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George Fetherling Papers

Consists largely of manuscript material for Fetherling’s novella, Tales of Two Cities. It also includes correspondence, both editorial and personal.

Douglas Fetherling Papers

The collection includes Fetherling’s correspondence, typescripts for two of his books, four unpublished typescripts (three by other writers) for the New Views of Canadian Art series that he edited, research material for his 1998 biography of George Woodcock: typescripts and print appearances by Woodcock, material about Woodcock, and articles on anarchism.

Douglas Fetherling Papers

The collection contains a variety of business, personal and family correspondence, photographs, drawings and paintings, printed appearances and materials, galleys, and notebooks as well as Fetherling’s correspondence files, 1959 to 1990.

Douglas Fetherling’s literary papers include drafts, galleys, notes, printed appearances and his art work, as well as significant information on literary works and on well-known and aspiring Canadian authors. Authors forwhom files exist (Atwood, Fulford), are listed in the Container List. There is also correspondence with well-known and alternate presses, such as Fifth House and Broadview Press.

The Fetherling family papers have family correspondence and photographs along with material about Fetherling’s father’s work for an American company that manufactured weapons in the early 1940’s.

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

Douglas LePan Papers

This gift of papers from the estate of Douglas LePan (1914-1998) includes diaries, journals, manuscripts, notes and correspondence relating to his career as a writer, diplomat and teacher as well as personal correspondence. It complements the collection of LePan Papers already in the Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library

LePan, Douglas

Douglas LePan Papers

The collections include research notes pertaining to the Royal Commission on Canada's Economic Prospects, for which LePan was secretary and director of research, 1955-1958, along with manuscripts, typescripts and correspondence concerning his literary works, as well as personal correspondence.

LePan, Douglas

Elspeth Cameron Papers

This accession for Elspeth Cameron’s Papers includes archival material related to her life and work predominantly between the years of 2005-10. Featured within this accession are her speech for the Margaret Laurence Lecture (apart of the Writers’ Trust of Canada’s annual lecture series), as well as research materials and photographs for her book, And Beauty Answers: The Life of Frances Loring and Florence Wyle (2007).

Cameron, Elspeth

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

Elspeth Cameron Papers

Includes correspondence from writers, artists, poets, friends; material related to Elspeth Cameron’s life and work: such as writing, teaching, photography, literary juror, conferences, readings; print appearances; ESL scripts for videos to be made and used in Beijing to teach children; print material from 2001 accession has been incorporated, primarily print material re: Maclennan biography and Quebec Writers’ Federation Non-Fiction Jury 2000.

Cameron, Elspeth

Elspeth Cameron Papers

Collection of notes, research materials, correspondence relating to her biographies - Hugh Maclennan: a writer's life (1981); Irving Layton: a Portrait, (1985) and Earle Birney: a Life (1994) as well as her annotated bibliography of MacLennan and her recently published memoir, No Previous Experience: a memoir of love and change, (1997). Drafts of articles in Chatelaine and Saturday Night, class notes and administrative correspondence for her teaching at Concordia and University of Toronto, 54 photographs,and audio and video tapes.

Elspeth Cameron Papers

  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1970 - ?

Collection of notes, research materials, correspondence relating to her biographies - Hugh Maclennan: a writer's life (1981); Irving Layton: a Portrait, (1985) and Earle Birney: a Life (1994) as well as her annotated bibliography of MacLennan and her recently published memoir, No Previous Experience: a memoir of love and change, (1997). Drafts of articles in Chatelaine and Saturday Night, class notes and administrative correspondence for her teaching at Concordia and University of Toronto, 54 photographs,and audio and video tapes.

Cameron, Elspeth

Eric Ormsby Papers

Includes drafts and notes for his many columns, reviews and other work; Ghazali; Time’s Covenant; personal and professional correspondence(including letters to childhood friend Marjorie Saunders in 1958); personal photographs; New York Sun columns in print form, as well as word processed versions of each; three holograph notebooks.

Ormsby, Eric

Eric Ormsby Papers

Includes ‘Readings’, Eric Ormsby’s weekly column in the New York Sun, both print and draft versions; Al-Ghazali drafts and translation; short pieces, reviews and poems, both published and unpublished; ‘Student Writings’ on various subjects, University of Pennsylvania, 1969-1972; a holograph notebook, 2004-2005; personal and publishing correspondence; first published poems and first published article and other material related to his life and work.

Ormsby, Eric

Eric Ormsby Papers

Includes correspondence (personal, publishing and editorial); drafts for articles; talks; unpublished works; ‘discarded poems’; photographs (E.O., Morocco and others); printed appearances; E.O.’s bible 1965; holograph notebooks; ‘letters to Dorothy Ormsby (former wife), 1966’; notes pertaining to Islamic Studies work and translation.

Ormsby, Eric

Eric Ormsby Papers

Includes proofs, photographs (New York City, 1967), holograph notebooks, printed appearances in numerous journals such as The New Criterion; Books in Canada; videotaped appearance at Bentley College, September 2, 2002; David Solway manuscripts; Correspondence with other writers, editors and publishers: John Black; Richard Outram; David Solway; Karen Mulhallen/Descant; Shlomo Dov Goitein; PhD thesis, Princeton; drafts and proofs of Al-Ghazali; gallies, correspondence and cover art for Daybreak at the Straits and Other Poems.

Eric Ormsby Papers

This collection contains papers and other material pertaining to the work of Eric Ormsby, a Montreal-based writer and Islamic studies scholar. Born 16 October 1941 in Atlanta, GA, Ormsby, a McGill professor, is the author of several collections of poetry and works of non-fiction. His poems have been published in numerous well-known publications, including The New Republic, The New Yorker, The New Criterion and the Norton Introduction to Literature.

Includes word-processed and holograph versions of numerous poems, including sections of forthcoming collection Time's Covenant, short stories, plays, reviews, and essays. Collection also includes notebooks and mss. dating back to the 1950s, speaking tour information, photographs, personal and professional correspondence, and material related to academic activities in Canada and abroad. Ormsby currently lives in London, England.

Eric Wright Papers

Collection of drafts of published and unpublished works, 1955-2001. Includes short stories, articles, a drama, his memoir, Always Give a Penny to a Blind Man (1999), and several of his novels, including Death on the Rocks (1999), The Kidnapping of Rosie Dawn (2000), Death of a Sunday Writer (2000), Death of a Hired Man (2001), The Last Hand (2001), and My Brother's Keeper (a novella by Wright and Howard Engel, 2001). Also includes correspondence with publishers and notes relating to the works.

Eric Wright Papers

Drafts, manuscripts and correspondence related to the publication of Eric Wright's short stories and novels.

Eric Wright Papers

Includes various drafts and edited drafts of published and unpublished works, correspondence, reviews and other material relating to the following: The Day We Sold The Cabin; Me and Fred; Joe Barley and the Russian Mob; A Likely Story; A Hemingway Caper; Bringing in the Sheaves; the first ten Charlie Salter books; Death of a Sunday Writer; Always Give A Penny...; Moodie's Tale; Death of a Hired Man; My Brother's Keeper; The Last Hand; Death on the Rocks; and print appearances in various journals.

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

Frances Dafoe Papers

Includes a complete record of the career of Frances Dafoe as a costume designer for a wide variety of projects. Includes full colour drawings, photographs, slides and rough sketches for many CBC television programs(1950s-1990s), including ‘Juliette’, ‘Tommy Ambrose Show’, ‘Front Page Challenge’, ‘The Tommy Hunter Show’, ‘Brenda Lee’, ‘One of a Kind’ – with Rita Allen Greer and Kathie McNeil, ‘Holiday Ranch’, ‘Tom Jones’, ‘Stars on Ice’, ‘The Rene Simard Show’, 1980 Genie Awards, ‘I’ll Never Get to Heaven’, and ‘Back to the Beanstalk’. Most are original full colour drawings with fabric samples and notions attached, and colour photographs of the finished design in many cases. Dafoe’s costume design has been nominated for Gemini Awards many times. Dafoe designed costumes for the Closing Ceremonies of the Calgary Olympics in 1988; various theatre productions—especially for The Charlottetown Festival; various commercial designs, including for 1960s General Motors Automobile shows and Eaton’s wedding dresses; some project-related correspondence; videotapes; posters; and other material related to her life and work. Frances Dafoe’s uncle, Dr. Allan Roy Dafoe delivered the Dionne Quintuplets with telephone assistance from Dafoe’s father, Toronto physician Dr. William A. Dafoe.

Dafoe, Frances Helen

Frances Dafoe Papers

Collection includes original colour sketches of costume designs for shows designed by Frances Dafoe: 1. West Side Story for Banff Festival of the Arts, 1984. '27 mounted and 4 rough. Also included - copy of the playbill, the script and photostats with instructions to the cutters' 2. Kiss Me Kate for Banff Festival of the Arts, 1985. '27 colour mounted plus 18 black and white for a special scene using only black and white copies of the original sketches. There are also 7 quick colour drawings for tights.' 3. The Heart's a Wonder, The Irish Play Society, 1971. '2 colour sketches mounted. Included reviews and Playbill.' Some sketches have sample textile swatches attached.

Dafoe, Frances Helen

Frances Dafoe Papers

This second accession to the Frances Dafoe contains original colour sketches, fabric swatches and photographs of costume designs for shows designed by Frances Dafoe for performances as well as individual figure skaters including herself, Lloyd Eisler, Isabelle Brasseur, Brian Orser, Elizabeth Manley, Elena Bechke, Denis Petrov, Jacqueline Petr, Mark Janoschak, Ekaterina Gordeeva, Sergei Grinkov, Tracy Wilson, Rob McCall, and Jeff Langdon.

Dafoe, Frances Helen

George Elliott Clarke papers

Includes manuscript drafts for ‘I and I’, ‘Sonnets to Luxury’, ‘Red’, ‘The Motorcyclist’( a novel in progress based in part on father Lloyd Clarke’s diaries), Whylah Falls, Directions Home: Approaches to African-Canadian Literature; Lush Dreams, Blue Exile; ‘Sonnets from the Lebanese’ drafts [Salim Gold], with edits by Paul Zemokhol, Roy Wang and John Fraser; ‘Aurélian Verses’ drafts and correspondence; ‘Cinema Italiano’ drafts; journals, extensive personal and professional correspondence, 2006-2012, ‘Africana’, columns, essays, lectures, public appearances, book reviews, course material, financial information 2000-2002, personal and professional photographs, print, ephemera, ‘Africana’ and other material related to the life and work of professor, performer, poet and activist George Elliott Clarke. The original holograph notebooks and pages containing his works, lyrics, first drafts and notes form part of this accession, July 1975 - 2004. These notebooks represent the first drafts of nearly all of Clarke’s work.

Clarke, George Elliott

George Elliott Clarke Papers

Includes extensive correspondence (1979-2007) including personal, poetic, academic, political; ‘ideas’; manuscripts; Africana; publicity/reviews; William Lloyd Clarke material; other varied material related to the life and work of George Elliott Clarke

Selected correspondents include: Karlene Nation, Ingrid Joseph [Oni the Haitian Sensation], Althea Prince, Dany Laferriere, Senator Anne Cools, Senator David Oliver, Andy Wainwright, Greg Cook, Jan Zwicky, Olive Senior, M. Travis Lane, George Fetherling, George Bowering, David Young, Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty, Rob Maclennan, M. NourbeSe Phillip, John Ralston Saul, Clement Virgo, Tamara Berger, Noah Richler, Karen Kain, Sheila Copps, Michael Redhill, Austin Clarke, Randy Resh, Linda Rogers, Ambassador of Romania, Lawrence Hill, Sylvia Hamilton, Wendy Brathwaite [Motion], Budge Wilson, Hedy Fry, Ian Wilson, Antonio Alfonso [Guernica Editions], Roch Carrier, Hilary Weston,Omaha Rising, Greg Gatenby, Dionne Brand, Rinaldo Walcott, Rita Dove, Michael Ondaatje, Herb Gray, and many others.

Clarke, George Elliott

George Whipple Papers

Collection includes material related to the complete work and life of Toronto poet George Whipple.

Whipple, George

George Whipple Papers

Includes 41 slides of paintings created in 1962-63 (‘originals lost, alas’); 19 small albums containing 36 original and/or copies of drawings, 684 altogether; 1 large album of photos taken from slides of 29 paintings, plus 12 reproductions of small drawings; some miscellaneous papers and his 10th book, Kites, published by Ekstasis Editions in 2007.

Whipple, George

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

Graeme Gibson papers

  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1959 - 2005

Drafts and final manuscripts for his novels; correspondence including editorial correspondence for Anansi Press and correspondence relating to PEN Canada.

Gibson, Graeme

Graeme Gibson Papers

Includes manuscripts and other material related to Moral Disorder, Uncommon Ground (Matt Cohen Festschrift), Desde El Invierno (stories by Canadian authors published in Spanish, in Cuba), The Bedside Book of Birds, Perpetual Motion, Gentleman Death, ‘Malcolm Burgess’, Notes From a Cuban Journal, ‘ An Ordinary Rape’, Pancho Villa’s Head; and extensive correspondence, including with: Marian Engel, Matt Cohen, Timothy Findley, Greg Gatenby, Harold Horwood and many others; and other material related to the life and work of Graeme Gibson, 1960-2005.

Gibson, Graeme

Graeme Gibson Papers

Includes drafts, proofs, editorial and promotional material for The Bedside Book of Birds.

Gibson, Graeme

Graeme Gibson Papers

Drafts and final manuscripts for his novels, correspondence about them, editorial correspondence for Anansi Press, correspondence relating to PEN Canada and other organizations with which he was involved.

Gibson, Graeme

Gwendolyn MacEwen Papers

Collection consists of audio material, primarily radio broadcasts of shows about MacEwen as well as productions of her work, including her original radio play “The World of Neshiah” (produced in 1967). The material has been digitized from MacEwen-owned reel-to-reel and cassette tapes and put on CDs

MacEwen, Gwendolyn

J. Edward Chamberlin Papers

  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1970 - 2012

Includes correspondence with various poets in his capacity as Saturday Night poetry editor, some with submissions, and copies of replies, as well as correspondence with other writers and drafts of their work, including Rachel Manley, Lorna Goodison, Derek Walcott (along with the nomination for Walcott to receive the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1992), Anne Michaels and Bruce St. John. It also includes books, pamphlets,print and ephemera pertaining to West Indian and Caribbean Literature, history and culture.

Chamberlin, J. Edward

J. Edward Chamberlin Papers

Includes correspondence with various poets in his capacity as Saturday Night poetry editor, some with submissions, and copies of replies, as well as correspondence with other writers and drafts of their work, including Rachel Manley, Lorna Goodison, Derek Walcott (along with the nomination for Walcott to receive the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1992), Anne Michaels and Bruce St. John. It also includes books, pamphlets,print and ephemera pertaining to West Indian and Caribbean Literature, history and culture.

Chamberlin, J. Edward

J. Edward Chamberlin Papers

Includes Lorna Goodison material such as drafts, proofs and notes for From Harvey River; early drafts of ‘Supplying Salt and Light/Oracabessa’; Travelling Mercies; By Love Possessed; drafts for unpublished ‘The Book of Amber’; Controlling the Silver; personal and professional correspondence, including Rex Nettleford, Derek Walcott and others; ink doodles and drawings within texts; appearances; photographs; “Run of poetry by Canadian Poets (each illustrated) in Saturday Night, January 1989 – January 1995. Poetry editor J. Edward Chamberlin”; and various other material related to the lives and work of Lorna Goodison and J. Edward Chamberlin

Chamberlin, J. Edward

Jack Batten Papers

This latest accession of Jack Batten’s papers includes material – research, manuscripts and other editorial matter – for various Batten books, including: The Man Who Ran Faster than Everyone: The Story of Tom Longboat, The Annex: The Story of a Toronto Neighbourhood, Learned Friends: A Tribute to 50 Remarkable Advocates, 1950-2000, Silent in an Evil Time: The Brave War of Edith Cavell and The War to End All Wars: The Story of World War I. It also includes research and manuscripts for his freelance work, primarily for magazines, as well as his radio scripts and other projects.

Batten, Jack

Jack MacLeod Papers

Collection contains correspondence from the 1950s, photographs taken by MacLeod during the Hungarian revolution of 1956, and literary and academic papers.

Second accession: Includes two drafts, with new chapters for his novel Uproar, October 2003. Updated chapter list included

MacLeod, Jack

Jack MacLeod Papers

Contains manuscript material relation to his novel Uproar, with new chapters and a deleted chapter. Also, there is correspondence from 1981-3 regarding Going Grand and scripts for the CBC series The Learning Stage from 1964.

MacLeod, Jack

Jack MacLeod Papers

Includes manuscripts, correspondence and other material relating to Jack Macleod’s fourth novel, Elevation, first title ‘No Mean Pastime’ (as yet unpublished, re: Tommy Douglas and Medicare in Saskatchewan); his third unpublished novel, Uproar; his divorce from first wife, Barbara; correspondence with agents, editors, academics, authors and others; family correspondence; book reviews and journal articles

MacLeod, Jack

Jack MacLeod Papers

Includes first and second drafts of as yet unpublished novel, ‘Elevation’; fourth draft of ‘Uproar’ (to be published by Porcupine’s Quill in 2008); correspondence with Sam Solecki re: ‘Uproar’, including review and proposals for second draft improvements; correspondence re: submissions – ECW Press, Dundurn Press, Anna Porter, 2006; correspondence with Eric Wright, including replies, 2005-2006; nomination letter for Richard B. Wright to receive the Order of Canada

MacLeod, Jack

Jack MacLeod Papers

Includes the first drafts of the first seven chapters of a new novel-in-progress, with the working title, ‘Mr. Godwin, Out of the Whirlwind’, in holograph and word processed; copies of letters to John Metcalf, re: John Newlove, Porcupine’s Quill and the upcoming publication of MacLeod’s novel, Uproar, in 2008.

MacLeod, Jack

Jack MacLeod Papers

Includes personal correspondence, particularly with old friend R.E. ‘Dick’ Spencer, a.k.a. ‘Zinger’, drafts, photographs, radio scripts, essays, lectures and other material related to the life and work of Jack McLeod [J.T. McLeod, Jack Macleod]

MacLeod, Jack

Jack MacLeod Papers

Literary papers containing drafts, working papers and photocopies of research materials for his books: Zinger and Me (1979), Going Grant (1983), The Oxford Book of Canadian Political Anecdotes (1988) and one book which he co-edited with Cynthia Smith, Sir John A. (1989), and "Dreaming a Beach"/"Uproar"; non-fiction writings; and correspondence.

MacLeod, Jack

Joe Rosenblatt Papers

Correspondence with friends and other writers; tapes; manuscript radio plays and a short story; worksheets and typescripts of his poems.

Rosenblatt, Joe

Joe Rosenblatt Papers

A collection of manuscripts and artworks. Manuscripts include drafts of Beds and Consenting Dreamers, and A Tentacled Mother, proofs of The Voluptuous Gardener, drafts of Italian translations of Rosenblatt's works, personal and business correspondence, and inscribed copies of books 1994-1998. Artworks by Rosenblatt include ink drawings, mixed media on paper, and mixed media on canvas. Some works framed.

Rosenblatt, Joe

Joe Rosenblatt Papers

This collection consists of manuscript drafts and other material related to various writing projects by poet and visual artist Joe Rosenblatt, including Parrot Fever (published by Exile Editions, 2002) as well as two as-yet unpublished works: Dog Poems, a collaboration with Vancouver-based poet Catherine Owen and photographer Karen Moe, and Hogg Variations / The Lunatic Muse, a collaboration with Barry Callaghan. The collection also contains a large volume of correspondence, primarily e-mail.

Rosenblatt, Joe

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