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Michael Redhill Papers

Includes drafts, proofs, correspondence and other material related to Lake Nora Arms, Impromptu, What We Dreamt the Sky Was, Be Frank, Punishment, Consolation, ’A Kept Woman’, ‘Sugar Cloud’or ‘Mason of Tunica’; Martin Sloane; numerous early works and early drafts of later works; juvenilia, including animation cells for short films, ‘Atomic Man’ and others; artwork; schoolwork; audio-visual material; writing as Inger Ash Wolfe, drafts and proofs of The Calling; The Taken; A Door in the River; Ontario Film Development Corporation material; acting and directing material; personal correspondence, 1970s and 1980s; editorial correspondence: Coach House Press, Anansi Press, 1990s; and other material related to the life and work of Michael Redhill

Redhill, Michael

Dora Mavor Moore Papers (Downsview Offsite)

This collection consists of correspondence, scripts, photos, clippings, theatre programs and tapes covering the personal and professional career of Dora Mavor Moore. It excludes that part of Moore's career when she was director of the New Play Society and School. This material can be found in the New Play Society Papers (MS Coll. 228).

Moore, Dora Mavor

Lord's Day Alliance of Canada Papers (Downsview Offsite)

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00129
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1888-1994

This collection includes correspondence, minute books, administrative records, legal documents, photographs, scrapbooks and printed materials generated by the Alliance and many of its branches from 1888 to 1979. The second part of the collection includes records and artifacts from the renamed Alliance: the People for Sunday Association of Canada, from 1982 until its dissolution in 1994. There is also material from other organizations concerned with Sunday observance.

Lord's Day Alliance of Canada

John Allan Irving Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00132 (Downsview Offsite)
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1928-1965

The collection consists of research materials for Irving's book The Social Credit Movement in Alberta, as well as correspondence, both personal and professional. Correspondents include William Aberhart and Ernest Manning. It also continues drafts and typescripts of his numerous articles, lecture notes and other teaching materials, and items relating to the television program Fighting Words.

Irving, John Allan

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

Bata Shoe Company Papers

Contains VHS, Beta U-Matic cassette tapes; 8mm, 16mm and 35mm film reels and audio cassette tapes. The content of the recordings ranges widely and includes: recordings of speeches and conferences; media interviews and news spotlights featuring the company, Thomas J. Bata and/or Sonja Bata; Bata company promotional videos (including commercials and advertising spots); company-related historical highlights (complied by Bata employees); and HR and Technical department training videos, among other subjects.

Bata Shoe Company

Coleman Romalis Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00049G
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1989-1990

Included are audio cassettes and typed summaries of interviews conducted by Coleman Romalis with members of Canada’s Jewish community in Toronto, Vancouver and Montreal. Individuals interviewed by Romalis include Ben Shek, Becky Lapedes, Morris Biderman, Jack Cowan, Sam Lipshitz, Manya Lipshitz, Ben Kayfetz, Polly Weinstein, Henry Weinstein, Dave Ship and Itche Goldberg. Interviews address their involvement in various organizations including the United Jewish People’s Order (UJPO), the International Workers’ Order (IWO), the Labour League, the Workmen’s Circle and the Canadian Jewish Congress.

Romalis, Colman

George Whipple Papers

Includes Christmas, Easter and miscellaneous albums of original poems and drawings by George Whipple; appearances on audio cassettes; corrected copies of books; correspondence, 2006-2012, including with Margaret Avison’s secretary and biographer, W.J. Keith, Robyn Sarah, Leonard Enns; music score by Leonard J. Enns for Ten Thousand Rivers of Oil

Whipple, George

Ray Smith Papers

Included in the 2016 accrual are audio cassettes documenting Ray Smith’s appearances on radio shows, readings that he did for radio and live audiences and radio performances of his works. Radio shows that Smith appeared on include CBC’s Morningside, Homerun, State of the Arts, Art Talks, Aircraft and Saturday Spotlight. Works that he read include “Lord Nelson Tavern,” “The Man who Loved Jane Austen,” “The Poetry of the Dram,” “A Night at the Opera” and “A Matter of Detail.” Also included are recordings of CBC Stage performances of “Lord Nelson’s Tavern” and “Eden’s Next to Last Dreamer.” Most of the audio cassettes contain multiple appearances, readings and/or performances. Titles and descriptions of cassette contents are taken directly from the cassette labels and cassettes have been arranged in chronological order.

Smith, Ray

Karen Mulhallen Papers

Includes interviews and correspondence with prominent Canadian authors, as well as notes and biographical information on them. Also includes correspondence, manuscripts and other editorial papers stemming from her work as an editor at Somerville House, and as editor-in-chief of Descant; drafts, notes and correspondence relating to her literary works.

Mulhallen, Karen

Maureen Scott Harris Papers

This accession of Maureen Scott Harris’ papers include materials relating to writing and literary projects (undertaken by the author individually or with collaborators); drafts and proofs for the Fieldnotes Chapbooks series; a significant amount of correspondence with specific individuals (Lynda Lange, Norma Lundberg, Barry Dempster, Irene McGuire), as well as general professional correspondence; course packs and notes relating to an Environmental Issues class at the University of Toronto, for which Scott Harris was a guest lecturer; materials used in the organization of various literary events and readings; along with books, pamphlets and a small amount of AV material.

Harris, Maureen

Frances Dafoe Papers

This accession contains drafts of manuscripts; costume design sketches; design booklets; figure skating files; photographs; skating memorabilia; family records; skating-related tapes and CDs; and other materials relating to the life and work of Frances Dafoe.

  1. Manuscript: Figure Skating and the Arts: Eight Centuries of Sport and Inspiration
  2. Exhibition: Art Forms of Skating
  3. Other Writing
  4. Costume Design Files
  5. Design Booklets
  6. Figure Skating Files
  7. Figure Skating Associations and Judges
  8. Awards Photographs
  9. Personal and work-related files
  10. Press clippings
  11. Skating images and memorabilia
  12. Family records
  13. Other files
  14. Audiovisual materials

Dafoe, Frances Helen

Dora Mavor Moore Papers

  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1888-1979

This collection consists of correspondence, scripts, photos, clippings, theatre programs and tapes covering the personal and professional career of Dora Mavor Moore. It excludes that part of Moore's career when she was director of the New Play Society and School. This material can be found in the New Play Society Papers (MS Coll. 228).

Moore, Dora Mavor

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

Rosemary Sullivan Papers

  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1970-2000

Papers consist of research notes , manuscript drafts, final manuscripts, galleys, correspondence for her published works: The Space a Name Makes; Blue Panic; By Heart: Elizabeth Smart, A Life; Shadow Maker: Gwendolyn MacEwen; The Red Shoes; Margaret Atwood Starting Out; The Home Ladder; published writings in journals and anthologies; research material relating to her two biographies, Gwen MacEwen and Elizabeth Smart. 7 VHS and 30 cassette tapes; 34 photos.

Sullivan, Rosemary

Robert Finch Papers, Gift of John C. Cairns

Includes 50 year correspondence between Robert Finch and John C. Cairns (1947-1995), as well as audio cassette recordings of Finch reading his poetry, speaking and playing the piano (recorded in the 1980s). The Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library also holds Robert Finch’s papers, which were accessioned in 1992, 1996 and 1997 (see MS Coll 324), which contains correspondence from John C. Cairns, as well as some carbon copies of letters written by Finch for the time period between 1947 and 1995.

Finch, Robert

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

Joe Rosenblatt Papers

Correspondence with friends and other writers; tapes; manuscript radio plays and a short story; worksheets and typescripts of his poems.

Rosenblatt, Joe

Gwendolyn MacEwen Papers

Collection consists of audio material, primarily radio broadcasts of shows about MacEwen as well as productions of her work, including her original radio play “The World of Neshiah” (produced in 1967). The material has been digitized from MacEwen-owned reel-to-reel and cassette tapes and put on CDs

MacEwen, Gwendolyn

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 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

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

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.

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

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.

Robert Priest Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00662 2B Annex
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1964-2010

Includes several drafts of published and unpublished poems, lyrics, short stories and novels from the author’s youth to 2010; mockups and original artwork for books; correspondence (in particular, letters exchanged between RP and members of The League of Canadian Poets, 1980-1999); pamphlets and magazines by other poets and writers; promotional material for poetry and music events held in the greater Toronto area, 1970-2010.

Priest, Robert

Mark Gayn Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00215
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1930-1980

The collection consists of notebooks, diaries, drafts for writings, lectures, broadcasts, correspondence, pamphlets, newspapers clippings, films and photographs related to the journalistic career of Gayn.

Gayn, Mark

Lawrence Hill Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00593
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1915-2008

This collection consists of extensive material - manuscripts, research materials, correspondence - related to published books by Lawrence Hill, including Any Known Blood; Some Great Thing; The Book of Negroes/Someone Knows My Name; Black Berry, Sweet Juice; Women of Vision: the Story of the Canadian Womens Association; Trials and Triumphs: the Story of African Canadians; The Deserter's Tale: the Story of an Ordinary Soldier Who Walked Away from the War in Iraq, among other titles and projects. It also includes correspondence, photographs, family histories and other material related to the life and work of Hill.

Hill, Lawrence

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

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

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

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

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

Camilla Gibb Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00515
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1970-2006

Collection consists of manuscripts, drafts and research for her books, articles and Ph.D. thesis, as well as correspondence and other materials - including scholarly articles and papers on social anthropology; day planners; address books; Harar language material; early writings (high school); audio/visual material; books; music scores for viola; photographs; translations of published works (many languages); short pieces; printed appearances/journals; personal journals; book designs; ephemera; and posters - related to Gibb's work and life.

Gibb, Camilla

Barbara Williams Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00532
  • Manuscript Collection
  • [197-]-2005

Consists of the bulk of Williams' literary work, from the mid-1970s up until 2005. It includes manuscript drafts, research materials, interview transcriptions, correspondence, and copies of her published work.

Williams, Barbara

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

Alan Lund Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00571
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1960-1989

Collection scripts, music and film of productions by Alan Lund, primarily at the Charlottetown Festival in Prince Edward Island, the Stratford Festival and the Canadian National Exhibition (CNE).

Lund, Alan

Al Purdy Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00004
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1956-1967

Includes 28 tapes of Purdy reading his poetry (Cariboo horses; Pressed on sand). Typescripts and drafts of poems. Typescripts and mimeographs of articles and plays for television and radio).

Purdy, Al

Crad Kilodney Papers

Drafts of published and unpublished works, notes, correspondence, business records and correspondence, cassettes of readings, reprinted appearances, scrapbooks.

Bruce Whiteman Papers

Collection consists of notebooks and drafts of Whiteman's various writing projects, including poetry, book reviews, articles, lectures and other literary endeavours. There is also an extensive collection of research materials compiled for an unfinished bibliography of Contact Press, as well as correspondence.

Whiteman, Bruce

Alberto Manguel Papers

Includes drafts, notes, galleys, correspondence and research related to: With Borges; Stevenson Under the Palm Trees; Solitary Vices; la leyenda dorada; Chesterton; Lamentations; le poète mourant (Henrich Heine); translations and different issues of A History of Reading; other authors' work; reviews written by Manguel for various publications; adaptations for CBC; essays; videotapes; reel-to-reel audio tapes; CD-ROM; audio cassettes; Bestiario (special book with loose pages in handmade silk box by Spanish artist Salvador Retana, with text by Manguel; only 10 in total made by the artist); Christmas and birthday cards; ink, pencil and watercolour sketches and drawings by Manguel.

Manguel, Alberto

Alberto Manguel Papers

This accession for Alberto Manguel’s Papers includes archival material and work related to his life predominantly between the years of 2009-2011. Featured within this accession are new manuscript drafts for novels; music and art projects for the Fondation Cartier: Moebius - Transe Forme Exhibit (“Metamorphoses” anthology by A.M.), and for the Metropolitan Opera; original drawings; other writers’ manuscripts and page proofs; material pertaining to various lectures, seminars and readings; printed books; periodicals; magazine appearances; clippings; the Lettres d’Automne and Montauban DVDs; 2007 Massey Lecture: The City of Words CD; and significant correspondence with Westwood Agency, Schavelzon Agency, and author, Isabel Huggan.

Manguel, Alberto

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

Shirley Yamada Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00673
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1987

Photographs, slides and negatives taken during Japanese Canadian redress campaign rallies in B.C., Ottawa and Washington, plus audio recordings of redress-related radio programs.

Yamada, Shirley