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Margaret Atwood Papers

Includes extensive family and personal correspondence, 1940s to the present; The Handmaid’s Tale TV series media; Alias Grace TV series media; The Heart Goes Last dead matter; appearances; print; juvenilia including papier mache puppets made in high school; Maternal Aunt Joyce Barkhouse (author of Pit Pony and Anna’s Pet), fan mail; professional correspondence and other material.

Margaret Atwood Papers

Drafts and final typescripts of her literary works (poems, stories, dramatic works, novels, non fiction works); original art work; correspondence; a little juvenilia.

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

Champlain Society Papers

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

Erika Ritter Papers

Includes research, drafts and print related to The Hidden Life of Humans; The Dog by the Cradle, the Serpent Beneath; “Unmuzzled” column for Dogs in Canada; The Great Big Book of Guys; The Girl I Left Behind Me; travel writing; CBC Radio writing and hosting; appearances; comedy pieces; notes for speeches, talks and readings; various radio pieces; “The Ark Gallery/Noah’s Arcade” radio programme; published and unpublished work; memorials; book reviews; professional and personal correspondence, 2004-2006 and other material related to the life and work of Erika Ritter

Ritter, Erika

Erika Ritter Papers

The collection includes manuscript drafts of Ritter's literary output, including her plays, novels and various short pieces for newspapers, magazines and radio. It also includes correspondence.

Ritter, Erika

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

Michael Redhill Papers

Includes early fiction, 1982-1991, poetry and plays: Be Frank, Heretics, Deadwait, Mr. Stern is Dead, Building Jerusalem, Goodness, literary and personal correspondence, including with many writers such as Michael Ondaatje, Margaret Atwood, Don McKay, Linda Spalding, Esta Spalding, interviews with Dennis Lee, Michael Ondaatje and Don Coles, reviews by and about Michael Redhill; publishing; drafts, editing—including Andre Alexis, Elisabeth Harvor; research for Martin Sloane, Consolation, Goodness; print; Lake Nora Arms, Asphodel, Impromptu Feats of Balance and other poetry; short fiction and prose pieces; screenplays, plays and short stories: The Covered, a screenplay written by Michael Redhill and Michael Helm, Breakthrough, collections of short stories, Fidelity; ‘The Last Resort’ film treatment and other film and television projects; material related to Brick magazine, editing and publishing correspondence and other material. Michael Redhill was the proprietor and publisher of Brick magazine from 2003-2011, and an editor from 1998-2003.

Redhill, Michael

Harcourt Brown Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00330 2B Annex
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1923-1983

Correspondence, manuscript drafts, research notes and materials for Professor Brown's lectures and writings; also contains papers of his students.

Brown, Harcourt

Star Weekly Magazine Collection

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00151
  • Manuscript Collection
  • [193-]-1973

The collection consists of a card file of fiction published in Star Weekly Magazine and in the Canadian Magazine. Information on the cards includes rights and prices. The cards are arranged by author. This collection does not contain the Star Weekly Magazine.

Star Weekly Magazine

Karen Mulhallen Papers

This latest accession of Karen Mulhallen’s papers consists of both Descant materials – manuscripts, correspondence and proofs, as well as Mulhallen’s own files for the literary journal – and papers pertaining to Mulhallen’s literary work, including the book Acquainted with Absence: Selected Poems (published by Blaurock Press, 2009) along with other Mulhallen books. It also includes material for an Open Radio program developed by Mulhallen called Tale and the Teller, as well as correspondence, files relating to her various archival and book donations, and various academic materials, primarily lecture notes for courses she taught at Ryerson.

Karen Mulhallen

John Metcalf Papers

This accession of John Metcalf’s papers includes personal writing; manuscripts and correspondence with various authors; correspondence with other writers; as well as journals, photographs and other material related to his life and work.

Contains series:

  1. Manuscripts and other writing
  2. Editing files
  3. Correspondence
  4. Humber Schools for Writers files
  5. Personal and miscellaneous files

Metcalf, John

John Metcalf Papers

Includes Porcupine’s Quill Press submissions, rejections, reviews, print runs, scrapbook, log and correspondence; Canadian Notes and Queries submissions, rejections and correspondence; photographs: artists and writers (i.e. Eden Mills Writer’s Festival, 2001-2005)

Metcalf, John

Alberto Manguel Papers

This accession of Alberto Manguel’s papers includes manuscript drafts for ‘Packing My Library’ and other writing drafts; material concerning the National Library of Argentina (under his directorship); travel and appearances; correspondence; research; and other personal and professional files related to his life and work.

Contains series:

  1. Manuscripts and other writing
  2. National Library of Argentina files
  3. Travel and appearances
  4. Correspondence and personal files
  5. Contracts
  6. Research files
  7. Professional files

Manguel, Alberto

Marshall Hryciuk Papers

This accession of Marshall Hryciuk’s papers includes poetry notebooks, Imago Press files, and other files related to his life and work.

Contains series:

  1. Notebooks
  2. Imago Press Files
  3. Work files, publications.

Hryciuk, Marshall

Phil Hall Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 206A
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1970 - 2016

Includes drafts and notes for White Porcupine, My Banjo & Tiny Drawings, numerous holograph notebooks, personal and professional correspondence (1980s-20--), manuscripts by others, including Martha Hillhouse, Andrew Vaisius, Erin Mouré, Brother Lawrence Morey, Stan Dragland, Mark Goldstein, Jennifer Still, Sandra Ridley; ephemera used for writing, appearances, editorial work on several literary journals, including Don’t Quit Your Day Job, Hard Row to Hoe, This Magazine. Correspondents include a variety of poets and authors, friends and others, including Andrew Vaisius, Tom Wayman, Erin Mouré, Patrick Lane, Al Purdy, Mick Burrs [a.k.a. Stephen Michael Berzensky], Elizabeth Hay, Gary Geddes, rob mclennan, Brother Lawrence Morey, Stan Dragland, Maureen Scott Harris, Glen Downie, Alice Munro, including alphabetical correspondence. Personal material related to daughter Brett/e Greer-Hall, former partner Jane Greer, Ann Silversides [wife], Dorothy Clarke [mother], legal documents and other personal material related to Phil Hall.

Hall, Phil

Maureen Harris Papers

This latest accession of Maureen Harris’ papers consists of manuscripts of her submissions to literary journals and literary award contests, as well as correspondence related to those submissions. It also includes material related to various other Harris projects, including her work with Brick Books (where she was, until 2009, its production editor), the League of Canadian Poets and the Literary Press Group of Canada.

Harris, Maureen

George Elliott Clarke Papers

Includes extensive drafts, notes, research for his many projects; personal and professional correspondence; appearances; teaching; early material from the 1980s; Whylah Falls; One Heart Broken Into Song; The Motorcyclist; Illicit Sonnets; Red; Saltwater Spirituals and Deeper Blues; prose; poem drafts; essays; articles; reviews; columns; B.A. and M.A. course work University of Waterloo, Queen’s; typescript poems by John Thompson for Stilt Jack and other material related to the life and work of George Elliott Clarke.

Contains series:
Series 1: The Motorcyclist Boxes 1-5
Series 2: Writing/Manuscripts Boxes 6-25
Series 3: Correspondence, 1980s – 2014, Boxes 26-81
Series 4: Ideas, Boxes 82-86
Series 5: Africana, Boxes 87-88
Series 6: Other material, including publicity and work by others, Boxes 89-108
Series 7: Stilt Jack John Thompson typescript poems, Box 109
Series 8: George Hamilton/family/personal, Box 110

Note: extensive correspondence includes family/friends/personal, as well as M. Nourbese Philip, Althea Prince, Paul Zemokhol, Joe Sealy, Fil Fraser and a wide variety of Canadian and international writers, artists, musicians, politicians, and others

Clarke, George Elliott

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

Chaim Grade Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 694
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1970 - 1980

Includes correspondence (mostly copies) of Yiddish writers Chaim Grade (1910-1982), Morris Gruda (1919- ) and Leon Eisner, 1960s-1980s. Also includes print material about Chaim Grade and some unidentified black and white photographs of Grade and others. Most material is in Yiddish.

Grade, Chaim, Gruda, Morris, Eisner, Leon

Michelle Berry Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 762
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1970 - 2014

This first accession of Michelle Berry’s papers contains manuscript drafts of novels and books of short stories; early writing drafts; reviews written by Michelle Berry for the Globe and Mail, as well as reviews of her work; correspondence, and other material related to her life and work.
Contains series:
1.Manuscripts and other writing
2.Reviews
3.Professional files
4.Correspondence
5.Personal and miscellaneous files
6.Early writing
7.Other files
8.Restricted files

Berry, Michelle

Dayv James-French Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 103D
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1972 - 2016

This accession of Dayv James-French’s papers includes many drafts of his writing including short stories, poetry, and novels, including drafts for Victims of Gravity (1990) and other unpublished work; professional and personal correspondence with authors and publishers; submissions; book reviews; personal journals and other material related to his life and work.

Contains series:

  1. Manuscripts and other writing files
  2. Professional correspondence
  3. Personal correspondence
  4. Professional files
  5. Personal and miscellaneous files

James-French, Dayv

Elspeth Cameron Papers

This accession of Elspeth Cameron’s papers includes manuscript drafts, research and other files for A Tale of Two Divas: The Curious Adventures of Jean Forsyth and Edith J. Miller in Canada’s Edwardian West (2016), and other professional and personal files relating to her life and work.

Contains series:

  1. Manuscript and files relating to A Tale of Two Divas: The Curious Adventures of Jean Forsyth and Edith J. Miller in Canada’s Edwardian West
  2. Research for A Tale of Two Divas: The Curious Adventures of Jean Forsyth and Edith J. Miller in Canada’s Edwardian West
  3. Other writing
  4. Personal and professional files
  5. Audiovisual materials and other files

Cameron, Elspeth

David Gardner Papers (Downsview Offsite)

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00359
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1950-1999

The collection consists of material relating to Canadian theatre history and to Gardner's acting and directing career. It includes theatre programmes, articles and press clippings concerning the history of theatre in Canada, especially for the Toronto area (1974 to 1999); audio tapes of Association for Canadian Theatre Research conferences; videotapes of ten television productions directed by him, and more than fifty production photographs; tapes of his television and film performances; scrapbooks (1935-1955), that document his career on stage (Hart House Theatre, Straw Hat Players, Crest Theatre, New Play Society, Jupiter Theatre, Stratford Festival) and in radio and television; other papers and photographs; other directors' prompt books; diaries; correspondence; playbills and broadsides. John Holden's collection of 19th and 20th century playscripts as well as Holden's production scripts for Canadian theatres, mainly in the 1950s and early 1960s, are also in the collection.

Gardner, David Emmett

Simon McInnes Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00703
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1972-1999

Includes correspondence from Mavis Gallant to Joan McInnes, 1970s-1990s.

Simon McInnes

Stephen G. Gilbert Collection of Anatomical Drawings

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00413
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1963-2015

Contains anatomical drawings and illustrations from Stephen Gilbert’s publications and professional life as an anatomical illustrator. Collection notably includes anatomical drawings of the adult human, adult embryo, cat, fetal pig, dogfish, necturus, frog and other assorted zoology. Includes accessions from 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1999, 2000, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2015. Accessions from the gifts of 2001 and 2003 were catalogued separately. For additional drawings and illustrations from Outline of Cat Anatomy with Reference to the Human (University of Toronto Press, 2000) and Atlas of General Zoology (Burgess Publishing Co., 1991), Anatomy of the Fetal Pig (University of Washington Press, 1963). These accessions were amalgamated into finding aid in 2018 and the entire collection was given the number of MS Coll. 413. The collection previously had the number of MS Coll. 289.

Gilbert, Stephen G.

James Paton Isaac Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00294 2B Annex
  • Manuscript Collection
  • [1971?]

Collection consists of typescripts, with editorial revisions and instructions to the printer in the manuscript, for Paton's book Factors in the Ruin of Antiquity: A Criticism of Ancient Civilization.

Isaac, James Paton

Morris Wolfe Papers

This first accession includes the complete archive of the life and work of writer and editor, Morris Wolfe.

Wolfe, Morris

Michelle Berry Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00762 (Downsview Offsite)
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1970-2014

This first accession of Michelle Berry’s papers contains manuscript drafts of novels and books of short stories; early writing drafts; reviews written by Michelle Berry for the Globe and Mail, as well as reviews of her work; correspondence, and other material related to her life and work.

Contains series:

  1. Manuscripts and other writing
  2. Reviews
  3. Professional files
  4. Correspondence
  5. Personal and miscellaneous files
  6. Early writing
  7. Other files
  8. Restricted files

Berry, Michelle

Toronto Newspaper Guild Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00133 (Downsview Offsite)
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1948-1972

The collection consists of case files, manuals and minutes of meetings of the Toronto Newspaper Guild.

Toronto Newspaper Guild

Royal Canadian Institute Records (Downsview Offsite)

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00193
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1849-ongoing

Consists of minute books, membership lists, financial records, final typescripts of lectures, correspondence, committee minutes and reports, scrapbooks, clippings and printed materials.

Royal Canadian Institute

Richard Pennington Papers (Downsview Offsite)

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00148
  • Manuscript Collection
  • [193-]-[199-]

The collection consists of Penningtons's writings, research materials and correspondence. It includes material relating to his research on the etchings of Wenceslaus Hollars, along with drafts of his book A Descriptive Catalogue of the Etched Work of Wencelaus Hollar, 1607-1677 (1982). It also contains material relating to his book Peterley Harvest: The Private Diary of David Peterley (1960) and to his unpublished memoirs. There are also letters from various English authors and correspondence and papers relating to his work as librarian and secretary of the National Liberal Club in London, England, in the 1930s. Some of the later material relates to Pennington's private press publications.

Pennington, Richard

New Play Society Records (Downsview Offsite)

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00228
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1946-1971

The collection consists primarily of business records of the New Play Society, including those for its theatre school, as well as production files, correspondence, photographs and clippings. Material on Dora Mavor Moore can be found in the collection of her papers (MS Coll 00207).

New Play Society

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)

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

Patrick McGahern Papers (Downsview Offsite)

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00697
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1888-2012

This collection demonstrates the scope and practice of operating an antiquarian bookseller’s establishment both before and during the use of computerized orders, payments, and catalogue creation. In particular, it deals with Patrick McGahern Books in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, also known as both The Book Boutique and Patrick and Liam McGahern Books. The collection contains business records,financial records, book orders, correspondence, memorabilia, a card catalogue, and bookseller’s catalogue proofs, masters, and prints related to the operation of Patrick McGahern Books.It also contains a moderate collection of nineteenth and twentieth-century bookseller’s catalogues either collected or used by Patrick and Liam McGahern.

Patrick McGahern Books

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 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)

George Keppie Papers (Downsview Offsite)

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00116
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1918-1959

The collection consists of correspondence and accounts relating to Keppie's work as manager of several American Theatres and the Uptown Theatre, Toronto (Vaughan Glaser Players) and the Empire Theatre (Theatre Guild of Canada). It also contains photographs and mimeographed and typed playscripts, including two by John Coulter and one by Wilson MacDonald.

Keppie, George

Stuart King Jaffary Papers (Downsview Offsite)

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00113
  • Manuscript Collection
  • [193-]-1964

The collection consists of correspondence, articles and research notes on criminology, penal reform, sentencing and about the University of Toronto School of Social Work.

Jaffary, Stuart King

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

Kate A. Foster Papers (Downsview Offsite)

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00086
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1932-1956

The collection consists of correspondence, minutes, programmes, reports, articles and speeches relating to the Council of Friendship and its work with immigrants.

Foster, Kate A.

Morris Wolfe Papers

This accession contains a manuscript for ‘Re/mem/ber/ing’ part 2, other writing, and personal and miscellaneous files relating to the life and work of Morris Wolfe.

Wolfe, Morris

Morris Wolfe Papers

  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1942-2016

Includes drafts, correspondence, photographs and other material mainly pertaining to Edmund Wilson’s O Canada: an American’s notes on Canadian Culture (1965).

Wolfe, Morris

Marjorie Wilkins Campbell Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00138 (Downsview Offsite)
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1923-1986

Collection of literary papers of Marjorie Wilkins Campbell including published and unpublished works, personal and business correspondence.

Campbell, Marjorie Wilkins

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

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

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

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