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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

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

F. David Hoeniger Collection

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00239 2B Annex
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1779-1976

The collection consists of material collected by Hoeniger in the course of researching the forgeries of John Payne Collier (1789-1883). It also contains a collection of letters from writers and theatrical people.

Hoeniger, Frederick Julius David

Dalley Family Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00237 2B Annex
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1710-1907 [bulk 1846-1907]

The Dalley Papers relate to the family estate in Wiltshire, England, to the military career of Captain William Dalley, and to the Hamilton business of Frederick Dalley and Fenner Frederick Dalley.

Dalley Family

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.

J.A. McNeil Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00234 2B Annex
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1927-1942

The collection consists of photos, manuscript notes and ephemera relating to Gilbert and Sullivan, and especially to the D'Oyley Carte Company across Canada in 1927. There is also some biographical material relating to J.A. McNeil.

McNeil, J. A. (John Alexander)

William Shelden Collection

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00233 2B Annex
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1670-1838

The collection consists of Shelden's collected correspondence with book dealers, and notes and cards with bibliographical information about his collection. Among the documents of interest include a signed letter from Sir Joseph Banks and a photograph of Robert Louis Stevenson, as well as a volume of original drawings used to illustrate one of Dumont D'Urville's voyages.

Sheldon, W. L.

Hugh Kane Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00231
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1955-1981

The collection consists of journals, reports, notes and correspondence on publishing in Canada compiled during Kane's career at McClelland and Stewart Publishing Company and at Macmillan Company of Canada. It includes journals from his coast-to-coast business trips, correspondence with authors such as Constance Beresford-Howe, John Diefenbaker, Bruce Hutchinson, Dennis Lee, Thomas Raddall, and business associates such as Jack McClelland and John Gray. It also includes notes and correspondence on censorship.

Kane, Hugh

Lorna Kane McCracken Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00230 2B Annex
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1909-1965

Correspondence from John Galsworthy, W.W. Jacobs, Blanch Patch, Helen Waddell, manuscript of Galsworthy's The Pigeon; photographs.

McCracken, Lorna Kane

Florence Nightingale Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00229
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1873-1879

This collection consists of correspondence and papers written by Nightingale to Annie Machin, a friend and pupil. They describe her concerns about the new Montreal General Hospital, including the selection of trained nurses for it. The letters show Nightingale's attention to detail about the hospitals where the nurses would work, her concern for their well-being, their qualifications and suitability for the work.

Nightingale, Florence

Jock de Marbois Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00226 2B Annex
  • Manuscript Collection
  • Date unknown

The collection contains two versions of de Marbois' autobiography "The Adventures of Little Joe Buggins" and six letters relating to his naval career in the Second World War.

Marbois, Jock de

Daniel and Lois Lowe Collection

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00223
  • Manuscript Collection
  • [17-]-[18-]

The collection consists of drawings and paintings of birds and flowers, mainly by English and French artists.

Lowe, Daniel

Thomas Townshend Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00222 2B Annex
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1741-1800

The collection consists primarily of correspondence written to Townshend. The letters are from family, friends, political colleagues and people who worked for him or served under him. Many were written to Townshend between 1784 and 1786 after he was made Baron Sydney and when he was secretary of state in the Pitt government, with many asking for political favours.

Townshend, Thomas

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

Sir Allan Napier MacNab Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00220
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1801-1907

Legal and business papers and correspondence, chiefly relating to MacNab’s various property transactions, as well as a small amount of historical material relating to the Rebellion of 1837-1838. Also includes documents from the governing of the Estate after Allan MacNab’s death. This includes papers from MacNab’s sister-in-law and executor, Sophia Stuart MacNab, as well papers from her successors, Mary Stuart Daly and Caroline Daly. These records pertain to the maintenance of the estate, information on the mortgages owned by the estate and lawsuits.

MacNab, Allan Napier

Edmund Taylor Whittaker Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00219 2B Annex
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1918-1956

The collection consists mainly of correspondence between E.T. Whittaker and his son, J.M. Whittaker, as well as the elder Whittaker's scientific writings, reviews and articles. It also includes some autobiographical material.

Whittaker, E. T. (Edmund Taylor)

Literary Club Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00218
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1930-1934, 1984

This collection consists of the minutes of the Literary Club, as well as correspondence of various members with Mrs. Norma Lyne, brief biographies of the members, and a portion of the untitled reminiscences of Henry H. Noyes.

Literary Club

Hunter, Rose & Co. Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00217
  • Manuscript Collection
  • [ca.1874]-1977

Collection contains letters patent, minute books, stock certificates, balance sheets, correspondence and miscellaneous material relating to the Hunter, Rose & Company and its associated companies.

Hunter, Rose & Co.

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

John Mitchell Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00212
  • Manuscript Collection
  • [195-?]

Consists of part of the manuscript of John Mitchell's book The Settlement of York County which was published posthumously in 1951 and commissioned by the Municipal Corporation of the County of York to mark the centennial of the beginnings of municipal government in the two Canadas. Also included is correspondence with Mitchell's typist Elaine Williams.

Mitchell, John

Louis Melzak Collection of Canadian Historical Documents

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00210
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1800-1899

Consists of various documents, maps, letters and bound volumes acquired by Louis Melzak. The majority of the items relate to the Morris and McLean families which had been collected in a scrapbook by Edmund Morris. The letters and documents had been arranged by Morris in two groups: those of the Alexander McLean family and those of the Alexander Morris family. He included a brief outline of the history of the McLean family and an index of those documents.
The bound volumes include an early printer's pay-book, the diary of a British soldier series in Upper Canada and material relating to the settlement of the Eastern Townships of Quebec.

Melzack, Louis

J.H. Parker Collection of Spanish and Italian Documents

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00209 2B Annex
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1608-1818

The collection consists of Spanish and Italian documents, including a commission signed by Philip III (1578-1621), a document signed by Philip IV (1605-1665), and a document signed by King Vittorio Emanuele.

Parker, J.H. ( Jack Horace)

Lanman and Kemp Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00208
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1850-1880

A small collection from the pharmaceutical firm of Lanman and Kemp, New York, that consists of orders received from Canadian firms and individuals.

Lanman and Kemp

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

Samuel Alexander White Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00204 2B Annex
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1905-1954

The collection consists of drafts and tearsheets of published writings, part of an unpublished autobiography, drawings, sketches, correspondence, and other printed material.

White, Samuel Alexander

Raymond Souster Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00203
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1951-1980

Correspondence; drafts of poems; typescripts and proofs of books of poems; drafts and typescripts for published and unpublished novels.

Souster, Raymond

David M. Lank Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00202
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1977-1978

Collection is largely comprised of papers from Terry Schott, an orinthological artist and author and chief artist at the Royal Ontario Museum until his retirement. It contains Schott's notes on his field sketches and trip to Madagascar, as well as his draft typescript for two chapters in a planned book on wildlife and art. It also contains Lank's typescript draft of an article on Shortt.

Lank, David M.

Horatio C. Boultbee Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00198
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1930-1967

Includes Boultbee's writings and correspondence relating to the posthumous publication of his work.

Boultbee, Horatio C.

David Jones Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00196 2B Annex
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1928-[ca. 1979]

Collection consists of correspondence, chiefly between Jones and Rene Hague, along with drafts, typescripts and Hague's books on Jones. It also contains a typescript of Henry Summerfield's book on David Jones.

Jones, David

E. Lloyd Caldwell Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00192 2B Annex
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1980

Contains two unpublished manuscripts of the history of the Richelieu Valley.

Caldwell, Eugene Lloyd

Douglas Family Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00188 2B Annex
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1888-1945

A small collection of letters, photos, commonplace books and memorabilia. The material chiefly relates to the Hughes family of St. Thomas, Ont.

Douglas Family

R. Douglas Stupart Collection

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00187 2B Annex
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1836-1845

The collection consists of three items formerly in the possession of Stupart, including Stupart's journal he kept on board the H.M. Sloop Victor, East India Station (1836) and a manuscript about the slave vessel, the Brigantine Echo.

Douglas, Stupart R.

Gabriel Sagard-Theodat Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00186 2B Annex
  • Manuscript Collection
  • [193-]

The collection consists of the typescript, by H.H. Langton, of Sagard-Theodat's history of Canada from 1615-1630.

Sagard, Gabriel

Edward Clark Noble Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00186
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1924-1978

The collection consists of a small collection of manuscripts, correspondence, articles, offprints and clippings on the discovery and development of insulin. The papers relate largely to the early part of Dr. Noble's career.

Noble, Edward Clark

Charles MacKay Willmot Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00185
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1922-1929

The collection consists of 43 architectural drawings, blueprints and related materials by Willmot, and include those for four major houses and two commercial buildings in Los Angeles. It also includes two blueprints by his father, Mancel Willmot.

Willmot, Charles MacKay

John Emerson Langdon Papers (Downsview Offsite)

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00182
  • 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)

Huron County Temperance Associations Collection

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00181
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1914-1960

The collection consists of minute books and ephemera of several Huron County organizations, including the Exeter Temperance Alliance (in 1932 it becomes the South Huron Branch of the Ontario Prohibition Union), the Huron County Branch of the Dominion Alliance (also known as the Huron County Temperance Alliance) and the Huron County Temperance Federation.

Bradley, Ralph E.

Danuta Irena Bienkowska Papers

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

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

Bienkowska, Danuta Irena

Edna Lillian Morley

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00174 2B Annex
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1917-1975

This collection consists of Morley's personal and literary correspondence, notes and a scrapbook .

Morley, Edna Lillian

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

John Frothingham Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00170
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1810-1870

This collection consists largely of diaries by Frothingham that contain notes about various business activities, the weather, the garden, arrival and departure of ships and family news. Political events are also occasionally mentioned in the diaries.

Frothingham, John

Czechoslovakia 1968 Collection

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00168
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1954-1971

This collection is largely comprised of material used by Professor H. Gordon Skilling in writing his book, Czechoslovakia's Interrupted Revolution (Princeton University Press, 1976). It contains newsclippings, typescripts, Radio Free Europe reports and analyses, and special issues of newspapers and ephemera printed during the 1968 intervention.

Skilling, H. Gordon (Harold Gordon)

Emily Warren Collection

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00167
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1876-1981

The collection consists of glass slides used by Emily Warren to illustrate her lectures in the 1920's and 1930's, as well as some lecture notes and other writings by Warren. It also contains a few items relating to John Ruskin, including five pieces of manuscript, a typescript of Constance McRae's book on Emily Warren, The Light must be Perfect (1981), and some of her research material. There are also two large volumes of coloured slides of Emily Warren's paintings.

Warren, Emily

Spanish Civil War Collection

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00165
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1936-1990

Collection consists of manuscripts from various sources relating to the Spanish Civil War and to various anti-Franco organizations in Canada and the United States to support the Republican cause. Included are manuscripts; correspondence; scrapbooks containing clippings, correspondence, documents and prints; and records relating to the fiftieth anniversary of the Spanish Civil War including photographs, memorabilia, awards and audio recordings.

Charles Walker Robinson Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00163
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1645-1940

The collection consists of family papers relating to John Robinson, Bishop of London (1650-1723), the Robinson family in Virginia and descendants in Upper Canada, especially Sir John Beverley Robinson (1791-1863), father of C.W. Robinson.

Robinson, C. W. (Charles Walker)

Harold B. Attin Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00161 2B Annex
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1954-1956

Includes materials relating to thesis on Charles Jonnart such as research notes, correspondence, a manuscript draft of part of the thesis, a thesis outline and a finished version of Section II, as well as newspaper clippings and other printed material.

Attin, Harold B.

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

Solandt-McKillop Collection

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00158 2B Annex
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1837-1895

The collection consists of journals and a letter book from André Solandt, and an orderly book and account books from Archibald McKillop.

Solandt, André

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)

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

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