Manuscript Collection MS COLL 00042 2B Annex - William Snaith Papers

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CA OTUTF MS COLL 00042 2B Annex


William Snaith Papers


  • 1914-1960 (Creation)

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Manuscript Collection

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6 boxes (0.7 metres)

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Biographical history

William Snaith was born in Montreal in 1882. He graduated from the University of Toronto's School of Practice Science in 1907. His professional career was divided between Canada and the US. He wrote articles and book-length reports on industrial engineering, some with particular reference to woodworking plants.

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Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Gift of Snaith, 1962 and 1966.

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The collection consists largely of papers concerned with industrial engineering, including the description and 103 photos of the building of the Leaside Bridge in Toronto. It also contains Snaith's personal accounts and diaries covering the years 1914-60.

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Material may be requested in person at the Fisher Library Reference Desk, or in advance using our online stack retrieval request form:

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  • English

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Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library, University of Toronto

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