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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

John Mitchell Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00212
  • Manuscript Collection
  • [195-?]

Consists of part of the manuscript of John Mitchell's book The Settlement of York County which was published posthumously in 1951 and commissioned by the Municipal Corporation of the County of York to mark the centennial of the beginnings of municipal government in the two Canadas. Also included is correspondence with Mitchell's typist Elaine Williams.

Mitchell, John

Coach House Press Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00620
  • Manuscript Collection
  • [196-]-2005

This is the first accession of the Coach House Press (CHP) papers by the Fisher Library. It primarily includes files accumulated and maintained by Stan Bevington, founder of the CHP. (While Library and Archives Canada holds a significant amount of Coach House Press materials, Bevington held back many of his own personal files related to CHP, with the intention of donating them to the Fisher Library). The papers include accounting materials for the Press–price quotes, sales invoices, payroll information, etc. –and other materials related to the running of the CHP. It also includes material collected by Bevington, dubbed “Stan’s ephemera,” which contain handwritten notes written by Bevington, as well as correspondence, programs and other assorted and interesting items.
The collection is particularly noteworthy for its extensive collection of computer-related material, including the files for SoftQuad, the company co-founded by Bevington that was at the forefront of the digital age in publishing. Bevington is considered a publishing pioneer in the transition to digital technology from traditional typesetting.

Coach House Press

Alan Stein Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00702
  • Manuscript Collection
  • [199-]-2009

This collection features the bulk of material associated with Alan Stein’s fine press imprint Church Street Press.

Stein, Alan

Collection of 190 Pieces of Vellum Illustrating the History and Development of Handwriting

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00045
  • Manuscript Collection
  • ca. 380-1514

Collection of 190 pieces of vellum in Greek and Latin illustrating the history and development of handwriting from the 4th century until the end of the Middle Ages. Items 1-21 (which are Coptic in origin) illustrate the development of uncial writing from the beginning up to its decline in Egypt in the 9th century. All leaves, with the exception of items 106 and 170 are mounted; items 62-90 and 113-169 are bound volumes.

Worel, Charles F.

Mansfield Woodhouse Collection

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00394
  • Manuscript Collection
  • [ca. 1204]-1903

The collection contains a large number of indentures, wills, marriage contracts, and military commissions that pertain to a small group of families whose ancestral home was in the manor town of Mansfield Woodhouse in Nottinghamshire, England. The records principally relate to the Hall, Meakin, Digby, Stuffyn, Bilbie, Hall, and Snowden families and their relations. They range in date from the thirteenth to the nineteenth centuries, and detail the lives of these families both in Great Britain and in Canada.

Shelton Ayliffe Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00258 2B Annex
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1561-1974

The collection consists of records of the Ayliffe Family which were acquired by S.W. Shelton in the 1950s. Included are two account books (dating from 1572 and 1595-1613), as well as documents and letters that belonged to the Ayliffe family. Transcriptions made by S.W. Shelton, along with his correspondence and research notes are also included.

Shelton, S. W.

J.H. Parker Collection of Spanish and Italian Documents

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00209 2B Annex
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1608-1818

The collection consists of Spanish and Italian documents, including a commission signed by Philip III (1578-1621), a document signed by Philip IV (1605-1665), and a document signed by King Vittorio Emanuele.

Parker, J.H. ( Jack Horace)

The Atkins Family Papers

  • CA OTUTF Ms Coll. 00185A
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1638-1982

A collection of papers pertaining to the Tinkler, Barnard, and Atkins families of England. The exact relationship between the Tinkler family and the Barnard/Atkins family remains unknown, although the papers related to Tinklers have been preserved together with those of the other families for several generations. The first box includes the military correspondence of Robert Barnard (d. 1854) from Ireland during the great famine year of 1847 as well as his letters from the Crimean War. The second box includes the military correspondence of Sir John Atkins, KCMG, KCVO, FRCS (1875-1963) from his year of service in the Boer War, as well as materials related to his career as a medical officer in the First World War. Boxes 3-5 reflect the life and career of Sir Hedley John Barnard Atkins, KStJ, KBE (1904-1983), first professor of surgery at Guy’s Hospital, London and President of the Royal College of Surgeons. He specialised in the scientific treatment of breast cancer and the Hedley Atkins Breast Unit at New Cross Hospital acknowledges his contribution in the field. From 1971 to 1973 he was President of the Royal Society of Medicine.

Atkins, John, Sir

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

Charles Walker Robinson Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00163
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1645-1940

The collection consists of family papers relating to John Robinson, Bishop of London (1650-1723), the Robinson family in Virginia and descendants in Upper Canada, especially Sir John Beverley Robinson (1791-1863), father of C.W. Robinson.

Robinson, C. W. (Charles Walker)

Tymperon Mottram Family Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00266 2B Annex
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1649-1781

The collection consists of various documents pertaining to the Tymperon and Mottram families.

Mottram Family

William Shelden Collection

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00233 2B Annex
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1670-1838

The collection consists of Shelden's collected correspondence with book dealers, and notes and cards with bibliographical information about his collection. Among the documents of interest include a signed letter from Sir Joseph Banks and a photograph of Robert Louis Stevenson, as well as a volume of original drawings used to illustrate one of Dumont D'Urville's voyages.

Sheldon, W. L.

Daniel and Lois Lowe Collection

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00223
  • Manuscript Collection
  • [17-]-[18-]

The collection consists of drawings and paintings of birds and flowers, mainly by English and French artists.

Lowe, Daniel

Venkatacharya Collection

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00291 2B Annex
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1700-1900

Collection of palm-leaf and paper manuscripts [ca. 1700-1900] of Sanskrit works mainly in Telugu and Bengali, and manuscript transcripts, microfilm and photocopies of Sanskrit works mainly in Devanagari and Telugu.

Venkatacharya, Tuppil

Dalley Family Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00237 2B Annex
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1710-1907 [bulk 1846-1907]

The Dalley Papers relate to the family estate in Wiltshire, England, to the military career of Captain William Dalley, and to the Hamilton business of Frederick Dalley and Fenner Frederick Dalley.

Dalley Family

Jean-Jacques Rousseau Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00130 2B Annex
  • 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

Thomas Townshend Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00222 2B Annex
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1741-1800

The collection consists primarily of correspondence written to Townshend. The letters are from family, friends, political colleagues and people who worked for him or served under him. Many were written to Townshend between 1784 and 1786 after he was made Baron Sydney and when he was secretary of state in the Pitt government, with many asking for political favours.

Townshend, Thomas

Emery Family Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00263 2B Annex
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1743-1978

This collection includes 2 diaries by Joshua Symonds (dated 1774-1775), a commonplace book (1743-1790), letters, material relating to Abraham Wyke Emery and the Wyke family, a family Bible, and 20th century items belonging to John Emery.

Emery Family

Helvétius Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00302 2B Annex
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1749-1801

Letters to the French philosopher from 18th century writers, philosophers, diplomats, ecclesiastics, government officials, patrons or friends of the arts.

Helvétius

Van der Smissen Family Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00068
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1751-1926 (bulk 1751-1875)

The collection consists of letters and documents concerning the van der Smissen family in Germany and Canada. The correspondence includes letters to Jacob Gysbert van der Smissen from Johann Lavator, a Reformed minister in Zurich, from Johann Heinrich Jung-Stilling, an eminent theological writer, and from Carl Heinrich von Bogatzky, an influential and prolific Lutheran writer in Germany. The remaining letters are primarily family correspondence, along with a family history, a travel journal, and the sermons of Wilhelm Leendert. It also includes W.H. van der Smisson's English translation, in the original metres, of Goethe's Faust.

van der Smissen Family

Guy St-Denis Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00557
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1756-1765

Consists of 23 letters by Lieutenant Laurence Norcop, 32nd Regiment, 1756-1769 to his father Laurence Norcop, and other related documents.

St-Denis, Guy

Canadian Documents

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00131
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1762-1839

Collection consists of forms relating to the civil and military governments of Upper and Lower Canada. Most are printed and completed in manuscript, some in manuscript only. Many forms document the salaries and pensions paid by the Province of Quebec (later Lower Canada). Two (1815 and 1817) are for Upper Canada. These are filed as "disbursements"; military payments as "warrants"; others include: receipts, powers of attorney, military "ordinaries" and "extraordinaries", etc
There are a variety of signatures on each document, including those of the governor, secretary, recipient or attorney for the recipient, etc. Only a few were definitely printed in Canada: byT.Cary and Co and by J. Neilson in Quebec. There is no imprint on most of them-they could have been printed in Canada.

George Soper Dempster Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00126
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1777-1883

A collection of letters and papers relating to George Dempster of Dunnichen (1732-1818), including his purchase of the estate of Skibo, the economic condition of the Highlands and Lord Selkirk's Red River settlement scheme. Correspondents include Thomas Telford, Sir Adam Ferguson and 1st Viscount Melville.

Dempster, George Soper

F. David Hoeniger Collection

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00239 2B Annex
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1779-1976

The collection consists of material collected by Hoeniger in the course of researching the forgeries of John Payne Collier (1789-1883). It also contains a collection of letters from writers and theatrical people.

Hoeniger, Frederick Julius David

David Rempel Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00329 2B Annex
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1782-1992

Contains the manuscripts and research of David G. Rempel, primarily on the topic of Mennonite life in pre-Revolutionary Russia. This collection includes the manuscripts of Rempel’s brother Johann (John) Gerhard Rempel, which have been translated by Rempel. As well as books, articles, manuscripts, diaries and other writing on the topic of Mennonites in Russia, and more widely, which was collected by Rempel for research purposes. In addition, the collection contains a large amount of Rempel’s correspondence with family, friends, scholars and researchers on the topic of Mennonite history.

Rempel, David G.

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

The Provincial Marine Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS Coll 00022B
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1788 - 1792

Collection consists of 34 promissory freight notes for merchandise and peltries shipped aboard the King’s Armed Vessels between British Garrisons on Lake Ontario, Lake Erie and Lake Huron (1778-1787). This series includes thirty holograph notes and four printed forms with holograph additions. The printed form are likely produced by William Brown, Quebec’s first printer. Collection also contains 12 manuscript documents and letters on the hardships experienced by fur traders and merchants in their attempts to conduct business in the Great Lakes region (1783-1793). These documents primarily illustrate the experiences of three prominent fur traders: Philippe-Francois de Rastel de Rocheblave, James Ellice and Toussaint Pothier.

The Provincial Marine

De Grassi Family Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00073
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1793-1877

Collection of papers of the family and descendents of Philip De Grassi (1793-1877). Letters of Charles Gordon Lennox, 5th Duke of Richmond (1791-1860), and other members of his family (1812-1836), mostly to Philip De Grassi.

De Grassi, Philip

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

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

Hale Family Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00090
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1799-1910

Original and transcribed letters from John Hale, Receiver-General of Lower Canada, and his wife, Elizabeth, between 1799-1823. The collection also contains copies of other family letters and documents giving genealogical information.

Hale Family

Talacko Collection of Czech Authors

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00612
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 18-

Correspondence, poems and short stories written by a variety of late 19th century Czech authors. Includes members of the “Maj” group, Josef Svatopluk Machar, founder of “The Czech moderns”, Adolf Černy, Eliška Krásnohorská, František Táborský and composer Karel Weis.

Machar, Josef Svatopluk

Louis Melzak Collection of Canadian Historical Documents

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00210
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1800-1899

Consists of various documents, maps, letters and bound volumes acquired by Louis Melzak. The majority of the items relate to the Morris and McLean families which had been collected in a scrapbook by Edmund Morris. The letters and documents had been arranged by Morris in two groups: those of the Alexander McLean family and those of the Alexander Morris family. He included a brief outline of the history of the McLean family and an index of those documents.
The bound volumes include an early printer's pay-book, the diary of a British soldier series in Upper Canada and material relating to the settlement of the Eastern Townships of Quebec.

Melzack, Louis

Sir Allan Napier MacNab Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00220
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1801-1907

Legal and business papers and correspondence, chiefly relating to MacNab’s various property transactions, as well as a small amount of historical material relating to the Rebellion of 1837-1838. Also includes documents from the governing of the Estate after Allan MacNab’s death. This includes papers from MacNab’s sister-in-law and executor, Sophia Stuart MacNab, as well papers from her successors, Mary Stuart Daly and Caroline Daly. These records pertain to the maintenance of the estate, information on the mortgages owned by the estate and lawsuits.

MacNab, Allan Napier

The Niagara Falls Suspension Bridge Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS Coll. 00403B
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1801 - 1937

The second accession of the Niagara Falls Suspension Bridge Papers includes predominantly textual (handwritten and typescript) material relating to the administration and operation of the Niagara Falls Suspension Bridge Company and the Niagara Falls International Bridge Company during the years 1801 – 1937 (bulk 1835-1937).

Niagara Falls Suspension Bridge Company

John Frothingham Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00170
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1810-1870

This collection consists largely of diaries by Frothingham that contain notes about various business activities, the weather, the garden, arrival and departure of ships and family news. Political events are also occasionally mentioned in the diaries.

Frothingham, John

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

Harold M. Tovell Collection

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00023 2B Annex
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1815-1934

The collection consists of correspondence and notes concerning Napoleon Bonaparte, as well as a transcript of the manuscript diary of Barry Edward O'Meara.

Tovell, Harold M.

Anthony Salvin Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00249
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1828-[ca. 1862]

The collection consists of architectural drawings for various projects by the British architect Salvin. Drawings are either executed by Salvin himself or by other architects or draughtsmen in his office. Additional material includes: 8 photographs of Salvin projects; 5 drawings by Salvin's wife, Anne Andrews (Nesfield) Salvin; a catalogue of Salvin's library at Elmshurst; and engravings of British cathedrals.

Salvin, Anthony

Fleming Family Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00290
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1829-1960

Collection consists of correspondence and business material related to the Fleming Family of Ontario. There is special emphasis on material about Niagara Falls, Owen Sound, Ontario local history and Northern Business College. Much of the material is related to Christopher Alexander Fleming, a life-long teacher and author of several textbooks on penmanship, mensuration, bookkeeping and business practices.

Fleming Family

Harshaw Collection of William Boyne Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00298 2B Annex
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1830-1991

Collection Includes: family correspondence, holograph and printed volumes, albums of plates; also transcriptions and introductions by William A. Harshaw.

Boyne, William

The Niagara Falls Museum Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS Coll. 00403A
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1832 - 2004

Collection consists of archival material related to the museum and its proprietors, including correspondence and promotional material, as well as items documenting Sidney Barnett’s involvement in the militia and Fenian Raids (1866). The collection also includes books and ephemera pertaining to the Niagara Falls tourist industry, such as guidebooks, broadsides, flyers, tickets and certificates. The collection also contains 124 photographs, including glass stereoviews, card stereoviews, ambrotypes, cabinet cards, and albumen photographs, dating from 1850s to the 1890s, with 18 produced by the museum itself.

The Niagara Falls Museum

Gilbert Bagnani Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00265 2B Annex
  • Manuscript Collection
  • [1835?]-1980

A collection of volumes and papers from the library of Professor Gilbert Bagnani and his wife, Stewart Bagnani. It includes manuscripts collected by them or relating to their library.

Bagnani, Gilbert

Alfred Edward Lavell Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00108
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1835-1935.

The collection consists of drafts of Lavell's History of the Ontario Hospitals for the insane and feeble-minded. It contains material on mental institutions in Ontario.

Lavell, Alfred Edward

William Tyrrell Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00025
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1836-1928

The collection consists of both private family correspondence and business papers. Included in the family correspondence are letters from William and his wife Elizabeth to their children, as well letters from relatives in Ireland, family friends and from important figures of the day who were acquaintances of Tyrrell. There is also material relating to Tyrrell's career in local politics and his activities as Justice of the Peace in Weston, Ont. The collection also contains business papers that relate to Tyrrell's contracting and building business.

Tyrrell, William

James Williams Tyrrell Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00310
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1836-1982

The collection consists of correspondence, notebooks and diaries, drafts for Tyrrell's writings, survey plans and maps, photographs relating to his family and work, and ephemera.

Tyrrell, J. W. (James Williams)

R. Douglas Stupart Collection

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00187 2B Annex
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1836-1845

The collection consists of three items formerly in the possession of Stupart, including Stupart's journal he kept on board the H.M. Sloop Victor, East India Station (1836) and a manuscript about the slave vessel, the Brigantine Echo.

Douglas, Stupart R.

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