1922-1949), first and last sightings records (1922-1990), and research records on the American Robin and the Lincoln Sparrow (1930s-1940s).

Speirs, J. Murray (John Murray)

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

Ann Buttrick Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00385
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1968-1979.

The collection consists of materials relating to the anti-Vietnam War activities of Ann Buttrick. Topics include civil liberties, Canadian policy vis-a-vis the United States, and the Annie Mae Aquash case. Papers were created in connection with The International Committee to Free South Vietnamese Political Prisoners from Detention, Torture and Death, which was a committee of the Canadian Council of Churches, and Voice of Women, a non-governmental organization, and the Canadian Religious Society of Friends (Quakers). They include correspondence, Vietnamese government publications, audio recordings of Toronto events, newspaper clippings, and printed matter.

Buttrick, Ann

Ronald Hambleton Papers

Collection includes correspondence with other writers, publishers, musicians, and concert attendees, drafts for his published and unpublished writing, and clippings of his reviews and articles.

George Payerle Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00383
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1968-2000

The collection consists of draft manuscripts of Payerle's various works, including The Afterpeople (1970), Wolfbane Fane (1977), Two from Babylon (1990) and The Weather and That (1993). It also includes drafts of his unpublished poems and prose, papers documenting his involvement with The Writers' Union of Canada, and correspondence from other writers in the Union and those whose work he edited.

Payerle, George

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.)

Joe Rosenblatt Papers

A collection of manuscripts and artworks. Manuscripts include drafts of Beds and Consenting Dreamers, and A Tentacled Mother, proofs of The Voluptuous Gardener, drafts of Italian translations of Rosenblatt's works, personal and business correspondence, and inscribed copies of books 1994-1998. Artworks by Rosenblatt include ink drawings, mixed media on paper, and mixed media on canvas. Some works framed.

Rosenblatt, Joe

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.

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.

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.

Malka Marom Papers

Collection of research notes, interviews, and manuscript drafts relating to her first novel, Sulha, (Toronto, Key Porter Books, 1999),; photographs, tapes, cassettes and other material regarding research for Sulha, and her work as a world musician; tapes, films, videos, notes and draft scripts of her work as a maker of documentary radio programmes and films, and the interviewer of celebrated world figures (Pablo Casals, Moshe Dayan); correspondence (Dennis Lee, Leonard Cohen, Jack McClelland, Eli Wiesel), mainly 1972-1999.

Marom, Malka

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.

Jack MacLeod Papers

Collection contains correspondence from the 1950s, photographs taken by MacLeod during the Hungarian revolution of 1956, and literary and academic papers.

Second accession: Includes two drafts, with new chapters for his novel Uproar, October 2003. Updated chapter list included

MacLeod, Jack

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

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

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)

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

C. H. D. Clarke Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00367
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1925-1980

The collection is comprised of material related to Clarke's scholarly studies and life work in wildlife conservation and management. It includes: correspondence; drafts of published and unpublished reports and conferences; articles; reprints; diaries; negatives and photographs. His unpublished drafts also include such subjects as doxology, literature, and reflections on man's relationship with nature.

Clarke, C. H. D. (Charles Henry Douglas)

Don Bailey Papers

Collection of manuscript drafts; drafts for film and television scripts; personal and business correspondence (business pertaining mainly to his social services activities); video and audio cassettes related to his dramatic works; and other material related to his life and work.

Bailey, Don

Mary L. Northway Papers

John M. Hodgson's collection relating to Mary L. Northway, including material written by him about her after her death.

John M. Hodgson, board member of the Brora Institute and counsel to Mary L. Northway in the matter of the Neathern Trust, donated this collection of materials centering on Northway and the institutions with which she and Hodgson were involved. Included are manuscripts and inscribed copies of Northway's works, biographical and obituary information about Northway, and minutes and other documents produced by the Brora Institute and Neathern Trust.

Gerry Bennett Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00362
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1952-1998

Collection of papers from Gerry Bennett (1921-1999), ornithologist and author. He wrote and published the journal Birdfinding in Canada (1981-1989) and at least three books on birdwatching and birdwatchers. The papers consist of: GB's typed journals recording his bird sightings and other observations of natural history from the 1950s to 1998; his correspondence with naturalists from the late 1970s to 1990s; his research notes and files on ornithological topics, including bird records and lists for a variety of locations, and the newsletters from a number of ornithological organizations; drafts and typescripts of some of his writings.

Bennett, Gerry

Russell Brown Papers

This 1999 accession is a collection of literary papers that includes word-processed drafts by Brown and by other writers whose work he has edited, as well as correspondence – both personal and business, related to duties as professor of English at the University of Toronto and as a member of university committees, as well as correspondence related to his editing for An Anthology of Canadian Literature in English

Bella Pomer Papers

The Bella Pomer collection consists of the administrative files - including correspondence the authors, publisher, editors and other agents, royalty statements, contracts, book reviews and other material - of the Bella Pomer Agency.

Pomer, Bella

David Gardner Papers (Downsview Offsite)

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00359
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1950-1999

The collection consists of material relating to Canadian theatre history and to Gardner's acting and directing career. It includes theatre programmes, articles and press clippings concerning the history of theatre in Canada, especially for the Toronto area (1974 to 1999); audio tapes of Association for Canadian Theatre Research conferences; videotapes of ten television productions directed by him, and more than fifty production photographs; tapes of his television and film performances; scrapbooks (1935-1955), that document his career on stage (Hart House Theatre, Straw Hat Players, Crest Theatre, New Play Society, Jupiter Theatre, Stratford Festival) and in radio and television; other papers and photographs; other directors' prompt books; diaries; correspondence; playbills and broadsides. John Holden's collection of 19th and 20th century playscripts as well as Holden's production scripts for Canadian theatres, mainly in the 1950s and early 1960s, are also in the collection.

Gardner, David Emmett

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

Rubelow Collection of Agudas Israel Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00357
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1925-1952

The collection consists of correspondence between Agudas Israel and H.B. Eisner concerning a land claim in Palestine that was finally settled to the benefit of Eisner. Some family correspondence between Eisner and family members during his trips to Palestine in 1931 and 1935 is also included.

Agudas Israel

Charles Pachter Papers

Collection of family papers and photographs; correspondence with Margaret Atwood concerning their collaboration on the design and printing of five of her books, 1964-1980; and drafts and working copies of the books; his paintings and other activities.

Pachter, Charles

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