Fonds F2276 - Sinclair McLardy Adams fonds

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Sinclair McLardy Adams fonds


  • 1899-1954 (Creation)

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26 cm of textual records
1 photograph
1 graphic item

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Biographical history

Sinclair McLardy Adams was born in London, Ontario on 5 April 1891. He graduated with a BA in Honours Classics, Trinity College, Toronto, in 1913. After a short period as a reporter with the Toronto Daily Star, he taught for three years as classics master at Appleby College, Oakville. In 1919 he received his MA degree in Arts at Trinity College and joined the faculty as a member of the Classics staff in 1920. He served the College in many capacities, including Professor of Classics from 1933 and Professor of Greek from 1936 to the late 1950s. He was College Librarian from 1927 to 1954 and Professor Emeritus until his death. He was a popular teacher and a contributor of many published articles. The culmination of a lifetime’s work on his favourite author was Sophocles the Playwright, published by University of Toronto Press in 1957.

In 1919 Adams married Valerie Dell Waddington (1892-1948), sister of Mossie May Waddington Kirkwood. Prof. and Mrs. Adams had two sons, Geoffrey (1926-2012) and Eric (1933-1934). Prof. Adams died in Toronto on June 9, 1960

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Gift of Geoffrey Adams in 2004

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Consists of books and notes from Adams’ tenure as Classicist at Trinity College. In addition to marginalia noted in the texts, there are also typed and handwritten notes for lectures including booklets of notes for specific courses, and an ink sketch from 1920.

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None expected

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No restrictions on access

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Various copyright holders. It is the researcher's responsibility to obtain permission to publish any part of the fonds.

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  • English

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Trinity College Archives

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  • English



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