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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 Material also relates to two unpublished novels: one tracing the lives of the characters from Swimming in the Monsoon Sea as adults and living in Canada, and the other – The Vanishing Relics, which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

Josef Škvorecký Papers

Holograph and typescript drafts of his works (novels, travelogues, literary essays, film scripts, etc.), correspondence and works by other authors

[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

J. Edward Chamberlin Papers

Includes Lorna Goodison material such as drafts, proofs and notes for From Harvey River; early drafts of ‘Supplying Salt and Light/Oracabessa’; Travelling Mercies; By Love Possessed; drafts for unpublished ‘The Book of Amber’; Controlling the Silver; personal and professional correspondence, including Rex Nettleford, Derek Walcott and others; ink doodles and drawings within texts; appearances; photographs; “Run of poetry by Canadian Poets (each illustrated) in Saturday Night, January 1989 – January 1995. Poetry editor J. Edward Chamberlin”; and various other material related to the lives and work of Lorna Goodison and J. Edward Chamberlin

Goodison, Lorna

Niagara Falls Suspension Bridge Papers

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 Papers

The Niagara Falls Suspension Bridge fonds consists primarily of 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.

As these records document the lifespan of the Niagara Falls Suspension Bridge from conception to destruction, they also show the operational progress and administrative history of the conjoined bridge company and Board of Directors. Included is a large collection of handwritten letters and early telegram correspondence authored by and addressed to various members of the Joint Board of Directors, engineers, attorneys, and representatives from the Great Western Railroad Company and the New York, Lake Erie, and Western Railroad Company. Of note is the glut of professional correspondence between William Hamilton Merritt, Charles Brydges, William Swan, and various engineers involved with the concept, construction, and renewals of the Niagara Falls Suspension Bridge, including Charles Ellet, Jr., Samuel Keefer, John Augustus Roebling, and Leffert Lefferts Buck.

The fonds also includes textual records that document financial and business transactions between the conjoined bridge company, engineers, and merchants. Many of the latter bear historical company letterheads and insignia, including those of the Detroit Bridge and Ironworks Co., the Hamilton Bridge and Tool Company, the First National Bank of Albion (NY), and the Grand Trunk and Great Western Railroads. Further records document the internal administration of the conjoined bridge company and the interactions of the Board of Directors and executives, including internal financial records, engineering drafts, and executive meeting reports. In the interest of provenance, a small amount of ephemeral material, including photographs, postcards, stamps, and miscellaneous correspondence addressed to Glenn C. Way of 1631 Niagara Avenue, Niagara Falls, New York (1902 -1917), Charles H. Stringer (Clifton Hotel Accountant) of 1259 Heywood Avenue, Niagara Falls, Ontario, and c/o the Clifton Hotel (1902 -1931) is also maintained within the fonds.

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

Bata Shoe Company Papers

Contains VHS, Beta U-Matic cassette tapes; 8mm, 16mm and 35mm film reels and audio cassette tapes. The content of the recordings ranges widely and includes: recordings of speeches and conferences; media interviews and news spotlights featuring the company, Thomas J. Bata and/or Sonja Bata; Bata company promotional videos (including commercials and advertising spots); company-related historical highlights (complied by Bata employees); and HR and Technical department training videos, among other subjects.

Bata Shoe Company Papers

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 organization’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
.

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

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.

Miriam Beckerman Papers

Includes audio cassette interview conducted by Miriam Beckerman with Margaret Atwood, at home, January 12, 1972; correspondence from John Fowles, Adrienne Clarkson, Margaret Atwood, Helen Weinzweig (including carbon typed transcript of interview), rejection letter from Chateleine magazine re: Weinzweig interview, "Margaret Atwood: Her Poems and Novels", essay by Miriam Beckerman, marked by Michael Ondaatje, with detailed holograph comments, February 16, 1972

Miriam Dashkin Beckerman Papers

Includes Haftling (Prisoner) No. 94771 Memoirs of Holocaust Survivors in Canada, Volume 28: experiences in German Lagers (Camps) 1941-1945, Lithuania: Dvinsk, Riga, Kaiserwald, Germany: Stutthof, Tarin, Bromberg by Paula Frankel-Zaltzman, translated from the Yiddish by Miriam Dashkin Beckerman; English translations of Boris Sandler’s short stories published in The Jewish Forward; English translations from the Yiddish of stories by Dovid Katz [nom de plume Heershadovid Menkes], including ‘If Not Wiser’, ‘The Thirteenth Romp’, ‘The Angel of Martzibal’ and ‘Noach Anshel of the Other World’; translations of Chava Rosenfarb stories and notes; translations of Friedenson/Strauss family poems and letters; I and My World by David Volpe, English translation; Beckerman’s translation of the Yizkor book entry, On the Ruins of My Home by Avraham Zimler regarding Zsirardow (Zherardow), Amshinov and Viskit, [Pinkes Zshirardoṿ, Amshinoṿ un Ṿisḳiṭ : yizker-bukh tsu der geshikhṭe fun di ḳehiles : Zshirardoṿ, Amshinoṿ, Ṿisḳiṭ, fun zeyer oyfḳum biz zeyer ḥurben dorkh di Natsis yimaḥ shmam [redaḳṭor, Mordkhe Ṿ. Bernshṭayn]. Imprint Buenos-Ayres : Landslayṭ-faraynen in Ameriḳe, Yiśroel, Franḳraykh, Argenṭine, 1961.];

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.

Jack Batten Papers

This latest accession of Jack Batten’s papers includes material – research, manuscripts and other editorial matter – for various Batten books, including: The Man Who Ran Faster than Everyone: The Story of Tom Longboat, The Annex: The Story of a Toronto Neighbourhood, Learned Friends: A Tribute to 50 Remarkable Advocates, 1950-2000, Silent in an Evil Time: The Brave War of Edith Cavell and The War to End All Wars: The Story of World War I. It also includes research and manuscripts for his freelance work, primarily for magazines, as well as his radio scripts and other projects.

Jack Batten Papers

This collection contains papers and other documents pertaining to the work of Jack Batten, a Toronto-based writer and journalist..

Barbarian Press Papers

This collection complements the existing Barbarian Press Papers held at the Fisher Library. It consists of a variety of material – including correspondence, manuscripts, and other production material – related to the production and publishing of the Barbarian titles Venus & Adonis (published 2005), The Wolf’s Carol (2006), Under Strange Sail (2007), Amours de Voyage (2007) and Not Yet (privately printed in 2006), as well as various pamphlets, broadsheets and ephemera produced by the Mission, B.C. team of Crispin and Jan Elsted.

Barbarian Press Papers

This accession consists of the manuscripts, illustrations, page proof sheets, correspondence and other editorial material for Barbarian Press books released between 2002 and 2005, including: Endgrain Editions Three: Peter Lazarov (2002), John Keats’ Eve of Saint Agnes (2003), Hoi Barbaroi: A Quarter Century at Barbarian Press (2004), Emily: Opposites Attract (2004), Carlo Toselli’s What is Time? (2004) and John Loney’s Gallipoli (2005). It also contains material for smaller, miscellanous Barbarian Press projects, including catalogues, wedding invitations and broadsheets.

Barbarian Press Papers

This gift contains Proofs and Design Drawings for C. Toselli’s Immobile correndo (Motionless in Motion) from proofs to deluxe edition, Crispin Elsted’s A Natural History of Surprise, Abigail Rorer’s Endgrain Editions Two, Arnold Shives’ Mountain Journal, and miscellaneous. There are also Proofs and Design Drawings for Founts and Circumstance and A Sloth of Bears,

Barbarian Press Papers

Papers for its commissioned and non-commissioned work. Includes correspondence, designs, dummies, proofs from blocks, and page proofs.

Don Bailey Papers

This accession includes personal correspondence; audiovisual materials; and 160 floppy disks containing manuscript drafts, story drafts, journal entries, projects, notes, correspondence, foster children’s files, and other items relating to the life and work of Don Bailey.
Contains series:

-Correspondence
-Other Files
-Audiovisual Materials

Don Bailey Papers

This accession includes drafts of writing, personal correspondence, journals, day planners, and other items relating to Canadian author, Don Bailey.
Contains series:

-Writing files

  • Professional and personal files

Don Bailey Papers

Collection of manuscript drafts; drafts for film and television scripts; personal and business correspondence (business pertaining mainly to his social services activities); video and audio cassettes related to his dramatic works; and other material related to his life and work.

Don Bailey Papers

Drafts and final typescripts of literary works, correspondence, business and personal papers.

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.

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.

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.

Margaret Atwood Papers

Includes drafts, notes, proofs for Stone Mattress: Nine Tales; The Handmaid’s Tale ballet by the Royal Winnipeg Ballet; “I’m Starved For You” short story (part of The Heart Goes Last) published digitally only with Byliner/Positron, online publisher; drafts, notes and other material related to Margaret Atwood’s new novel The Heart Goes Last, including extensive editorial notes and comments by Ellen Seligman; ‘Cause Files’; letters of recommendation by Margaret Atwood; appearances; In Other Worlds foul matter; MaddAddam media; general media; fan mail 2013-2014; various small projects; general media; general fan mail; ‘fantastic fan mail’; Future Library press archive

Margaret Atwood Papers

This accession contains notes, drafts, editorial correspondence (with Ellen Seligman and others) and research for Hag-Seed: The Tempest Retold; the Rolex Mentor and Protégé Arts Initiative in which Margaret Atwood mentored writer Naomi Alderman; appearances; short pieces; essays; interviews; media for various projects including her graphic novel with Johnnie Christmas, Angel Catbird; a draft of Dark Backward, early title of Hag-Seed; material related to the upcoming Netflix mini-series Alias Grace directed by Sarah Polley; fan mail; editorial and other correspondence; the City Opera Vancouver production of Pauline; and other material

Margaret Atwood Papers

Includes drafts, proofs, editorial correspondence and other material related to MaddAddam; The Year of the Flood [early title ‘God’s Garden’]; promotional material, publisher’s correspondence, website, early preliminary material; the ‘Trace’ play; film scripts and correspondence for Grace Marks/Alias Grace, Life Before Man, The Robber Bride, Lady Oracle, Cat’s Eye, The Edible Woman, ‘Score: a hockey musical’ [MA singing cameo]; print and personal appearances, activism and other activities; short pieces, essays, speeches; Nashville Public Television interview, and research files for The Year of the Flood, Oryx and Craik, MaddAddam

Margaret Atwood Papers

This accession for Margaret Atwood’s papers contains publishers’ correspondence; media; promotional materials; materials related to theatre and film including adaptations of her work and librettos she has written; professional correspondence; personal correspondence; awards and honorary degrees; fan mail; press clippings; and other material related to her life and work.

Margaret Atwood Papers

Includes drafts, correspondence and other material for In Other Worlds: Science Fiction and the Human Imagination; essays, short pieces, speeches, activism, charitable pursuits, publishing and personal correspondence, books in translation and various editions, DVDs and CDs of appearances, posters, flyers, and other material related to the life and work of Margaret Atwood.

Margaret Atwood Papers

This latest accession of the Margaret Atwood Papers complements and builds on the Atwood collections held at the Fisher Library. It consists of draft manuscripts for the 2008 Massey Lectures delivered by Atwood, collected and published as Payback: Debt and the Shadow Side of Wealth (House of Anansi Press, 2008), as well as research material for the lectures. There is also an extensive collection of media clippings, including reviews, for the Atwood books Moral Disorder, The Tent, Up in the Tree and The Penelopiad (book and stage production), as well as correspondence, largely editorial (including marketing and book tour information) on those books. The papers also include correspondence from various friends and colleagues of Atwood, including June Callwood, Dorothy Livesay, John Newlove, James Reaney, Jane Rule and Carol Shields.

Margaret Atwood Papers

The latest accession of Margaret Atwood’s papers complements and builds on the Atwood Papers held at the Fisher Library. It consists of a large collection of juvenilia, both her’s and her brother’s, as well as letters written by Atwood to her parents over a 40- year period. The papers also include manuscripts, including the holograph drafts of individual poems, from Atwood’s collection of poems, The Door (published in 2007), as well as manuscripts and editorial material for Moral Disorder and the stage version of The Penelopiad.

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.

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

Mary Burns Papers

Includes drafts and notes for The Reason for Time; You Again; Casting the Angel; The Last Resort; and Presto!; as well as writing-related and personal correspondence; Mary Burns’ blog; columns from The Yukon News, including ‘Soapbox’, 1970s.

Mary Burns Papers

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.

Toronto Gilbert and Sullivan Society Papers

Includes photographs, Toronto Gilbert and Sullivan Society documents, 1940s – 2000s, including The Canadian Savoyard and ToRonToRa; miniature set designs; programmes; St. Anne’s productions; ‘pre-history’ from Harbord Collegiate productions, courtesy of Mort Greenberg and other material related to the Toronto Society and to Gilbert and Sullivan, London, including the D’Oyly Carte Company.

George Swede Papers

Comprised of material related to the life and work of Professor and poet George Swede including poetry, haiku, tanka, renka, prose, fiction, editorial, fan mail, personal, Ryerson-related (including RUN program, Chair of Psychology and Justice Studies, teaching and committees), psychology, education, awards, correspondence and other material. Some material by wife and partner Anita Krumins. Specific material for Swede’s popular children’s haiku book Time is Flies; International haiku organizations and events; The Mexican Haiku: origins and current directions by George Swede and Anita Krumins; research material on Mexican haiku poets and poetry; Global Haiku anthology of world haiku poets; extensive haiku and haiku-related publications and appearances, both Canadian and international; drafts, notes and research ideas for various short stories for children and adults; The Case of the Moonlit Golddust, ‘The Cliff’, ‘Fractals’, novel drafts, ‘The Pain-Giver’, ‘To See Again The Stars’/‘Nev’; PhD material; ‘Magic Eyes’ young adult novel draft; children’s short stories; complete appearances in print publications; books reviewed; submissions; fan mail; early family photographs; unpublished haiku drafts; awards and other material related to the life and work of George Swede

Select correspondents include: Pier Giorgio Di Cicco, Al Purdy, Ted Plantos, Douglas Lochhead, Francis Sparshott, Marshall Hryciuk, Bill Bissett, Susan Ioannou, b.p. Nichol, Robert Kroetsch, Joe Blades, jw curry, Bill Keith, Patsy Aldana

Lawrence Sherk Papers

This accession of Lawrence (Larry) Sherk’s papers includes early correspondence, travel, European horticultural materials, materials, photographic slides, and drafts of his book: 150 Years of Canadian Beer Labels (2016).

Contains series:

  1. Correspondence
  2. Travel materials
  3. European horticultural materials
  4. Other slides
  5. Files for book: ‘150 Years of Canadian Beer Labels’
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