Winifred Glen Barnstead

Title:  Winifred Glen Barnstead fonds

Date(s) of creation: 1912-1974

Physical description:  0.34 metres of textual, graphic and sound recording records

Admin. history/Biographical Sketch
Winifred G. Barnstead was born in 1884 in Halifax, N.S. She attended public school and later Dalhousie University and graduated in 1906. According to an interview conducted in 1974, Miss Barnstead decided to become a librarian after working at the Westmount Library in Montreal.  Following graduation she spent two years at Princeton University Library in the Cataloguing Department.   Around World War I, she joined the Toronto Public Library, eventually becoming Chief of the cataloguing department.  It was during this time that she became involved in the education of librarians as the first courses in library science training were developed by the Department of Education.  This led to a one-year diploma program at the University of Toronto, jointly administered by the Ontario College of Education and the Ontario Department of Education, and classes began on September 25, 1928. As the first Director of the Library School at the Ontario College of Education—the original incarnation of the Faculty of Information—she was instrumental in developing formalized training during her tenure from 1928 to 1951.  Winifred’s efforts during her 23-year term as Director were recognized by the Alumni Association with the creation of the Winifred G. Barnstead Scholarship.

She died in Toronto on June 5, 1985 in her 101st year.
Scope and content: 
Correspondence, addresses, lectures, memorabilia and photographs documenting the career of Prof. Winifred Barnstead as founder and first director of the Library School at the University of Toronto. Also includes oral history interview with Prof. Barnstead conducted by Barbara Byers in 1974 along with a transcript of same.

Access/Use: Open

Finding aids: None

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Accruals:   Further accruals not expected.

Corresponding accessions: B1974-0041,  B1979-0037