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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  • Consists of submissions, paste-ups/proofs of issues, correspondence with writers, promotional materials, administrative files and other material related to Ink Magazine. 

    Papers, 1993-1999. 5 boxes.

  • Typescripts, correspondence, notes and clippings relating to unpublished novel The Milburn Stone and an edition of Anna Jameson’s Winter Studies and Summer Rambles in Canada. Typescripts and page proofs of Mrs. Simcoe’s Diary.

    Papers, 1925-[19-?]. 2 boxes.

  • Contains material relating to the Irvine and Bell families including correspondence, deeds, receipts, letter books, a scrapbook, and published books.

    Papers, 1777-1998. 3 boxes.

  • Research material and drafts for book on Social Credit Party and other writings, correspondence, notebooks.

    Papers, 1916-1964. 60 boxes.

  • Typescript and manuscript of the Factors in the Ruin of Antiquity: A Criticism of Ancient Civilizations. Manuscript published by Bryant Press, Toronto, 1971.

    1971. 1 box.