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Ken Koyama Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00670
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1987-1992

Small collection of printed material regarding Japanese Canadian immigrants after WWII .

Koyama, Ken

Kenneth Sherman Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00740
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1970s-2000s

Includes drafts and notes for: Black Flamingo, Cost of Living, Jogging With the Great Ray Charles, Clusters, My Father Kept His Cats Well Fed and Words for Elephant Man. Poem drafts, early essays, course work from York University and literary correspondence, 1980s – 2000s (Irving Layton, Seymour Mayne, Eric Ormsby, Cynthia Ozick, Robyn Sarah, Joe Rosenblatt, Czeslaw Milosz, Philip Roth and others) also form part of this accession.

Sherman, Kenneth

Kildare Dobbs Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00049C
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1855-2013

This first accession of Kildare Dobbs’s papers contains drafts of his published works (Running to Paradise, The Great Fur Opera, Anatolian Suite: Travels and Discursions in Turkey, The Eleventh Hour: Poems for the Third Millennium, Casablanca: The Poem, Running the Rapids: A Writer’s Life, Cassanova in Venice: A Raunchy Rhyme, Away From Home: Canadian Writers in Exotic Places); other writing drafts, including writing for newspapers, magazines, his contributions to CBC radio programs “Ideas” and “Anthology”; his travel files pertaining to all of the places he visited (and wrote about) around the world; a significant amount of correspondence (both physical and digital correspondence); personal files and documents relating to his family’s history; professional files; photographs; cut-outs and print-outs of published articles; notebooks and journals; audiovisual and digital materials; and other files relating to the life and work of Kildare Dobbs.

Dobbs, Kildare

Klement Family Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00610
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1933-2004

Papers consist of “birthday books”- albums created by Anna Pachner Klement for her grandson, Tomaš (Tomi), beginning at age two, when he was diagnosed with Sydenham’s chorea. Albums depict stories of a young boy and his adoring grandmother and the life of one Jewish family during the 1930’s. Two years after Tomi’s birth, Adolf Hitler came to power, and the albums begin to record the changing attitude towards Jews in Czechoslovakia. The last album was written in 1940 and in it Mrs. Klement describes how they are forbidden to go to the theatre or the movies. Also included in the family papers are photo albums, photographs, Anna Klement’s diaries, poems by Anna Klement, family papers including obituaries, marriage certificates, etc., and Olga Klement’s diaries as well as her art work, autobiography, correspondence, notebooks and betacam tapes.

Klement Family

Kurt Loeb Collection of Otto Meissner Correspondence

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00456
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1939-1942

Collection consists of official correspondence and personal letters of Otto Meissner. The material includes birthday greetings sent to Nazi party officials, invitations to Meissner to attend parades and other gala events, letters received sent by German citizens with suggestions and requests for Meissner, and notes accompanying gifts sent to Meissner by various citizens and companies.

Meissner, Otto

Lanman and Kemp Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00208
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1850-1880

A small collection from the pharmaceutical firm of Lanman and Kemp, New York, that consists of orders received from Canadian firms and individuals.

Lanman and Kemp

Laurie Kahn (Frank Plumpton Ramsey) Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00735
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1970-1982

Correspondence and research about Frank Plumpton Ramsey (1903-1930), mathematician, philosopher, economist. Ramsey biographer Laura Leavitt-Kahn gathered letters from old school friends of Ramsey, from Winchester School to colleagues and students at Cambridge. Included are her notes and research for the biography, which was never completed. Correspondence from Ramsey’s wife, Lettice, is also present. Copies of some of his work and correspondence to his parents, Wittgenstein and others form part of this material. Originals of these are held by Ramsey’s grandson.

Kahn, Laurie

Lawrence Hill Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00593
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1915-2008

This collection consists of extensive material - manuscripts, research materials, correspondence - related to published books by Lawrence Hill, including Any Known Blood; Some Great Thing; The Book of Negroes/Someone Knows My Name; Black Berry, Sweet Juice; Women of Vision: the Story of the Canadian Womens Association; Trials and Triumphs: the Story of African Canadians; The Deserter's Tale: the Story of an Ordinary Soldier Who Walked Away from the War in Iraq, among other titles and projects. It also includes correspondence, photographs, family histories and other material related to the life and work of Hill.

Hill, Lawrence

Leacock-McDougall Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00499
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1928-1962

This collection consists primarily of correspondence of Stephen Leacock and Joseph Easton McDougall, including material about Leacock following his death.

Leacock, Stephen

League for Social Reconstruction Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00035
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1933-1940

The collection consists of minutes, membership records and correspondence of the League for Social Reconstruction, as well as letters dealing with the Canadian forum (1936-1940) while it operated under the auspices of the League.

League for Social Reconstruction

Leah Purkiss Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00123
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1844

The collection consists of a holograph journal (dated April 2 to May 25, 1844) kept by Purkiss and sent to her sister Fanny Lockyer in England. It was written during the Atlantic Ocean voyage made when she and her husband George emigrated to Canada. After arriving in Montreal, they settled in Toronto where they had one child, Mary, who married Robert Freeland.

Purkiss, Leah

Leon Katz Collection

Consists largely of photographs, many of them signed, primarily of artists and writers. Also contains background material Katz collected on the various individuals represented in his Momento Books, including newspaper clippings and related correspondence. It also includes photographs of Henry Moore's work, material from the Arts & Letters Club of Toronto during the 1970s, and misc. professional material (photographs, correspondence, patents, printed matter) from Leon Katz's career as owner and president at Canada X-Ray Ltd. Personal material includes letters from Katz's parents written in the 1930s and a journal kept by Katz from 1958-1961. Additional correspondence includes holiday cards from friends, as well as letters from anonymous collectors solicited by Katz in advertisements in various magazines for a study he hoped to do on the psychology of collecting.

Katz, Leon

Leon Katz Momento Books

Two-volume book which consists of 341 paintings, sketches, prints, collages, autographs, partial music scores, poetry and prose collected by Katz, with the help of his wife Johanna, over nearly three decades, from 1970-1998.

Among the Canadian contributors: Farley Mowat, Margaret Atwood, Northup Frye, Robertson Davies, Michael Ondaatje, Arthur Lismer, Thoreau MacDonald (a frequent contributor), Leon Bellefleur. Interest
contributors: Marc Chagall, Rufino Tamayo, Henry Moore, Andy Warhol, among many others.

Katz, Leon

Leonard Cohen Papers

  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1953 - 2003

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

Cohen, Leonard

Leonard Cohen Papers

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

Cohen, Leonard

Leonard Cohen Papers

Death of a Lady’s Man: author’s proofs with some holograph revision; master proofs; first and revised proofs, illustrations; cover designs and layout, all June 1977; photos; The Language of Flowers —manuscript book presented to Suzanne Elrod by Leonard Cohen in 1970; awards, Leonard Cohen fan event, Montreal, May 2000; record from York University Radio; posters—one signed by Harry Rasky to Cohen, from Chagall film and other material.

Cohen, Leonard

Literary Club Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00218
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1930-1934, 1984

This collection consists of the minutes of the Literary Club, as well as correspondence of various members with Mrs. Norma Lyne, brief biographies of the members, and a portion of the untitled reminiscences of Henry H. Noyes.

Literary Club

Lloyd Roberts Collection of Grey Owl Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00373
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1937-1950

The collection consists of correspondence from Grey Owl and Anahareo "Pony" Gertie to Roberts, along with typescripts of an unpublished article by Roberts on Grey Owl and of a thirteen-part programme on CBC radio entitled "My Friend Grey Owl".

Roberts, Lloyd

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

Lorna Goodison Papers

Includes various earlier [1995- ] and later drafts of From Harvey River: a memoir of my mother and her people. Early working titles include ‘Rock Steady’, ‘Rocksteady’ and ‘The Rock Steady Dancer.’ Editorial revisions and notes by J. Edward Chamberlin are included on several drafts. Drafts of new and unpublished poems for Goldengrove: new and selected poems, as well as reviews, a current c.v., a short biography and an original ink drawing are also included

Lorna Goodison Papers

Includes copy edited manuscripts and galleys with detailed revision for U.S. version of Lorna Goodison’s From Harvey River: A Memoir of my Mother and her Island, Amistad/Harper Collins and paperback version, with new subtitle.

Goodison, Lorna

Lorna Goodison Papers

Includes early poetry drafts, many unpublished; Goldengrove corrected proofs, partial drafts and correspondence; Controlling the Silver drafts with holograph revisions ; miscellaneous holograph and word processed drafts of Turn Thanks, including some unpublished work and ink sketches; drafts of Travelling Mercies; From Harvey River drafts, proofs and correspondence (including early drafts titled ‘Rocksteady’ or ‘Rock Steady’) with editorial revision and correspondence; Fool-Fool Rose is Leaving Labour-in-Vain Savannah drafts; print, audio and video appearances by author, poet and professor Lorna Goodison.

Goodison, Lorna

Lorna Goodison Papers

  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1972-ongoing

The collection consists of notebooks, notes, holograph and typescript and word processed drafts for Goodison's poems and stories.

Goodison, Lorna

Lorna Kane McCracken Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00230 2B Annex
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1909-1965

Correspondence from John Galsworthy, W.W. Jacobs, Blanch Patch, Helen Waddell, manuscript of Galsworthy's The Pigeon; photographs.

McCracken, Lorna Kane

Louis Allen Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00142
  • Manuscript Collection
  • [192-?]

A collection of research materials for a PhD. thesis on thirteenth century French poems: De l'hermite et del jougleour. Includes photocopies of two ms. texts of poem and of related ms. materials includes published thesis.

Allen, Louis

Louis Blake Duff Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00074 2B Annex
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1932-1953

This collection is largely comprised of correspondence concerned with printing, but letters are also of a personal nature. Correspondents include: Edward Lee Stone, Melbert B. Cary, Jr., E.W. Johnson, Carl Dair, Mary Ethel Somerville, along with carbon copies of a letter from Duff to Edward Lee Stowe, and two letters to Carl Dair. There is also one letter to Blake from William Colgate sending him a copy of Horace Walpole on Milton, along with a typed copy of Duff's reply. The collection also includes a visitors' book at Cooneen Cross, proofs of Duff's The Printer of the Jesuit Relations and a a carbon copy of Duff's Ben Franklin and the First Printing in Montreal.

Duff, Louis Blake

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

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.

Appell, M. R. (Melvin Robert)

M.R. Appell Papers

  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1959-2015

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.

Appell, M. R. (Melvin Robert)

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.

Appell, M. R. (Melvin Robert)

Malcolm Lester Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00010E
  • Manuscript Collection
  • [198-]-[9-].

Collection includes primarily financial statements, correspondence and legal transactions related to the operations of the publishing house Lester & Orpen Dennys during the 1980s. It includes material related to Key Porter, Christopher Ondaatje, Pearson and Jack Shapiro.

Lester, Malcolm

Malcolm Ross Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00277
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1970-1997

The collection consists of correspondence, notes, manuscript drafts of his essays, and addresses. Papers give an overview of Canadian literary studies during the 1970's and 1980's.

Ross, Malcolm MacKenzie

Malka Marom Papers

  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1961-1999

Collection of research notes, interviews, and manuscript drafts relating to her first novel, Sulha, (Toronto, Key Porter Books, 1999),; photographs, tapes, cassettes and other material regarding research for Sulha, and her work as a world musician; tapes, films, videos, notes and draft scripts of her work as a maker of documentary radio programmes and films, and the interviewer of celebrated world figures (Pablo Casals, Moshe Dayan); correspondence (Dennis Lee, Leonard Cohen, Jack McClelland, Eli Wiesel), mainly 1972-1999.

Marom, Malka

Malka Marom Papers

Collection of research notes, interviews, and manuscript drafts relating to her first novel, Sulha, (Toronto, Key Porter Books, 1999),; photographs, tapes, cassettes and other material regarding research for Sulha, and her work as a world musician; tapes, films, videos, notes and draft scripts of her work as a maker of documentary radio programmes and films, and the interviewer of celebrated world figures (Pablo Casals, Moshe Dayan); correspondence (Dennis Lee, Leonard Cohen, Jack McClelland, Eli Wiesel), mainly 1972-1999.

Marom, Malka

Malka Marom Papers

Includes drafts, research, transcripts, photographs, correspondence and other material related to Joni Mitchell: In Her Own Words, Conversations with Malka Marom; and Sulha

Marom, Malka

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.

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.

Atwood, Margaret

Margaret Atwood Papers

This Margaret Atwood accession complements and builds on the existing Atwood collections held at the Fisher Library. It includes manuscript drafts – both holograph and word processed – of Atwood’s 2006 short story collection Moral Disorder, as well manuscripts and related material for various projects, including short articles, lectures and speeches. There is also a large collection of material dealing with various causes (cultural and environmental, as well as her work with PEN Canada), and administrative material dealing with the founding of the Griffin Award for Poetry

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

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

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

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

Margaret Atwood Papers

Collection of manuscripts, correspondence mainly with her agents and publishers, promotional materials and reviews relating to: Good Bones (1992), The Robber Bride (1993), Morning in the Burned House (1995), Strange Things (1995), and Alias Grace (1996); critical and biographical essays.

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

Atwood, Margaret

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

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

  • Manuscript Collection

The collection consists of drafts and final typescripts of literary works, original art work, correspondence, juvenilia, printed appearances, printed material, critical and audio-visual material, and works about Atwood.

Atwood, Margaret

Margaret Atwood Papers

This year’s accession of Margaret Atwood Papers complements and builds on the Atwood papers held at the Fisher Library. It includes the manuscript drafts of The Year of the Flood (published 2009), along with editorial material (manuscripts, galleys, correspondence) for other Atwood books and projects including Rude Ramsey and the Roaring Radishes, Payback, the stage version of The Penelopiad, The Blind Assassin, The Handmaid’s Tale, among other titles, and also includes various speeches, book reviews and other writing work.

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