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.

A | B | C | D | E | F | G | H | I | J | K | L | M | N | O | P | R | S | T | U | V | W | Y

Walker, Edmund, Sir.

Papers, 1798-2006. 125 boxes and items.

Correspondence, journals, drafts for speeches and lectures, family papers and photographs, scrapbooks.

Wallace, James Nevin.

Papers, [192-]-1940. 11 volumes.

Notes, drafts and manuscript for writings on the Canadian north west, and correspondence.

Wallace, William Stewart, 1884-1970.

Papers, 1920-1954. 46 boxes.

Business and personal correspondence, notes and drafts for his writings, photographs.

Warkentin, Grace.

Papers, 1980, 2007. 1 box.

Mavis Gallant correspondence.

Warren, Emily Mary Bibbens.

Papers, 1876-1981. 37 boxes and items.

Lecture notes and glass slides, drawings, commonplace book, scrapbook, sketchbook, notes, correspondence, and notes, drafts and photographs for her biography by Constance McRae.

Watada, Terry.

Papers, 1996-2018. 19 boxes. 

Material relating to his publications, most notably drafts and proofs for his novels; correspondence; and other personal and professional files.

Weinzweig, Helen.

Papers, 1945-2003. 118 boxes and items.

Correspondence, manuscript drafts, photographs, books.

West, Bruce.

Papers, 1967-1979. 6 boxes.

Manuscripts and photographs for his books, and clippings and reports about Toronto.

Wetherell, J.E. (James Elgin), 1851-1940.

Papers, 1891-1921. 1 box.

Correspondence from authors concerning his anthologies of poetry.

Whipple, George, 1927-.

Papers, 1956-2012. 10 boxes and items.

Material related to the complete work and life of the Toronto poet.

White, Samuel Alexander.

Papers, 1905-1954. 44 boxes.

Drafts, typescripts, tearsheets for published novels and short stories, drawings and sketches, correspondence.

White, William Charles, 1873-1960.

Papers, 1897-1955. 46 boxes.

Correspondence, notes for writings, sermons and speeches, diaries, photographs, rubbings of Chinese inscriptions and carvings.

Whiteman, Bruce, 1952-.

Papers, 1968-2015. 71 boxes and items.

Notebooks and drafts of poetry, book reviews, articles, lectures and other literary endeavours. There is also an extensive collection of research materials compiled for an unfinished bibliography of Contact Press.

Whittaker, E. T. (Edmund Taylor), 1873-1956.

Papers, 1918-1956. 11 boxes.

Correspondence (mainly with family) and scientific writings.

Whittier, John Greenleaf.

Papers, 1840-1857. 1 box.

Includes notes by Whittier, as well as correspondence and notes about Whittier and his papers by Reverend J. B. Silcox and Samuel T. Pickard. Also includes notes by Silcox and collected print material about poet Robert Browning. 

Wilkinson, Anne, 1910-1961.

Papers, 1946-1961. 4 boxes.

Typescripts of poems and of published texts, correspondence.

Will, J.S. (Joseph Stanley), d. 1964.

Records, 1961-1962. 2 boxes.

Purchase records for Will's book collection.

Williams, Barbara, 1937-.

Papers, [197-]-2005. 39 boxes.

Manuscript drafts, research materials and interview transcriptions of contemporary Australian poets, correspondence, and copies of her published work. It also includes research material for a book on Anne Langton.

Willmot, Charles MacKay.

Drawings, 1922-1929. 43 plans in mapcase. Microfilm.

Architectural drawings and blueprints.

Wilson, Edmund, 1895-1972.

Papers, 1962-1973. 1 box.

Includes drafts, correspondence, photographs and other material mainly pertaining to Edmund Wilson’s O Canada: an American’s notes on Canadian Culture (1965). 

Wilson, Paul.

Papers, 1982-ongoing. 52+ boxes.

Notes and drafts for his translations of Czech writers into English.

Wolfe, Morris.

Papers, 1942-2016. 39 boxes. 

Includes files relating to the life and work of writer and editor, Morris Wolfe. 

Wood, William.

Papers, 1834-1871. 1 box (45 items).

Correspondence about settling in Canada and working for Colonial Church Society, extracts from diary about the Mackenzie Rebellion.

Woodsworth Memorial Collection, 1919-1977.

64 boxes and items.

Manuscript and mimeographed materials relating to history of labour and socialist movements in Ontario and Canada.

Wright, Eric.

Papers, 1953-2015. 51 boxes.

Notes, manuscripts, galleys for his books, editorial correspondence.

Wright, Richard B., 1937-.

Papers, 1965-2015. 51 boxes.

Drafts and manuscripts, revisions, proofs, notes and editorial changes for published and unpublished work.

Writers and Co.

Records, [198-]-[199-]. 2 boxes.

Correspondence and literary ephemera from bookseller Irene McGuire, owner of the Toronto-area bookshop Writers & Co. Among the correspondents include Graeme Gibson, Nan Talese, Alberto Manguel, Helen Garner, Greg Gatenby, W.P. Kinsella and Douglas Fetherling, and others.