Correspondence, diaries, and family papers.
Manuscript Finding Aids
The Library houses over 750 manuscript collections covering a wide range of subject areas. Holdings range from a collection of about 40 third-century B.C. Egyptian papyri to papers of the co-discoverers of insulin: Banting, Best, Collip and Macleod; and finally to drafts, research notes, and correspondence of Canadian authors such as Margaret Atwood, Gwendolyn MacEwen, Leonard Cohen, Mazo de la Roche and Josef Skvorecky. The majority of our manuscript collections date from the nineteenth, twentieth and twenty-first centuries and pertain to Canadian historical, literary, artistic or scientific fields. Collections of personal papers are listed by the surname of the creator or collector, e.g. Birney, Earle. Institutional records are listed under the name of the institution, e.g. Royal Canadian Institute. Collection level records for many of the manuscript collections appear in the on-line catalogue, along with links to finding aids in pdf format.
Papers, 1842-1937. 12 boxes and items.
Diaries by Joshua Symonds, commonplace books and correspondence.
Papers, 1743-1978. 3 boxes and items.
Collection contains extensive material on novels, books, screenplays, and radio episodes, including drafts for all fourteen novels in the Benny Cooperman series.
Papers, 1945-2019. 51 boxes.
Includes research, notes and drafts for a biography of Sir Frederick Grant Banting (1891-1941) by Dr. George William Ross (d.1948), friend and colleague of Banting.
Papers, 1918-1983. 9 boxes.
- Miscellaneous leaflets, pamphlets, bumper stickers, newspapers, posters, and ribbons issued during the protests in Kiev, Ukraine from November 2013 to March 2014.Ephemera, 2013-2014. 2 boxes.
Note: This collection has been transferred to the John M. Kelly Library at St. Michael's College, University of Toronto.
Papers, 1924-1972. 13 boxes.