Archival Collections 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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  • Notes, manuscript drafts for published and unpublished writings, notebooks, diaries, correspondence, family papers and photographs.

    Papers, 1967-ongoing. 64+ boxes

  • Collection of items created by or associated with MacDonald.

    Papers, [ca. 1920-1976]. 4 boxes and items.

  • Correspondence and administrative records.

    Records, 1967-1982. 21 boxes.

  • Editorial notes and manuscripts for 2 books, collection of 85 letters between David Macbeth Moir and Alexander Balfour, 1821-1829. Microfilm of letters.

    Papers, 1821-1947. 3 boxes.

  • Business records including those for its theatre school, production files, correspondence, photographs, clippings.

    Records, 1946-197l. 250 boxes and items.

  • Drafts and typescripts for writings, correspondence, printed appearances.

    Papers, 1964-1981. 11 boxes and mapcase.

  • Material relating to the museum and its proprietors, as well as items documenting Sidney Barnett’s involvement in the militia and Fenian Raids (1866). Includes books and ephemera pertaining to the Niagara Falls tourist industry. Also contains photographs, including glass stereoviews, card stereoviews, ambrotypes, cabinet cards, and albumen photographs, dating from 1850s to the 1890s, with 18 produced by the museum itself.

    Papers, 1832-2004. 14 boxes.

  • Contains textual records that document the developmental phases and operation of the Niagara Falls Suspension Bridge, and the administrative activities of the Niagara Falls Suspension Bridge Company and the Niagara Falls International Bridge Company Joint Board of Directors.

    Papers, 1801-1937. 14 boxes and items. 

  • Correspondence and papers to Annie Machin, Montreal.

    Papers, 1873-1879. 1 box (25 items).

  • Manuscripts, correspondence, articles, offprints, clippings on the discovery and development of insulin.

    Papers, 1924-1978. 1 box.

  • Personal papers, lecture notes, professional correspondence, research papers and studies at Institute of Child Study, and Brora Institute.

    Papers, 1921-2000. 62 boxes.

  • Journals, consisting of typed copies of portions of the transcript of the Selkirk Papers at Library and Archives Canada; inventories, invoices and manuscript notebooks containing accounts with Indigenous peoples.

    Records, 1800-1818. 2 boxes.