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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Sagard-Theodat, Gabriel.

Papers, [193-]. 2 boxes.

Typescript of translation, by H.H. Langton, of Sagard-Theodat's history of Canada from 1615-1630.

Salsberg, Joseph, 1902-1988.

Collection of materials relating to the labour movement in Canada.

Salvin, Anthony, 1799-1881.

Drawings, 1828-1866. 1 box, 1 volume, 46 drawings in mapcase.

Architectural drawings for various projects, photographs of 8 projects.

Samuel, Julian.

Papers, [197-]-2015. 12 boxes.

Includes professional correspondence regarding film and writing projects; professional travel for film festivals/premieres of projects; drafts of his forthcoming novel ‘Radius Islamicus’, with reader’s comments; and other material.

Sanders, Byrne Hope, 1902-1981.

Papers, 1920-1986. 2 boxes.

Contains newspaper clippings and photographs related to Byrne Hope Sanders's career as a writer and businesswoman.

Sarah, Robyn.

Papers, 1975-2015. 12 boxes. 

Drafts of writing; proofs; works published in periodicals and anthologies; correspondence; editorial work and other files. 

Satin, Mark, 1946- .

Papers, 1957-[200-]. 2 boxes.

Correspondence, documents and other material related to the activities of Satin and the Toronto Anti-Draft Programme; Vietnam War resisters; the Manual for Draft-Age Immigrants to Canada.

Scadding, Henry, 1813-1901.

Papers, [185-]-1882. 5 boxes. 

Photographs of early Toronto, and its prominent citizens.

Schaefer, Carl, 1903-.

Collection of Thoreau MacDonald, 1924-1977. 3 boxes.

Correspondence, Christmas cards, drawings, original lino-cuts, printer and proofs, clippings.

Schneid, Otto, 1900-1974.

Papers, 1929-1973. 176 boxes and items.

Research materials, manuscripts and galleys for an unpublished book on 20th century Jewish artists in Europe. The research materials include correspondence with more than 120 Jewish artists, many of whom perished during World War II.

Schwarz, Ernest.

Papers, 1981-1986. 61 boxes and items.

Production files for his theatrical productions in Toronto.

Scott, Duncan Campbell, 1862-1947.

Papers, 1896-1946. 6 boxes. Microfilm.

Correspondence, notebooks, unpublished novel.

Scrapbook of North American Fire Reports.

1904-1918. 2 oversize boxes (76 pages).

Scrapbook of insurance underwriters’ reports and records, fire reports, original news clippings and photographs, and other miscellaneous material on various North American conflagrations, including the Toronto fire of 1904.

Shapiro, Jack.

Papers, 1984-1985. 1 box. 

Includes correspondence, minutes, reports, memoranda and other material related to the Board of Directors and Shareholders of McClelland and Stewart, 1984-1985.

Shelden, William L.

Collection, 1670-1838. 6 boxes and items.

Historical manuscripts relating to Australia, correspondence about book collection.

Sherk, Lawrence C.

Papers, 1997-2016. 4 boxes. 

Includes early correspondence, travel, European horticultural materials, materials, photographic slides, and drafts of 150 Years of Canadian Beer Labels (2016).

Sherman, Kenneth.

Papers, [1970s-2000s]. 21 boxes.

Includes drafts and notes for books. Poem drafts, early essays, course work from York University and literary correspondence, 1980s-2000s. 

Shermund, Barbara.

See: Ronald Peters Gift of the Lester Douglas Personal Archives of Earl Horter, Hans Foy, David Karfunkle and Barbara Shermund under R. 

Shimizu, Hide, 1908-1999.

Papers, 1898-1999. 13 boxes. 

Contains official documents, newspaper clippings, photographs and other biographical material related to the life of Japanese Canadian Hide Shimizu and her family members. Includes awards from the Order of Canada, the Order of the Precious Crown (the Government of Japan) and the National Association of Japanese Canadians (NAJC).

Shulman, Morton, 1925-2000.

Papers, 1882-[1982?]. 3 boxes and items.

Bound typescript of Shulman's The Pfeffenhauser Clock and collection of material relating to Julia Jarvis and her family.

Sileika, Antanas.

Papers, 1960-2013. 30 boxes. 

Published works (including Woman in Bronze, Underground, and Dinner at the End of the World); unpublished manuscript materials; juvenilia; correspondence; CBC Radio comedy sketch scripts; and materials from the Humber School for Writers including correspondence and transcriptions of author talks for a series called The Writing Life.

Singer, Rabbi Benjamin Wolf (Zeev).

Papers, [19--]. 8 boxes and 1 item.

Typescript and copies of typescript of a Novellae by rabbinic scholar Singer (1855-1930).

Skvorecky, Josef, 1924-.

Papers, 1934-ongoing. 80+ boxes.

Drafts of writings, correspondence, biographical materials.

Slater, John.

Papers, 1970-1992. 7 boxes. 

Includes correspondence relating to Bertrand Russell, as well as other personal correspondence. 

Slopen, Beverley.

Papers, 1962-2011. 136 boxes and items.

Drafts and clippings from her articles; correspondence and notes on authors whom she represented as a literary agent.

Smith, A. J. M. (Arthur James Marshall), 1902-.

Papers, 1924-1965. 5 boxes.

Correspondence, notebooks, manuscripts by other writers for anthologies.

Smith, Goldwin, 1823-1910.

Papers, 1875-1887. 1 box.

Correspondence with George William Curtis about Canadian-American relations.

Smith, Norman.

Scrapbook, 1943-1946. [20] leaves and other items. 

Contents of a scrapbook and photo album (disbound) compiled by Sergeant Norman L. Smith during World War II. 

Smith, Ray.

Papers, 1977-2011. 21 boxes.

Manuscripts, correspondence and related material.

Smith, Sydney Goodsir, 1915-1975.

Papers,1942-1975. 1 box.

Includes correspondence, typescript and holograph poem drafts, sketches and print either by or about the Scottish poet Sydney Goodsir Smith.

Snaith, William W.

Papers, 1914-1960. 6 boxes.

Diaries, account books, typescripts of articles and speeches on industrial engineering.

Solandt-McKillop Collection, 1837-1895.

5 items and boxes.

Orderly book, account books, from Archibald McKillop, journals and letter-book from André Solandt, who settled in Quebec.

Solecki, Sam.

Papers, 1982-2016. 25 boxes.

Drafts of work; correspondence with various writers; photographs; files from 1982-1984 (re: Writer-in-Residence program, Massey College). 

Solway, David.

Papers, 1969-ongoing. 112 boxes (16 metres).

Notes, drafts for published and unpublished writings, notebooks, correspondence. (Note: Permisson required to access collection.)

Souster, Raymond, 1921-2012.

Papers, 1950-2012. 54 boxes.

Drafts, typescripts and galleys for published and unpublished writings, correspondence.

Spanish Civil War Collection, 1936-1990.

25 boxes.

Correspondence, scrapbooks, photographs, clippings, ephemera.

Speirs, Doris Huestis Mills, 1894-1989.

Papers,  1870-1989. 69 boxes and 66 film reels.

Collection of Thoreau MacDonald papers (1917-1981) and others in the Canadian and Amercian art world in the 1920s. Also contains photographs, notebooks, and 66 film reels pertaining to travel.

Speirs, J. Murray, 1909-2001.

Papers, 1923-2000. 20 boxes.

Daily bird journals, and research records on the American Robin and the Lincoln Sparrow.

Sproatt, Henry.

Collection. 7 boxes and items. Microfilm.

Autographs, letters, photographs, and printed materials, chiefly Canadian.

St. Denis, Guy.

Papers. 1 box.

Letters by Lieutenant Laurence Norcop, 32nd Regiment, 1756-1769, to his father Laurence Norcop, and other related documents.

Stacey, Robert.

Papers, 1936-1999. 39 boxes.

Includes research (bulk of which are copies) and writings by Robert Stacey on John Reid, Ian Hamilton Finlay, Ezra Pound and Ronald Duncan; correspondence with Ronald Duncan; extensive writings by John Reid; photographs of Ronald Duncan and John Reid, and other research material.

Stadnyk, Halyna.

Papers, 1937-84. 1 box.

Correspondence, photographs and financial records focusing on the activities of several members of the United Hetman Organization.

Star Weekly Magazine Collection.

Card file, ca 193- -1973. 5 boxes.

Notes on fiction published in magazine, arranged by author. Does not contain the Star Weekly magazine.

Stefansson, Vilhjalmur, 1879-1962.

Papers, 1922-1925. 1 box.

Correspondence, diaries and documents pertaining to the Wrangel Island expedition.

Stein, Alan.

Papers, [199-]-2009. 16 boxes. 

Material associated with Alan Stein’s fine press imprint Church Street Press.

Stephenson, Craig.

Papers, 1979-2016. 30 boxes.

Manuscripts, proofs, correspondence, writing for academic journals, teaching files and other material related to his life and work as a Jungian analyst and psychotherapist. 


Israel/Palestine, ca. 1900.

Stewart, Claude.

Collection, 1940-1963. 1 box.

Collection of correspondence between Kathleen Crowe and Angelica Balabanoff.

Stewart, Roderick.

Collection, 1927-2014. 68 boxes and mapcase.

Contains extensive research, drafts and notes for work on Dr. Norman Bethune, as well as prints and photographs of Norman Bethune and Bethune memorabilia. 

Stokes, George Gabriel, Sir, 1819-1903.

Papers, 1865. 1 box.

Lectures, in the hand of George Niven, on hydrostatics and optics.

Stollmeyer, Margaret Sarah.

Papers, 2 boxes. [1970s]. 

Margaret Sarah Stollmeyer collection of Derek Walcott watercolours and drawings. See: Walcott, Derek (MS Coll. 772)

Stratton, Allan.

Papers, 1953-2015. 88 boxes.  

Manuscript drafts for plays, novels and other writing; correspondence; photographs; juvenilia; and other personal and professional files. 

Stupart, Robert Douglas, 1815-1893.

Papers, 1836-1845. 3 items.

Typescript, manuscript and Stupart's journal from the H.M. Sloop Victor, East India Station.

Sullivan, Rosemary.

Papers, 1975-ongoing. 108+ boxes and items.

Notes, research material, drafts for published and unpublished works; correspondence relating to her writing, editing, and other activities; books from Gwendolyn MacEwen's library.

Sutton Straus, Joan.

Papers. 1939-2015. 13 boxes.

Contains material relating to her career as a journalist, files relating to her published books, and other material relating to her life and work.

Swede, George.

Papers, [197-]-2012. 53 boxes.

Material related to the life and work of Professor and poet George Swede. 

Switzer, Kathleen.

Papers, 1966. 1 box.

Unpublished typescript of ‘The Parish House Murders’ by Kathleen Switzer, with added author Mrs. T. J. Brook. Date of creation most likely March 21, 1966. “77,500 words”, 310 leaves.

Sytnyk, Mykhailo.

Papers, 1939-82. 2 boxes.

Correspondence, photographs, publications related to the Ukrainian poet.