David Sinclair

Fonds number:
Title: David Sinclair
Dates of Material:
39 cm of textual records
2 photographs: col.
Biographical sketch

David Paul Sinclair (1942–1974) was a librarian and researcher. He was born in Toronto, Ontario. He died in Toronto after a street accident in London, England.

Sinclair received a M.A. and a Bachelor of Library Science from the University of Toronto. From 1968 to his death, he was employed as a librarian at Victoria University, Toronto, working on manuscripts and the Canadiana collection. He also provided accessioning and cataloguing services to the Centre for Renaissance and Reformation Studies, and taught a course in Canadian Fiction in what was then the Victoria College Department of English.

At the time of his death, he was on leave, working on a Ph.D. in Bibliography at the University of London, England, under Arthur Brown. His chosen subject was English-language printing and publishing in the Canada’s in the nineteenth century, with special emphasis on their relationship to the growth of literary activity. His research focused on nineteenth century British and Canadian poetry from which he published articles and reviews. His research interests also included Canadian book history and copyright issues. He edited Nineteenth Century Narrative Poems (1972) for the New Canadian Library. A more detailed biography, with bibliography appears in The New World Journal of Alexander Graham Dunlop, 1845 (1976) which was completed by his colleague, Germaine Warkentin.

Scope and content

The fonds consists of research notes and correspondence relating to David Sinclair’s publications, including correspondence with Germaine Warkentin regarding a controversy over the reprinting of Nineteenth Century Narrative Poems and research notes on English sources for nineteenth century Canadian book history assembled in preparation for his unwritten doctoral thesis, 1972–74.

Source of supplied title

Title based on contents of the fonds.


The fonds is stored in 3 boxes.

Immediate source of acquisition

Acquired from his mother, Mrs. Dorothy Sinclair, in 1974


The original order of the files was maintained. A few loose items were collected under “Miscellaneous notes.” Sinclair’s undergraduate, graduate and library school class notes were discarded, except for files pertaining to nineteenth-century poetry.

Language of material


Access restrictions

Restrictions on access: No restrictions on access.

Finding aids

Box list available


No further accruals are expected

Access points

Provenance access points: Sinclair, David, 1966–1974

Related resources

Sinclair, David. “Individual Items of Interest in the Forbes Collection.” Renaissance and Reformation, vol. 5, no. 1, 1968, pp. 14–24. 

Sinclair, David. “The Forbes Collection—Collecting Habits and the Personal Library.” Renaissance and Reformation, vol. 5, no. 2, 1969, pp. 13–16.

Sinclair, David. “Marjorie Pickthall: Mary tired.” Canadian Notes and Queries, vol, 6, 1970, 11. 

Sinclair, David. William Kirby and the Production of the U.E. Toronto: Bibliographical Society of Canada, 1970.

Sinclair, David. “The Tennyson Collection in Victoria College Library.” Victorian Studies Association Newsletter, vol. 6, 1970, pp. 12–14. 

Sinclair, David. “‘Winifred Cotter’ and Helena Coleman.” Canadian Notes and Queries, vol. 7, 1971, pp. 11–12. 

Sinclair, David, ed. Nineteenth-Century Narrative Poems. Toronto: McClelland and Stewart, 1972.

Sinclair, David. “The First Pirated Edition of Tennyson's Poems.” The Book Collector, vol. 22, no. 2, 1973, pp. 177–188.

Sinclair, David, and Germaine Warkentin, eds. The New World Journal of Alexander Graham Dunlop, 1845. Toronto: Dundurn Press, 1976.