Manuscript Collection MS COLL 00239 2B Annex - F. David Hoeniger Collection

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CA OTUTF MS COLL 00239 2B Annex

Title

F. David Hoeniger Collection

Date(s)

  • 1779-1976 (Creation)

Level of description

Manuscript Collection

Extent and medium

1 box

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Name of creator

(1921-2016)

Biographical history

Frederick J. David Hoeniger was born in Goerlitz, Germany in 1921. As a child he attended the Quaker School, Eerde, in Ommen, Holland, and in 1938 received an Oxford School Certificate. He later moved to Toronto where he attended Victoria College in the University of Toronto. In 1946 he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in English. He was a lecturer at the University of Saskatchewan from 1946–47, after which he returned to Victoria College as a lecturer from 1948–55. During this time he obtained a Masters (1948), and a Ph. D (1954) which he received from the University of London after becoming a British Council Scholar from 1951–53. In 1954 he also married his first wife Judith F. M. Hoeniger, with whom he had two children, Brian and Cathleen.

After 1955 Hoeniger was promoted to many positions at the University of Toronto, including Assistant Professor in 1955, Associate Professor in 1961, Professor in 1963, and Chairman of the English Department between 1969–72. He served as the first Director of the Centre for Reformation and Renaissance Studies (between 1964-69 and 1974-79) at Victoria College. He spearheaded the development of its collections and acquisitions policies, and developed many of its programs, such as the annual Erasmus Lecture. He also played a key role in the establishment of the Victoria College Renaissance Studies Program, and the CRRS Publications series.

Hoeniger was also involved with many publications. In 1960 he became associate editor of the seventh edition of Representative Poetry, and between 1971–85 he was General Editor of The Revels Plays. He also published several scholarly books including editions of Shakespeare’s Pericles, Prince of Tyre and Henry VIII, and The Growth of Natural History in Stuart England, which he co-wrote with his wife Judith, an academic scholar in her own right.

Hoeniger retired in the early 1990s and resided in Toronto with his wife Xu Xuenqing. Some of his recreations include travelling and studying ornithology. F. David Hoeniger passed away in September of 2016.

Archival history

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Gift of F. David Hoeniger, June 1985.

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Scope and content

The collection consists of material collected by Hoeniger in the course of researching the forgeries of John Payne Collier (1789-1883). It also contains a collection of letters from writers and theatrical people.

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Conditions governing access

Material may be requested in person at the Fisher Library Reference Desk, or in advance using our online stack retrieval request form: https://fisher.library.utoronto.ca/stack-retrieval-request

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  • English

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  • Shelf: 2B Annex