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Morris Wolfe Papers

  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1942-2016

Contains files relating to the life and work of writer and editor, Morris Wolfe.

Wolfe, Morris

Morton Shulman Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00285 2B Annex
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1882-[ca. 1982]

The collection consists of a bound typescript of Shulman's The Pfeffenhauser Clock, and a copy of Julia Jarvis' In Good Faith, with some of the graphic materials that she assembled in preparing it. Most of the material relates to Jarvis' parents, Arthur and Frances Annie Julia Roe.

Shulman, Morton

Mykhailo Sytnyk Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00578
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1939-1982

The collection consists of correspondence between Sytnyk and his mother in Ukraine, whom he found in the last years of his life; other relatives in Ukraine; and his wife Hanna Cherin. The letters from Volodymyr Vynnychenko, a writer and political leader, forms the large part of the correspondence. The collection also includes some of Sytnyk's personal documents. The collection also contains many photographs of Sytnyk. They were taken when he was living in Lviv, Kyiv, Germany, and the United States. He was photographed with famous Ukrainian literary figures, such as, for example, IaUri- Kosach and IaUri- Klen (pseud. of Oswald Burghardt). The collection also contains Sytnyk's publications. These include two of his manuscripts, and a number of clippings of his poetry published in different periodicals. The collection also includes many articles about Sytnyk. In addition, the collection consists of material collected by John Luczkiw for a collection of Sytnyks poetry entitled TaSvit paporoti (Flower of the Fern). Luczkiw compiled the bibliography of Sytnyks works that was incorporated into the publication. The collection is organized into six series: biographical records, correspondence, publications, photographs, bibliographical materials, and miscellaneous.

Sytnyk, Mykhailo

Naomi Bell Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00553
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1923-2003

Includes an extensive collection of Yiddish folk songs and other songs, primarily in Yiddish and Hebrew, including Canonical and Art Songs. Also includes some rare and fragile music and song books; cassettes of 'Naomis Programs' and collected songs; as well as research notes, lecture-recital material, workshops and presentations created and presented by Bell.

Bell, Naomi

National Inter-Faith Immigration Committee Records

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00288 2B Annex
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1967-1982

The collection is comprised of minutes of the committee's executive and annual meetings, financial statements, statistics, correspondence, church listings, membership lists, mailing lists, directories, newsletters, publicity, pamphlets and proofs. These papers are mostly concerned with the affairs of the National and Regional Committees, however the last five boxes contain the papers of the Metropolitan Toronto Inter-Faith Immigration Committee.

National Inter-Faith Immigration Committee

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

Niagara Falls Suspension Bridge Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00568
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1846-1937

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 correspondance 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 correspondance 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 correspondance 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.

Niagara Falls Suspension Bridge Company

Nisha Dubey Papers of Samuel Bamber and William Brown

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00738
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1909-1978

Personal documents (1909-1978) pertaining to Samuel Bamber of Stockport, Chesire, United Kingdom, and William Brown, also of Stockport, a member of the International Brigade (London) who went to fight in Spain during the Spanish Civil War.

Dubey, Nisha

North West Company Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00077
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1800-1818

The collection consists of journals, including typed copies of portions of the transcript of the Selkirk Papers at Library and Archives Canada; inventories; invoices; an agreement standardizing wages and equipment of employees; and, manuscript notebooks containing accounts with First Nations.

North West Company

Oelschlager Family Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00259 2B Annex
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1813-1901

Consists of papers relating to the family of William Oelschlager including correspondence from him to his family, journals of his trips to Manitoba and to Europe, drafts of his report to the Minister of Agriculture and his letter to the Mayor and Council of the town of Berlin, passports of other family members, extract from a birth certificate, autograph albums and two issues of the Daily Telegraph (Berlin) Ont. with an account of his funeral and that of his grand-daughter Martha. Explanatory notes about the Oelschlager Family by his great grand-daughter, Joyce Brown, are included.

Oelschlager Family

Ontario Department of Education

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00100
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1915

Correspondence on the bilingual school issue in 1915.

Ontario Department of Education

Oonah McFee Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00432
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1963-2002

The collection consists of manuscripts, research notes and correspondence related to McFee's published and unpublished material. It includes writing assignments from the 1960s, as well as drafts and notes for her book Sandbars and its sequel, Silent Eyes.

McFee, Oonah

Osborne Family Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00064
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1849-1926

The collection consists of correspondence pertaining to Osborne family matters and articles about the local history of Penetanguishene, Ont., as well as photos of pioneers of the surrounding townships.

Osborne Family

Oscar Ryan Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00195
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1976-1981

Drafts of his novel, Soon to be Born.

Ryan, Oscar

Osler Family Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00065
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1827-1961

The collection consists chiefly of correspondence of Osler family news and the social history of Upper Canada.

Osler Family

Otto Schneid Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00350
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1929-1973

The collection consists of research materials for Schneid's unpublished book on 20th century Jewish artists in Europe, manuscripts for his published and unpublished works, and galleys for his published writings. The research materials include correspondence with more than 120 Jewish artists, copies of their exhibition catalogues, and other published works, and photographs of their art. Most of these artists perished during the Second World War.

Schneid, Otto

Papyri Collection

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00175
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 3rd century B.C.-3rd century A.D.

The first accession (1901-1906) of this collection consists of papyri from the Fayûm, Hibeh, and Oxyrinchus, Egypt. It includes fragments from classical authors (some with textual interest); legal documents (including marriage contracts, land transfers, tax receipts, a will, various contracts); miscellaneous accounts and receipts; and personal letters. Many are very fragmentary and mutilated. The second accession of Graeco-Roman documents (2004) is largely undescribed. Those papyri housed in glass have been photographed and may be viewed at the 3rd link below.

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

Patrick Byrne Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00247 2B Annex
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1939-1964

Papers consist of typed & printed copies of O Broin's poems; proofs for his selected poems, Than any Star. Typescripts compiled by O Broin including printed materials of literary works by MacEwen,George Miller, D. French, Layton, Spiecker and John Maclean. Compilations of material on the Collected Poetry Group Readings at the YM-YWHA Building, 1960-61.

O Broin, Padraig

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

Paul Wilson Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00128 2B Annex
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1982-

The collection consists of Wilson's English translations of various Czech authors, including Josef Skvorecky and Vaclav Havel, among others.

Wilson, Paul

Peter Fidler Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00085
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1791-1812.

Collection contains journals (dated 1791-1792 and 1796-1812) of the fur trader and surveyor.

Fidler, Peter

Peter Hanson Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00060
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1985-1989

The collection consists of materials, notes, manuscripts, galleys, correspondence, reviews promotional materials and other printed materials for two Hanson books: The Joy of Stress and Stress for Success. The papers document the way in which a book privately published in Canada became an international best seller.

Hanson, Peter G. (Peter George)

Peter Potichnyj Collection on Insurgency and Counter-Insurgency in Ukraine

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00332 Downsview
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1941-1954

The collection consists of German, Polish, Ukrainian, KGB and other documents related to the Ukrainian underground movement. It also includes extensive correspondence, clippings and other documents pertaining to the Ukrainian underground.

Potichnyj, Peter

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

Philip Henry Gosse Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00494
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1859-1886

Collection includes correspondence from Philip Henry Gosse, naturalist, to various recipients, 1859-1886.

Gosse, Philip Henry

Phyllis Grosskurth Papers

  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1954 - 2015

The collection consists of research notes, manuscript notes and drafts for published and unpublished writings; correspondence with various people; documents, including legal and correspondence, relating to the class action lawsuit against the University of Toronto over pension equity. Collection includes some special media material.

Grosskurth, Phyllis

Pilgrim's Club Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00154 2B Annex
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1902-1918

The collection consists of minutes of the Pilgrim's Club early meetings, scrapbooks of newsclippings about its work, correspondence about the funding and expenses incurred by the establishment of the Pilgrim's American Officers Club in London, and a privately printed book on the work done by the Ministry of Information, Dept. of Hospitality, to the American Forces. Some personal correspondence addressed to Sir H.E. Brittain, chairman of the Pilgrims between 1902-1918, is also included.

Pilgrim's Club

Powell-Ridout Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00003 2B Annex
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1728-1939

The collection consists of documents and correspondence of family interest, including drawings, a diary of a journey from Toronto to Natchez (1837), commonplace books, family trees, photographs, and notebooks with impressions of Canada.

Powell Family

Pratt Collection of Carol Coates Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00489
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1939-1951

This collection consists of manuscript and typescript poems in chapbooks by Coates, presented to the Pratt family (E.J., Vi and Claire).

Coates, Carol

Quentin Brown Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00213 2B Annex
  • Manuscript Collection
  • [1946?]

Includes materials relating to Lennox Robinson, collected by Quentin Brown such as the journals of Lady Gregory which were edited by Robinson; a stage manager’s copy of “Drama at Irish,” received from Robinson by Brown; a programme of a performance of “Drama at Irish;” photographs of Robinson; and newspaper clippings.

Brown, Quentin

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.

Rabbi Benjamin Wolf Singer (Zeev) Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00596
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 19--

Typescript and copies of typescript of a Novellae by rabbinic scholar Singer (1855-1930).

Singer, Rabbi Benjamin Wolf (Zeev)

Rachel Grover Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00420
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1846-2000

Collection includes journal and correspondence relating to a biography Rachel Grover was working on of her great grandmother-in-law, Harriet Maria Grover. This material dates from 1846-1901, and includes original letters and a diary, as well as typed transcripts. Collection also includes correspondence Rachel Grover had with various Canadian authors. Correspondents include Margaret Avison, Earle Birney, George Johnston, Mavis Gallant, Joan O'Donovan, Thomas Radall, Scott Symons and David Solway.

Grover, Rachel

Ralph Allen Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00038 2B Annex
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1960-1964

Collection of notes and drafts of published works, The high white forest (1964); Ask the name of the Lion (1962); Ordeal by fire (1961); material on Cyprus and BattleCreek, Mich.

Allen, Ralph

Raymond Souster Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00203
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1951-1980

Correspondence; drafts of poems; typescripts and proofs of books of poems; drafts and typescripts for published and unpublished novels.

Souster, Raymond

Readers' Club of Canada Collection

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00397
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1959-1981

The collection consists largely of generic shareholders' correspondence, shareholder reports and annual audited financial reports of the Readers' Club of Canada. There are also a few personal letters between Peter Martin and Patricia Blackburn.

Readers' Club of Canada

Reid Dominion Packaging Limited Collection

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00465
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1898-1973

The majority of the collection consists of financial, administrative, land and patent records of the Reid Dominion Packaging Limited, formerly known as Reid Press, and its predecessor, the Duncan Lithography Company.

Reid Dominion Packaging Limited

Rein Raimet Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00540
  • Manuscript Collection
  • [196-]-

This collection consists of architectural plans and photos for structures designed  in whole and in part  by architect Rein Raimet.

Raimet, Rein

Rev. George Tsukornyk Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00669
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1920-1968

The papers of Rev. George G. Tsukornyk include: selected correspondence; a daily journal he kept while pastor for St. Mary's Ukrainian Greek Orthodox Church in Oshawa; speeches and concert programs given at several Ukrainian Orthodox parishes for various occasions, such as Mother's Day, commemorations of the poet Taras Shevchenko, or the marking of the anniversary of the declaration of Ukrainian independence; various musical arrangements; examination questions for students of Ukrainian Sunday schools; and a few photographs.

Tsukornyk, George

Rhea Tregebov Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00440
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1976-2004

Collection consists of manuscripts, research, correspondence related to the author's published and unpublished material.

Tregebov, Rhea

Rhoda Ann Page Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00272 2B Annex
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1840-1850

Holograph manuscript of twenty-nine poems by Rhoda Ann Page and two typescript copies of her Wild notes from the back woods edited by Edwin Guillet (1942).

Page, Rhoda Ann

Richard B. Wright Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00525
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1965-2005

Includes drafts and manuscripts, revisions, proofs, notes and editorial changes for both Wright's published and unpublished material.

Wright, Richard Bruce

Richard Handscombe Collection of Powys Family Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00092 2B Annex
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1924-1959.

Collection of thirteen letters written by John Cowper Powys, Littleton Powys, Llewelyn Powys and Theodore Francis Powys. There is also a notebook, "Where Is It?" that contains names and addresses for the Powys family and others.

Powys Family

Richard Outram Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00457
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1955-2005

This collection contains papers and other material pertaining to the work and life of Richard Outram, one of Canada's foremost poets. It includes drafts of poetry, both published and unpublished, and essays, as well as professional and personal correspondence. It also includes numerous broadsheets of Outram's poetry and work by his wife, the artist Barbara Howard.

Outram, Richard Daley

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

Richard Teleky Papers

  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1976-2013

Collection consists of extensive drafts, notes, editing and research material for various Teleky works, including: Winter in Hollywood; Pack Up the Moon; Hungarian Rhapsodies; The Paris Years of Rosie Kamin; Goodnight, Sweetheart and other stories; The Hermit's Kiss; The Oxford Book of French-Canadian short stories and early writings. It also includes manuscripts from other writers such as Larry Fineberg, Priscila Uppal, David Plante, Rosemary Sullivan, Adele Wiseman, Anne Carson and Betty Jane Wylie.

Teleky, Richard

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

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