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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.

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

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)

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.

Gerry Bennett Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00362
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1952-1998

Collection of papers from Gerry Bennett (1921-1999), ornithologist and author. He wrote and published the journal Birdfinding in Canada (1981-1989) and at least three books on birdwatching and birdwatchers. The papers consist of: GB's typed journals recording his bird sightings and other observations of natural history from the 1950s to 1998; his correspondence with naturalists from the late 1970s to 1990s; his research notes and files on ornithological topics, including bird records and lists for a variety of locations, and the newsletters from a number of ornithological organizations; drafts and typescripts of some of his writings.

Bennett, Gerry

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

Adrian Gibson Dafoe Papers

Includes material related to Dr. W. A. Dafoe’s medical training and career; posting to #4 General Hospital, Salonica [Thessaloniki], Greece, during World War I; Dr. Allan Roy Dafoe and the Dionne Quintuplets; University of Toronto Athletics Association, especially Lacrosse, and hockey; other sports-related; Dafoe/Van Deusen family history; work at the Wellesley Hospital; Dr. Murray L. Barr and his work on sex chromosomes and sex determinants [Dr. Barr was ‘one of my babies’ – Dr. W.A. Dafoe delivered him]; unpublished memoirs by Dr. W. A. Dafoe; medical degrees; Lester B. Pearson material

Dafoe, Adrian Gibson

Elspeth Cameron Papers

Includes material re: And Beauty Answers : the life of Frances Loring and Florence Wyle, extensive background research on sculptors and sculpting, and on sculptors Frances Loring and Florence Wyle, various drafts, personal correspondence [Doris McCarthy, Aritha van Herk, David Adam—former Canadian Ambassador to Mexico, Cameron family and friends]; research, fan and business correspondence—academic and publishing; drafts; other projects; teaching and lecture notes for English, Poetry and Canadian Studies courses taught at Brock University and the University of Toronto; other material related to her life and work; extensive research for Hugh Maclennan: a Writer’s Life; massage therapy training and business; poems; other writing; publicity.

Cameron, Elspeth

Frances Dafoe Papers

Includes original colour sketches of costume designs, costume notes, scripts, photographs of designs and cutting instructions for costumes designed by Frances Dafoe, including for CBC programmes such as ‘Come By the Hills’, ‘Wayne and Shuster’; Charlottetown Festival Shows [Charlottetown, PEI], including ‘Mary’, ‘Paradise Hill’, ‘Life Can be Like Wow!’, ‘Aimee’, ‘Rowdyman’, ‘Swing’, ‘Ballade’, ‘Turvey’ (‘Private Turvey’s War’), ‘Sunshine Town’, costumes for the film ‘The Magic Show—starring Doug Henning’, with inscribed poster; Expo ‘67 – Pepsi; CNE Grandstand Show 1968 [Sea to Sea: The Iron Miracle]; ‘Rodeo’ – The Royal Winnipeg Ballet, 1973; General Motors dealers show at the O’Keefe Centre 1968; Ice Princess: the Tai Babilonia Story [final title: ‘On Thin Ice: the Tai Babilonia Story’ 1990, film about Olympic figure skaters pair Tai Babilonia and Randy Gardner], some correspondence and other material related to the life and work of Frances Dafoe

Dafoe, Frances Helen

Sean Kane Papers

Includes correspondence with Margaret Atwood, primarily about the work of Robert Bringhurst, and Sean Kane’s The Cloud Herder; Graeme Gibson, including his screenplay of As For Me and My House by Sinclair Ross; Robert Bringhurst, including drafts of works by Bringhurst; Scott Symons correspondence, partly concerning Civic Square, Helmet of Flesh, [including Morocco letters] 1974- , drafts of Civic Square; John McConnell correspondence and novel draft; extensive editorial and personal Dennis Lee correspondence, 1970-2010 and extensive draft material of poems, prose, including literary essays and other material by Dennis Lee, with extensive editorial comments by Sean Kane.

Kane, Sean

Michael Redhill Papers

Includes drafts, proofs, correspondence and other material related to Lake Nora Arms, Impromptu, What We Dreamt the Sky Was, Be Frank, Punishment, Consolation, ’A Kept Woman’, ‘Sugar Cloud’or ‘Mason of Tunica’; Martin Sloane; numerous early works and early drafts of later works; juvenilia, including animation cells for short films, ‘Atomic Man’ and others; artwork; schoolwork; audio-visual material; writing as Inger Ash Wolfe, drafts and proofs of The Calling; The Taken; A Door in the River; Ontario Film Development Corporation material; acting and directing material; personal correspondence, 1970s and 1980s; editorial correspondence: Coach House Press, Anansi Press, 1990s; and other material related to the life and work of Michael Redhill

Redhill, Michael

George Whipple Papers

Includes correspondence with other writers; material from the launch of Swim Class at St. Thomas’ Church, Toronto, Ontario; Passing Through Eden; small album of original drawings by George Whipple

Whipple, George

Bruce Whiteman Papers

Includes poetry submissions, manuscripts, book reviews, short prose pieces, journals, notes, drafts, photographs and other material related to his life and work as writer, librarian and musician.

Whiteman, Bruce

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
.

Bata Shoe Company

Ray Smith Papers

Collection consists of novel manuscripts for various novels, including The Man Who Loved Jane Austen; The Man Who Hated Emily Bront?; Flushed with Victory: Jack Bottomly Among the Virgins; drafts of a new novel, It Floats: Jack Bottomly Among the Politicians; journalism; correspondence with business associates, including publishers and personal correspondence with authors and friends; and other material related to the life and work of Ray Smith.

Smith, Ray

William Arthur Deacon Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00160
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1918 - 1960

Collection of personal & business correspondence with authors,publishers, organizations, readers; minutes of the Canadian Authors Assoc.; manuscripts and typescripts of his writings and lectures as well as galleys and publicity for his books; clippings and scrapbooks of his columns and articles in the Globe & Mail and Saturday Night; 976 photographs of Canadian and international authors.

Deacon, William Arthur

William Arthur Deacon Papers

Collection of personal & business correspondence with authors,publishers, organizations, readers; minutes of the Canadian Authors Assoc.; manuscripts and typescripts of his writings and lectures as well as galleys and publicity for his books; clippings and scrapbooks of his columns and articles in the Globe & Mail and Saturday Night; 976 photographs of Canadian and international authors.

Deacon, William Arthur

William Arthur Deacon Correspondence

Series consists of correspondence sent and received by William Arthur Deacon on literary subjects, particularly in
regards to Canadian literature. Passive correspondence and carbon copies of active correspondence with authors, publishers, organizations and readers relates primarily to the professional activities of William Arthur Deacon, including the reviews he wrote for Saturday Night and The Mail and Empire (amalgamated as The Globe and Mail); his participation within literary organizations such as the Canadian Authors’ Association (C.A.A.); publicity for his own books; biographical information and photographs of Canadian authors.

Deacon, William Arthur

Sharon Abron Drache Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00684 (2B annex)
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1974-2013

Includes extensive correspondence, manuscripts, etc. with Joe Rosenblatt, David Gurr; drafts, research and correspondence related to Barbara Klein-Muskrat: Then and Now; The Lubavitchers Are Coming to Second Avenue; Ritual Slaughter; The Mikveh Man; The Golden Ghetto; The Magic Pot; correspondence, research and drafts for piece on Richard Landon and the Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library; Arthur Drache material; unpublished children’s stories; family material; ghost writing; mentoring and other material related to the life and work of Sharon Abron Drache.

Drache, Sharon Abron

Stillman Drake Papers

The collection consists of manuscript, computer-generated drafts, and galleys of Stillman Drake’s published works; offprints of his periodical articles; offprints of articles by other writers in the history of science; Drake’s correspondence; and book invoices; and miscellaneous items.

Drake, Stillman

Julius Griffith Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00491
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1948-1993

Includes sketches and book jackets.

Griffith, Julius

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

Stanley Morisse Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00561
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1897-1987

Includes personal and professional correspondence; personal photographs; official documents; receipts and invoices; typescript drafts of books; newspaper articles, passports, cultural and political pursuits. Various highlighted items in his collection include many interesting photographs documenting the May Day Rallies of 1933-4 in Hamilton, Ontario-suggesting that he had an active role in organizing these demonstrations. There are also a number of newspaper clippings (primarily from The Daily Colonist (Victoria, B.C.), documenting such issues as communism, the war in Vietnam, Cyprus, various actions taken by the Canadian Government, and celebrities such as Marilyn Munroe and Princess Diana. A series of postcards document a trip taken by Sam Lawrence across Europe in 1936. Also featured is a collection of photographs of Lenin from 1897-1917 from a book of photographs entitled “Lenin” edited by Vladimir Il’ich and a collection of postcards documenting the Third Congress of Komintern in Russia, 1919. Lastly, there are two typescript books dedicated to Morisse and written by Georgoula Beikos entitled “The Greece That Fights: A Collection of Articles in Russian”, and a book of poems written by political prisoners on the Cypriot island of Gioura after the Greek civil war from 1945-1949.

Morisse, Stanley

Sir John Bland-Sutton Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00224 2B Annex
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1918-1937

A small collection of letters and memorabilia relating to Sir John Bland-Sutton (1855-1936), eminent anatomist and pathologist at the Middlesex Hospital and Medical School. Includes a small amount of material relating to his close friend, Rudyard Kipling.

Bland-Sutton, John, Sir

Kate A. Foster Papers (Downsview Offsite)

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00086
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1932-1956

The collection consists of correspondence, minutes, programmes, reports, articles and speeches relating to the Council of Friendship and its work with immigrants.

Foster, Kate A.

Mark Gayn Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00215
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1930-1980

The collection consists of notebooks, diaries, drafts for writings, lectures, broadcasts, correspondence, pamphlets, newspapers clippings, films and photographs related to the journalistic career of Gayn.

Gayn, Mark

Girdwood Collection of Glass Lantern Slides, Niagara Falls and Area

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00407
  • Manuscript Collection
  • [ca. 1850-1860].

Collection consists of 79 stereoscopic and panorama glass negatives taken by Girdwood and by commercial photographers, one of whom was possibly American photographer James Thomson. Fifteen of the slides depict scenes in and around Niagara Falls and are mounted with descriptions. Other locations depicted include Montreal and Ottawa, however, in many cases there is no information about either the photographer or location. Some of the negatives have been split into two pictures as each side contained a different image, and some of the negatives have only one image as they were taken as panoramas instead of stereo images.

Girdwood, Gilbert Prout

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

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

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