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Derek Walcott Papers

The collection contains literary papers relating to Walcott's poetic, theatrical and prose writings from the early 1980s to the mid-1990s. Holograph notes, rough drafts and revisions are included, as well as final drafts and galleys of publications. Many drafts are the result of a 'cut-and-paste' method using a variety of formats. These are referred to as "composite drafts" throughout. Many works, both poetic and theatrical, also include screen adaptations.

There is a small collection of material relating to Walcott's role as stage director, particularly with the Trinidad Theatre Workshop. The literary papers are complemented by sketches and watercolours by Walcott, often in the form of stage directions or film storyboards.

Sir Edmund Walker Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00001
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1798-1924 (bulk 1864-1924).

Collection consists of correspondence, drafts of speeches and writings, journals, scrapbooks, photographs, clippings and family papers.

Walker, Edmund, Sir

Beverley Slopen Papers

This accession for Beverley Slopen’s papers consists of administrative records, working files,correspondence, manuscripts (bound and unbound) and other material related to the activities of the Beverley Slopen Literary Agency. It includes material from her current, past and prospective clients.

Slopen, Beverley

Henry Scadding Papers

Contains three albums of photographs collected, arranged and annotated by Scadding, which includes photographs taken and collected during the completion of his Doctor of Divinity at Oxford in 1867, in locales including England, Wales, France, Switzerland and Belgium. Also includes reproductions of historical and religious art, as well as collectable photographs of well-known writers, preachers and Oxford professors. Albums also include early photographs of Toronto, including large residences, monuments and the University of Toronto. Collection contains a small amount of personal papers including a composite book on the history of Cornwall and Devon, letters and an insurance policy for Scadding’s furniture and library.

Scadding, Henry

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Personal and literary correspondence; notebooks with drafts of poems, unpublished and untitled novel. 1896-1946.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

Thomas Griffith Taylor Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00020 2B Annex
  • Manuscript Collection
  • [190-]-1996

The collection consists of Taylor's research notes, typescripts and galley proofs for his books on geography, urbanography and similar subjects. It also includes correspondence with Taylor's family and colleagues, photographs and offprints of his articles in connection with Marie Sanderson's biography, Griffith Taylor: Antarctic Scientist and Pioneer Geographer (1988).

Taylor, Thomas Griffith

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

Henry Grattan Tyrrell Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00024
  • Manuscript Collection
  • [ca. 1882]-1929

The collection consists of notes and typescripts for Tyrrell's industrial engineering works and for his books on bridge design. It also includes family correspondence, personal diaries, scrapbooks and some family photographs. Papers of Tyrrell's youngest son, William Tyrrell, are also included.

Tyrrell, H. G. (Henry Grattan)

Joseph Burr Tyrrell Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00026
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1870-1957

The collection consists of correspondence, reports, notebooks, drafts for articles and books, family papers, maps, large collection of photographs, clippings and memorabilia.

Tyrrell, Joseph Burr

William Charles White Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00032
  • Manuscript Collection
  • [ca. 1867]-1955

The collection consists of correspondence, notes, articles and printed material concerning personal, ecclesiastical and Chinese matters. It also contains some photographs and other memorabilia.

White, William Charles

Roderick Stewart Collection of Bethune

The collection largely consists of prints and photographs of Norman Bethune, some of which are in Stewart's books on Bethune. Most of the prints are in black and white and are identified. It also includes the Elizabeth Wallace collection of Bethune memorabilia, as well correspondence, prints and clippings.

Stewart, Roderick

William Snaith Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00042 2B Annex
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1914-1960

The collection consists largely of papers concerned with industrial engineering, including the description and 103 photos of the building of the Leaside Bridge in Toronto. It also contains Snaith's personal accounts and diaries covering the years 1914-60.

Snaith, William

Austin Seton Thompson Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00043
  • Manuscript Collection
  • [197-]-1980

The collection consists of drafts (corrected and final) and copies of the photographs for Thompson's books Spadina: A Story of Old Toronto (1975) and Jarvis Street: A Story of Triumph and Tragedy (1980), as well as the research notes and other material for Jarvis Street. Some correspondence is also included.

Thompson, Austin Seton

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

Vilhjamur Stefansson Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00046
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1922-1962

The collection consists of correspondence, diaries and documents (mainly photographs) pertaining to Stefansson's Wrangel Island expedition.

Stefansson, Vilhjalmur

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

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

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

J.P. (James Playfair) McMurrich Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00052
  • Manuscript Collection
  • [192-?]-[193-?]

Collection consists of notes and manuscript drafts for McMurrich’s unpublished book, The History of Anatomy as well as a portrait of McMurrich.

McMurrich, J.P (James Playfair)

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

J. O. P. Bland Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00081
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1883-1954

Correspondence with officials and British authors, journals kept while in China 1883-85 and 1906-1910, typescripts of chapters of his various published books, his unfinished autobiography, scrapbooks, photos and memorabilia.

Bland, J. O. P. (John Otway Percy)

Gibbs Blackstock Family Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00088
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1813-1962

Collection of papers of the family and descendants of William Schenck Blackstock (1824-1905) and Mary Hodge Gibbs Blackstock (1827-1909).

Gibbs Blackstock Family

Arthur Harvey Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00093 2B Annex
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1857-1905

This collection of Harvey family papers includes: correspondence to Arthur Harvey about his writings and other interests, to Jane Grist Harvey, his wife; photographs from the studios of Notman, Notman & Fraser, Simpson Bros., Stanton, Eldridge Stanton, Archambault & McCorkingdale, and Livernois; printed appearances and clippings.

Harvey, Arthur

Ernest Buckler Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00099
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1929-1989

Drafts and final typescripts of literary works, juvenilia, correspondence, photographs, and biographical materials. Copies of all Buckler's published books are available in Fisher Library's main collections.

Buckler, Ernest

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

James Mavor Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00119
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1862-1925

Correspondence with notable people such as Robert Falconer, Petr Kropotkin, Stephen Leacock, Peter Veregin; drafts for articles and books, notes, notebooks, scrapbooks, clippings, photographs.

Mavor, James

Gwendolyn MacEwen Papers

Collection consists of literary papers and manuscripts, personal papers and correspondence, photographs, business records, printed appearances, and books from her library.

MacEwen, Gwendolyn

Charles Stuart Calverley Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00124 2B Annex
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1866-1895

The collection consists of Calverley's miscellaneous correspondence, poems, drawings and translations.

Calverley, Charles Stuart

James Little Baillie Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00127 (Downsview Offsite)
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1920-1970

Correspondence with naturalists; a dictionary of naturalists; drafts for a life of Charles Fothergill; bird-watching journals kept by Baillie from 1920-1970; Baillie’s weekly columns in The Toronto Evening Telegram, 1931-70 (on microfilm); some material by other naturalists.

Baillie, James Little

Bruce Whiteman Papers

Includes drafts and research for his work on Constantine Simonides; Frances Jammes; drafts, proofs and other material for Intimate Letters; personal and professional correspondence; reviews and other material related to the life and work of Bruce Whiteman

Whiteman, Bruce

Robert Stacey Papers

Series consists of holograph, typescript and word processed poetry. Though he was well-regarded in his lifetime as a leading expert on Canadian art, Stacey also wrote extensive amounts of poetry for several decades. This was largely done in private; his efforts in this area were a little known fact, even among close friends. Frequent switching from type to handwriting, from pencil to pen of different coloured inks, continuation of a work on different sizes of paper, indicate that wrote most of his poems in multiple sittings, in multiple locations, using whatever materials were at hand when the feeling took him. As a medium, poetry appears to have served Stacey’s inclination to play with language, a preference for description over narrative, adjective and adverb over noun and verb. Despite producing a prodigious amount of it, Stacey never published any of his poetry, on the whole, appearing to have written it primarily for his own pleasure. However, as evidenced by several items of correspondence and personal writing, as well as Stacey’s frequent editing of his poems and organizing of this material into possible collections (see Series 2), he did have some thought to publishing. Titles for poems, in many instances, are taken from first lines. Several items are written under the pen names “George Roberts” and “G.H. Roberts.”

Stacey, Robert

Roderick Stewart Collection of Bethune

Includes extensive research, drafts and notes for work on Dr. Norman Bethune, including for Stewart’s The Mind of Norman Bethune and Phoenix: The Life of Norman Bethune. Includes extensive research relating to the Spanish Civil War and Dr. Bethune, China, and the life and work of Dr. Bethune.

Stewart, Roderick

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

Charles Fothergill Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00140
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1795-[ca.1875]

The collection includes correspondence both private and public, diaries, natural history notebooks, a few sketches, and scrapbooks. Much of the material pre-dates Fothergill's arrival in Upper Canada in 1816. Some of the family correspondence continues for over 30 years after his death in 1840.

Fothergill, Charles

John M. Barnett Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00141 2B Annex
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1944-1972

Nature notes on the Toronto area; Franklin Camp, Ont.; Victoria, B.C.; Flamingo Isle and Trinidad, B.W.I.; Florida; Texas etc. With many fine photos, drawings and plant specimens.

Barnett, John M.

French Theatre Collection

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00146 2B Annex
  • Manuscript Collection
  • [ca.1860]-1950

Plays in manuscript and typescript, articles, clippings, reviews and photographs pertaining to theatre in the French language.

William John Alexander Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00155
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1874-1944

The collection consists mainly of accounts written by Dr. Alexander of his own family and of his wife's family, the Morrows and Richeys of Halifax; a few letters; a large clipping file of events from W.J. Alexander's life; some family photos.

Alexander, W. J. (William John)

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

William Arthur Deacon Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00160
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1918 - 1960

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

William Arthur Deacon Papers

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

William Arthur Deacon Correspondence

Series consists of correspondence sent and received by William Arthur Deacon on literary subjects, particularly in
regards to Canadian literature. Passive correspondence and carbon copies of active correspondence with authors, publishers, organizations and readers relates primarily to the professional activities of William Arthur Deacon, including the reviews he wrote for Saturday Night and The Mail and Empire (amalgamated as The Globe and Mail); his participation within literary organizations such as the Canadian Authors’ Association (C.A.A.); publicity for his own books; biographical information and photographs of Canadian authors.

Deacon, William Arthur

Bliss Carman Papers

Collection of printed works with extensive manuscript revisions, partly in author's hand, and 48 photos of actresses in costume as characters from Daughters of Dawn; miscellaneous photos of Bliss Carman and others.

Carman, William Bliss

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.

Emily Warren Collection

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00167
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1876-1981

The collection consists of glass slides used by Emily Warren to illustrate her lectures in the 1920's and 1930's, as well as some lecture notes and other writings by Warren. It also contains a few items relating to John Ruskin, including five pieces of manuscript, a typescript of Constance McRae's book on Emily Warren, The Light must be Perfect (1981), and some of her research material. There are also two large volumes of coloured slides of Emily Warren's paintings.

Warren, Emily

Alan Jarvis Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00171
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1933-1972

The collection covers the personal and professional life of Jarvis. It contains general and business correspondence, typescripts, magazine articles, minutes of meetings, newspaper clippings and photographs. Much of the early correspondence consists of letters Jarvis wrote home to his family while he was at Oxford (1938-39) and while he was working in Britain (1942-55).

Jarvis, Alan

Allan Sratton 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

John Emerson Langdon Papers (Downsview Offsite)

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00182
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1914-1981

The collection includes research notes on silver, chiefly compiled for his four books on North American silver and silversmiths, along with related correspondence, typescripts and galleys. It also includes secondary materials used for lectures and articles, photographs and slides used as illustrative matter in the books and articles, as well as other correspondence, notes, invoices, photographs and awards.

Langdon, John E. (John Emerson)

Charles MacKay Willmot Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00185
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1922-1929

The collection consists of 43 architectural drawings, blueprints and related materials by Willmot, and include those for four major houses and two commercial buildings in Los Angeles. It also includes two blueprints by his father, Mancel Willmot.

Willmot, Charles MacKay

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