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David Thompson Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00021
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1784-1914

The collection consists of holograph manuscripts and copies of manuscripts by Thompson, including two drafts for his projected book: a narrative account of his explorations in western America from 1784 to 1812. It also includes several sketches of mountain elevations, some of which were published in J.B. Tyrell's 1916 edition of the Narrative, and several other fragments of manuscripts by Thompson, typed transcripts of his journals, and photostats of other original Thompson material held elsewhere.

Thompson, David

Jean-Jacques Rousseau Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00130
  • Manuscript Collection
  • [174-]-1844

The collection consists of a small group of documents and letters by or about Rousseau, the bulk of which are notes on the history of women taken by Rousseau from a variety of books. He appears to have compiled these notes acting as secretary to Louise Marie Madelaine (Fontaine) Dupin, who had hoped to write a book on the history of women (the work was never completed).

Rousseau, Jean-Jacques

Partridge Family Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00462
  • Manuscript Collection
  • [17--]-2004

This collection is comprised of material from a number of different and important British and Canadian families. It has been collected and maintained over the years by Rosemary Partridge (nee Annesley). She is the daughter of John Smyth Annesley, whose original documents comprise a large share of the material in this collection, which is broad in its diversity. It includes an extensive collection of 19th century seafaring material, including ship logs, diaries, and British Naval documents, through to items from the First World War, including photos and correspondence. It also includes extensive correspondence among member of the various families represented in the collection, as well as original diaries and journals.

Partridge Family

Richardson Family Papers

  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1913-1918

Consists of letters sent by three brothers, Edward, Reginald and Harry Richardson, during WWI. Also included are newspaper clippings and a photographic portrait of Reginald Richardson.

Richardson Family

Shyam Selvadurai Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00191
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1965-2013

Collection contains professional and personal papers pertaining to the life and career of Shyam Selvadurai. These papers contain extensive material on the novels of Selvadurai. This includes prolific drafts, most with holograph revisions, proofs and promotional material for all four of his novels. The collection also contains extensive research that was conducted by Selvadurai for Funny Boy and Cinnamon Gardens. Material also relates to two unpublished novels: one tracing the lives of the characters from Swimming in the Monsoon Sea as adults and living in Canada, and the other – The Vanishing Relics, which Selvadurai wrote during the course of his MFA in 2010.

Also included in the collection are drafts and published articles and stories, which appeared in journals, newspapers and magazines, as well as additions to anthologies which were edited by Selvadurai. Records relate to promotion and career of Selvadurai including articles and interviews, author photographs, readings and events. Collection also pertains to the personal life of Selvadurai with correspondence (primarily between 1985 and 2005), photographs and personal items. Other personal material relates to his education in Sri Lanka and Canada and theatre productions directed by Selvadurai as a young adult in Sri Lanka.

Contains Series:
Series 1: Writing and Publications
Series 2: Promotion and Events
Series 3: Personal

Selvadurai, Shyam

Duncan Campbell Scott Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00013
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1896-1946

Personal and literary correspondence; notebooks with drafts of poems, unpublished and untitled novel. 1896-1946.

Scott, Duncan Campbell

Elizabeth Brady Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00092A
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1916-2015

Includes the personal and professional records of Elizabeth Brady (written as ‘EB’ throughout the finding aid). Personal material contains correspondence with friends and family spanning her childhood and young adulthood, as well as records pertaining to her education, notably yearbooks, transcripts, degrees and notes. Also includes correspondence with notable Canadian writers, including Anne Cameron (also known as Barbara Cameron/Cam Hubert) and Marian Engel.

Her professional records encompass her career as an editor, with Fireweed and Canadian Woman Studies, as well as a free-lance writer and novelist. There is material relating to all major writing projects, both published and unpublished, including poetry, articles, reviews, academic writing and novels. There are numerous drafts and revisions for two unpublished novels – Blue Notes and Present Fears, as well as two academic books – Barfly and Women and Solitude. Brady’s three published mystery novels are also well documented including notes, early drafts, research and correspondence.

Contains series:
Series 1: Personal records and correspondence
Series 2: Professional writing and career

Brady, Elizabeth

Niagara Falls Suspension Bridge Papers

  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1801-1937

Contains textual records that document the developmental phases and operation of the Niagara Falls Suspension Bridge, and the administrative activities of the Niagara Falls Suspension Bridge Company and the Niagara Falls International Bridge Company Joint Board of Directors.

Niagara Falls Suspension Bridge Company

[Collection of Second World War ephemera.]

  • CA OTUTF Ephemera box 00093
  • Collection
  • 1938-1950

A collection of 15 pieces of World War II ephemera, originating from Canada, Great Britain, and the United States

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)

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

Mary Burns Papers

  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1959 - 2014

Includes early writings and drafts of published and unpublished material, extensive research, personal and business correspondence, and other material related to her books and publications.

Burns, Mary

Elspeth Cameron Papers

  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1907-2017

Collection of notes, research materials, correspondence relating to her biographies - Hugh Maclennan: a writer's life (1981); Irving Layton: a Portrait, (1985) and Earle Birney: a Life (1994) as well as her annotated bibliography of MacLennan and her recently published memoir, No Previous Experience: a memoir of love and change, (1997). Drafts of articles in Chatelaine and Saturday Night, class notes and administrative correspondence for her teaching at Concordia and University of Toronto, 54 photographs,and audio and video tapes.

Cameron, Elspeth

Gingell Collection of Derek Walcott Material

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00675
  • Manuscript Collection
  • [ca. 1953-1975]

Includes Derek Walcott material acquired by Professor Susan Gingell at the University of Saskatchewan. This material was acquired from a former colleague in Commonwealth Literature who had received them from Martin Gray. Martin Gray worked directly with Derek Walcott.

Walcott, Derek

Jack MacLeod Papers

  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1837-2016

Collection of drafts, working papers and research materials for his books: Zinger and Me, Going Grand, The Oxford Book of Canadian Political Anecdotes, and the Canadian Political Tradition. Includes drafts of unpublished novels Uproar and Elevation.

MacLeod, Jack

Sir Edmund Walker Papers

  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1798-2006

First accession contains correspondence, drafts of speeches and writings, journals, scrapbooks, photographs, clippings and family papers.

Second accession contains 56 boxes and items. The documents consist of personal and business correspondence, articles and addresses, banking and legal documents, estate information, biography information, and other items. The correspondence relates to art and the National Gallery, De Grassi Point, geology, Japanese consul, The Champlain Society, the National Battlefields Commission, the Royal Colonial Institute, the Round Table, University College Alumnae Association Building Committee. There is a significant amount of correspondence from the Canadian Bank of Commerce, the University of Toronto, and the Royal Ontario Museum, and with many prominent individuals in Canada and worldwide as well as letters to Mary before and after they married and messages of condolence received by the family after the death of Sir Edmund Walker. Other documents in the collection relate to the Alexander, Buchan, and Morrow families; the Coronation of King George V and other special events; the Duke of Sutherland's Scheme (Imperial Colonization Corporation of Canada); the West Virginia Debt Settlement; and C. White Mortimer. The items are books, a lace handkerchief, a wooden drawer containing numerous calling cards, card index of pictures and art objects, a framed drawing of the coat of arms, Sir Edmund Walker's certificates and medal upon being admitted as a Knight of the Order of the Hospital of St. John of Jerusalem, pieces of the fireplace from Long Garth, a silver vase, a silver bowl, a china plate with Walker crest and logo, and a fishing rod and net.

Walker, Edmund, Sir

Sam Solecki Papers

  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1970-2016

Contains drafts of work; correspondence with various writers; photographs; files from 1982-1984 (re: Writer-in-Residence program, Massey College).

Solecki, Sam

Rabbi Benjamin Wolf Singer (Zeev) Papers

  • Manuscript Collection
  • 19--

Typescript and copies of typescript of a Novellae by rabbinic scholar Singer (1855-1930).
12 notebooks of manuscript of Novellae by Singer

Singer, Rabbi Benjamin Wolf (Zeev)

Malka Marom Papers

  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1961-2013

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

Leonard Cohen Papers

  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1950 - 2003

Includes extensive materials related to Leonard Cohen’s early writing and publications, both poetry and prose, as well as some plays and television play scripts. There are multiple drafts of many poems from Cohen’s undergraduate years through his mid-late 20s, both typescript (many with holograph revisions) and holograph. There are similar drafts of prose: short stories, and prose fragments, from the same period. Many of these writings became the basis for Cohen’s publications. Also included are materials directly related to the publication of Let Us Compare Mythologies, The Spice Box of Earth, The Favorite Game, Flowers for Hitler, and The Death of a Lady’s Man, including typescripts, page proofs, and correspondence with publishers and literary agents. There is also correspondence with friends, mentors, and colleagues, as well as some fan mail from 1967-68. The materials span 1950-1968.

Cohen, Leonard

Graeme Gibson Papers

  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1959 - 2005

Drafts and final manuscripts for his novels; correspondence including editorial correspondence for Anansi Press and correspondence relating to PEN Canada.

Gibson, Graeme

David Donnell Papers

  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1970-2008

The collection consists of Donnell's drafts, proofs andgalleys of his published books, including Water Street Days (1989), China Blues 1992) and The Blue Ontario Hemingway Boat Race (1985). It also includes drafts and fragments of his unpublished poetry, as well as correspondence. 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

Champlain Society Papers

  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1807 - 2005

Correspondence, administrative material and membership files (membership files are kept in unnumbered boxes arranged numerically by membership number.) Typescripts of several of the Society's publications and manuscripts of other works not published by the Society.

Champlain Society

James Forbes Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00048 2B Annex
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1640-1770

The collection includes miscelleaneous letters, notes and abstracts from sermons, recipes, and notes on religious subjects, as well as bound volumes on a variety of religious topics.

Forbes, James

Robert Finch Papers

  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1900 - 1995

Collection of drafts and final manuscripts for his published and unpublished writings, correspondence; 170 photographs; family papers including correspondence from his sister Mary and his grandfather John Allen.

Finch, Robert

William Arthur Deacon Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00160
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1893 - 1977

Collection of personal & business correspondence with authors,publishers, organizations, readers; minutes of the Canadian Authors Assoc.; manuscripts and typescripts of his writings and lectures as well as galleys and publicity for his books; clippings and scrapbooks of his columns and articles in the Globe & Mail and Saturday Night; 976 photographs of Canadian and international authors.

Deacon, William Arthur

Frances Dafoe Papers

  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1860-2013 (Predominately 1971-2013)

Dafoe, Frances Helen

Frederick Banting Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00076
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1908-1976

The collection consists of research notes and papers, drafts of articles and speeches, travel journals, diaries, correspondence, drawings and sketches, photographs, scrapbooks, awards and memorabilia, and papers of Henrietta Banting.

Banting, Frederick Grant, Sir

Craig Stephenson Papers

  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1973-2016

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.

Thoreau MacDonald Papers

  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1900-1984

The collection consists of papers pertaining to MacDonald, including original drawings and designs, along with correspondence and biographical material. These papers also include notes and drafts by Margaret E. Edison which she collected during the course of her research for her book, Thoreau MacDonald: A Catalogue of Design and Illustration (1973). A second accession includes more of MacDonald's original drawings and designs, notebooks and diaries, a small amount of correspondence, photographs and some printed materials.

MacDonald, Thoreau

Charles Ritchie Papers

  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1838-2015

Consists of holograph notebooks, correspondence, typescript diary drafts, photographs, other writings and various material

Ritchie, Charles

Robert Priest Papers

  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1964-2017

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. Also contains manuscript drafts for his children’s book series Spell Crossed including The Paper Sword (2014), Second Kiss (2015) and Missing Piece (2016); drafts of poetry, song lyrics and articles; professional files; correspondence, and other files relating to his life and work.

Priest, Robert

Otto Schneid Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00350
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1929-1973

The collection consists of research materials for Schneid's unpublished book on 20th century Jewish artists in Europe, manuscripts for his published and unpublished works, and galleys for his published writings. The research materials include correspondence with more than 120 Jewish artists, copies of their exhibition catalogues, and other published works, and photographs of their art. Most of these artists perished during the Second World War.

Schneid, Otto

Joan Treble (Sutton) Straus Papers

  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1939-2015

Contains the papers of Joan Treble (Sutton) Straus including a small amount of material regarding her early life including primary and high school education (1939-1950), as well as at her time at the University of Toronto (1950-1953). Includes material such as photographs and newspaper clippings related to her modeling career and her work as a fashion consultant (1952-1970). The collection covers Sutton Straus’ career as a journalist with the Toronto Telegram (1971), The Toronto Star (1972-1979, 1981-1992) and The Toronto Star (1979-1981, 1992). This includes correspondence from readers, co-workers and well-known politicians, entertainers and dignitaries, as well as photographs of Sutton Straus during the course of her work. The material also includes clippings of her columns, interviews and articles preserved by Sutton Straus, as well as three oversized scrapbooks containing clippings from her time at the Toronto Telegram and The Toronto Sun. The collection also comprises material related to Sutton Straus’ career as an author of six books, and her long-term volunteer work with non-profit and philanthropic organizations in both Canada and the United States. The collection also contains a small amount of personal material related to Sutton Straus including media appearances, speeches, newspaper and magazines articles, invitations and correspondence.

Sutton Straus, Joan Treble

Maureen Scott Harris Papers

  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1943-ongoing

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

David Frank Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00131C
  • Manuscript Collection

Includes archival material related to Red Robin Press and the life and work of Mark and Marion Frank. Research files regarding: VANA (Veterans Against Nuclear Arms); Paul Robeson 100th birthday celebration; The Mackenzie-Papineau Battalion; the ‘fallen’ arches of Niagara; historical plaques research; Senior’s activism and other material are included.

Frank, David

Rudyard Fearon Papers

  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1971- ongoing

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

Fearon, Rudyard

Daisy Dotsch Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 131B
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1948-1982 (predominately: 1960-1972)

The bulk of the materials related to Daisy Dotsch’s professional life: the running of Vaughan Cooperative Nursery School (particularly after it moved to Vaughan Road in 1950 through Dotsch’s retirement in 1972.), materials related to Dotsch’s teaching and professional development, and materials related to the nursery school organizations she belonged to. This include correspondence, notes, Vaughan School schedules, calendars, fundraising materials, curriculum materials, published materials, photographs, ephemera, and one phonographic audiorecording disc. It also includes a substantial amount of published resources on early childhood education and running nursery schools.

Contains series:

  1. Correspondence, notes, and calendars.
  2. Professional development materials, materials for lectures and courses.
  3. Nursery school organizations.
  4. Periodicals.
  5. Vaughan Cooperative Nursery School (Includes York Township Nursery Schools
    Association).
  6. Vaughan Cooperative Nursery School child observations and reports.
    RESTRICTED
  7. Parent/teacher resources.

Dotsch, Daisy

George Elliott Clarke Papers

  • Manuscript Collection
  • ? - 2017

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

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