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Marvyne Jenoff fonds

  • RC0193
  • Fondo
  • 1949-2008

The fonds contains material that falls into the following catagories: poetry; prose; journals; audio visual & music; correspondence; publicity, promotion and contracts; reviews and interviews; and publications

Jenoff, Marvyne

Virginia Woolf collection

  • RC0204
  • Colección
  • 1879-[1977]

The collection consists of correspondence with John Lehmann, Roger Senhouse, Dora Carrington, and others; photographs taken by Lady Ottoline Morrell at Garsington, and other items. There are also two letters written by Sir Leslie Stephen to Mrs. Holman Hunt and one letter from E. M. Forster to Mr. Roberts. The collection also contained George Spater's book collection which has been catalogued.

Woolf, Virginia

Anthony Burgess fonds

  • RC0231
  • Fondo
  • 1958-1978

There have been six accruals. The first accrual contains typescripts. The second accrual contains correspondence. The third (28-1991) accrual is an autograph music manuscript. The fourth accrual (45-1995) is a letter from Burgess to William Cole. The fifth accrual (23-1991) consists of letter from Burgess in the personas of his cat Lalage, and his dog, Suke, to Cleo, the cat of Ceridwen Looker. Looker's mother was the sister of Burgess's first wife, Lynne, who died in 1965. The fifth accrual (05-1998) also contains an autograph music manuscript. The sixth accrual consists of correspondence between Burgess and William Ready, McMcaster University Librarian, one letter from Burgess to his publisher and two photographs.

Burgess, Anthony

Ralph Straus fonds

  • RC0248
  • Fondo
  • 1812-1951

The fonds is arranged into eleven series: press cuttings; a literary log; miscellanies; books (tss., mss., proofs, related material); correspondence; other manuscripts (untitled and titled mss. and lectures); societies and clubs; George Augustus Henry Sala; book collecting and other personal matters (includes correspondence of Sir Robert Peel); photographs and illustrations; and oversize material. Also acquired with the Straus fonds are the following: a collection of his published books and books from his library (for a description of these, see the master file on Straus), which have been catalogued in Research Collections; a pottery monkey, ca. 1880, formerly in the possession of Sala; an oil portrait of John Baskerville by his niece, Miss Gillespey.

Straus, Ralph

James King fonds

  • RC0004
  • Fondo
  • 1980-2001

There have been four accruals. The first accrual (57-1995, 30 cm) consists of manuscripts and research notes for three of his published works, Interior Landscapes: A Life of Paul Nash (1987), The Last Modern: A Life of Herbert Read (1990), and Virginia Woolf (1994); draft typescript and galley proof; and editorial and literary correspondence (including Graham Greene, Stephen Spender, Muriel Spark, and Francis Bacon).

The second accrual (26-1997, 60 cm) consists of material relating to The Life of Margaret Laurence (1997), editorial notes, photographs and correspondence (including Margaret Atwood, Timothy Findley, Al Purdy, and letters from Margaret Laurence to her editor, Alan Maclean.

The third accrual (27-1999, 68 cm) consists of three series: manuscripts and related material for Faking (1999) and Jack: A Life with Writers, The Story of Jack McClelland (1999), photographs, and literary correspondence.

The fourth accrual (16-2001, 20 cm) consists of two draft typescripts of *Farley: The Life of Farley Mowat</I> (2002) and editorial correspondence.

King, James

H.R. Percy fonds

  • RC0016
  • Fondo
  • 1931-1994

Fonds consists of typescripts, proofs, manuscripts, research notes, speeches, essays, publications, and correspondence relating to H.R. Percy's literary career. Also included are materials relating to Percy's early life and service in the Royal Navy and Royal Canadian Navy.

Percy, H. R. (Herbert Rolland)

Susan Musgrave fonds

  • RC0025
  • Fondo
  • 1901-2012

The fonds consists of ten accruals. The first accrual consists of Boxes 1-31 and is arranged into 6 series: personal correspondence, business correspondence, correspondence relating to poetry readings, interview and fan mail, unpublished works and published works. This accrual measures 4.03 m.

The second accrual (04-1988) consists of Boxes 32 - 66 and is arranged into 10 series: manuscripts, poetry worksheets, articles, personal correspondence, business and literary correspondence, readings, workshops and festivals, published work in journals, writer-in-residence and grants, awards and applications. The accrual measures 6.5 m.

The third accrual (35-1991) extends to 3.0 m and consists of boxes 67-74 and is arranged into 6 series: manuscripts; correspondence; teaching and writer-in residence; awards, competitions and readings; financial and legal and personal.

The fourth accrual (44-1997), which extends to 6.93 m, consists of boxes 75 - 95 and is arranged into 6 series: manuscripts; correspondence; electronic correspondence; teaching, student work, readings and juries; business, financial and personal and published materials and videotapes.

The fifth accrual (21-2001), which extends to 9.0 m, consists of boxes 96-143 and is arranged into the following 7 series: manuscripts; correspondence; the Writers' Union of Canada; Writers' In Electronic Residence programme; Mentorship programme and Editorial; Readings, grants, awards, juries, reviews and projects; and personal and miscellaneous.

The sixth accrual (32-2004) which extends to 6.3 m, and has been arranged in seven series: teaching, correspondence, writing, writing related activities, personal documentation and memorabilia, printed material, and moving images and sound recordings.has not been arranged, described or measured.

The seventh accrual (71-2008) measures 8 m and has been arranged into six series: teaching; correspondence; writing and royalties; readings, conferences, appointment books; photographs, artwork, moving images.

The eighth accrual (26-2011) measures 1.9 m and has been arranged into five series: writing; correspondence; teaching, readings, workshops and conferences; personal; printed and other materials.

The ninth accrual (2012-11) measures 1.5 m and has been arranged into 8 series: Manuscripts of novels and poetry; Research; Teaching, Festivals and Events; Business; Correspondence; Manuscripts edited by Musgrave; Personal; and Audio-Visual and graphic materials.

The 10th accrual (2015-16) measures 1.9 m and is arranged into seven series: literary and business; Teaching, workshops, readings and speeches; Correspondence; writing by others; personal; graphic and audio-visual.

Musgrave, Susan

Matt Cohen

  • RC0026
  • Fondo
  • 1939-2003

The fonds contains: manuscripts; correspondence; reviews of Cohen's work; university material; book manuscripts; other manuscript material; drafts of The Spanish Doctor; and various other material. More detailed contents outline in 'System of Arrangement' below.

Cohen, Matt

Louise Bennett Coverley fonds

  • RC0037
  • Fondo
  • 1941-2008

The fonds reflects her life as both a writer, performer, and a promoter of the Jamaican language. It is arranged into the following series: correspondence; legal and financial documents; writing; published and printed materials; personal and professional documents, awards and realia; photographs and audio-visual materials; death, funeral and memorials; Eric Coverley. A separate listing describing the books which accompanied this fonds has been prepared.

Bennett, Louise

Pierre Berton fonds

  • RC0052
  • Fondo
  • [1872]-2010

There have been sixteen accruals. The first accrual consists of manuscripts, research materials, photographs, newspapers and news clippings, maps, and correspondence. The second accrual consists of manuscripts, research files, and correspondence. The third accrual consists of manuscripts, research materials, Heritage Canada materials and correspondence. The fourth accrual consists of manuscripts and correspondence. The fifth accrual consists of manuscripts, correspondence, Heritage Canada materials, and Berton Celebration dinner. The sixth accrual consists of manuscripts and correspondence.The seventh accrual consists of correspondence including some early family correspondence, juvenilia and journals, and manuscripts. The eighth accrual consists of manuscripts and correspondence. The ninth accrual consists of correspondence, manuscripts, newspaper columns, news clippings. The tenth accrual (03-1998) measures 7.1 m, consists of correspondence, manuscripts, and printed materials, 1898-1998; 1994-1996 predominant. The eleventh accrual (05-1999 and 19-1999) measures 12.9 m and consists of the following: correspondence, media, contracts, manuscripts, speeches, promotional material, printed material, public relations, personal, research files and other material, artwork, photographs and audio-visual materials. The twelfth accrual (16-2002) measures 6m and consists of correspondence, royalty statements, photographs, clippings, manuscripts and research material. The thirteenth accrual (50-2007) has been arranged into nine series: books, articles, and other writings; public appearances; correspondence; pocket diaries and address book; subject files; news clippings; drawings, photographs and sound recordings; oversized materials. The fourteenth accrual (52-2008) consists of 4 letters to and from T.G. Reed. The fifteenth accrual (2012-001) consists of early writings, contracts, personal and awards, research material, chronological files, printed material, correspondence, photographs and sound recordings. The sixteenth accrual (2013-040) consists of writings; correspondence; personal, art work and graphic publications; subject files and photographs, graphic and printed materials.

Berton, Pierre

Marianne Brandis fonds

  • RC0895
  • Fondo
  • 1954-2004

The fonds consists of research materials, manuscripts, and correspondence pertaining to Brandis’ writing activities; these files depict the extensive research, planning, and revision that she has undertaken while writing. The fonds also contains photographs and two audio cassettes, with one including her reading a selection of her poetry, located in Series 1. The fonds includes a number of notes and material for public talks and award ceremonies in Series 2; there are also video recordings of an awards ceremony and interview of Brandis. There are some early and shorter works by Brandis as well as drawings and acrylic paintings that Brandis created as a teenager in BC. A number of her books were removed from the rest of the materials and have been catalogued for Research Collections.

Brandis, Marianne

Ruth Colombo fonds

  • Fondo
  • 1975-2004

The fonds consists of textual records and printed material related to Colombo's research and writing.

Colombo, Ruth, 1936-

E. H. Cookridge fonds

  • RC0033
  • Fondo
  • 1905-1979

The fonds consists mainly of materials related to his writing, as well as a large monograph collection.

Cookridge, E. H.

J. L. Garvin, Frank Waters, and Oliver Woods fonds

  • RC0094
  • Fondo
  • 1919-1981

J.L. Garvin:
The major treasure of this part is the series of letters between Garvin and Viola Woods, Oliver’s mother and Garvin’s future wife. Viola was unhappily married to the writer Maurice Woods when she first met Garvin but the death of Garvin’s first wife in 1918 seems to have spurred her to divorce – still an unfamiliar and scandalous procedure among the upper classes of early twentieth-century England. The couple’s efforts to marry were further complicated by their Roman Catholic religion, by Garvin’s influential position in British society and by the eccentric behavior of Viola’s sister, Una Troubridge, who had left her husband to become the lover of the notorious Radycliffe Hall. All these stresses are reflected in the passionate letters they wrote to one another between 1919 and their marriage in 1921.

Almost as valuable for the light which they throw upon Garvin in his final years, is the series of letters to his stepson Oliver Woods who was serving with distinction in a tank regiment during the Second World War. Perhaps significantly, apart from a single earlier example, Garvin's wartime communications with Oliver commence in March 1942, a month after he had ended his thirty-four year long editorship of The Observer. Although he soon began to write regularly for the Sunday Express it is probable that, with the burdens of editorial responsibility lifted, Garvin was able to devote more time to his correspondence and to following the fortunes of the war, and in particular to the fortunes of his beloved Oliver.

Frank Waters:
Frank Waters was not a journalist of the stature of J. L. Garvin and while the Waters material, included as Part II of this archive, lacks both the chronological and geographical scope of the Woods section, Waters was a man of intelligence, sensitivity and real literary ability. His journals, especially those which he kept during the Second World War are important and immensely readable with the kind of literary polish for which his friend Oliver Woods was only to find time in his published work. Indeed the Second World War is like a leit-motif running through the Waters material for, apart from the letters of condolence which flooded in to Joan Waters during October 1954, following Frank's untimely death, most of the correspondence and much of the literary, business and ephemeral material in this section of the archive dates from the years between 1939 and 1945.

Both Frank and Joan Waters were inveterate collectors of anecdotes and quotations and much of the material collected for a projected anthology is represented here, as is the raw material for another projected volume to comprise observations about The Times over more than 150 years. Oliver Woods was also involved in collecting material for his friends to use in the latter volume but neither was ever published.

Joan Maude, as a film and stage actress of some repute, had already established a wide circle of friends when she married Frank Waters in 1933 and many of her friendships survived into the years of her marriage to Oliver Woods. Rather than arbitrarily divide such letters to Joan between the Waters and Woods correspondence, all series of correspondence with Joan which continued after Frank's death (with the exception of letters of condolence, which are in the Waters section) have been placed in a single series in the Woods correspondence. References to such series are given in the Waters correspondence.

Oliver Woods
The material relating to Oliver Woods, scholar, soldier and man of The Times, comprises more than three quarters of the Garvin/Waters/Woods archive (114 of 132 boxes).

The Woods correspondence is a fascinating melange which accurately mirrors the many facets and encyclopedic interests of Oliver Woods. Among its most valuable contents are the letters exchanged with those who played major roles in African colonial and post-colonial history. Such British governors as Sir Andrew Cohen and Sir Evelyn Baring and newly emergent African leaders including Hastings Banda took Woods into their confidence.

Many of Britain's most influential politicians also found in Oliver Woods an intelligent, sympathetic and discreet correspondent and this section of the archive includes a litany of former prime ministers: Eden, Callaghan, Douglas-Home and Heath, as well as an intimate exchange with Hugh Gaitskell and his wife. There are lengthy series of letters between Woods and many members of the Astor family, and long exchanges with former Times editors such as William Haley.

Also Woods' many former army colleagues figure prominently here, men like Sir John ("Shan") Hackett who became close friends during the war years when Major Woods acquitted himself so bravely in the desert and who, as they rose to high positions of power, provided invaluable insights and information.

This part also includes some personal and family correspondence. While Oliver's mother Viola's letters to her husband J. L. Garvin are in the Garvin part of the archive, her letters to her son and his wife are here, as are substantial exchanges between Oliver and two of his Garvin half sisters, Viola and Katherine (Gordon).

Garvin, J. L.

Russell Markland fonds

  • RC0465
  • Fondo
  • 1915-1919

The fonds consists of the book, correspondence concerning the publication of the book and the contract between Markland and the publisher, Erskine Macdonald. The correspondence consists of letters to and from Markland and several of the contributors to the anthology, letters to and from Markland to various newspapers and publishers seeking permission to reprint poems, a letter from the Oxford University Press turning down the anthology, and letters to and from the publisher of the anthology, Erksine MacDonald. There is also some correspondence between Markland and others about Erksine Macdonald after the publication of the book

Markland, Russell

John Masefield collection

  • RC0018
  • Colección
  • 1955-1959

The collection consists of 4 letters from Masefield to Kathleen Harper, 1955-[1956]; a poem “On the Occasion of Her Majesty’s Visit to Canada, 1959”, 8 pages typed and signed by Masefield “For Kathleen Harper, August the 1st 1959”, also a one-page manuscript abridged version of the poem. The collection also contains a b&w photograph of Masefield, signed and inscribed to Harper in 1959 and a copy of Masefield’s play, Good Friday, signed and inscribed to Harper in July 1955.

Masefield, John

David McFadden fonds

  • RC0032
  • Fondo
  • 1912-2005

The fonds consists of material related to McFadden's writing, correspondence, and additional material.

McFadden, David

Jack Winter fonds

  • RC0035
  • Fondo
  • 1900-1995

There have been six accruals. Four accruals from the 1970s have been combined and consist of stage plays, radio and television material, his thesis on T.S. Eliot and other related works, articles and book reviews, poetry, and correspondence. The fifth accrual consists of stage, radio and television plays, poems and short stories, a book about creative writing, and correspondence. Sound recordings, moving images and photographic slides also form part of the fonds. They are been removed from their accruals and are stored separately.

Winter, Jack

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