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William John Alexander Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00155
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1874-1944

The collection consists mainly of accounts written by Dr. Alexander of his own family and of his wife's family, the Morrows and Richeys of Halifax; a few letters; a large clipping file of events from W.J. Alexander's life; some family photos.

Alexander, W. J. (William John)

Michael Gervers Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00771
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1911-1956

This gift includes handwritten letters, telegrams, photographs, postcards and various other ephemera related to the First and Second World Wars. The correspondence is primarily between Florence Marc and various correspondents; and between Captain A.G. (Peter) Fiddes Watt and Miss Gwynedd Corlette.

Gervers, Michael

Elizabeth Hughes Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00334
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1907-1951 (bulk 1921-1923).

The collection largely consists of letters written by Hughes to her mother describing her activities and giving information about her health and diabetic condition. The letters dating from August to November 1922 describe Hughes' experiences in Toronto where she was treated with insulin by F.G. Banting. The collection also contains photographs of Hughes and her family, dating from 1907 to 1951.

Hughes, Elizabeth

Robert Stacey Papers

  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1936-1999

Includes research (bulk of which are copies) and writings by Robert Stacey on John Reid, Ian Hamilton Finlay, Ezra Pound and Ronald Duncan; correspondence with Ronald Duncan; extensive writings by John Reid; photographs of Ronald Duncan and John Reid, and other research material

Stacey, Robert

Joseph Burr Tyrrell Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00026
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1870-1957

The collection consists of correspondence, reports, notebooks, drafts for articles and books, family papers, maps, large collection of photographs, clippings and memorabilia.

Tyrrell, Joseph Burr

Woodsworth Memorial Collection

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00035 (Downsview Offsite)
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1919-1977

The collection consists of manuscript and mimeographed materials relating to the history of labour and socialist movements in Ontario and Canada, with special emphasis on the Ontario section of the Co-operative Commonwealth Federation (CCF). It consists chiefly of the personal files of individual CCF party members and others active in the socialist and labour movements in Ontario. Among those individuals include: James McArthur Conner, William Crocker, William Dennison, Alice Loeb and Desmond Morton, among others. Also included are the records of Arthur Mould, a labour leader and president of the Ontario section of the Canadian Labour Party.

Ontario Woodsworth Memorial Foundation

Barbara Williams Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00532 (Downsview Offsite)
  • 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

William French Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00300 (Downsview Offsite)
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1926-ongoing

Papers for his tenure as successor to W.A. Deacon, literary editor of the Globe and Mail. Correspondence with book reviewers and authors, drafts for his reviews, column articles, lectures and speeches, press releases for new books, and clippings.

French, William

Rhea Tregebov Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00440 (Downsview Offsite)
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1976-2004

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

Tregebov, Rhea

Vincent Tovell Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00328 (Downsview Offsite)
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1958-1993

The collection consists of Tovell's scripts, research material, correspondence, photographs and other professional and personal material. The collection includes the research and scripts for his films on Glenn Gould and the Massey Family.

Tovell, Vincent

Toronto Newspaper Guild Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00133 (Downsview Offsite)
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1948-1972

The collection consists of case files, manuals and minutes of meetings of the Toronto Newspaper Guild.

Toronto Newspaper Guild

Richard Pennington Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00148 (Downsview Offsite)
  • 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

George Payerle Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00383 (Downsview Offsite)
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1968-2000

The collection consists of draft manuscripts of Payerle's various works, including The Afterpeople (1970), Wolfbane Fane (1977), Two from Babylon (1990) and The Weather and That (1993). It also includes drafts of his unpublished poems and prose, papers documenting his involvement with The Writers' Union of Canada, and correspondence from other writers in the Union and those whose work he edited.

Payerle, George

New Play Society Records

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00228 (Downsview Offsite)
  • 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

J.P. (James Playfair) McMurrich Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00052 (Downsview Offsite)
  • Manuscript Collection
  • [192-?]-[193-?]

Collection consists of notes and manuscript drafts for McMurrich’s unpublished book, The History of Anatomy as well as a portrait of McMurrich.

McMurrich, J.P (James Playfair)

Patrick McGahern Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00697 (Downsview Offsite)
  • 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

Lord's Day Alliance of Canada Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00129 (Downsview Offsite)
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1888-1994

This collection includes correspondence, minute books, administrative records, legal documents, photographs, scrapbooks and printed materials generated by the Alliance and many of its branches from 1888 to 1979. The second part of the collection includes records and artifacts from the renamed Alliance: the People for Sunday Association of Canada, from 1982 until its dissolution in 1994. There is also material from other organizations concerned with Sunday observance.

Lord's Day Alliance of Canada

Arkadii Liubchenko Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00345 (Downsview Offsite)
  • 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

John Emerson Langdon Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00182 (Downsview Offsite)
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1914-1981

The collection includes research notes on silver, chiefly compiled for his four books on North American silver and silversmiths, along with related correspondence, typescripts and galleys. It also includes secondary materials used for lectures and articles, photographs and slides used as illustrative matter in the books and articles, as well as other correspondence, notes, invoices, photographs and awards.

Langdon, John E. (John Emerson)

George Keppie Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00116 (Downsview Offsite)
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1918-1959

The collection consists of correspondence and accounts relating to Keppie's work as manager of several American Theatres and the Uptown Theatre, Toronto (Vaughan Glaser Players) and the Empire Theatre (Theatre Guild of Canada). It also contains photographs and mimeographed and typed playscripts, including two by John Coulter and one by Wilson MacDonald.

Keppie, George

Stuart King Jaffary Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00113 (Downsview Offsite)
  • Manuscript Collection
  • [193-]-1964

The collection consists of correspondence, articles and research notes on criminology, penal reform, sentencing and about the University of Toronto School of Social Work.

Jaffary, Stuart King

John Allan Irving Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00132 (Downsview Offsite)
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1928-1965

The collection consists of research materials for Irving's book The Social Credit Movement in Alberta, as well as correspondence, both personal and professional. Correspondents include William Aberhart and Ernest Manning. It also continues drafts and typescripts of his numerous articles, lecture notes and other teaching materials, and items relating to the television program Fighting Words.

Irving, John Allan

Hugh Halliday Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00411 (Downsview Offsite)
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1940-1980

The collection includes typescript drafts of Halliday's columns on birds and nature for The Toronto Star Weekly and other publications; alphabetical subject files; reader correspondence and correspondence with naturalists, birders, publishers, editors and friends (including extensive correspondence with Al Oeming, founder and director of the Alberta Game Farm, and one letter from John Diefenbaker); photographs of mushrooms, insects, animals and birds by Halliday; notes and sketches; print and ephemera.

Halliday, Hugh M.

David Gardner Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00359 (Downsview Offsite)
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1950-1999

The collection consists of material relating to Canadian theatre history and to Gardner's acting and directing career. It includes theatre programmes, articles and press clippings concerning the history of theatre in Canada, especially for the Toronto area (1974 to 1999); audio tapes of Association for Canadian Theatre Research conferences; videotapes of ten television productions directed by him, and more than fifty production photographs; tapes of his television and film performances; scrapbooks (1935-1955), that document his career on stage (Hart House Theatre, Straw Hat Players, Crest Theatre, New Play Society, Jupiter Theatre, Stratford Festival) and in radio and television; other papers and photographs; other directors' prompt books; diaries; correspondence; playbills and broadsides. John Holden's collection of 19th and 20th century playscripts as well as Holden's production scripts for Canadian theatres, mainly in the 1950s and early 1960s, are also in the collection.

Gardner, David Emmett

Kate A. Foster Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00086 (Downsview Offsite)
  • 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.

Betty M. Flint Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00347 (Downsview Offsite)
  • 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)

Theodore George Harwood Drake Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00353 (Downsview Offsite)
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1924-1996

The collection consists of miscellaneous materials relating to Drake's career as a paediatrician and collector of medical artefacts and books. It contains a collection of various manuscript and printed materials, largely in French, on paediatrics.

Drake, Theodore George Harwood

Cooper & Beatty Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00297 (Downsview Offsite)
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1921-1987

The collection contains office files of correspondence, interoffice memos and financial records for Cooper & Beatty designs, as well as proof copies of work completed, copies of work and mounted samples for exhibits, posters, photographs and organizations connected with the firm.

Cooper & Beatty, Limited

Ernest Buckler Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00099 (Downsview offsite)
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1929-1989

Drafts and final typescripts of literary works, juvenilia, correspondence, photographs, and biographical materials. Copies of all Buckler's published books are available in Fisher Library's main collections.

Buckler, Ernest

Earle Birney Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00049 (Downsview Offsite)
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1896-1990 (bulk 1940-1976)

Collection includes correspondence; manuscripts, typescripts and some galley proofs of the work of Earle Birney; teaching materials; some Malcolm Lowry material; typescripts of other Canadian authors; scrapbooks and memorabilia.

Birney, Earle

Walter Bauer Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00039 (Downsview Offsite)
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1950-1976

Collection of drafts, revisions of short stories and radio plays;typescripts of poems.

Bauer, Walter

Barry Callaghan Papers

  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1965-2016

A collection of files for Exile, a literary journal based in Toronto; contains manuscripts with notes, revisions, instructions to the printer, and galley proofs for poems, short stories, essays, plays and art which appeared in Exile from 1972-75; includes 171 photographs and other graphic material.

Callaghan, Barry

Marjorie Wilkins Campbell Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00138 (Downsview Offsite)
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1923-1986

Collection of literary papers of Marjorie Wilkins Campbell including published and unpublished works, personal and business correspondence.

Campbell, Marjorie Wilkins

Russell Brown Papers

  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1972-1999

A collection of Russell Brown's literary papers, and his editorial and correspondence files from his tenure as editor at 'Lakehead University Review' (1972-1975), 'Descant' (1979-1983), as joint editor of 'An Anthology of Canadian Literature in English' (1982-1983), and poetry editor at McClelland and Stewart (1983-1988). Brown edited about thirty books of poetry, including works by Roo Borson, Lorna Crozier, Mary di Michele, Ralph Gustafson, Irving Layton, Douglas LePan, Susan Musgrave and Al Purdy. Some manuscripts are included with the correspondence. Manuscripts for which the authors sought Brown's editorial and critical suggestions may contain lengthy comments which, in many cases, resulted in the works being revised and later published.

Brown, Russell

Gerry Bennett Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00362 (Downview Offsite)
  • 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

James Little Baillie Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00127 (Downsview Offsite)
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1920-1970

Correspondence with naturalists; a dictionary of naturalists; drafts for a life of Charles Fothergill; bird-watching journals kept by Baillie from 1920-1970; Baillie’s weekly columns in The Toronto Evening Telegram, 1931-70 (on microfilm); some material by other naturalists.

Baillie, James Little

Michelle Berry Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00762 (Downsview Offsite)
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1970-2014

This first accession of Michelle Berry’s papers contains manuscript drafts of novels and books of short stories; early writing drafts; reviews written by Michelle Berry for the Globe and Mail, as well as reviews of her work; correspondence, and other material related to her life and work.

Contains series:

  1. Manuscripts and other writing
  2. Reviews
  3. Professional files
  4. Correspondence
  5. Personal and miscellaneous files
  6. Early writing
  7. Other files
  8. Restricted files

Berry, Michelle

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

William R. Feasby Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00235
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1899-1978

Collection consists of research materials and drafts for an unpublished biography of C.H. Best, containing much direct comment and dictation by Best. It also contains research materials and typescript of an unpublished history of the University of Toronto's Faculty of Medicine, drafts and notes for various articles and speeches, and some biographical and autobiographical materials.

Feasby, William R.

Frederick Banting Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00076
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1908-1976

The collection consists of research notes and papers, drafts of articles and speeches, travel journals, diaries, correspondence, drawings and sketches, photographs, scrapbooks, awards and memorabilia, and papers of Henrietta Banting.

Banting, Frederick Grant, Sir

Charles Best Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00241
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1928-1985

1982 Accession:
Correspondence, research notes and articles, offprints of his published research and of his colleagues including Banting and McLeod, his other writings and lectures, biographical material, photographs, films, slides, records, tapes, and cassettes.

2003 Accession:
Includes material related to the discovery of insulin at the University of Toronto; Margaret Mahon Best’s journals 1925-1984(75) describing their life and extensive travels following the discovery, plus several holograph notebooks about Sandy and Henry as
children, and from MMB’s childhood, 1914-1919; original course notes of Charles Best; original holograph insulin manuscript; research, drafts, correspondence and other material related to Margaret and Charley by Henry Best; letters of correspondence to
MMB and HB regarding the death of Alexander (Sandy) Best and Charles Best; letters scientific to Dr. Best; ‘Dear Jessie’ letters from Linda Mahon on her travels with Margaret and Charley to her cousin Jessie at home in Toronto; H.H. Dale letters; photographic images of awards, citations, etc. given to CB; other material related to the discovery of insulin and the writing of the book on their lives by their son, Henry Best.

Best, Charles Herbert

J.B. Collip Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00269
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1898-1976

A collection of scrapbooks containing correspondence, newspaper clippings and photographs; bound volumes of offprints; medals, awards and pins; and texts related to James Bertram Collip's research career in biochemistry and endocrinology.

Collip, J. B. (James Bertram)

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.

Kathleen Switzer Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00773
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1966

Unpublished typescript of ‘The Parish House Murders’ by Kathleen Switzer, with added author Mrs. T. J. Brook. Date of creation most likely March 21, 1966. “77,500 words”, 310 leaves.

Switzer, Kathleen

Sydney Goodsir Smith Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00597
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1955 - 1975

Includes correspondence, typescript and holograph poem drafts, sketches and print either by or about the Scottish poet Sydney Goodsir Smith. Some material relates to his wife Hazel Smith.

Smith, Sydney Goodsir

The Niagara Falls Suspension Bridge Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS Coll. 00403B
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1801 - 1937

The second accession of the Niagara Falls Suspension Bridge Papers includes predominantly textual (handwritten and typescript) material relating to the administration and operation of the Niagara Falls Suspension Bridge Company and the Niagara Falls International Bridge Company during the years 1801 – 1937 (bulk 1835-1937).

Niagara Falls Suspension Bridge Company

Jay MillAr Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS Coll. 00036A
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1986 - 2006

Contains drafts, manuscripts, correspondence and other material pertaining to the life, education, poetry and published work of Jay MillAr (1971-). The collection also includes his involvement and interaction with the Toronto experimental poetry community and other poets and writers, notably Brian T. Francis, John Barlow, Rob Ruzic and Rob McLennan. In addition, the collection also includes publications, correspondence and manuscript material from the two literary presses – Boondoggle Books (1992-1997) and BookThug (1997-) – that he founded and operates.

MillAr, Jay

Allan Stratton Papers

  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1953-2015

Manuscript drafts for plays, novels and other writing; correspondence; photographs; juvenilia; and other personal and professional files related to the life and work of Allan Stratton.

Stratton, Allan

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