Box/File List

Earle Toppings

Box 1
Series: 1: Typescripts, proofs and other records
11 Bissoondath, Neil–“On The Eve Of Uncertain Tomorrows”1990
12 Buckle, Dorothy–Poems for “New Writing”1967
13 Buckle, Dorothy–“Weakly Houses”1967
14 Engel, Howard–“Behold The High Executioner”1996
15 Gill, Lakshmi–“/Mind/Walls”1970
16 Gunn, Genni–“Thrice Upon A Time”1990
17 Livesay, Dorothy–“The Unquiet Bed”1967
Gwendolyn Grant poetry chapbooks
18 “At The Gate Called Beautiful” 1977
19 “Dance”
110 “Paradigm” 1974
111 “Plus Signs”
112 “Quicksilver Collage”
113 “Sea Chant”1970

(random pages from a 1970’s series of radio programs on CJRT-FM, Toronto)


114 “Shapes Of Silence” 1972
115 “Video Views”1992
116 “Watermark”
117 Correspondence to and from Gwen Grant1958-1977
118 Notes on Gwen Grant’s poems by Toppings2008
119 Eulogy for Gwen Grant by Toppings2002
Box 2
Series: 2: Correspondence with Canadian writers
21 Acorn, Milton1967
22 Birney, Earle1965-1966
23 Bowering, George1965-1966

(includes short stories, poem)


24 Braithwaite, Max1971
25 Brandis, Marianne1963-1964
26 Cameron, Silver Donald1968
27 Cohen, Matt1992-1993
28 Coulter, John1967
29 Creighton, Helen1968
210 Dudek, Louis1967
211 Faessler, Shirley1967

(short stories)


212 Finch, Robert1968


213 Findley, Timothy1991
214 Garner, Hugh1969
215 Gill, Lakshmi 1966-1971
216 Gnarowski, Michael1967-1970
217 Godfrey, Dave1968
218 Hood, Hugh1968
219 Knowles, Stanley1965
220 Lambert, Betty1966-1967
221 Lane, Patrick1966-1967
222 Livesay, Dorothy1966-1969

(includes poems)


223 MacEwen, Gwendolyn1965-1967

(includes poems)

224 Macpherson, Jay1967-1968
225 Mandel, Eli1964
226 Marlatt (Buckle), Daphne1967-1975
227 Marriott-McLellan, Anne1965
228 Myers, Martin1971
229 Newlove, John1975
230 Nicol, Eric1966-1967
231 Nowlan, Alden1967

(includes short stories)


232 Ondaatje, Christopher1992
233 Open College/Ryerson CJRT-FM–re permission to use taped interviews for educational broadcast1975-1976

(includes Robertson Davies, Margaret Laurence, Hugh MacLennan, Mordecai Richler, Ernest Buckler, Robert Kroetsch, George Woodcock, Clark Blaise, Henry Kreisel, Morley Callaghan)

234 Rimanelli, Giose–editor of Modern Canadian stories1962-1967

(includes correspondence re permission to use stories to and from Sinclair Ross, Mordecai Richler, Adele Wiseman, Brian Moore, Alden Nowlan, Henry Beissel, Hugh Maclennan, Henry Kreisel, Hugh Hood, Hugh Garner, Ernest Buckler, Daphne Marlatt; and re review by Al Purdy)

235 Roberts, Paul1994
236 Ross, Sinclair1970-1975, 1995-2001

(includes correspondence 1995–2001, with Professor John O’Connor, who was doing research on Ross)


237 St. Pierre, Paul1966
238 Smith, Ray1970
239 Souster, Raymond1965-1967

(includes poems)


240 Spears, Heather1966

(includes poems)


241 Weaver, Robert1967-1971
242 Webb, Phyllis1965-1968
243 Wilgress, L.D.1966
244 Wiseman, Adele1966
245 Woodcock, George1963-1965
Series: 3: Records relating to "Canadian Writers on Tape", "Canadian Poets on Tape" and "Nightfall"
246 Transcript of Sinclair Ross interview1971, 2008

1971/correspondence with academic researcher, 2008

247 Transcript of Earle Birney interview1969
248 Publicity and promotional material1969-1971
Correspondence, 1969–1971
249 Birney, Earle
250 Cameron, Donald
251 Garner, Hugh
252 Laurence, Margaret
253 Layton, Irving
254 Livesay, Dorothy
255 MacEwen, Gwendolyn
256 MacLennan, Hugh
257 Purdy, Al
258 Richler, Mordecai
259 Scott, F.R.
260 Souster, Raymond
261 Waddington, Miriam
Box 1
Series: 1: Typescripts, proofs and other records
Radio Scripts
11 "Burlap Bags" by Len Petersonn.d.
12 "The Grass Harp" by Rita Greer Allen (adapted from Truman Capote)n.d.
13 "Rocking Horse Winner" by Cecil Lewis (adapted from D.H. Lawrence)1946
14 "Happy Holiday" by Stan Patton and Bernard Braden1947
15 "The Son In Law Cometh" by Jack Iams1947
16 "Once Upon A Time" by Ray Darby1948
17 "The Persecuted Housekeeper" by Len Peterson1951
18 "Man With A Bucket of Ashes" by Len Peterson1952
19 "The Ghost Of Grandma Fraser" by Essie Park Gowan1952
110 "Are You Bothered By Charity" by Stephen Brott1953
111 "Psychiatrist In The Market-Place" by Len Peterson1953
112 "Little Miss Big Feet" by Len Peterson1953
113 "In Search Of Ourselves" 1953
114 "The Tyler Touch"1953
115 "The Heat Wave" by Joseph Schull1953
116 "Quartet For A Storm" by Eugene Hallman1954
117 "Always A Librarian, Never A Bride" by Len Peterson1954
118 "A Criminal In The Family" by Len Peterson1954
119 "The Machinist Who Mourned Too Much" by Len Peterson1954
120 "The Retarded Child" by Len Peterson1954
121 "The Salesman Who Isn't Selling" by Len Peterson1954
122 "Crazy Weather" by Lister Sinclair1955
123 "Strangers On Streetcars" by Len Peterson1955
124 "The Rich Man" by Mac Shoub (adapted from Henry Kreisel)1955
125 "The Hanged Man's Enemy" by Mordecai Richler1956
126 "Ground Swell" by Ted Russell1956
127 "The Lost Sea" by A.W. Purdy (adapted from Jan de Hartog)1957
128 "Portrait Of Jennie" by Kae McRae (adapted from Robert Nathan)1957
Box 2
Series: 1: Typescripts, proofs and other records
21 Various poem broadsides, clippings and off-prints1962-1983

(includes Joe Rosenblatt, Patrick Lane, Gwendolyn Grant, Al Purdy, Gwendolyn MacEwen)


22–3Drafts of novel "Going Down Slow", by John Metcalf

(published 1971)


24 Audio cassette of "Selections From The Collected Poems of Al Purdy"1986
25 Draft of article "Arthur Steven and The Ryerson Press: Designing The Post War Years, 1949-1969" by Randall Speller2002
Series: 2: Correspondence with Canadian writers
26Correspondence from various writers1963-2008

(includes Earle Birney, Dorothy Livesay, Miriam Waddington, Margaret Atwood)


27Metcalf, John1966-1980
28Video cassette of interview with Max Braithwaite at Ryerson polytechnical Institute1975
Series: 3: Records relating to "Canadian Writers on Tape", "Canadian Poets on Tape" and "Nightfall"
Correspondence, 1969–1971
29"Canadian Poets On Tape" publicity/printed material1969-1971
210"Nightfall" correspondence and other records1980, 2003-2004
Box 1
Series: 3: Records relating to "Canadian Writers on Tape", "Canadian Poets on Tape" and "Nightfall"
Compact discs of readings/background notes/lists of poems
11Earle Birney/Eli Mandel1969


12Irving Layton/Miriam Waddington1969


13Al Purdy/Raymond Souster1969


14James Reaney/Gwendolyn MacEwen1969


15F.R.Scott/Dorothy Livesay1969


Compact discs of interviews/Background notes
16Morley Callaghan/Hugh MacLennan1970


17Margaret Laurence/Sinclair Ross1970


18Mordecai Richler/Hugh Garner1970


Box 1
Series: 1: Typescripts, proofs and other records
12Munro, Alice - Two stories from "Dance of the Happy Shades" (1968)1967

Two typescripts signed by Alice Munro.  Note from Earle Toppings says: "Taken from the original manuscript that came to the Ryerson Press in Toronto. I send these two stories back to Alice, asking her to sign them, which she did."

13Munro, Alice - 3 stories, Hugh Garner's introduction to "Dance of the Happy Shades" (1968), 2 scripts from CJRT-FM, Graeme Gibson interview with Munro (transcript)1968-1991

Stories are "Images", "A Real Life" and "The Jack Randa Hotel" 

14Munro, Alice - Alice Munro booklet, The Canadian Forum, newspaper clippings, Sheila Munro's statement1982-2001
  • Published booklet: Alice Munro: Selected Stories - A Tribute  
  • The Canadian Forum journal, Vol. LXII, No. 721, September 1982 with feature by Alice Munro "What is real?"
  • Typescript of extract from Lives of Mothers and Daughters by Sheila Munro
  • Newspaper clippings re Alice Munro
15Munro, Alice - Photographs1969-1977

Newspaper clippings of Alice Munro's image, photographs on paper.  

(Photos P1-2)
16Munro, Alice - "Real Life: Alice Munro's People" Earle Toppings' address to the Women's University Club of Oshawa1977

Two typescripts of address.    

17Munro, Alice - Possible questions for Munro, Toppings notes[199-]

Notes are from an interview that never happened between Earle Toppings and Alice Munro.

18Munro, Alice - Notes to Munro File2016

A note about the Munro files.   

110Paterson, Robert - writings2008-2010

Includes "Chronicles of Cape Dorset," "Norway," "Goodbye Cheops" and articles from Inuit Art Quarterly 

111Paterson, Robert - "Faces and Voices of Wawa and Hawk Junction" and calendar "Wawa 2000 - drawings by Bob Paterson"2000


112Paterson, Robert - biography and obituary 2013


Series: 2: Correspondence with Canadian writers
11Munro, Alice1964-2013

Includes correspondence with Alice Munro, and her biographer Robert Thacker.  

19Paterson, Robert - Letters and hand-printed greeting cards1969-2010

Robert Paterson was an artist, printmaker, teacher, writer, and coach of Inuit artists and printmakers.  He died in 2013.   

113Correspondence with writers and other artists1966-2016

Includes correspondence with Margaret Atwood, Kenneth Sherman, Mavis Gallant, artists and people working in the arts.

(Photos P1)
Box 1
Series: 1: Typescripts, proofs and other records
11Poems by Avo Erisalu1962

Rare mimeographed sheaf of poems by Avo Erisalu, a former student of Toppings' from when he taught at Templeton High School in Vancouver from 1958-1960, and who was later a part-time proofreader at The Ryerson Press. Signed by Erisalu.

12Inscribed copy of "The Fiddlehead" with note from John Metcalf1997

The Fiddlehead (Summer 1997), featuring John Metcalf.

13"Doggerel for Dog Days"[196-]-2019

Toppings' notebook of thoughts, dedicated to his father.

14"A Profile of Jack Chambers"1975

Photocopy of a transcript of an interview with painter Jack Chambers conducted by Neil McGillivray, a student of Toppings' at Ryerson University. Possibly done for a course.

15"Songs of Miramichi"1963

1 flexi disc. Recorded at the 1963 Miramichi Folksong Festival in Newcastle, New Brunswick.

Series: 2: Correspondence with Canadian writers
16Letters to and from Canadian artists and writers1967-2018

Includes correspondence with National Ballet of Canada Artistic Director Karen Kain, poet and novelist Dionne Brand, painter Andrew Salgado, Globe and Mail National Editor Dennis Choquette and various individuals from publishing houses and academia.