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Champlain Society Papers

  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1905 - 2005

Correspondence, administrative material and membership files (membership files are kept in unnumbered boxes arranged numerically by membership number.) Typescripts of several of the Society's publications and manuscripts of other works not published by the Society.

Champlain Society

David Donnell Papers

  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1978 - 1999

The collection consists of Donnell's drafts, proofs andgalleys of his published books, including Water Street Days (1989), China Blues 1992) and The Blue Ontario Hemingway Boat Race (1985). It also includes drafts and fragments of his unpublished poetry, as well as correspondence. Correspondence includes business and personal communications with publishers, other writers and friends, as well as teaching and grant applications. These papers also include printed appearances by Donnell and works by other writers, printed notices and ephemera, poems by students in Donnell's Master classes in poetry and short fiction at Ryerson and the University of Toronto, and some financial records.

Donnell, David

Rudyard Fearon Papers

  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1977- ongoing

Includes early poetry Jamaica, 1972-1974; Canada, 1974-1977; ongoing poetry, 1977-present; correspondence; photographs; print and ephemera.

Fearon, Rudyard

Douglas Fetherling Papers

  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1880 - ?

Notes, drafts and galleys of writings, notebooks, correspondence, art work, photographs, business records, family papers, printed appearances.

Fetherling, George

Ronald Hambleton Papers

  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1939-[200-]

Collection includes typescripts of his novels, published and unpublished, general and business correspondence, various articles, radio scripts, unpublished essays, plays, music reviews and magazine appearances. Tape recordings of his interviews with writers, such as Casals and Bertrand Russell. Photographs, including four of Hambleton during his interviews with CBC.

Hambleton, Ronald

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

Jack MacLeod Papers

  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1949-2016

Collection of drafts, working papers and research materials for his books: Zinger and Me, Going Grand, The Oxford Book of Canadian Political Anecdotes, and the Canadian Political Tradition. Includes drafts of unpublished novels Uproar and Elevation.

MacLeod, Jack

Barbarian Press Papers

  • Manuscript Collection

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

Barbarian Press

French Theatre Collection

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00146 2B Annex
  • Manuscript Collection
  • [ca.1860]-1950

Plays in manuscript and typescript, articles, clippings, reviews and photographs pertaining to theatre in the French language.

James Scarth Gale Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00245
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1863-1937

Drafts of writings about Korea and translations of Korean texts; commonplace books, diaries, correspondence, family papers, photographs, his collection of manuscripts, photographs, printed appearances.

Gale, James Scarth

Mary Gilliam Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00453
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1928-1988

Collection consists primarily of material related to the British writer and poet Kenneth Hopkins. It includes correspondence Hopkins wrote in the 1960s to Franklin Gilliam, who at the time was proprietor of the Brick Row Book Shop, as well as a number of original Hopkins manuscripts from the late 1920s and early 1930s.

Gilliam, Mary

Mary Elizabeth Gilmore Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00301 2B Annex
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1906-1954 (bulk 1906-1910)

Collection of lecture notes and miscellaneous material relating to the philosophy of Sankara, a seventh century Hindu philospher. The lectures were delivered by Miss B.S.A. de Branconiere, also identified as 'Guru Sahasrara Satchitananda,' to the student members of the Oriental Literature Society of California. She is described as "an accredited Messenger from the Sankaracharya School of Philosophy, France." The collection also contains an Esoteric Dictionary which was compiled by Mary Elizabeth Gilmore in the mid-1950s. The Dictionary contains definitions of philosophical and literary terms drawn from the lectures. It appears Gilmore gathered and arranged the lectures in their present form sometime in the mid-1930s.

Gilmore, Mary Elizabeth

Edward Goodall Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00312 2B Annex
  • Manuscript Collection
  • [ca. 1961]

Collection of six drawings in pencil, signed, by Goodall that were commissioned by the Illustrated London News for its series on famous Canadian universities and schools, including the University of Toronto. His drawings appeared in the May 6, 1961 issue.

Goodall, Edward

Martin Ahvenus Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00574
  • Manuscript Collection
  • [192-]-2006

This collection of papers from the famed Toronto bookseller includes administrative records from his shop Village Books, including invoices, correspondence, book lists, as well as individual files related to the running of the store and the publishing arm of Village Books. It also contains material related to Ahvenus’ work as an appraiser, correspondence with various Canadian authors, a travel diary from 1993-94, and books, many of them signed and inscribed by the authors.

Avenus, Martin

Albert Ellis Allin Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00260 2B Annex
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1915-1966

The papers contain his diaries with field notes, scrapbooks, photographs, correspondence, drafts of articles, notes, minutes of meetings for organizations of which he was an officer, and printed materials including newspaper clippings of columns written by other naturalists but collected by Allin. Included in the correspondence are letters from J. L. Baillie whose papers are also in the Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library.

Allin, Albert Ellis

Arts and Letters Club of Toronto Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00315
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1908-1971

The collection consists of scrapbooks, ledgers, cashbooks, accounts and other material.

Arts and Letters Club of Toronto

John Leon Atkins Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00487
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1934-1939

Course notes in Laryngology, Neurology, Otolaryngology, Otology and Rhinology taken by Atkins while doing post-graduate training as an ear, nose and throat specialist at the Harlem Eye and Ear Hospital in New York City.

Atkins, John Leon

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

John M. Barnett Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00141 2B Annex
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1944-1972

Nature notes on the Toronto area; Franklin Camp, Ont.; Victoria, B.C.; Flamingo Isle and Trinidad, B.W.I.; Florida; Texas etc. With many fine photos, drawings and plant specimens.

Barnett, John M.

Karl Schofield Bernhardt Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00368
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1926-1970

Collection of notes, drafts and manuscripts for articles, lectures and addresses by Bernhardt.

Bernhardt, Karl Schofield

Danuta Irena Bienkowska Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00176 2B Annex
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1939-1945

The collection begins with the diaries written during the war years and ends with correspondence relating to a conference she was to attend during the academic year after her death. All extant poetry and prose is here, in various forms. Some matters pertaining to the Slavic Dept. at the University of Toronto, as well as obituaries, memorial cards, etc. have been included.

Bienkowska, Danuta Irena

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

Michael Polanyi Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1913-1975

Manuscripts, correspondence, research and other material related to Polanyi's life and work.

Polanyi, Michael

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

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

Al Purdy Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00004
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1956-1967

Includes 28 tapes of Purdy reading his poetry (Cariboo horses; Pressed on sand). Typescripts and drafts of poems. Typescripts and mimeographs of articles and plays for television and radio).

Purdy, Al

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

Thomas Arthur Reed Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00005
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1871-1958

The collection consists of a typed draft, along with notes and suggestions, of The Church of the Holy Trinity. It also includes leaves of church music in Canada and a memorandum on Music in Upper Canada.

Reed, Thomas Arthur

Margaret L. Robinson Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00236 2B Annex
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1912-1924

The collection consists of correspondence relating to Robinson's part in forming the Colonial Nursing Association and its sub-committee, the Canada Prairie Nursing Association.

Robinson, Margaret L.

Rochegude Canal Collection

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00082 2B Annex
  • Manuscript Collection
  • [ca. 1690-1720]

The collection consists of letters and documents relating to the construction of a canal from the river Rhone at Donzere to the river Aigue near Rochegude.

E. Hopper Ross Collection

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00201 2B Annex
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1936-1938

The collection consists of anatomical drawings by Ross. The majority of the drawings represent a complete dissection of the human neck and torso, including all major organs. Their value lies in their artistic merit, and in the unique record they provide of the teaching methods of Max Brodel, one of the pioneers of medical illustration.

Ross, E. Hopper (Eila Hopper)

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

Royal Canadian Institute Records (Downsview Offsite)

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

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

Royal Canadian Institute

The Carl Schaefer Collection of Thoreau MacDonald Material 

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00240
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1924-1975

The collection consists of letters from Thoreau MacDonald to Schaefer, as well as a large collection of Christmas and occassional cards, several of which are originals, original lino-cuts, printer's proofs of lino-cuts and pen drawings, and other printed material and clippings. The letters describe their work and contain running commentary on the art scene of the period.

Schaefer, Carl

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

Ernest J. Schwarz Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00276 2B Annex
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1981-1986

The collection consists of originals and copies of correspondence, proposals for productions, investors' agreements, contracts between the producers and the theatres as well as between the producers and actors; scripts, financial statements (including expenses, revenues, pre-production and production budgets, balance sheets); investors' kits, publicity, production and casting notes, programmes, flyers, newspaper and magazine reviews, resumes and photographs of actors, directors, choreographers and technical crews; videocassettes of some of the productions and a few properties.
The collection also contains the papers (contracts, proposals, financial statements, correspondence, notes, scripts, reviews of past productions, publicity and productions notes) of unrealized project possibilities.

Schwarz, Ernest J.

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

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

A.J.M. Smith Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00015
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1924-1965

The collection consists of letters, some holograph, from Canadian poets and critics, including Earle Birney, Douglas Bush, E.K.Brown, Morley Callaghan, D.C. Scott, and many others. It also includes drafts and research for lectures and articles, and drafts and correspondence regarding Smith's published works.

Smith, A. J. M. (Arthur James Marshall)

William Snaith Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00042 2B Annex
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1914-1960

The collection consists largely of papers concerned with industrial engineering, including the description and 103 photos of the building of the Leaside Bridge in Toronto. It also contains Snaith's personal accounts and diaries covering the years 1914-60.

Snaith, William

Halyna Stadnyk Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00514
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1937-1984

The Halyna Stadnyk Papers focuses on the activities of several members of the United Hetman Organization [Soiauz hetmantasiv derzahavnykiv]. Halyna Stadnyk is the main recipient of the letters in this collection. Her principal correspondents are Natalia Doroshenko and IaElysaveta Skoropads?ka-Kuzahim. Nataliaa Doroshenko (1888-1970) was a stage actress and a prominent figure in the theater world. She was the wife of renowned Ukrainian historian Dmytro Doroshenko. She lived in Canada from 1947 and in Munich from the 1950s. IaElysaveta Skoropads?ka-Kuzahim (1899-1976) was a civic leader and sculptor. Her father, Pavlo Skoropadsky-, served as hetman of the Ukrainian State in 1918. Forced to abdicate in November, the Skoropadsky- family fled to Berlin. There she helped with her father's political activities, while also resuming her study of sculpture. She was also actively engaged in organizing humanitarian assistance to Ukrainians in need following the 1932-1933 famine and during the Second World War. After the death of her father in 1945 and upon the death her sister in 1959, she assumed the leadership of the hetmanite movement. The collection also includes photographs of Danylo Skoropadskyi and other members of the hetmanite movement. There are a number of photographs of the Lypynsky- East European Research Institute in Philadelphia, as well as photographs of some of its members.

Stadnyk, Halyna

Star Weekly Magazine Collection

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

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

Star Weekly Magazine

George Gabriel Stokes Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00018
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1865

The collection consists of lectures, in the hand of Charles Niven, by Stokes on hydrostatics and optics.

Stokes, George Gabriel

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

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