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TRL Program Calendar December 2014

November 28, 2014 | Katherine | Comments (0) Facebook Twitter More...

Join us this month for two lunchtime musical interludes, with duos Kirk Elliott & October Browne, and Sara Churchill & Colin Savage.  Plus, lots and lots of computer classes.

Click on each image to enlarge or Download The December 2014 @ TRL as a pdf file.

For a full list of programs to browse or search, check out our Programs, Classes and Exhibits page.

December 1 December 2 December 3

Renovation Finished! A Last Update on the Re-vitalization of the Toronto Reference Library

November 25, 2014 | Katherine | Comments (0) Facebook Twitter More...

Toronto Reference Library ExteriorYes, the renovation is finished! This TRL blog has followed the progress and the many changes since October 2010 and now, here is the final Renovation Project Update.

An official celebration in late September marked the completion of new study spaces, digital innovations, reorganized subject floors and additional forums for public presentations. Now, with a few weeks of full operation behind us, we’d like to show off one last time some of the beautiful new parts of the library.

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  Entrance & TD Gallery


As you enter the library, sit by the quiet waters of the entrance or visit the TD Gallery--behind the glass wall in this photo. 






Information Commons 1st floor


Walk round the waters, and use the Information Commons to check email, read the latest news or research a subject.






Still on the 1st floor, visit the Browsery where you can borrow current popular books and DVDs. In the Adaptive Technology Centre, you'll find aids to information access like magnifiers, Digital Access Information System (DAISY) talking books, screen magnification software (Zoomtext) and screen reader software (JAWS). Cross the floor to find the Digital Innovation Hub and the Asquith Press, where you can publish your own book.

    Adaptive Tech-Browsery 1st floor Digital Hub-Asquith Press 1st floor





Idea Garden 2nd floor

Think or study in the Idea Garden on the 2nd floor (above) or try some of the other curved, glassed or traditional study spaces.

Study space 2nd floor TRL View from 5th floor Study table 1st floor Study Pods





Libraries are changing and whole new technological and maker spaces are happening here at Toronto Reference Library and around the world. But don't worry. There are still books everywhere--over 4 million in this building.

Open Shelf 2nd floor











Music Scores 5th floor  Display case & Open Shelf 2nd floor Social Sciences Open Shelf 2nd floor




Please visit soon, if you haven’t already. You’ll find thousands of fellow citizens reading, searching, studying, tweeting, discussing, creating, connecting, working. Just what this place was built for.



Toronto's Official Plan: You Can Make a Difference!

November 18, 2014 | Cynthia | Comments (0) Facebook Twitter More...

Toronto Skyline

The City Planning Department is updating Toronto’s Official Plan. What is an “official plan”? 

In Ontario the Planning Act requires municipalities to have an Official Plan. The Official Plan is a legal document approved by Council that describes policies and objectives for land uses and how and where the community should grow. The Official Plan is prepared in consultation with residents and reflects a community vision for future change and development.

Official Plan coverThe City of Toronto’s Official Plan sets out the vision for where and how Toronto will grow to the year 2031. That's a fairly long time, so it is important to do regular "check-ups" to ensure that the Official Plan is working to fulfill its vision. So the current review is one of those checkups.

Toronto is also undertaking a Municipal Comprehensive Review that looks specifically at designated areas of employment in the Official Plan. Both reviews are important, so we can all help by sharing ideas on how we can plan for Toronto's future. We all want Toronto to continue to be a great place to live, work, invest and play.

St George Street, TorontoWe invite you to get involved and be engaged. Together we can make Toronto better. As part of this review, the City is holding events to listen to your views on draft changes that address policies on Urban Design, the Environment, as well as our Neighbourhoods and Apartment Neighbourhoods (PDF) .

Come out and have your opinions and ideas heard. There will be a “pop-up event” here at the Toronto Reference Library to let you participate in an interactive mapping exercise. Sound intriguing?


Where: Toronto Reference Library, front entrance

When: Thursday, November 20, 2014 from 9-5


The Toronto Collection, 2nd floor, Humanities and Social Sciences, has official plans and background reports for Toronto and other municipalities going back for decades. 

Look for plans of the past with titles like Cityplan '91, The Liveable Metropolis,  and Plan for the Urban Structure of Metropolitan Toronto.

  Aerial view of Toronto

Maps, Architecture and Sherlock - my month at Toronto Reference Library

November 7, 2014 | Katherine | Comments (3) Facebook Twitter More...

Today's post is a guest entry by the Swedish student intern who we've had the pleasure of hosting for the last few weeks at the Toronto Reference Library (TRL).  Here are her impressions of our library and our work:


My name is Karin and I'm a library student from Uppsala University, Sweden. Instead of staying in Uppsala for our five week internship, I decided to travel across the pond to Toronto to do my internship at Toronto Reference Library. 

I arrived in Toronto three days before the start of my internship and decided to visit the library right away. I instantly liked TRL, the beautiful architecture, the light, the atmosphere, and I couldn’t resist posting a photo of it on Instagram with the slightly smug caption “I think I’m gonna like it here”. 

   Toronto Reference Library

On my first day I was introduced to all the delights of working life. My own desk! Endless supply of stationary! Staff lounges!

I also got started on my first project: cataloguing European maps. Having no experience of cartography, the project turned out to be way more interesting than I'd thought, and I soon found myself deeply invested in indexes and insets, scales and distance charts. The downside was that it made me acutely aware of my ignorance of European geography. The Faroe Islands belong to Denmark? I really had no idea. But after all, I'm here to learn, and now when I meet people from lesser known parts of Europe I no longer have to pretend that I know where their hometowns are!

   Filing Cabinet

My next project was helping out with an ongoing project of digitizing the architectural drawings submitted by the contestants in the Toronto City Hall and Square competition in 1958. My job was to transfer images of the finalists’ drawings from microfilm onto an USB-stick. "Nobody ever loved microfilm" one of the librarians told me as she showed me how to use the microfilm reader, and yeah, I can see why. I had to have a few tries before I figured out how to correctly thread the microfilm reels, glancing enviously at the man at the microfilm reader next to me, who seemed to know exactly what he was doing. 

   City Hall Competition

I enjoyed the drawings though, and was surprised to see so many innovative and futuristic designs, considering they were created more than 60 years ago. 

I've also been shadowing the Humanities and Social Science (HSS) information desk. Having worked at the info desk at the arts, humanities and languages branch of the Uppsala University Library, I thought this would be pretty much the same types of queries (where the washrooms are, how to use the photo copier etc.), but I was surprised by the variety of reference questions asked and impressed by how well the staff are able to answer them. It's been slightly awkward any time a customer has asked me something though, (an easy mistake to make since I'm not wearing a sign saying "Intern") and I've had to refer them to someone else. So if you've approached the HSS desk expecting to talk to a competent member of staff and instead met with an utterly confused person, chances are that was me. 

   2nd Floor Reference Desk

On the third week of my internship I moved up a couple of floors to the Languages and Literature Department. There I got to look at the Swedish collection, which had many of my childhood favourites like Anne of Green GablesRonia the Robbers Daughter by Swedish literary icon Astrid Lindgren, the Moomin-books by the famous Finnish writer and artist Tove Jansson, and even a few by Maj Bylock, who writes excellent, and at times gory, historical fiction for children, which unfortunately seem hard to get by English translation. Perhaps Anglo-American publishers don't consider the 17th century witch burnings an appropriate topic for children. 

    Languages and Literature Department

   Anne of Green Gables

Sweden is no exception to the most recent Sherlock Holmes-mania that has swept the world since the BBC-series. Mattias Boström's Från Holmes till Sherlock about Arthur Conan Doyle and Sherlock Holmes was awarded the Swedish Thriller Academy's prize for best non-fiction and the fourth season of Sherlock is highly anticipated. Therefore I was excited about the project the Arthur Conan Doyle Collection had prepared for me - cataloguing Sherlock Holmes comics. 

   Arthur Conan Doyle Collection

Perhaps I would be more efficient had I not been remotely interested in Sherlock Holmes. The temptation to not only catalogue the comics but also read them cover to cover is sometimes very strong.

   Sherlock Holmes Comics

All in all, I've had a blast at TRL and I'll be sad to say goodbye to everyone at the end of this week. Everyone's been so kind to me and I've learnt so much. TRL, I will be back.

Guest Author

TRL Program Calendar November 2014

October 31, 2014 | Katherine | Comments (0) Facebook Twitter More...

This month, two moving tributes to mark the centenary of the beginning of World War One.  In the TD Gallery, running this month and into January, see Four Families, One War, an exhibit of artifacts tracing the experience of four Toronto families from 1914-1918.  Also, each night at 8.30 and through the nights until November 11, see The World Remembers, an international multi-media collaboration to list the names of all those killed in the conflict.  Visible from the front Cube area and outside on the street at the entrance to the Toronto Reference Library.

Click on each image to enlarge or Download The November 2014 @ TRL as a pdf file.

For a full list of programs to browse or search, check out our Programs, Classes and Exhibits page.

November 1 November 2
*Please call 416-393-7209 to register for all programs in the Le@rning Centre*

November 3 November 4


"Is Shakespeare Dead?" Come find out !

October 30, 2014 | Bill V. | Comments (0) Facebook Twitter More...

Actor Keir Cutler is offering a thought provoking (and free!) performance adapting Mark Twain's 1909 book "Is Shakespeare Dead" at the Toronto Reference Library on Monday November 3rd at 6 pm in the Elizabeth Beeton Auditorium. All are welcome.

Is Shakespeare Dead Mark Twain

Twain's comic book plays with the Baconian idea that Sir Francis Bacon was the real author of Shakespeare's works. This was a very popular theory in the late 19th century among literary critics. Is this true...come find out! There are several older 1800s titles in our collection that discuss this including the aptly named Bacon is Shake-speare.

Bacon as Shakespeare
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Prof Don Rubin will host an open discussion after the performance. Come out and enjoy some free live theatre. You may also enjoy this youtube clip:        


            Contested Will Who Wrote Shakespeare by James Shapiro    Who wrote shakespeare by John Mitchell

Toronto History in Flashback--Election Campaign Literature

October 20, 2014 | Katherine | Comments (4) Facebook Twitter More...

Jacobs Alderman Ward 5 Toronto 1976One of the more unusual collections in the Humanities & Social Sciences Department at the Toronto Reference Library is the Municipal Election Campaign Literature Collection. This primary source collection of pamphlets, flyers, and door hangers put out by candidates running for mayor, alderman (now known as councillor) or school trustee have been collected and preserved on microfiche for all parts of Toronto since 1969. The material was donated (and still is) by candidates, library staff and the general public.

The collection includes material from the boroughs and cities that made up Metropolitan Toronto: East York, Etobicoke, North York, Scarborough, Toronto (the old downtown city) and York, and Metropolitan Toronto itself.  Before 1997, Toronto citizens would vote for their local mayor (yes--there were six of them), their ward alderman and their Metro councillor.  Essentially the alderman in your local ward looked after local problems, while your Metro councillor looked after larger regional interests like police and transit. Of course, there was overlap in some areas and plenty of tensions between the two levels.  Municipal politics in Toronto has never been simple or conflict free.

Since 1998, the election pamphlets for the new City of Toronto come from the wards that make up the new government structure. Since the year 2000 those are based on the federal electoral districts of Toronto (22 in total) split in half to make up a council of 44 members. The mayor is the extra, 45th member.

Looking back over the years it’s amazing—how little has changed! A constant theme is taxes (always too high). Another is transportation (never good enough). Some candidates boast of their fresh approach and new ideas. Others emphasize the need for experience and business management. There's always the argument that youth needs to get involved, but especially true in the mid to late seventies when the baby boom generation was coming into its own.

All this history has been preserved on microfiche. If you want to see it, come to the Humanities & Social Sciences Department on the 2nd floor. Bring along you USB stick, and you can take away a digital version using our ScanPro microfilm/fiche readers.

To see the City-Ward Index or the Name Index for Municipal Election Campaign Literature:

Download The City-Ward Index-Campaign Literature (MS Word Document)

Download The Name Index-Campaign Literature A-L (MS Word Document)

Download The Name Index-Campaign Literature M-Z (MS Word Document)


An Historical Sampling:

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Dilevko Mayor Etobicoke 1976 Flynn Mayor Etobicoke 1976











Youth and experience vied for the Mayor’s job in Etobicoke 1976.  Candidate Juris Dilevko cried “We need a new spirit! The government of Etobicoke should search for more opportunities to bring our youth into the political process.”  More staidly, incumbent Dennis Flynn promised “Representation, Accountability, Management and Planning.”  Flynn was re-elected, and remained Mayor of Etobicoke until 1984, when he became Chairman of Metropolitan Toronto.

Elson-Nelson Trustee Midtown 1988
Two unusual twists here—two candidates running a joint campaign, and reaching out to youth who won’t be eligible to vote for years.  The Nelson-Elson campaign for School Trustee in the new Midtown ward in 1988.

Lombardi Ward 11 Scarborough 1994



Don Lombardi speaking the multiple languages of Ward 11 Scarborough in 1994.



Hope Ward 5 Toronto 1976



Ying Hope served Ward 5 in the old city of Toronto as a School Board Trustee (1963-1969), then as Alderman from 1969-1985. In later years he worked on environmental issues, and helped to win redress from the Canadian Government for the Chinese head tax levied in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.




The Toronto Star and political controversy go together, whether it’s 2014 or 1969.  York mayoralty candidate Wes Boddington came out swinging.


Boddington Mayor York 1969

Boddington Mayor York 1969-3 Boddington Mayor York 1969- 2




























White Mayor York 1969





But ultimately, the "Star candidate" Phil White was also the "Peoples' Choice" for Mayor of the Borough of York in 1969.



Don't forget your own chance to make history in 2014.  Vote on October 27.  For info check the City of Toronto's Voter's page.


Find out where to vote, or if you're on the voter's list.




The Built Universe of Islam with Dr. Golombek on Tuesday October 14th

October 8, 2014 | Richard | Comments (0) Facebook Twitter More...

Isfahan, Iran: dome of Lutfallah Mosque, c. 1610

Who has not heard of some of the great architectural monuments built in the Islamic world—the Alhambra, the Dome of the Rock, Shalimar Gardens, and the Taj Mahal? There are many more. What role did these masterpieces play in the life of the pre-modern Islamic world? As we examine representative buildings in detail, we discover that they served different purposes in Muslim society—civil works, commercial facilities, royal domiciles, religious centres, and memorials. We will marvel at the creativity and craftsmanship that dazzle our eyes today: the soaring domes, the brilliant glazed tiles, the play of running water.


October is Islamic History Month

Come Celebrate With A Thought Exchange Talk



Join Dr. Lisa Golomek this Tuesday October 14th, from 2:00-4:00 p.m.

In the Beeton Auditorium

At the Toronto Reference Library for:

"The Built Universe of Islam — An Introduction"

Talk Outline

  1. The City: citadel, walls, gates, street patterns, bazaar
  2. The Mosque:  Cordova, Iran, Turkey
  3. Palaces:  early; Alhambra; garden estates Lahore
  4. Mausoleums and Shrines: Dome of the Rock; Taj Mahal

Lisa Golombek received her B.A. from Barnard College, New York in 1962; M.A. and Ph.D. in 1968 from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, in History of Art, with specialization in Islamic Art.  She is currently Curator Emeritus at the Royal Ontario Museum and Professor Emeritus at the University of Toronto.



Dr. Lisa Golomek has travelled widely in the Islamic world, specializing in the arts of Iran. Her publications cover a wide range of fields--architecture, gardens, urban history, painting, textiles, ceramics, and calligraphy--with a focus on the Timurid and Safavid periods. Her collaborative study of 16th-17th century Persian pottery, influenced by the global trade in Chinese blue-and-white porcelain, has just been published by Brill and the Royal Ontario Museum.

This Program is Free and All Are Welcome








Recollections of a Neighbourhood

October 2, 2014 | Cynthia | Comments (0) Facebook Twitter More...

This book abRecollections-cover-2014-150x185_0BA2BF7616B64FF18A20B92320E46E33out a tiny enclave ensconced amidst the stately buildings of the University of Toronto, bounded by the ever-changing Bloor Street in an area dubbed Huron-Sussex, has many stories to tell. It exposes urban myths about the area, lovingly highlights beautiful architecture through photographs, and tells its story through the people that lived it. 

Join panelists John Parry, publisher, Anne Vellone, graphic designer and photographer and Harold Averill, archivist as they describe the journey to publishing this very special book.



Tuesday, October 7, 2014


Beeton Auditorium, Toronto Reference Library 


The Toronto Collection found on the 2nd floor of The Toronto Reference Library houses (no pun intended) many books on Toronto's unique neighbourhoods. Here are a few on this area:














Performing Arts Manuscript and Archival Collections at the Toronto Reference Library, letters T-Z.

October 1, 2014 | Bill V. | Comments (0) Facebook Twitter More...

The Toronto Reference Library has rich and varied archival collections of theatre and performing arts manuscripts, photographs and ephemera with an emphasis on Canadian content. These can be found in the Marilyn and Charles Baillie Special Collections Centre.

  Marilyn & Charles Baillie Special Collections Centre

We will be writing six blog posts listing all the collections alphabetically by name and providing a pdf link to a detailed inventory of each fond describing the contents.

See here for the blog post covering A-C.

See here for the blog post covering D-G.

See here for the blog post covering H-L.

See here for the blog post covering M-N.

See here for the blog post covering O-S.

We welcome questions about the collection to

  • Taverner Collection, Part 2 Material added to the original Taverner bequest, including original cabinet photographs, copies of original photographs in the collection of Canadian Theatre scholar Murray Edwards, photocopies of correspondence in the collection of Mr. Edwards, a photocopy of the guest book from one of the Taverner family cottages, now in the collection of Corwin Ferguson (a distant relation of the Taverner family), and copies of photographs from that guest book. Download Taverner Collection, Part 2 DF
  • Tearsheets on British and U.S. Stage Productions, 1818-1933 2 boxes Download Tearsheets on British and U.S. Stage Productions PDF
  • Marie Tempest Collection Items relating to the career of British actress Marie Tempest (1864-1942) including production photographs and material concerning her tour of Canada and the United States in 1914-1915. Download Tempest, Marie Collection PDF
  • Ellen Terry Collection Material relating to the career of British actress Ellen Terry (1848-1928) especially period photographs of Miss Terry in various roles.  See also the Edward Gordon Craig Collection, and Walker Theatre photographs. 1 box; 114 items; .4 linear metres Download Terry, Ellen Collection PDF
  • Theatre Toronto Collection (1964-1969) Represents the records of Theatre Toronto (originally named the Canadian Crest Players Foundation), formed as a merger of the Canadian Players Foundation and the Crest Players. Includes Theatre Toronto scrapbooks, prompt scripts, correspondence and financial reports, and also Crest Theatre financial records and Canadian Crest Players material. See also Canadian Players Scrapbooks and Crest Theatre Collection for additional material on these companies.  2 boxes; .815 linear meters; 1059 items. Download Theatre Toronto Collection PDF
  • Toronto Children Players Collection 2 boxes: 98 envelopes  Download Toronto Children Players Collection PDF
  • Toronto Childrens Players Collection: Supplement 2. 12 boxes total Download Toronto Children Players Supplement 2 PDF
  • Toronto Public Library Scrapbooks Containing newspaper clippings of Toronto theatrical ads, 1916 – 1930.  Items are fragile; microfilm copy should be used (Film T686.6, PerArts Desk). Theatrical Ads.  Scrapbook #125: Toronto Theatre, etc. 1910s & 1920s.Articles on companies, individuals and subjects; production reviews.  Items are fragile; microfilm copy should be used (Film T686.5) Scrapbook #238: Toronto Theatre, etc. 1920s-1940s Articles on companies, individuals and subjects; production reviews.  Items are fragile; microfilm copy should be used (Film T686.5). Scrapbook #278: Toronto Theatre, 1940s & 50s Articles on companies, individuals and subjects; production reviews.  Items are fragile; microfilm copy should be used (Film T686.5) Download Toronto Public Library Scrapbooks PDF
  • Sir Herbert Beerbohm Tree Collection (1890 – 1915) Photographs, programs and a scrapbook relating to the career of actor-manager Sir Herbert Beerbohm Tree (1853-1917). 1 box (22 envelopes); .43 linear metres Download Tree, Sir Herbert Beerbohm Collection PDF
  • Thomas Turvey and Thomas Hilton Turvey Collection (c.1875-c. 1911) Very little information is known about Thomas Turvey and Thomas Hilton-Turvey.  After serving as organist for several British churches, Thomas Turvey came to Toronto around 1875 to become organist at the West Methodist Metropolitan Church.  He is represented in this unit by a manuscript copy of a mass and by his published work “Te deum laudamus”. Thomas Hilton-Turvey (his son?) was born in Birkenhead, England in 1863, studied at the University of Pennsylvania and taught in Philadelphia.  He was predominantly a songwriter, and published over thirty compositions. 1 box; 5 items, 0.22 m  Download Turvey, Thomas Collection PDF


  • Herman Voaden Collection (1929–1974) Material relating to the career of Canadian playwright and educator Herman Voaden (1903-1991) including programs, photographs, reviews, scripts (see also Performing Arts Centre for numerous collections edited by Voaden, and for copies of his published players), articles on his theories of education and of Symphonic Expressionism, and material relevant to the founding of the Canadian Council of the Arts, of which he was the first president. 22 envelopes and 1 scrapbook; .07 linear meters.  Download Voaden, Herman Collection PDF
  • Boris Volkoff Collection (1924-1975) approx. 1600 items, 11.25 linear ft. Download Volkoff, Boris Collection PDf
  • Walker Theatre Collection (1907-1909) Studio and production photographs from this Winnipeg, Manitoba road house theatre. 168 photographs (1 box, .7 metre) Download Walker Theatre Collection PDF 
  • Dorothy Watkins Collection (1940–1950) Material relating to the career of Canadian composer and performer Dorothy Watkins (1896-1978).  Co-author with Brian Doherty of the wartime RCAF hit “Up, Up, Up We Go”, she was active with her sister Jessie MacDonald during World War II in the Active Service Canteen and the Merry-Go-Round Revue.  Later she toured with “The Drunkard” and the revues “There Goes Yesterday” and “Clap Hands”.  The collection includes correspondence, programmes, clippings, photographs and especially music manuscripts, parts and cues for “The Drunkard” and “There Goes Yesterday”. 1 box: 20 envelopes; .075 linear metres Download Walker Theatre Collection PDF
  • Al Waxman Collection (1959-1991) Papers of actor/director/producer Al Waxman (1935-2001), including scrapbooks, photographs, correspondence, scripts, newspaper clippings and documents relating to his career in the theatre, film and television and his involvement in various community and philanthropic organizations. The collection includes extensive material on the television program King of Kensington. Organization of the collection is based on Mr. Waxman’s original filing order. 11 boxes; 4.4 linear metres. Download Waxman, Al Collection PDF

  • Al Waxman Collection, Part 2 (c. 1967-2001) Papers of actor/director/producer Al Waxman (1935-2001), including scrapbooks, photographs, correspondence, scripts, newspaper clippings and documents relating to his career in the theatre, film and television, and his involvement in various community and philanthropic organizations. The collection includes extensive material on his roles in such popular television series as King of Kensington and Cagney and Lacey. Organization of the collection is based on Mr. Waxman’s original filing order. 18 boxes; approx. 6 linear metres  Download Waxman, Al Collection, Part 2 PDF
  • Whispering City Collection (1947) Film stills and publicity photographs for the Canadian film Whispering City (French title:  La Forteresse, pre-release title:  The Stronghold) together with photographs of the production company, Quebec Production Company, the studios and the Montreal premiere. 1 box: 1 file folder and 11 envelopes; .08 linear metres (209 photos & 4 negatives)  Download Whispering City Collection PDF
  • Whittaker’s Theatre Collection (1975–1986) Correspondence and other documents relating to the funding, editing and publication of  Whittaker’s Theatre; a critic looks at stages in Canada and thereabouts 1944-1975  edited by Ronald Bryden with Boyd Neil, and published by the Whittaker Project through the University of Toronto Press.  Includes letters of permission from newspapers, photographers, actors and various archives; correspondence concerning the organization of the Tribute, collected by head of the organizing committee William H. Graham; discussion and acknowledgements of the free distribution of the book to libraries, educational institutions and interested individuals. Whittaker’s Theatre is a collection of reviews by critic Herbert Whittaker taken from the Montreal Gazette and the Toronto Globe and Mail. 1 box: 12 files and envelopes; .125 linear metres Download Whittaker's Theatre Collection PDF
  • Mary Wigman Collection (1886-1973) This collection of photocopies of letters, together with a taped conversation (kept in The Theatre Department) were donated by Canadian dancer Judy Jarvis in memory of her teacher, the German dancer Mary Wigman. The letters were written over the last eight years of her life, at a time when her health was failing.  They combine comments on Ms. Jarvis’ dance career with miscellaneous details of her life in Germany at the time.  It is interesting to compare these letters with items in The Mary Wigman Book*, for an overall picture of the period. Mary Wigman died in 1973 of complications from a leg broken three years earlier; in the last years of her life her sight also deteriorated to the extent that she was almost blind.  There is frequent mention in the letters of her frustration with her recurrent illness, and her handwriting is difficult to read towards the end. The letters are primarily in English (she was educated in England in her youth), with few passages in German.  There are also several odd paragraphs by her companion Anni Hess Hesschen). 1 envelope; 48 items
  • Wingham Opera House Collection (1884; 1905-1909) A selection of postcards and letters to the Town Clerk, Wingham, Ontario from performers wishing to book the Wingham Opera House, some on ornate letterhead advertising their specialties. 2 envelopes; 33 items Download Wingham Opera House Collection PDF
  • Women's Musical Club of Toronto (1898-2000) Papers including minutes, annual reports, programs and reviews documenting the activities of this local organization established to promote music in Toronto by presenting concerts and funding prizes for promising young performers. 5 boxes; 1.55 linear metres Download Womens Musical Club of Toronto Collection PDF
  • Bill Young Autograph Book (1909-1911) Download Young, Bill Autograph Book PDF

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