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Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library, University of Toronto Manuscript Collection
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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

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

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)

Abe Kabayama Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00673
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1969-2002

Contains printed material related to the National Association of Japanese Canadians (NAJC) task force of First Nations Canadians, including meeting announcements and agendas; a small amount of material related to the Earth Spirit Festival held in Toronto in 1991; plus related correspondence. Also includes biographical and genealogical booklets on the Kabayama family, with photographs.

Kabayama, Abe

Associated Medical Services Incorporated Papers

  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1926 - 2003

Business and financial records, correspondence, scrapbooks, pamphlets.To be consulted only with permission of Hannah Institute.

Associated Medical Services, Inc.

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

Bata Shoe Company Papers

  • Manuscript Collection
  • [189-?]-2014

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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 oraganization’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

Jack Batten Papers

  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1959 - 2010

Collection contains papers and other documents pertaining to the work of Jack Batten. It includes early drafts, edited manuscripts and galley versions of many of his published works. The collection also includes notes, reviews, printed ephemera, publicity tour information, general and financial correspondence, diagrams, photographs, and research and other materials, much of which relates to specific works. Correspondence includes letters to and from personalities, such as journalists Robert Fulford, Peter Gzowski and Michele Landsberg; publisher Jack McClelland, politician John Sewell; hockey pioneer Conn Smythe; and musicians Gary Burton, Blossom Dearie and Phil Nimmons.

Batten, Jack

Miriam Dashkin Beckerman

  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1971 - 2005

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

Beckerman, Miriam

Michael Bliss Papers

  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1979-1985

The papers consist of manuscripts and typescripts together with some research materials for M. Bliss' books: 'The Discovery of Insulin' (McClelland & Stewart: 1982) and 'Banting: a Biography' (McClelland & Stewart: 1984). The remainder of Michael Bliss' papers are being donated to the University Archives.

Bliss, Michael

Joseph Brabant Lewis Carroll Manuscript Collection

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00371
  • Manuscript Collection
  • [1866?]-1896

The collection consists of correspondence from Charles L. Dodgson, photographs (including an 1865 photograph taken by Carroll), memorabilia, and Brabant's notes and correspondence about the collection.

Brabant, Joseph A. (Joseph Anthony)

Agnes Chamberlin Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00112
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1863-1934

The collection includes original paintings of Canadian flora and mushrooms by Chamberlin, and subscription books for her book Canadian Wild Flowers (1868 and 1869 editions). Most of the paintings have not been reproduced. It also contains original paintings and photographs of Canadian flora and other subjects by Chamberlin's daughter, Geraldine Moodie, an album of pressed plants by Moodie, and an album of pressed ferns by Catherine Parr Trail.

Chamberlin, Agnes

Afua Cooper Papers

  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1974 - 2015

Includes personal and professional correspondence; poem manuscripts; academic papers and lectures for the University of Toronto, York University, Ryerson University and other institutions; academic course materials; personal photographs; appearances; academic positions; cultural and political pursuits; community events; extensive work related to the history of slavery, and the history of African Canadians; the Dub Poets Collective; material related to her books The Hanging of Angélique: the untold story of Canadian slavery and the burning of old Montréal, The Underground railroad: next stop, Toronto!, Henry Bibb, The Young Phillis Wheatley, Memories Have Tongue, Copper Woman, and other material related to her life and work.

Cooper, Afua

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

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.

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

Alan J. Horne Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00295
  • Manuscript Collection
  • [194-]-1994

The collection consists of correspondence with British illustrators relating to Horne's Dictionary of 20th Century British Book Illustrators (1994) and slides of illustrations for the Dictionary. The collection also contains John Buckland Wright's sketches, drawings and working proofs for Jurgen.

Horne, Alan J.

Alan Jarvis Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00171
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1933-1972

The collection covers the personal and professional life of Jarvis. It contains general and business correspondence, typescripts, magazine articles, minutes of meetings, newspaper clippings and photographs. Much of the early correspondence consists of letters Jarvis wrote home to his family while he was at Oxford (1938-39) and while he was working in Britain (1942-55).

Jarvis, Alan

Alan Lund Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00571
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1960-1989

Collection scripts, music and film of productions by Alan Lund, primarily at the Charlottetown Festival in Prince Edward Island, the Stratford Festival and the Canadian National Exhibition (CNE).

Lund, Alan

Albert Collignon Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00451
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1928-1987

Collection includes correspondence, photographs and manuscript material related to the life and work of poet Albert Collignon, including his Martha's Clinic Letters series.

Collignon, Albert

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

Alexander James McPhail Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00054 2B Annex
  • Manuscript Collection
  • [192--]-[193--]

The collection consists of correspondence, reports, notes and diaries chiefly concerning western wheat pool marketing.

McPhail, Alexander James

Alexander Pathy Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00528
  • Manuscript Collection
  • [193-]-2003

Collection consists of the research files for Pathy's book Waterfront Blues: Labour Strife at the Port of Montreal, 1960-1978, published by the University of Toronto Press (2004).

Pathy, Alexander C.

Alfred Edward Lavell Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00108
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1835-1935.

The collection consists of drafts of Lavell's History of the Ontario Hospitals for the insane and feeble-minded. It contains material on mental institutions in Ontario.

Lavell, Alfred Edward

Alfred Tennyson DeLury Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00071
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1890-1941

The DeLury collection contains correspondence with Anglo-Irish writers, with friends and with book dealers. It also contains card files and notebooks relating to his collection of Ango-Irish literature and a few diaries from the 1920s.

DeLury, Alfred Tennyson

Alfred Young Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00037 2B Annex
  • Manuscript Collection
  • [n.d.]

The collection consists of Young's holograph notes on algebra of invariants and the theory of groups. It also includes a small amount of correspondence, mainly on the subject of mathematics.

Young, Alfred

Andrew Drummond Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00221
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1839-1923

The collection consists of correspondence and papers of Andrew Drummond and his sons, Charles, George and Frank. It includes a variety of family letters as well as letters from Sir Sandford Fleming, Sir Oliver Mowat and Sir John Schultz. Noteworthy items include early correspondence (1841-1848) relating to St. Andrew's Church in Ottawa; Andrew Drummond's reminiscenes describing his experience as an accountant and cashier in the Bank of Montreal during the 1837 Rebellion, the Fenian Raids and during later disturbances; correspondence and scrapbooks on the attempt to promote the Hudson's Bay Railway; and papers relating to George Drummond's invention of a new typewriter.

Drummond, Andrew

Ann Buttrick Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00385
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1968-1979.

The collection consists of materials relating to the anti-Vietnam War activities of Ann Buttrick. Topics include civil liberties, Canadian policy vis-a-vis the United States, and the Annie Mae Aquash case. Papers were created in connection with The International Committee to Free South Vietnamese Political Prisoners from Detention, Torture and Death, which was a committee of the Canadian Council of Churches, and Voice of Women, a non-governmental organization, and the Canadian Religious Society of Friends (Quakers). They include correspondence, Vietnamese government publications, audio recordings of Toronto events, newspaper clippings, and printed matter.

Buttrick, Ann

Anne Wilkinson Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00029
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1946-1961

The collection consists of drafts and typescripts of Wilkinson's writings, including The Hangman Ties the Holly (1955), Lions in the Way (1956), and Swann and Daphne (1960). Literary correspondence is also included.

Wilkinson, Anne

Anthony Salvin Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00249
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1828-[ca. 1862]

The collection consists of architectural drawings for various projects by the British architect Salvin. Drawings are either executed by Salvin himself or by other architects or draughtsmen in his office. Additional material includes: 8 photographs of Salvin projects; 5 drawings by Salvin's wife, Anne Andrews (Nesfield) Salvin; a catalogue of Salvin's library at Elmshurst; and engravings of British cathedrals.

Salvin, Anthony

Archibald Lang Fleming Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00149 2B Annex
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1883-1953

A collection of typescripts of two unpublished books: Beyond the Arctic Circle and Arctic Dawn, as well as related correspondence.

Fleming, Archibald Lang

Arkadii Liubchenko Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00345
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1923-1997

Consists of correspondence received by Liubchenko from writers, translators, theatre administrators, directors, actors, film studios and editors; records of the literary groups HART and VAPLITE and PROLITFRONT; correspondence and other records dating from WWII; manuscripts and typescripts of Liubchanko's novels, short stories, reports and articles; notes; photographs; books; newspaper clippings; and records relating to the Liubchenko Archive.

Liubchenko, Arkadii

Arthur Harvey Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00093 2B Annex
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1857-1905

This collection of Harvey family papers includes: correspondence to Arthur Harvey about his writings and other interests, to Jane Grist Harvey, his wife; photographs from the studios of Notman, Notman & Fraser, Simpson Bros., Stanton, Eldridge Stanton, Archambault & McCorkingdale, and Livernois; printed appearances and clippings.

Harvey, Arthur

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

Austin Seton Thompson Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00043
  • Manuscript Collection
  • [197-]-1980

The collection consists of drafts (corrected and final) and copies of the photographs for Thompson's books Spadina: A Story of Old Toronto (1975) and Jarvis Street: A Story of Triumph and Tragedy (1980), as well as the research notes and other material for Jarvis Street. Some correspondence is also included.

Thompson, Austin Seton

Barbara Williams Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00532
  • Manuscript Collection
  • [197-]-2005

Consists of the bulk of Williams' literary work, from the mid-1970s up until 2005. It includes manuscript drafts, research materials, interview transcriptions, correspondence, and copies of her published work.

Williams, Barbara

Beatrice Ferneyhough Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00469
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1971-1997

Collection includes correspondence with Lil Greene, Robert Kenny, Ursula Herzberg; material related to the life and work of Bea Ferneyhough, including Singing in the Night. Also included are cards, photographs, clippings and records relating to communism in Canada.

Ferneyhough, Beatrice

Benson Family Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00040 2B Annex
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1864-1876

Correspondence containing family news and comments on life in the British Army.

Benson Family

Beth Follett/Pedlar Press Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00747
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1960-2013

This accession contains manuscripts, drafts, proofs, correspondence, reviews and other material related to Pedlar Press and the life and work of Beth Follett.

Follett, Beth

Betty M. Flint Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00347
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1948-1998

Papers relating to research carried out by Professor Betty Flint. Included are research materials and drafts for Flint’s books and articles. Research and editorial notes from studies and monographs on the topics of infant development and security are included. Restricted material includes a large collection of research notes on the children used as subjects in Flint's studies.

Flint, Betty M. (Betty Margaret)

Birdsall & Son Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00205
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1840-1961

A collection of photographs and rubbings of bindings, tool designs, tooling patterns, designs, and drawings executed by the firm of Birdsall and Son, Northampton, England, from the 1840's to 1961.

Birdsall & Son Bookbinders and Stationers

Bristol, Bayly, and Armour Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00095 2B Annex
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1905-1920

Legal correspondence and documents chiefly on behalf of mining and transport companies.

Bristol, Bayly and Armour

Bruce West Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00279 2B Annex
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1967-1979

The collection consists of typescripts of West's two books, Toronto (1967, revised in 1979) and The Firebirds: An Account of the First Fifty Years of the Ontario Provincial Air Service (1974), along with photographs, galleys, editorial notes, newspaper clippings, articles and reports relating to the City of Toronto.

West, Bruce

C. H. D. Clarke Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00367
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1925-1980

The collection is comprised of material related to Clarke's scholarly studies and life work in wildlife conservation and management. It includes: correspondence; drafts of published and unpublished reports and conferences; articles; reprints; diaries; negatives and photographs. His unpublished drafts also include such subjects as doxology, literature, and reflections on man's relationship with nature.

Clarke, C. H. D. (Charles Henry Douglas)

Camilla Gibb Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00515
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1970-2006

Collection consists of manuscripts, drafts and research for her books, articles and Ph.D. thesis, as well as correspondence and other materials - including scholarly articles and papers on social anthropology; day planners; address books; Harar language material; early writings (high school); audio/visual material; books; music scores for viola; photographs; translations of published works (many languages); short pieces; printed appearances/journals; personal journals; book designs; ephemera; and posters - related to Gibb's work and life.

Gibb, Camilla

Campbell Hughes Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00296 2B Annex
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1935-1990

Collection consists of correspondence, papers and other files pertaining to Ryerson Press, Charles E. Merrill Books, Van Nostrand Reinhold Ltd., Beaufort Books, Beat Associates, and volunteer actitivies for publishers' organizations and other groups.

Hughes, Campbell

Canadian Authors Association Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00101
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1921-1954

The bulk of the collection concerns the Toronto branch of the Association and is comprised mainly of correspondence, reports of meetings and conventions, membership lists, minutes of executive meetings, newspaper clippings, poetry, bills, receipts, financial statements, and programs.

Canadian Authors Association

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