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Beth Follett Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00173A Downsview
  • Accession
  • [197-]-2009 (predominately: 1997-2009)
  • Part of Beth Follett Papers

This collection, the first accession of Beth Follett’s Papers by the Fisher Library, consists of material – including manuscripts, proofs and correspondence – related to Follett’s small press imprint, Pedlar Press, which she founded in 1997. It also includes manuscript drafts for Follett’s first published novel, Tell it Slant (Toronto: Coach House Press, 2001), as well as other professional and personal material.

Follett, Beth

Beth Follett Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00653
  • Accession
  • 1990-2012 (predominately: 1996-2011)
  • Part of Beth Follett Papers

This second accession of work contains manuscripts, drafts, proofs, correspondence, reviews and other material related to Pedlar Press and the life and work of Beth Follett.

Follett, Beth

Beth Follett Papers

This accession contains manuscripts, drafts, proofs, correspondence, reviews and other material related to Pedlar Press and the life and work of Beth Follett.

Follett, Beth

Beth Follett Papers

  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1960-2013

Including manuscripts, proofs and correspondence – related to Follett’s small press imprint, Pedlar Press, which she founded in 1997. It also includes manuscript drafts for Follett’s first published novel, Tell it Slant (Toronto: Coach House Press, 2001), as well as other professional and personal material relating to the life and work of Beth Follett.

Follett, Beth

Allan Stratton Papers

This accession of Allan Stratton’s papers includes manuscripts for The Dogs, The Resurrection of Mary Mabel McTavish, Curse of the Dream Witch; and The Grave Robber’s Apprentice; professional files; correspondence; personal files; addenda for plays such as Nurse Jane Goes to Hawaii and earlier plays; juvenilia; and other material related to his life and work.
Contains series:

  1. Manuscripts and other writing
  2. Professional Files
  3. Correspondence
  4. Personal Files
  5. Addenda for Plays
  6. Juvenilia

Stratton, Allan

Allan Stratton Papers

This first accession of Allan Stratton’s papers includes a significant amount of juvenilia from elementary school to university; various play and manuscript drafts; photographs; correspondence (predominantly with family and friends); financial records; reviews; posters and promotional items from plays, as well as and other material related to his life and work, from as early as the age of 10 (1961) until 2011.

Stratton, Allan

Allan Stratton Papers

  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1953-2015

Manuscript drafts for plays, novels and other writing; correspondence; photographs; juvenilia; and other personal and professional files related to the life and work of Allan Stratton.

Stratton, Allan

Joy Fielding Papers

Collection consists of manuscripts drafts, correspondence, reviews and other material related to Fielding's work.

Fielding, Joy

Joy Fielding Papers

  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1970-2015

Collection consists of manuscripts drafts, correspondence, reviews and other material related to Fielding's work.

Fielding, Joy

Rudyard Fearon Papers

Includes ‘first poems’, early poetry and other material; drafts, correspondence, school work and personal material

Fearon, Rudyard

Rudyard Fearon Papers

  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1977- ongoing

Includes early poetry Jamaica, 1972-1974; Canada, 1974-1977; ongoing poetry, 1977-present; correspondence; photographs; print and ephemera.

Fearon, Rudyard

George Elliott Clarke Papers

  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1975 - 2014

Includes extensive correspondence including personal, poetic, academic, and political; manuscript drafts; ideas; teaching materials; and files related to the life and work of George Elliott Clarke.

Clarke, George Elliott

George Elliott Clarke Papers

Includes original holograph notebooks, drafts, research, voluminous correspondence (129 boxes), ephemera, and all manner of material related to the life and work of poet, performer, activist and professor George Elliott Clarke. Major works included: The Motorcyclist; Canticles; Gold; Trudeau; Red/I & I; as well as short pieces; reviews, essays, remarks, lectures, editorial work.

Clarke, George Elliott

Jim Christy Papers

A complete archive demonstrating the variety of activities in the life of Jim Christy. It includes holograph notebooks, manuscript drafts of his work, correspondence with numerous writers, doodles, sketches, collages and material related to the United States Vietnam War draft and anti-war movement.

Christy, Jim

Jim Christy Papers

  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1918-2017

A complete archive demonstrating the variety of activities in the life of Jim Christy. It includes holograph notebooks, manuscript drafts of his work, correspondence with numerous writers, doodles, sketches, collages and material related to the United States Vietnam War draft and anti-war movement.

Christy, Jim

Jim Christy Papers

Includes drafts, notes, research, photographs, early personal material and other material related to the life and work of author, artist and adventurer Jim Christy. Includes drafts, research, reviews and other material for: Sweet Assorted, Strange Sites, “Scalawags” columns in NUVO, art exhibitions, The Castle Stories, and various other works

Christy, Jim

J. Edward Chamberlin Papers

  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1970 - 2017

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

J. Edward Chamberlin Papers

Includes documents related to the landmark breach of trust case, Apsassin et al v. The Queen for which J. Edward Chamberlin served as an expert witness.

Chamberlin, J. Edward

Tony Calzetta Papers

This first accession of Tony Calzetta’s papers include proofs, drafts, and process work for his two books: Peculiar Practices (November 2009) and co-authored book with Leon Rooke: How God Talks in His Sleep And Other Fabulous Fictions (2009).
Contains series:

  1. Peculiar Practices (2009)
  2. How God Talks in His Sleep And Other Fabulous Fictions by: Tony Calzetta and Leon
    Rooke (2009)

Calzetta, Tony

Tony Calzetta Papers

  • Manuscript Collection
  • [2009]

This first accession of Tony Calzetta’s papers include proofs, drafts, and process work for his two books: Peculiar Practices (November 2009) and co-authored book with Leon Rooke: How God Talks in His Sleep And Other Fabulous Fictions (2009).

Calzetta, Tony

Jo Beverley Papers

This accession of Jo Beverley’s papers includes manuscript drafts for A Lady’s Secret (2008), The Secret Wedding (2009), The Raven and the Rose (2014), The Viscount Needs a Wife (2016) and other writing drafts; research and other files for novels; promotional materials; correspondence; personal documents including drawings; memorabilia; contracts; royalties; audiobooks; and a USB hard drive containing thousands of files; and other material relating to her life and work.

Contains series:

  1. Manuscripts
  2. Research and other files relating to novels
  3. Promotional materials, reviews, book covers
  4. Correspondence
  5. Personal documents and memorabilia
  6. Contracts and royalties
  7. Audiovisual and other files

Beverley, Jo

Jo Beverley Papers

The collection consists of manuscript drafts and proofs of her novels and novellas, as well manuscripts of unpublished work and some non-fiction. It also includes correspondence (editorial as well as fan mail), and marketing and publicity material.

Beverley, Jo

Jo Beverley Papers

  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1970-2017

The collection consists of manuscript drafts and proofs of her novels and novellas, as well manuscripts of unpublished work and some non-fiction. It also includes correspondence (editorial as well as fan mail), and marketing and publicity material.

Beverley, Jo

Jack Batten Papers

  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1959 - 2017

Collection contains papers and other documents pertaining to the work of Jack Batten. It includes early drafts, edited manuscripts and galley versions of many of his published works. The collection also includes notes, reviews, printed ephemera, publicity tour information, general and financial correspondence, diagrams, photographs, and research and other materials, much of which relates to specific works. Correspondence includes letters to and from personalities, such as journalists Robert Fulford, Peter Gzowski and Michele Landsberg; publisher Jack McClelland, politician John Sewell; hockey pioneer Conn Smythe; and musicians Gary Burton, Blossom Dearie and Phil Nimmons.

Batten, Jack

M.R. Appell Papers

  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1959-2015

Collection consists of correspondence, including letters from Nelson Ball, J.W. Curry and Douglas Henderson, as well as poetry booklets created by Appell and small press imprints and publications.

Appell, M. R. (Melvin Robert)

Jack Batten Papers

Includes drafts, research, proofs and other material related to the ‘Crang’ novels: Crang Plays the Ace; Take Five; Keeper of the Flame; Riviera Blues; Blood Counts; Booking In; drafts, notes and research for a young adult biography of Oscar Peterson, Oscar Peterson: the Man and His Jazz; research and notes for a history of the Toronto Maple Leafs, The Leafs; 100 Years of UTS; Whodunit columns for The Toronto Star (1999-2017) and other material related to the work of Jack Batten.

Batten, Jack

M.R. Appell Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00666
  • Accession
  • 1963-2012 (Predominately: 2009-2012)
  • Part of M.R. Appell Papers

Papers consist of correspondence (including an extensive correspondence with Nelson Ball and Doug Henderson); miscellaneous poetry; several Friends of Lorine Niedecker newsletters; and various publications Appel has previously published in from 1965-1983.

Appell, M. R. (Melvin Robert)

M.R. Appell Papers

Papers consist of correspondence; miscellaneous poetry; several Friends of Lorine Niedecker newsletters; and various works by Appell, including ‘Newfoundland : Prints and Poems’ and ‘Poems Aged in Wood.

Appell, M. R. (Melvin Robert)

M.R. Appell Papers

Collection consists of correspondence, including letters from Nelson Ball, J.W. Curry and Douglas Henderson, as well as poetry booklets created by Appell and small press imprints and publications.

Appell, M. R. (Melvin Robert)

Tripe Family Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS Coll 00050A
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1838 - 1950

This collection is comprised of correspondence, documents, photographs and art works, and genealogical materials from England, India, the U.S.A, Cuba, the Philippines, and Canada, dating from 1838-1999, and related to Alfred Tripe (1818-1854), his sister Emily (Tripe) James (1817-1850), their first cousin Mary Broad (Tripe) De Rusett (1820-1898), and their relatives and descendants. Correspondence includes an extended series written 1866-1903 by William Francis James, highlighted by letters during his service with Roosevelt’s Rough Riders in Cuba in 1898. Nineteenth-century images include four art works, 100 cartes-de-visite and thirty-three cabinet or larger size family portraits. The genealogical material consists of a comprehensive Tripe pedigree compiled in the 1980s and 1990s, a James Family Tree c1880, and four related pedigrees. The collection also documents the development of a family fairy tale, composed in India in 1878, edited in England c1914, and fully illustrated in Canada in 1992.

Tripe Family

Karen Mulhallen Papers

1999 Accession:

A collection of draft manuscripts, notes and correspondence pertaining to her book, In The Era of Acid Rain, Windsor, Ont. : Black Moss Press, 1993. Also includes correspondence with Virgil Burnett, a draft of Simon Louvich's "Cosmic Follies", and galleys and rejected submissions for Descant.

2000 Accession: Materials relating to the editing and publication of Descant, the literary journal edited by Karen Mulhallen. Includes author correspondence, manuscripts, photographs, drawings, proofs, cover proofs, promotional materials, and financial and administrative documents (1989-2000). Also included are material pertaining to other editing work Mulhallen has done, manuscripts, proofs, notes and correspondence pertaining to her book The Grace of Private Passage. Windsor, Ont.: Black Moss Press, 2000, and gifts to her.

2001 Accession:

Materials relating to the editing and publication of Descant, 1987-2001. Includes author correspondence, manuscripts, manuscripts on diskettes, proofs, production and research notes, and office, subscription and distribution documents.

Mulhallen, Karen

Mike Murakami Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00707
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1915-2013

Contains printed matter from the National Association of Japanese Canadians (NAJC); various newspaper clippings, books and pamphlets on Japanese Canadians and the redress movement (including several complete issues of Nikkei Voice); 6 video cassettes with redress-related content, plus manuscript notebooks from Murakami’s grandmother (in Japanese).

Murakami, Mike

Margaret Atwood Papers

  • Manuscript Collection

The collection consists of drafts and final typescripts of literary works, original art work, correspondence, juvenilia, printed appearances, printed material, critical and audio-visual material, and works about Atwood.

Atwood, Margaret

Rochdale College Collection (formerly T-10 00013)

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00184
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1968-1976

Materials include administrative and financial documents for Rochdale College’s Governing Council and Education Council, correspondence; notices posted at Rochdale, newspaper clippings, writings about Rochdale, Rochdale publications, and audio recordings about Rochdale and other topics. Please note: The Rochdale Collection was originally catalogued at the Fisher Library as T-10 00013 “[Collection of miscellaneous material issued by and about Rochdale].” The original contents note for T-10 00013 are provided at the end of this document. The original T-10 00013 box number is provided for the folders in the new arrangement.

Gerald Owen Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00127A (Downsview Offsite)
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1930-1992

This collection contains all correspondence that was conducted by co-editors at The Idler Magazine, Gerald Owen and Paul Wilson, with their various contributors. It includes letters, drafts of articles, editorial corrections and changes, pitches and research for articles, solicited and unsolicited submissions, grant applications, photographs, employee performance evaluations, book reviews, writers' resumes and writing samples, newspaper/magazine clippings and subscription enquiries. The Idler Magazine was in operation from 1985 to 1993.
This collection also includes holograph and typescript work by ET Owen, including: teaching and lecture notes, Greek and Latin language exams, poetry, short stories, and general academic research notes on a variety of Classical topics. It also includes notes and multiple drafts, with both holograph and editorial revisions, of a number of Owen’s published works, with a significant amount of material relating to his publications on Homer, Sophocles and Aeschylus.

Owen, Gerald

Collection of Thomas Hardy papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00651
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1867-2009

The collection includes letters by Hardy, his two wives, and members of their extended families; also includes correspondence collected by Richard Purdy and Michael Millgate in the course of their research on Hardy.

Collection of Gay Pulp Fiction

  • CA OTUTF gpf
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1933-1995

A collection of over 1000 examples of gay, male fiction, including books by prominent gay authors and works dealing with male homosexuality. Some non-fiction books are included in the collection. The books are in mass-market paperback editions, issued mostly by US publishers, with a few Canadian imprints, and were published between 1933 and 1995. Authors represented include John Rechy, Christopher Isherwood, Gore Vidal, James Baldwin, James Purdy, William S. Burroughs, Richard Amory, Carl Corley, Aaron Travis, Jay Greene, Phil Andros, Jack Evans, Clay Caldwell, and Paul Gronowski. Series represented in the collection include Pleasure Readers, Greenleaf Classics, HIS69, Rough Trade, Frenchy's Gay Line, Badboy, Blueboy Library, and Gay Parisian Press. Cover art is often unsigned, but includes work by Carl Corley, Harry Schaare, Frank Kelly Freas, and Tom of Finland.

Collection of the Lʹviv Oblast Party Archive

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00696
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1944-1956

The major part of the collection consists of reports, inquiries, memoranda, records, and meeting transcripts of secretaries of the regional, district, and city party committees of the Communist Party of Ukraine. Most of the documents contain information from the regional party committee on the implementation of decisions of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of Ukraine, and the Ukrainian SSR Council of Ministers, on the report of the L’viv Regional Committee of the Communist Party of Ukraine, such as activities on strengthening ideological work among the public, and the fight with the Ukrainian nationalist underground movement. Some examples of the documents in the collection include: report reviews and copies of sentences from the Drohobych Military Tribunal; lists of groups of the Ukrainian Insurgent Army in the Drohobych Region; documents on the trial of Mykhailo Stakhur (1932-1951), a member of the Ukrainian Insurgent Army who assassinated the pro-Soviet Ukrainian writer Iaroslav Halan (1902-1949); information, inquiries, and special reports from the NKGB and NKVD, including on the number of people forcibly displaced by the Nazis to Germany from the occupied territories in 1941-1945; inquiries by the Committee for State Security to the regional party committee on special checks of writers and artists; and inquiries and information on the evacuation of the Polish population from the territory of the Ukrainian SSR to Poland, and resettlement of the Ukrainian population that arrived from Poland.

Douglas Henderson Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00255, MS COLL 00535
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1975-2005

The collection consists of manuscripts and typescript drafts and proofs of Henderson's writings and interviews, as well as correspondence.

Henderson, Douglas

Bascom H. Darwin Collection of Photographs

  • Collection
  • 1930-1945

The collection consists of approximately 492 photographs, approximately 170 negatives and 115 index cards. The photographs in this depict life in the Royal Military College, training exercises such as building a Flying Bridge and other construction and training work in Canada and England as well as some personal photographs of Mr. Darwin and his family and friends. All of the photographs in this collecton were taken between 1930 and 1945.

Box 1-5 contain black and white photographs mounted on index cards, some with negatives attached. Box 6 contains 115 alphabetical subject index cards, 54 loose photo duplicates and 129 loose negatives.

Bascom H. Darwin

[Collection of Canadian beer labels, 1860s to 1980s]

  • CA OTUTF T-10 00095
  • Collection
  • 1860-1980

Box 1. Ontario pt. 1 -- Box 2. Ontario pt. 2, Quebec, and the Maritime provinces -- Box 3. Western provinces -- Box 4. O'Keefe pt. 1 -- Box 5. O'Keefe pt. 2, the earliest labels in the collection and miscellaneous labels from different provinces that were added in 2012.

A detailed list of the breweries represented is attached to this record
A selection of samples from this collection have been digitized and are available on Flickr.

Items are organized in five boxes by geography and date, with items from the Carling O'Keefe Brewery separated.
The collection consists of specimens of printed and lithographed Canadian beer labels from a variety of breweries across the country. Lithographers include Barclay & Clark Co., Standard Litho Co., and Rolph Clark Stone Ltd.

The boxed Hollar etchings

  • CA OTUTF Hollar flat 00001
  • Collection
  • 1630-1660

Original Hollar etchings of biblical and religious scenes, mythology, history, allegory, plans and views, portraits, caricatures, flora and fauna, monuments, coats of arms, ornaments, coins and medals.

Hollar, Wenceslaus

E.R. Hunter Papers

  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1873-1977

Walker, Edmund, Sir

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

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

Afua Cooper Papers

  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1974 - 2015

Includes personal and professional correspondence; poem manuscripts; academic papers and lectures for the University of Toronto, York University, Ryerson University and other institutions; academic course materials; personal photographs; appearances; academic positions; cultural and political pursuits; community events; extensive work related to the history of slavery, and the history of African Canadians; the Dub Poets Collective; material related to her books The Hanging of Angélique: the untold story of Canadian slavery and the burning of old Montréal, The Underground railroad: next stop, Toronto!, Henry Bibb, The Young Phillis Wheatley, Memories Have Tongue, Copper Woman, and other material related to her life and work.

Cooper, Afua

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