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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  • Photographs, slides and negatives taken during Japanese Canadian redress campaign rallies in B.C., Ottawa and Washington, plus audio recordings of redress-related radio programs.

    Papers, 1987-1988. 1 box.

  • Notes and manuscripts for published and unpublished writings, correspondence.

    Papers, 1973-1988. 14 boxes.

  • Holograph notes on algebra of invariants and theory of groups, correspondence.

    Papers. 14 boxes.

  • Draft manuscripts, background material, correspondence, schoolwork and other personal papers; collection also consists of Young-edited manuscripts by authors such as Micheal Ondaatje, Margaret Atwood and Kathy Acker.

    Papers, 1970-ongoing. 273+ boxes.

  • Contains a wide variety of material ranging from juvenilia, to drafts, correspondence, and publicity material surrounding all of her major publications. It also includes a significant amount of correspondence over the span of her life, both personal and professional, along with materials relating to her teaching, academic work, and her psychoanalytic practice.

    Papers, 1950-2013. 84 boxes. 

  • Manuscripts and correspondence.

    Papers, 1951-1999. 2 boxes and oversize folder.