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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.

Francis Markstein papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00351
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1945-1991

Works in manuscript of poems written in English, French, German, Hebrew, Hungarian, Italian, Spanish and his translation of the poetry of French, German, Hungarian, Italian, Spanish writers into English. His essays on literary topics, 1940's to 1991.

Markstein, Francis

Ruth Martin Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00323
  • Manuscript Collection
  • [1868?]-[1975?]

The collection consists of typed transcripts from printed texts, private papers, notes, interviews and photographs and post cards that give the social history of the Lake of Bays area. During the late 19th and early 20 centuries, the area was largely inhabited by those who worked in the lumber industry. With the arrival of summer cottagers at the beginning of the 20th century, the economy improved. The Martin papers describe this period.

Martin, Ruth

William S. Martin Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00183 2B Annex
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1858-1932

The collection consists of notebooks, diaries, account books and memoranda books belonging to or associatd with Martin and his family.

Martin, William S.

George M. Miller and William J. Miller Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00194
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1883-1952

This collection consists of architectural drawings and other documentation for buildings designed by Toronto architect George M. Miller and his son William J. Miller. Additional documentation includes microfilms of G.M. Miller's ledger books (1894-1912), as well as correspondence, specifications and other materials for several of the buildings designed by Miller of his son. It also includes photographs of many of the buildings designed by Miller and a small amount of biographical material.

Miller, George M.

Edna Lillian Morley

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00174 2B Annex
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1917-1975

This collection consists of Morley's personal and literary correspondence, notes and a scrapbook .

Morley, Edna Lillian

National Inter-Faith Immigration Committee Records

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00288 2B Annex
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1967-1982

The collection is comprised of minutes of the committee's executive and annual meetings, financial statements, statistics, correspondence, church listings, membership lists, mailing lists, directories, newsletters, publicity, pamphlets and proofs. These papers are mostly concerned with the affairs of the National and Regional Committees, however the last five boxes contain the papers of the Metropolitan Toronto Inter-Faith Immigration Committee.

National Inter-Faith Immigration Committee

George Henry Needler Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00063
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1821-1947

The collection consists of manuscripts for the book John Galt's Poems, edited by Needler, and notes regarding Galt. It also contains notes on and correspondence concerning Anna Jameson and letters between David Macbeth Moir and Alexander Balfour (1821-1829).

Needler, G. H. (George Henry)

John Newlove Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00057
  • Manuscript Collection
  • [195-]-1984

Collection includes drafts of poems; typescripts and proofs of Grave sirs, Moving in alone, Elephants, Mothers and others, Black night window, and the Green plain; correspondence with publishers and other Canadian authors.

Newlove, John

Florence Nightingale Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00229
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1873-1879

This collection consists of correspondence and papers written by Nightingale to Annie Machin, a friend and pupil. They describe her concerns about the new Montreal General Hospital, including the selection of trained nurses for it. The letters show Nightingale's attention to detail about the hospitals where the nurses would work, her concern for their well-being, their qualifications and suitability for the work.

Nightingale, Florence

Osler Family Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00065
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1827-1961

The collection consists chiefly of correspondence of Osler family news and the social history of Upper Canada.

Osler Family

J.H. Parker Collection of Spanish and Italian Documents

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00209 2B Annex
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1608-1818

The collection consists of Spanish and Italian documents, including a commission signed by Philip III (1578-1621), a document signed by Philip IV (1605-1665), and a document signed by King Vittorio Emanuele.

Parker, J.H. ( Jack Horace)

Charles Best Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00241
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1928-1985

1982 Accession:
Correspondence, research notes and articles, offprints of his published research and of his colleagues including Banting and McLeod, his other writings and lectures, biographical material, photographs, films, slides, records, tapes, and cassettes.

2003 Accession:
Includes material related to the discovery of insulin at the University of Toronto; Margaret Mahon Best’s journals 1925-1984(75) describing their life and extensive travels following the discovery, plus several holograph notebooks about Sandy and Henry as
children, and from MMB’s childhood, 1914-1919; original course notes of Charles Best; original holograph insulin manuscript; research, drafts, correspondence and other material related to Margaret and Charley by Henry Best; letters of correspondence to
MMB and HB regarding the death of Alexander (Sandy) Best and Charles Best; letters scientific to Dr. Best; ‘Dear Jessie’ letters from Linda Mahon on her travels with Margaret and Charley to her cousin Jessie at home in Toronto; H.H. Dale letters; photographic images of awards, citations, etc. given to CB; other material related to the discovery of insulin and the writing of the book on their lives by their son, Henry Best.

Best, Charles Herbert

Earle Birney Papers (Downsview Offsite)

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00049
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1896-1990 (bulk 1940-1976)

Collection includes correspondence; manuscripts, typescripts and some galley proofs of the work of Earle Birney; teaching materials; some Malcolm Lowry material; typescripts of other Canadian authors; scrapbooks and memorabilia.

Birney, Earle

Canadian Economics Association Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00471
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1967-2004

Files were created by the CEA secretary-treasurers, four of whom are represented in the fonds. The records focus on administration and finances, primarily the organization of annual and executive meetings, financial reports, day-to-day accounts, bank and investment statements, and grant applications to government funding agencies. Also included are items relating to the CEA's membership in organizations such as the Canadian Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences, the International Economics Association, and the International Economic History Association.

Files relating to annual meetings and the twice-yearly meetings of the executive council are extensive and include agendas and other meeting documents, local arrangements, travel grant applications and expense claims, minutes, and follow-up reports. Files from various committees of the association are also present. The administrative files also include general correspondence, membership information, and directories.

Financial documents included in the Secretary-Treasurers’ Series include financial statements, bank statements, cancelled cheques, cheque books and stubs, receipts, bank books, receipt books and copies of taxation forms such as T5s. The CEA publishes the Canadian Journal of Economics and is a sponsor of the Canadian Public Policy/Analyse de politiques. Files for the two journals deal primarily with administration and finances, for instance, the appointment of editors, monthly expense reports, grant applications, revenue statements, correspondence with publishers (particularly concerning costs of publication and distribution), etc. There are very few purely editorial files (that is, submissions to the journals, readers’ reports, manuscripts, proofs, etc.).

Canadian Economics Association

Canadian Authors Photographs

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00262
  • Manuscript Collection
  • [1921?]

This collection of photographs and photographs of drawings of sixty-two Canadian authors was probably made about 1921. Some of the authors included are obscure, others are well-known such as Charles G.D. Roberts.

Jan Drabek Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00611
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1971-1986

Correspondence between Jan Drabek, Josef Škvorecký, Zdena Salivarová, and Lumír Salivar (1971-1986), concerning 68 Publishers, Czech writers in exile, Czech publishing and translating. Includes information regarding surreptitious funding being given by several organizations to Czech banned writers, letters outing Czech cultural figures supporting Bolshevik organizations and includes also references to author and President Václav Havel, Nobel laureate Jaroslav Seifert and filmmaker Miloš Forman.

Drabek, Jan

Rosemary Gosselin Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 0010F
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1958

Includes 1958 thesis for Journalism program at Carlton College, later Carlton University, by Rosemary Heenan [Gosselin] on Montreal poets, including Frank Scott, Irving Layton, A.J.M. Smith, Louis Dudek, Leonard Cohen and others. Heenan/Gosselin took extensive notes while at a meeting of a group of well-known poets in Montreal and included these in her thesis. Includes three personal and extensive letters from Irving Layton, Leonard Cohen and A.J.M. Smith in 1958 following their meeting with Heenan/Gosselin.

Gosselin, Rosemary

Mona Gould Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00414
  • Manuscript Collection
  • [ca.1920-1990]

The collection includes scripts, transcripts, drafts, poems, correspondence, photographs and other material related to the life and work of radio broadcaster, editor and poet Mona Gould.

Gould, Mona

Harley Granville-Barker Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00089
  • Manuscript Collection
  • [1898?]

The collection consists of an original manuscript of Granville-Barker's The Wicked Man, an unfinished and unpublished play. It also includes typescripts of two unpublished versions of his play The Weather Hen, written in collaboration with Berte Thomas.

Granville-Barker, Harley

Melvin Ormond Hammond Collection of Photographs

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00164 2B Annex
  • Manuscript Collection
  • [1880?]-[1900?]

The collection consists of photographs of Canadian artists, most of whom were founding and early members of the Royal Canadian Academy of the Arts (R.C.A.), formed in Ottawa in 1880. Biographical information about each artist is included on the back of each photograph,

Hammond, Melvin Ormond

E.A. (Edwin Austin) Hardy Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00017 2B Annex
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1898-1940

The collection consists of correspondence pertaining to Hardy's anthology of Canadian poetry, his secretarial duties for the Canadian Authors' Association, his editing of a directory listing of Canadian artists in the Ontario Secondary School Teachers' Federation Bulletin, and his collection of autographs.

Hardy, E.A. (Edwin Austin)

Harshaw Collection of William Boyne Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00298 2B Annex
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1830-1991

Collection Includes: family correspondence, holograph and printed volumes, albums of plates; also transcriptions and introductions by William A. Harshaw.

Boyne, William

Heidenreich Collection of Dorothy Walker Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00431
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1894-1975

Contains the papers of Dorothy Walker, daughter of Sir Edmund Walker. Includes correspondence, a diary, manuscripts and notes documenting Sir Walker’s life and his contribution to Canadian culture.

Heidenreich, Conrad E.

Colin Hughes Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00497
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1976-1980

Collection includes correspondence between Hughes and Rene Hague, primarily discussing the Welsh poet and artist David Jones.

Hughes, Colin

Hunter, Rose & Co. Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00217
  • Manuscript Collection
  • [ca.1874]-1977

Collection contains letters patent, minute books, stock certificates, balance sheets, correspondence and miscellaneous material relating to the Hunter, Rose & Company and its associated companies.

Hunter, Rose & Co.

Julia Jarvis Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00284 2B Annex
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1976

Consists of a master copy, with extra illustrations and documents, of In Good Faith, being the story of some Jarvises, namely Stephen Jarvis, and his ancestors, along with an appendix containing the two elder branches of United Empire Loyalist families, namely Munson Jarvis and some family and William Jarivs and some family. Based on family papers, some of which were subsequently deposited in the Metro Toronto Public Library and in the Anglican Church Archives.

Jarvis, Julia

Hugh Kane Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00231
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1955-1981

The collection consists of journals, reports, notes and correspondence on publishing in Canada compiled during Kane's career at McClelland and Stewart Publishing Company and at Macmillan Company of Canada. It includes journals from his coast-to-coast business trips, correspondence with authors such as Constance Beresford-Howe, John Diefenbaker, Bruce Hutchinson, Dennis Lee, Thomas Raddall, and business associates such as Jack McClelland and John Gray. It also includes notes and correspondence on censorship.

Kane, Hugh

William Paul McClure Kennedy Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00105 2B Annex
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1908-1934

The collection consists mainly of manuscripts and typescripts of Kennedy's published work.

Kennedy, W. P. M. (William Paul McClure)

David M. Lank Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00202
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1977-1978

Collection is largely comprised of papers from Terry Schott, an orinthological artist and author and chief artist at the Royal Ontario Museum until his retirement. It contains Schott's notes on his field sketches and trip to Madagascar, as well as his draft typescript for two chapters in a planned book on wildlife and art. It also contains Lank's typescript draft of an article on Shortt.

Lank, David M.

Lanman and Kemp Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00208
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1850-1880

A small collection from the pharmaceutical firm of Lanman and Kemp, New York, that consists of orders received from Canadian firms and individuals.

Lanman and Kemp

Alexander Pathy Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00528
  • Manuscript Collection
  • [193-]-2003

Collection consists of the research files for Pathy's book Waterfront Blues: Labour Strife at the Port of Montreal, 1960-1978, published by the University of Toronto Press (2004).

Pathy, Alexander C.

Jon Pearce Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00282 2B Annex
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1964-1987

The collection consists of papers and tapes (with transcriptions) relating to Pearce's book of interviews with twelve Canadian writers titled Twelve Voices (1980). It also includes tapes and transcripts with Milton Acorn for an article in Canadian Poetry.

Pearce, Jon

Leah Purkiss Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00123
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1844

The collection consists of a holograph journal (dated April 2 to May 25, 1844) kept by Purkiss and sent to her sister Fanny Lockyer in England. It was written during the Atlantic Ocean voyage made when she and her husband George emigrated to Canada. After arriving in Montreal, they settled in Toronto where they had one child, Mary, who married Robert Freeland.

Purkiss, Leah

David Rempel Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00329 2B Annex
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1782-1992

Contains the manuscripts and research of David G. Rempel, primarily on the topic of Mennonite life in pre-Revolutionary Russia. This collection includes the manuscripts of Rempel’s brother Johann (John) Gerhard Rempel, which have been translated by Rempel. As well as books, articles, manuscripts, diaries and other writing on the topic of Mennonites in Russia, and more widely, which was collected by Rempel for research purposes. In addition, the collection contains a large amount of Rempel’s correspondence with family, friends, scholars and researchers on the topic of Mennonite history.

Rempel, David G.

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

Charles Walker Robinson Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00163
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1645-1940

The collection consists of family papers relating to John Robinson, Bishop of London (1650-1723), the Robinson family in Virginia and descendants in Upper Canada, especially Sir John Beverley Robinson (1791-1863), father of C.W. Robinson.

Robinson, C. W. (Charles Walker)

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

George William Russell Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00062
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1928-1933 (bulk 1930-1931)

The collection consists of copies of correspondence and memorabilia relating to the lecture tours made by Russell to the United States in 1928 and 1930-31. A telegram and the copy of one letter are from Russell to James Pond, who organized the tours. The rest are carbon copies of letters mainly from Pond to Russell and concern arrangements for specific lectures.

Russell, George William

Oscar Ryan Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00195
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1976-1981

Drafts of his novel, Soon to be Born.

Ryan, Oscar

Anthony Salvin Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00249
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1828-[ca. 1862]

The collection consists of architectural drawings for various projects by the British architect Salvin. Drawings are either executed by Salvin himself or by other architects or draughtsmen in his office. Additional material includes: 8 photographs of Salvin projects; 5 drawings by Salvin's wife, Anne Andrews (Nesfield) Salvin; a catalogue of Salvin's library at Elmshurst; and engravings of British cathedrals.

Salvin, Anthony

Goldwin Smith Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00016
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1875-1887

The collection consists of Smith's letters to George William Curtis, chiefly discussing Canadian-American relations.

Smith, Goldwin

Solandt-McKillop Collection

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00158 2B Annex
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1837-1895

The collection consists of journals and a letter book from André Solandt, and an orderly book and account books from Archibald McKillop.

Solandt, André

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)

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

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