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.
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  • Typescripts, some with holograph corrections, of stories in North American Russian language newspapers, correspondence.

    Papers, 1960. 6 boxes and items.

  • Family letters, original and transcribed, genealogical materials.

    Papers, 1799-1910. 3 boxes and items.

  • Contains drafts for 'White Porcupine', 'My Banjo & Tiny Drawings'; holograph notebooks; personal and professional correspondence; other people's manuscripts; and personal material.

    Papers, 1970-2016. 74 boxes.

  • Drafts of columns on birds and nature for The Toronto Star Weekly and other publications; correspondence, photographs, notes and sketches.

    Papers, 1940-80. 17 boxes.

  • Drafts of published and unpublished writings, research materials, correspondence, tapes of interviews.

    Papers, 1939-1987. 62 boxes.

  • Early members of the Royal Canadian Academy of the Arts (R.C.A.), founded in 1880.

    Collection of photographs of Canadian artists. 1 box.

  • Collection of Powys family papers, 1924-1959.
    1 box (13 letters and notebook).

  • Notes, manuscripts, galleys, reviews, correspondence about his books.

    Papers, 1985-1989. 21 boxes.

  • Collection of correspondence of Canadian writers and artists, 1898-1940. 2 boxes.

  • Consists of records created and acquired by Tom Harpur in the course of his career as a journalist and writer. 

    Papers, [193-]-2017. 25 boxes. 

  • Draft manuscripts, research notes, correspondence, print and other material.

    Papers, 1969-ongoing. 147 boxes. 

  • Letters to the French philosopher from 18th century writers, philosophers, diplomats, ecclesiastics, government officials, patrons or friends of the arts.

    Papers, 1749-1801. 1 box. 

  • Manuscript drafts and proofs of Henderson's writings and interviews, as well as correspondence.

    Papers, 1975-2005. 6 boxes.

  • This collection consists of manuscripts, research materials,and correspondence related to published books by Lawrence Hill; correspondence; photographs; family histories and other material related to the life and work of Hill.

    1915-2015. 275 boxes. 

  • Includes typed minutes from meetings of the Toronto chapter of the National Association of Japanese Canadians (NAJC) and the Toronto Japanese Canadian Citizens Association (TJCCA); 35 cassette tapes with recordings of various NAJC/TJCCA meetings, concerning Japanese Canadian redress.

    Papers, 1984-1993. 3 boxes. 

  • See: Ronald Peters Gift of the Lester Douglas Personal Archives of Earl Horter, Hans Foy, David Karfunkle and Barbara Shermund under R. 

  • Contains material from Hryciuk's body of work as a poet and publisher (including Imago Press, Cannon Book Distribution Company, Marshall Hryciuk Book Distribution and Inkstone Press). 

    Papers, 1969-2016. 46 boxes.

  • Consists of a small collection of manuscript journals and notebooks, including: journal of occurences at Long Portage,1870-1871; journal of occurence, 1884-1886; first part of holograph journal most likely written by Mr. MacLeod, 1885-1886; account books dealing chiefly with goods purchased by First Nations people by barter at New Post, 1900-1901; two volumes entitled "New Post-Fur Book-Outfit-1901," and "New Post-Provision blotter and transfers-Outfit 1901."

    5 volumes, 1870-1901. 

  • Contains letters written by Elizabeth Hughes to her mother describing her activities and giving information about her health and diabetic condition, including letters detailing her experience in Toronto where she was treated with insulin by F.G. Banting. The collection also contains photographs of Hughes and her family (1907-1951). 

    Papers, 1907-1951. 3 boxes. 

  • The collection consists of Hunter's research materials on two Canadian artists: J.E.H. MacDonald and his son Thoreau MacDonald; as well as the personal diaries of Ethelwyn Walker (1890-1903); extensive personal correspondence between husband and wife, Sir Byron Edmund Walker and Lady Mary Alexander Walker (1873-1921); and Lady Mary Alexander Walker to Eliza I. Alexander, sister (1902-1921). 

    Papers, 1890-1977. 16 boxes. 

  • Consists of the bulk of Hunter's literary output, including manuscript drafts and scripts of his numerous writing projects for the stage, screen and radio, as well as other writing projects and correspondence.

    Papers, 1939-2007. 73 boxes. 

  • Consists of letters patent, minute books, stock certificates, balance sheets, correspondence, and miscellaneous material relating to the Canadian publisher, Hunter, Rose & Company and associated companies. 

    Papers, [ca. 1874]-1977. 17 boxes. 

  • Includes drafts and notes for work; editorial work; teaching files; correspondence; photographs, and other material. 

    Papers, 1966-2017. 35 boxes.