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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Raimet, Rein.

Architectural drawings, [196-]-[9-].

Architectural plans and photos for structures designed – in whole and in part – by architect Raimet.

Ramsey, Frank Plumpton, 1903-1930.

See: Kahn, Laurie.

Readers Club of Canada.

Papers, 1959-1981.

Shareholders and correspondence, shareholder reports and annual audited financial reports.

Redhill, Michael, 1966-.

Papers, 1982-2015. 100 boxes and items. 

Includes early fiction, 1982-1991; poetry and plays; literary and personal correspondence; reviews by and about Michael Redhill; publishing; drafts, editing files; short fiction and prose pieces; screenplays, plays and short stories; film and television projects; material related to Brick magazine, editing and publishing correspondence and other material. 

Reed, Thomas Arthur, 1871-1958.

Papers, [date unknown]. 3 items.

Drafts and typescripts.

Reeves, John, 1926-.

Papers, 1940-1988. 9 boxes.

Manuscripts for writings, tapes with transcripts for some of his interviews with Czech and Slovak leaders.

Reid Dominion Packaging Ltd.

Papers. 1898-1973. 11 boxes.

Financial, administrative, land and patent records of Reid Dominion Packaging, formerly known as Reid Press, and its predecessor, the Duncan Lithography Company.

Reid, John.

Papers. [195-]-[8-]. 18 boxes.

Manuscript drafts of novels, short stories, poetry, memoirs and librettos, and material related to a proposed biography on Wyndham Lewis.

Rekai Rickerd, Julie.

Papers, 1944-2013. 24 boxes.

Contains material related to Julie Rekai Rickerd's career as a freelance journalist, actress, broadcaster, public relations officer and policy advisor. 

Rekai, Kati.

Papers. 1989-2006. 8 boxes.

Correspondence and other material related to Canadian Book Exhibitions on behalf of the Writers' Union of Canada and Canadian authors and publishers.

Rempel, David.

Papers. 1921-1989. 48 boxes and items.

Research materials and correspondence related primarily to 19th century Russian history, especially as it impacted Mennonites. Includes Rempel's collection of documents (including correspondence) mainly pertaining to Mennonite history in pre-revolutionary Russia and the effects of the Makhnovshchina and the emigration to North America.

Richardson Family, 1913-1918.

Letters. 1913-1918. 1 box.

Collection of letters sent by three brothers during WWI.

Rick Simon graphic design collection

Rimanelli, Giose.

Papers. Note: Transferred to the Archivio di Stato Campobasso, Campobasso, Italy, in 1998.

Ritchie, Charles, 1906-1995.

Papers. 1874-2017. 41 boxes.

Consists of holograph notebooks, correspondence, typescript diary drafts, photographs, other writings and various material relating to Canadian diplomat Charles Ritchie. Also contains material relating to the Ritchie's literary executor Judith Robertson, including files relating to her family, and to her own work.

Ritter, Erika, 1948-.

Papers. 1992-2009. 94 boxes.

Notes, manuscripts and correspondence for her plays and books.

Roberts Collection of Grey Owl.

Papers, 1937-1950. 3 boxes.

Correspondence from Grey Owl and typescripts of an unpublished article and a CBC radio programme.

Roberts Papers.

Letters, 1899-1943. 1 box.

Collection of letters to Charles G.D. Roberts and Theodore Goodridge Roberts.

Robertson, Judith.

See: Ritchie, Charles, 1906-1995.

Robinson, Charles Walker, Sir, 1836-1924.

Collection of family papers, 1645-1940. 3 items and boxes.

Scrapbooks containing correspondence, documents, printed materials.

Robinson, Margaret L.

Papers, 1912-1924. 1 box.

Correspondence, drafts of articles about Colonial Nursing Association and its Canadian sub-committee.

Robson, Ann Provost, 1931-2015.

Papers, [1960-1990]. 5 boxes.

Contains notes and transcribed letters taken by Ann Robson as part of research on Helen Taylor (womens’ rights suffragist, daughter of Harriet Taylor Mill, 1808-1858, and stepdaughter of philosopher and economist John Stuart Mill, 1806-1873). 

Rochdale College Collection

Papers, 1966-2013 (predominantly 1968-1975). 22 boxes.

Collection of miscellaneous material issued by and about Rochdale College.

Rochegude Canal.

Papers, [1690-1720]. 1 box.

Letters and documents relating to the construction of a canal from the river Rhone at Donzere to the river Aigue near Rochegude.

Romalis, Coleman.

Papers, 1989-1990. 3 audio cassettes and 1 file.

Included are audio cassettes and typed summaries of interviews conducted by Coleman Romalis with members of Canada’s Jewish community in Toronto, Vancouver and Montreal. 

Rosenblatt, Joe, 1933-.

Papers, 1963-2005. 42 boxes.

Drafts for writings, correspondence. (NOTE: Permission required to access correspondence.)

Ross, Eila Hopper.

Drawings, 1936-1938. 3 boxes (133 anatomical drawings).

Class room assignments for Max Brodel at Johns Hopkins University.

Ross, George William.

See: Ernst, Peter

Ross, Malcolm Mackenzie, 1911-.

Papers, 1970-1997. 66 boxes.

Correspondence, notes and drafts for writings and speeches.

Ross, W. W. E. (William Wrightson Eustace), 1894-1966.

Papers, 1916-1966. 15 boxes.

Correspondence, drafts for writings, notebooks, biographical materials.

Rousseau, Jean-Jacques.

Papers, [17-?]-1883. 2 boxes

Collection of notes on the history of women taken from books, other documents and correspondence.

Royal Canadian Institute.

Records, 1849-1985. 219 boxes and items.

Administrative records, minute books, correspondence, typescripts of lectures, gifts of historical documents, photographs, printed materials, scrapbooks, clippings.

Rubelow Collection of Agudas Israel.

Papers, 1925-1952. 2 boxes.

Correspondence between Agudas Israel World Organization and H.B. Eisner, and family correspondence.

Russel, Robert Arnold.

Papers, [185-]-2011. 33 boxes.

Contains the personal and professional records of Robert Arnold Russel.

Russell, George William, 1867-1935.

Papers, 1928-1933. 1 box.

Carbon copies of correspondence and memorabilia relating to lecture tours in the United States.

Ryan, Oscar.

Papers, [197-]. 2 boxes.

Drafts for novel Soon to be Born, published in 1980.