Manuscript Collection MS COLL 00304 2B Annex - Thomas York Papers

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CA OTUTF MS COLL 00304 2B Annex


Thomas York Papers


  • 1973-1988 (Creation)

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Manuscript Collection

Extent and medium

14 boxes (1.7 metres)

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Name of creator


Biographical history

Thomas York was born in Washington, D.C. and raised in Little Rock, Arkansas. York was ordained minister of the United Church of Canada, and served in parishes in mining and logging camps of the Queen Charlotte Islands, the village of Bella-Bella, B.C., the gold mining town of Yellowknife, N.W.T., and Chapel-in-the-Park in Toronto. His novels are set in the places where he has lived.

Archival history

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Gift of Paul York, 1994.

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Scope and content

The collection includes manuscript and typescripts of York's novels We, the Wilderness (1973), Snowman (1976), Musk-ox Passions (1978), Trapper (1981), Desireless (1988), and Pimping for Jesus (unpublished). It also includes correspondence and non-fiction writings.

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Material may be requested in person at the Fisher Library Reference Desk, or in advance using our online stack retrieval request form:

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  • English

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Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library, University of Toronto

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