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Henry Sproatt Collection

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00047
  • Manuscript Collection
  • [n.d.]

The collection consists of autographs, letters, photographs and printed material, chiefly of Canadian interest, that was collected by Sproatt.

Sproatt, Henry

R. Douglas Stupart Collection

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00187 2B Annex
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1836-1845

The collection consists of three items formerly in the possession of Stupart, including Stupart's journal he kept on board the H.M. Sloop Victor, East India Station (1836) and a manuscript about the slave vessel, the Brigantine Echo.

Douglas, Stupart R.

Sam Tata Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00448
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1938-1992

Collection includes large black and white photographs and several scrapbooks related to the life and work of Sam Tata.

Tata, Sam

Tragedy of the Soviet Countryside Collection

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00573
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1927-1940; 2000-2006

Consists of an archival collection about the history of the Soviet peasantry, collectivization and repression in the countryside during the 1930s. Records were acquired by Professor Lynne Viola in the course of co-editing two document collections on Soviet collectivization. Included are photocopies of documents from the major archives in Moscow. Some of the documents on collectivization and dekulakization became accessible to researchers in the 1990s, which enabled the publication of the 5-volume The Tragedy of the Soviet Village: Collectivization and Dekulakization, 1927-1939 [Tragediia sovetskoi derevni: kollektivizatsiia i raskulachivanie: dokumenty i materialy 1927-1939], a work that was the result of collaboration of historians from six countries: Russia, USA, Canada, UK, Australia, and South Korea. Another important publication, which was a result of the collaboration, is the 2-volume set The Politburo and the Peasantry: Deportation and Special Resettlement 1930-1940 [Politbiuro i krestianstvo: vysylka, spetsposelenie 1930-1940]. The greater part of this publication contains material from the Archive of the President of the Russian Federation. The collection contains photocopies of documents that were not included in the above mentioned publications, but have enormous historical significance and archival value. The documents came from five major archives in the Russian Federation: The Russian Center for the Preservation and Study of Records of Modern History [Rossiiskii tsentr khraneniia i izucheniia dokumentov noveishei istorii]; The State Archive of the Russian Federation [Gosudarstvennyi arkhiv Rossiiskoi Federatsii]; The Russian State Archive of the Economy [Rossiiskii gosudarstvennyi arkhiv ekonomiki]; The Russian State Military Archive [Rossiiskii gosudarstvennyi arkhiv ekonomiki]; and The Central Archive of the Federal Security Service of the Russian Federation [Tsentral’nyi arkhiv Federal’noi sluzhby bezopasnosti Rossiiskoi Federatsii] (which is the successor to the Soviet secret police agencies OGPU, NKVD, and the KGB, and which is still closed to all but a handful of researchers.) In addition, the collection includes documents from provincial archives of Russia and Ukraine. The gathering of this material was a part of the Stalin Era Research and Archives Project (SERAP) based at the Centre for Russian and East European Studies (now the Centre for European, Russian, and Eurasian Studies) at the University of Toronto.

Viola, Lynne

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

Van der Smissen Family Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00068
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1751-1926 (bulk 1751-1875)

The collection consists of letters and documents concerning the van der Smissen family in Germany and Canada. The correspondence includes letters to Jacob Gysbert van der Smissen from Johann Lavator, a Reformed minister in Zurich, from Johann Heinrich Jung-Stilling, an eminent theological writer, and from Carl Heinrich von Bogatzky, an influential and prolific Lutheran writer in Germany. The remaining letters are primarily family correspondence, along with a family history, a travel journal, and the sermons of Wilhelm Leendert. It also includes W.H. van der Smisson's English translation, in the original metres, of Goethe's Faust.

van der Smissen Family

Grace Warkentin Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00537
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1980-2007

Mavis Gallant correspondence.

Warkentin, Grace

Samuel Alexander White Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00204 2B Annex
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1905-1954

The collection consists of drafts and tearsheets of published writings, part of an unpublished autobiography, drawings, sketches, correspondence, and other printed material.

White, Samuel Alexander

Richard B. Wright Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00525
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1965-2005

Includes drafts and manuscripts, revisions, proofs, notes and editorial changes for both Wright's published and unpublished material.

Wright, Richard Bruce

Jan Garden Castro Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00436
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1977-2004

Collection consists of manuscripts, correspondence and papers relating to Margaret Atwood and the book Margaret Atwood: Vision and Forms.

Castro, Jan Garden

Agnes Chamberlin Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00112
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1863-1934

The collection includes original paintings of Canadian flora and mushrooms by Chamberlin, and subscription books for her book Canadian Wild Flowers (1868 and 1869 editions). Most of the paintings have not been reproduced. It also contains original paintings and photographs of Canadian flora and other subjects by Chamberlin's daughter, Geraldine Moodie, an album of pressed plants by Moodie, and an album of pressed ferns by Catherine Parr Trail.

Chamberlin, Agnes

John Charlton Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00110
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1881-1905

Diaries and autobiography containing commentary on political and economic affairs.

Charlton, John

Eileen Clairmonte Collection

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00446
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1890-1997

Collection consists primarily of material relating to China from the late 19th century to early 20th century. The bulk is photographs taken by Robert John Davidson, a Quaker missionary in Western China for 35 years beginning in the 1890s, and include some rare and unique photos of life in China at the turn of the 20th century. It also includes various papers, including missionary travel itineraries, of the Davidson family.

Clairmonte, Eileen

Contact Press Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00069
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1960-1966

The collection contains editorial correspondence, typescripts, translations and galley proofs for a variety of Contact Press publications. Among the works covered in the editorial files include Octavio Paz's Sun-stone, Margaret Atwood's The Circle Game (winner of the Governor-General's award), Anne Hebert's Le tombeau des rois, Alan Grandbois' Selected Poems and Gaston Miron's La vie agonique. It also includes a typescript of Miller's unpublished selection of poems, Afterimages.

Contact Press

De Grassi Family Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00073
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1793-1877

Collection of papers of the family and descendents of Philip De Grassi (1793-1877). Letters of Charles Gordon Lennox, 5th Duke of Richmond (1791-1860), and other members of his family (1812-1836), mostly to Philip De Grassi.

De Grassi, Philip

Flora MacDonald Denison Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00051
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1898-1921

Correspondence, draft manuscripts of writings and speeches, scrapbooks; address presented to Denison by Canadian Suffrage Association and designed by A.H. Howard

Denison, Flora MacDonald

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 M. Duncan Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00044
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1882-1943

This collection contains sketches and notes executed by Duncan, along with related correspondence. The dates of this material are 1935-1943. The collection also includes files of correspondence, typescripts and proofs of English authors collected by Duncan. Among the writers collected include Richard Aldington, Max Beerbohm, Lord Alfred Douglas and D.H. Lawrence, among others. The date of this material is 1882-ca.1930.

Duncan, Douglas

Emery Family Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00263 2B Annex
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1743-1978

This collection includes 2 diaries by Joshua Symonds (dated 1774-1775), a commonplace book (1743-1790), letters, material relating to Abraham Wyke Emery and the Wyke family, a family Bible, and 20th century items belonging to John Emery.

Emery Family

Beatrice Ferneyhough Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00469
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1971-1997

Collection includes correspondence with Lil Greene, Robert Kenny, Ursula Herzberg; material related to the life and work of Bea Ferneyhough, including Singing in the Night. Also included are cards, photographs, clippings and records relating to communism in Canada.

Ferneyhough, Beatrice

Dr. Peter Ernst Collection of Dr. George William Ross papers 1918-1983

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00648
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1918-1983

Includes research, notes and drafts for a biography of Sir Frederick Grant Banting (1891-1941) by Dr. George William Ross (d.1948), friend and colleague of Banting. Ross’ father was the fifth Premier of Ontario from 1899-1905, Sir George William Ross (1841-1914). Dr. G.W. Ross lost both his sons in World War II. The bulk of the material covers the 1920s to 1941, the year of Banting’s death. Banting’s letters to his mother, medical

Ernst, Peter

Michelle Berry Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00762 (Downsview Offsite)
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1970-2014

This first accession of Michelle Berry’s papers contains manuscript drafts of novels and books of short stories; early writing drafts; reviews written by Michelle Berry for the Globe and Mail, as well as reviews of her work; correspondence, and other material related to her life and work.

Contains series:

  1. Manuscripts and other writing
  2. Reviews
  3. Professional files
  4. Correspondence
  5. Personal and miscellaneous files
  6. Early writing
  7. Other files
  8. Restricted files

Berry, Michelle

The Keemlé Family Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS Coll. 00186A
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1903 - 1917

A collection of papers pertaining to the Keemlé family of Delaware, Washington, and Toronto. Although the family was American, several lived in Toronto in the years immediately before the First World War. One son, Ned, enlisted in the Canadian Expeditionary Force at the beginning of the hostilities and was killed in France in 1915. Another son, Louis, enlisted in the American forces later in the war, but survived. The family also had connections to St Michael’s College, University of Toronto.

Keemlé Family

Terry Watada Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS Coll. 00036
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1996 - 2018

Terry Watada’s second accession primarily contains material relating to his publications, most notably drafts and proofs for two novels: Kuroshio: The Blood of Foxes and The Three Pleasures. The papers also include drafts and correspondence pertaining to individual

poetry submissions as well as his published work: Ten Thousand Views of Rain, Obon: The Festival of the Dead and The Game of 100 Ghosts. The collection includes correspondence, drafts and promotional material for Watada’s contribution to anthologies, as well as his involvement in cultural and academic conferences and events.

Watada, Terry

Doukhobor scrapbook and items

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00501
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1907-1976

Consists of a scrapbook of newspaper clippings and other materials documenting the treatment of Doukhobours in British Columbia, Russia, the United States and elsewhere. Also included are pamphlets, letters of appeal and other documents written by or about Doukhobours.

Federation of Russian Canadians

Euromaidan Protests Collection

  • Manuscript Collection
  • 2013-2014

Collection consists of miscellaneous leaflets, pamphlets, bumper stickers, newspapers, posters, and ribbons issued during the protests in Kiev, Ukraine from November 2013 to March 2014.

Robyn Sarah Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS00127C
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1975-2015

Scope and content:
This collection contains drafts and proofs for a number of Sarah’s published monographs, including Little Eurekas (Biblioasis, 2007), A Day’s Grace (The Porcupine’s Quill, 2003), and The Touchstone: Poems New and Selected (Anansi, 1992), along with correspondence and drafts of Sarah’s contributions to the Porcupine’s Quill Essential Poets series, on Margaret Avison, Don Coles, and George Johnston. Also included are over sixty published examples of Sarah’s poetry, essays, interviews, and fiction, in Canadian and American periodicals such as The Malahat Review, ARC, The Threepenny Review, The Walrus, and The New Quarterly.
In addition, this collection includes correspondence, drafts and published versions of Sarah’s journalistic work, which has appeared in Canadian newspapers such as The Globe and Mail, The Montreal Gazette, and The Ottawa Citizen. Materials relating to Sarah’s editorial work for Cormorant Books and House of Anansi Press are also included, along with material pertaining to Sarah’s involvement in numerous literary events.
Contains series:

  1. Works published in periodicals and anthologies
  2. Manuscript proofs
  3. Literary events and appearances
  4. Interviews and general press
  5. Journalism
  6. The Porcupine’s Quill Essential Poets series
  7. Editorial work
  8. Miscellaneous

Sarah, Robyn

Chava Rosenfarb Papers

  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1940-2014

Includes drafts and proofs of The Tree of Life [Der Boym Fun Lebn]; Bociany [a novel about life in a Polish shtetl] and Of Lodz and Love; Survivors [translated from the Yiddish by Goldie Morgentaler]; address and daybooks; most of the printed manuscript of Briv tsu Abrashn; Bird of the Ghetto; correspondence with family, friends, authors, editors and publishers, including Isaac Bashevis Singer, printer and publisher Israel London, Elaine Kalman Naves, and other material related to the life and work of author Chava Rosenfarb.

Rosenfarb, Chava

Craig Stephenson Papers

  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1979-2016

Manuscripts, proofs, correspondence, writing for academic journals, teaching files and other material related to his life and work as a Jungian analyst and psychotherapist.

Stephenson, Craig E.

Laurie Kahn (Frank Plumpton Ramsey) Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00735
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1970-1982

Correspondence and research about Frank Plumpton Ramsey (1903-1930), mathematician, philosopher, economist. Ramsey biographer Laura Leavitt-Kahn gathered letters from old school friends of Ramsey, from Winchester School to colleagues and students at Cambridge. Included are her notes and research for the biography, which was never completed. Correspondence from Ramsey’s wife, Lettice, is also present. Copies of some of his work and correspondence to his parents, Wittgenstein and others form part of this material. Originals of these are held by Ramsey’s grandson.

Kahn, Laurie

Colonel Benjamin Aylett Branfill Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00746
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1846-1930

Contains the journals of Col. Benjamin Aylett Branfill, as well as sketchbooks and assorted papers including correspondence, photographs, and newspaper clippings. Also includes photography albums and genealogical information collected by his descendants, specifically the family of his daughter Helen Hammond de Caux.

Branfill, Benjamin Aylett

Joan Coldwell Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00742
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1984-1992

Includes research, notes and other background material for Joan Coldwell’s The Tightrope Walker: autobiographical writings of Anne Wilkinson.

Coldwell, Joan

Ink Magazine Papers, Gift of Georgiana Uhlyarik

  • CA OTUTF MS Coll 00699
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1993-1999

This first accession consists of submissions; paste-ups/proofs of issues; correspondence with writers and subscribers; promotional materials; administrative files; financial files; grant proposals and other material related to Ink Magazine.

Ink Magazine

J. Edward Chamberlin Papers

  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1970 - 2012

Includes correspondence with various poets in his capacity as Saturday Night poetry editor, some with submissions, and copies of replies, as well as correspondence with other writers and drafts of their work, including Rachel Manley, Lorna Goodison, Derek Walcott (along with the nomination for Walcott to receive the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1992), Anne Michaels and Bruce St. John. It also includes books, pamphlets,print and ephemera pertaining to West Indian and Caribbean Literature, history and culture.

Chamberlin, J. Edward

The Niagara Falls Suspension Bridge Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS Coll. 00403B
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1801 - 1937

The second accession of the Niagara Falls Suspension Bridge Papers includes predominantly textual (handwritten and typescript) material relating to the administration and operation of the Niagara Falls Suspension Bridge Company and the Niagara Falls International Bridge Company during the years 1801 – 1937 (bulk 1835-1937).

Niagara Falls Suspension Bridge Company

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