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Michael Millgate Papers

Includes original letters and documents by Frederick Baldwin Adams, Richard Little Purdy, Henry Reed, Carroll Atwood Wilson, Howard Bliss, John Carter, and other active collectors and scholars of Thomas Hardy during the decades of the twenties and thirties and during the immediate post-war period.

Alberto Manguel Papers

  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1960-ongoing

The Alberto Manguel Papers consist of material related to the literary output of the noted author, anthologist and translator. It's a comprehensive collection of Manguel's literary output since the 1960s up to the present day. It includes manuscript drafts, revisions, galleys, illustrations, publisher’s correspondence, personal correspondence, photographs, printed appearances and other material.

Manguel, Alberto

Alberto Manguel Papers

This accession for Alberto Manguel’s papers contains manuscripts, including both his and other authors’; information regarding projects; personal correspondence; research; material pertaining to various literary events, lectures, seminars; printed books; periodicals; magazine appearances; clippings; and other material related to his life and work primarily in the years between 2010 and 2012.
Contains series:

  1. Manuscripts
  2. Other Writing Files
  3. Non-Alberto Manguel works - other people’s manuscripts
  4. Projects
  5. Jury: Premio Iberoamericano Planeta-Casa de América de Narrativa
  6. Other Publications
  7. Appearances
  8. Art-related projects
  9. Correspondence
  10. Reviews
  11. Personal and Miscellaneous files
  12. Festivals, lectures and seminars
  13. Research
  14. Audiovisual materials
  15. Arts de México magazines
  16. Publications
  17. Antiquarian book catalogues
  18. Miscellaneous ephemera

Manguel, Alberto

Alberto Manguel Papers

This accession for Alberto Manguel’s papers contains some of his early writing from 1966-1974 including poetry, his first essay ever published and his first prize-winning short story written in Spanish, ‘Premio Literario La Nacion’. It also includes: manuscripts, including both his and other authors’; information regarding projects; notebooks; personal correspondence; material pertaining to various literary events, lectures, seminars; printed books; periodicals; magazine appearances; clippings; and other material related to his life and work primarily in the years between 2009-2013.
Contains series:

  1. Early Writing
  2. Manuscripts
  3. Translations and Adaptations
  4. Other Writing
  5. Reviews
  6. Non-Alberto Manguel works - other people’s manuscripts
  7. Festivals, Lectures and Seminars
  8. Interviews and Reviews [of Alberto Manguel’s work]
  9. Juries
  10. Correspondence
  11. Personal and Miscellaneous files
  12. Notebooks
  13. Magazines
  14. Other Publications
  15. Collaborative Projects
  16. Audiovisual Materials

Manguel, Alberto

Alberto Manguel Papers

This accession for Alberto Manguel’s papers contains manuscripts for some of his latest work; correspondence; essays; articles; projects; material pertaining to various literary events, lectures, seminars, including his own festival, Atlantide; periodicals; extensive research files; personal photographs; and other material related to his life and work.
Contains series:

  1. Manuscripts and other writing files
  2. Travel and appearances
  3. Teaching files
  4. Correspondence
  5. Photographs
  6. Research files
  7. Other people’s manuscripts
  8. Honorary degrees, grants, writing residencies
  9. National Library of Argentina – directorship
  10. Personal and miscellaneous files
  11. Publications
  12. Advanced reading copies, other books

Manguel, Alberto

Karen Mulhallen Papers

Includes interviews and correspondence with prominent Canadian authors, as well as notes and biographical information on them. Also includes correspondence, manuscripts and other editorial papers stemming from her work as an editor at Somerville House, and as editor-in-chief of Descant; drafts, notes and correspondence relating to her literary works.

Mulhallen, Karen

Karen Mulhallen Papers

This latest accession of Karen Mulhallen’s papers includes editorial material – primarily manuscripts, proofs and correspondence – for issues 144, 151, 152, 153, 154, 155, 162, 163, 165, 166 and 167of the literary journal Descant. Also included are submissions and rejections to Descant, and general administration files including staff and hiring, financials, correspondence, fundraising, subscriptions and events. There are also files related to the Winston Collins Poetry Prize and Writers’ Reserve competitions, as well as administrative files from Now Hear This! (NHT!) and Students, Writers and Teachers Programs (SWAT), which were charitable organizations created by Descant to improve literacy in Toronto-area schools. The collection also contains some of Mulhallen’s personal and professional files related to her academic and writing career.

Contains series:
Series 1: Descant Production
Series 2: Descant Submissions/Rejections
Series 3: Descant Business and Administration
Series 4: Descant Financials
Series 5: Descant Correspondence
Series 6: Descant Events and Meetings
Series 7: Writers’ Reserve and Winston Collins Prize for Poetry
Series 8: Now Hear This! And Students, Writers and Teachers Programs
Series 9: Karen Mulhallen Personal and Professional Files

Mulhallen, Karen

Karen Mulhallen Papers

This latest accession of Karen Mulhallen’s papers consists of both Descant materials – manuscripts, correspondence and proofs, as well as Mulhallen’s own files for the literary journal – and papers pertaining to Mulhallen’s literary work, including the book Acquainted with Absence: Selected Poems (published by Blaurock Press, 2009) along with other Mulhallen books. It also includes material for an Open Radio program developed by Mulhallen called Tale and the Teller, as well as correspondence, files relating to her various archival and book donations, and various academic materials, primarily lecture notes for courses she taught at Ryerson.

Karen Mulhallen

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 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

Charles Pachter Papers

Collection of family papers and photographs; correspondence with Margaret Atwood concerning their collaboration on the design and printing of five of her books, 1964-1980; and drafts and working copies of the books; his paintings and other activities.

Pachter, Charles

Charles Pachter Papers

Collection is comprised exclusively of correspondence, including photographs and drawings from various friends and associates of Charles Pachter, many of whom are prominent Canadians. The collection contains personal and business material from the 1950s to 2001. The correspondence reflects Pachter's extensive and changeable career as an artist, including material from all of his exhibitions; for the retrospective of his work, Charles Pachter by Bogomila Welsh-Ovcharov; his close friendship with his mother and father ("Dibbles and Har") and his large circle of friends, fans and acquaintances. Pachter studied art at the Sorbonne in Paris, the Cranbook Academy of Art in Michigan and the University of Toronto. His involvement in graphic art production, papermaking, real estate, building renovation and Gracie's, his Queen Street West restaurant in Toronto are all documented here. The collection also includes material related to his work as writer, lecturer, informal Canadian historian and his extensive charitable pursuits.

Pachter, Charles

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

David Solway Papers

  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1969-ongoing

Notes, drafts for published and unpublished writings, notebooks, correspondence.

Solway, David

Doris Huestis Mills Speirs Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00319
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1917-1981

Collection of Thoreau MacDonald papers (1917-1981) and others in the Canadian and Americn art world in the 1920s.

Speirs, Doris Huestis Mills

Rosemary Sullivan Papers

  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1970-2000

Papers consist of research notes , manuscript drafts, final manuscripts, galleys, correspondence for her published works: The Space a Name Makes; Blue Panic; By Heart: Elizabeth Smart, A Life; Shadow Maker: Gwendolyn MacEwen; The Red Shoes; Margaret Atwood Starting Out; The Home Ladder; published writings in journals and anthologies; research material relating to her two biographies, Gwen MacEwen and Elizabeth Smart. 7 VHS and 30 cassette tapes; 34 photos.

Sullivan, Rosemary

Trinidad Theatre Workshop Papers

Includes correspondence, photographs, scripts, set designs, financial information, touring information and other material related to all aspects of the functioning of the Trinidad Theatre Workshop, its affiliates and educational programmes, 1965-2002. Founded by Derek Walcott in 1959 (See also Derek Walcott Papers, MS COLL 00136 and 00348).

Trinidad Theatre Workshop Papers

2005 Accession: Includes papers reflecting the various activities of the Trinidad Theatre Workshop, 1990-2005, from performances and travel, to budgetary and financial information, correspondence, teaching, training and theatre education. The Trinidad Theatre Workshop was established in 1959 by Derek Walcott, with artistic direction by Albert Laveau.

2006 Accession: Includes material reflecting the various activities of the Trinidad Theatre Workshop, from scripts and correspondence to budget and financial material.

Derek Walcott Papers

The collection contains literary papers relating to Walcott's poetic, theatrical and prose writings from the early 1980s to the mid-1990s. Holograph notes, rough drafts and revisions are included, as well as final drafts and galleys of publications. Many drafts are the result of a 'cut-and-paste' method using a variety of formats. These are referred to as "composite drafts" throughout. Many works, both poetic and theatrical, also include screen adaptations.

There is a small collection of material relating to Walcott's role as stage director, particularly with the Trinidad Theatre Workshop. The literary papers are complemented by sketches and watercolours by Walcott, often in the form of stage directions or film storyboards.

William Stewart Wallace Papers

Contains articles on historical subjects; biographies for his Dictionary of North American authors; personal correspondence; correspondence for the Royal Society of Canada, the Encyclopedia of Canada, and the Canadian Society for the Protection of Science and Learning, ca. 1920-1940-.

Wallace, William Stewart

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.

Crad Kilodney Papers

Includes correspondence with reader/friends and signed photo card of Hollywood actor Brett Halsey.

Crad Kilodney Papers

Includes Exposition Press vanity press books (Hicksville, New York) with holograph comments by Crad Kilodney laid in. correspondence with friend and author Dhymitruy ‘Jimmy’ Bouryiotis; poetry, reviews and prose in Rustler, Mink, Elite and other magazines; 1971 manuscript by Barry Chamish; Barry Goldwater comic; Toronto Police Service Property bag from May 9, 2011 arrest for contempt of court charge

Kilodney, Crad

Don Bailey Papers

Drafts and final typescripts of literary works, correspondence, business and personal papers.

Bailey, Don

George Fetherling Papers

Includes correspondence, drafts and proofs for River of Gold: the Fraser and Cariboo gold rushes; The Sylvia Hotel Poems; Walt Whitman’s Secret; personal and professional correspondence; inscribed copies of GF books; 1 CD; scrapbooks

Fetherling, 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

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

Jack Batten Papers

This collection contains papers and other documents pertaining to the work of Jack Batten, a Toronto-based writer and journalist..

Batten, Jack

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

Leonard Cohen Papers

  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1953 - 2003

Includes extensive materials related to Leonard Cohen’s early writing and publications, both poetry and prose, as well as some plays and television play scripts. There are multiple drafts of many poems from Cohen’s undergraduate years through his mid-late 20s, both typescript (many with holograph revisions) and holograph. There are similar drafts of prose: short stories, and prose fragments, from the same period. Many of these writings became the basis for Cohen’s publications. Also included are materials directly related to the publication of Let Us Compare Mythologies, The Spice Box of Earth, The Favorite Game, Flowers for Hitler, and The Death of a Lady’s Man, including typescripts, page proofs, and correspondence with publishers and literary agents. There is also correspondence with friends, mentors, and colleagues, as well as some fan mail from 1967-68. The materials span 1950-1968.

Cohen, Leonard

Lorna Goodison Papers

Includes various earlier [1995- ] and later drafts of From Harvey River: a memoir of my mother and her people. Early working titles include ‘Rock Steady’, ‘Rocksteady’ and ‘The Rock Steady Dancer.’ Editorial revisions and notes by J. Edward Chamberlin are included on several drafts. Drafts of new and unpublished poems for Goldengrove: new and selected poems, as well as reviews, a current c.v., a short biography and an original ink drawing are also included

Lorna Goodison Papers

Includes copy edited manuscripts and galleys with detailed revision for U.S. version of Lorna Goodison’s From Harvey River: A Memoir of my Mother and her Island, Amistad/Harper Collins and paperback version, with new subtitle.

Goodison, Lorna

Margaret Atwood Papers

This Margaret Atwood accession complements and builds on the existing Atwood collections held at the Fisher Library. It includes manuscript drafts – both holograph and word processed – of Atwood’s 2006 short story collection Moral Disorder, as well manuscripts and related material for various projects, including short articles, lectures and speeches. There is also a large collection of material dealing with various causes (cultural and environmental, as well as her work with PEN Canada), and administrative material dealing with the founding of the Griffin Award for Poetry

Margaret Atwood Papers

The latest accession of Margaret Atwood’s papers complements and builds on the Atwood Papers held at the Fisher Library. It consists of a large collection of juvenilia, both her’s and her brother’s, as well as letters written by Atwood to her parents over a 40- year period. The papers also include manuscripts, including the holograph drafts of individual poems, from Atwood’s collection of poems, The Door (published in 2007), as well as manuscripts and editorial material for Moral Disorder and the stage version of The Penelopiad.

Margaret Atwood Papers

This latest accession of the Margaret Atwood Papers complements and builds on the Atwood collections held at the Fisher Library. It consists of draft manuscripts for the 2008 Massey Lectures delivered by Atwood, collected and published as Payback: Debt and the Shadow Side of Wealth (House of Anansi Press, 2008), as well as research material for the lectures. There is also an extensive collection of media clippings, including reviews, for the Atwood books Moral Disorder, The Tent, Up in the Tree and The Penelopiad (book and stage production), as well as correspondence, largely editorial (including marketing and book tour information) on those books. The papers also include correspondence from various friends and colleagues of Atwood, including June Callwood, Dorothy Livesay, John Newlove, James Reaney, Jane Rule and Carol Shields.

Margaret Atwood Papers

This accession contains notes, drafts, editorial correspondence (with Ellen Seligman and others) and research for Hag-Seed: The Tempest Retold; the Rolex Mentor and Protégé Arts Initiative in which Margaret Atwood mentored writer Naomi Alderman; appearances; short pieces; essays; interviews; media for various projects including her graphic novel with Johnnie Christmas, Angel Catbird; a draft of Dark Backward, early title of Hag-Seed; material related to the upcoming Netflix mini-series Alias Grace directed by Sarah Polley; fan mail; editorial and other correspondence; the City Opera Vancouver production of Pauline; and other material

Maureen Scott Harris Papers

  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1969-ongoing

Collection consists of manuscript drafts for Harris' books and writing projects, along with editorial correspondence and material from her role as production manager at London, Ont.-based Brick Books.

Harris, Maureen

Maureen Scott Harris Papers

This ninth donation of Maureen Scott Harris papers consist of manuscript drafts including ‘Slow Curve Out’, ‘Learning My Place’ and ‘Drowning Lesson’s; information pertaining to various projects including publishing Beth Follett’s ‘YesNo’ chapbook; writing group files; readings; and a significant amount of professional and personal correspondence.

Harris, Maureen

Phyllis Grosskurth Papers

  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1954 - 2015

The collection consists of research notes, manuscript notes and drafts for published and unpublished writings; correspondence with various people; documents, including legal and correspondence, relating to the class action lawsuit against the University of Toronto over pension equity. Collection includes some special media material.

Grosskurth, Phyllis

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