A-Z Index - 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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Gairns, Sadie.

Papers, 1917-1972. 1 box.

Collection of photographs, offprints, clippings, memorabilia and correspondence, chiefly relating to F.G. Banting ant to Gairns' work as his assistant in the Department of Medical Research of the Banting Institute.

Gale, James Scarth, 1863-1937.

Papers, 1888-1937. 24 boxes.

Drafts of writings about Korea and translations of English and Korean texts, correspondence, commonplace books, diaries, photographs.

Gallant, Mavis.

Papers, 1951-1986. 14 boxes.

Typescripts with editorial revisions by her editor at The New Yorker and author's proofs for some stories.

Gardner, David.

Papers, 500-1999 (bulk 1950-1999). 88 cartons and items.

Theatre programmes, articles and clippings about history of theatre in Canada, especially for Toronto; audio and video tapes, scrapbooks, prompt books, diaries, correspondence, playbills, photographs, John Holden's collection of playscripts.

Garnet, Eldon.

Collection of editorial files for Impulse, 1975-1990. 100 boxes and items.

Manuscript submissions, corrected drafts, proofs, correspondence, and art work.

Gayn, Mark.

Papers, 1930-1980. 196 boxes.

Notebooks, diaries, drafts for writings, lectures, broadcasts, correspondence, pamphlets, newspapers clippings, films, photographs..

Gervers, Michael.

Papers, 1911-1956. 8 boxes. 

Letters, telegrams, photographs, postcards and various other ephemera related to the First and Second World Wars.

Gibb, Camilla, 1968-.

Papers, [197-]-2006. 72 boxes and items.

Manuscripts, drafts and research for her books, articles and PhD thesis, as well as correspondence and other materials related to her work and life. Please note restrictions of collection.

Gibbs-Blackstock Family.

Papers, 1813-1962. 14 boxes.

Collection of papers of the family and descendants of William Schenck and Mary Hodge (Gibbs) Blackstock.

Gibson, Graeme, 1934-.

Papers, 1959-2005. 51 boxes.

Drafts and final manuscripts for novels, correspondence about them, editorial correspondence for Anansi Press, correspondence relating to PEN and other organizations.

Gilbert, Stephen.

Drawings, 1963-2014. 532 drawings.

Collection of anatomical drawings for published anatomical texts.

Gilliam, Mary.

Papers, 1928-1988 (bulk 1961-1970). 2 boxes

Correspondence and manuscripts from the British writer and poet Kenneth Hopkins to book shop owner Franklin Gilliam.

Gilmore, Mary Elizabeth.

Lectures and notes, 1906-1910. 20 boxes.

Collection of lecture notes and other material relating to the philosophy of Sankara, seventh-century Hindu philosopher.

Gilpin-Brown, Edward, 1854-1904.

Photograph albums, [between 1878-1880]. 2 volumes.

Photographs of India.

Gingell Collection of Derek Walcott.

Papers. 1 box.

Consists of Derek Walcott material acquired by Prof. Susan Gingell.

Girdwood collection of glass lantern slides.

Glass negatives. 2 boxes.

Slides of Niagara Falls and area. [View them on Flickr]

Goodall, Edward.

Collection of drawings, 1961. 1 box (6 drawings).

Signed drawings in pencil commissioned byThe Illustrated London News for series on Canadian universities and schools.

Gosse, Philip Henry.

Papers, 1859-86. 1 box.


Gosselin, Rosemary.

Papers, 1958. 1 box.

Thesis on Montreal poets, correspondence.

Gottlieb, Erika and Paul.

Papers, [195-]-[200-]. 31 boxes and items.

Notes, prose and poem drafts, correspondence.

Gould, Mona, 1908-1999.

Papers, [ca. 1920-1990]. 48 boxes.

Manuscript drafts, correspondence and promotional materials relating to the broadcaster and poet's career.

Grade, Chaim, 1910-1982.

Papers, 1970s-1980s. 1 box.

Includes correspondence (mostly copies) of Yiddish writers Chaim Grade (1910-1982), Morris Gruda (1919- ) and Leon Eisner, 1960s-1980s. Also includes print material about Chaim Grade and some unidentified black and white photographs of Grade and others.

Granville-Barker, Harley, 1877-1946.

Papers, [1898?]. 1 box.

Two unpublished plays, The Wicked Man and The Weather Hen.

Griffith, Julius.

Artwork, 1948-93. 1 box.

Sketches, book jackets.

Grover, Rachel.

Papers, 1846-1901, 1973-2000. 9 boxes.

Collection includes a diary and letters of Harriet Grover (1822-1901), as well as correspondence Rachel Grover had with various Canadian authors.

Guillet, Edwin Clarence, 1898-1975.

Papers, 1943-1960. 3 boxes.

Documents and typescripts of works on the Ontario Education Association, plank roads, emigration, famous Canadian trials, Canadian literary pioneers and the Peter Robinson emigration to Peterborough, Ont.