Sol Sinclair:

An Inventory of His Papers at the University of Manitoba Archives & Special Collections

Inventory prepared by Heinz Kattenfeld
University of Manitoba Archives & Special Collections
Winnipeg, Manitoba
(1993)

Finding aid encoded by Julianna Trivers (August 2002)
Finding aid written in English.

Revision History

  • July 26, 2005 - MSS 86 converted from EAD 1.0 to 2002 by v1to02.xsl (sy2003-10-15).


Collection Summary

Repository:
University of Manitoba Archives & Special Collections
Elizabeth Dafoe Library, Winnipeg MB R3T 2N2

Creator:
Sol Sinclair

Title:
Sol Sinclair fonds

Dates:
1932-1986

Quantity:
4 m of textual records

Identification:
MSS 86

Language
English.

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Biography of Sol Sinclair

CHRONOLOGY OF IMPORTANT DATES

1905 Solomon Sinclair born in Rocanville, Saskatchewan on 14 January

1932 Received B.Sc. from the University of Saskatchewan

1933 Married to Elsie Osten on 5 February

1937 Received M.Sc. from the University of Saskatchewan

1945-1953 Assistant Professor, Associate Professor and Professor, Department of Economics, University of Manitoba

1951 Fellowship, Canadian Social Science Research Council

1953 Ph.D. in Agricultural Economics, University of Minnesota

1953-1966 Professor and Head, Department of Agricultural Economics and Farm Management, University of Manitoba

1966-1968 Advisor to the Minister of Agriculture, Kenya

1974 Professor Emeritus, Department of Agricultural Economics, University of Manitoba

1976 Honourary degree LL.D. (Doctor of Law), University of Manitoba

1986 Solomon Sinclair Farm Management Institute established

1988 Solomon Sinclair passed away on 2 October at the age of 83

BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCH

Solomon Sinclair was born in Rocanville, Saskatchewan on 14 January 1905. He grew up on a farm at Lipton, Saskatchewan. He received his primary and secondary education at the Herzl School and he obtained a teaching certificate at Regina Normal School in 1922. He taught in a rural school for two years before returning to his home farm and running the operation until 1930. He registered in the Faculty of Agriculture at the University of Manitoba in 1924 and then transferred to the University of Saskatchewan in 1926 after a lapse of one year on the farm. The Great Depression and poor crop conditions prevented Sol Sinclair from attending classes from 1928 to 1930. He returned to the University of Saskatchewan in 1930 and graduated with a BSA in 1932. The following year he married his wife, Ellie Osten.

While pursuing his M.Sc. degree, which he received in 1937, he was employed as a zone farm manager for the Confederation Life Association. From 1940 to 1945 he worked for the Prairie Farm Assistance Act, where he drafted the legislation and regulations and organized the office, field staff and procedures designed to assist farmers.

Sol Sinclair's career at the University of Manitoba began in 1945 as an Assistant Professor of Economics. He taught courses in agricultural economics, developed a research program, and established a major undergraduate and M.Sc. program in Agricultural Economics.

Sol Sinclair obtained a Ph.D. in Agricultural Economics at the University of Minnesota in 1953. In the same year he was appointed Professor and Head of the one-man Department of Agricultural Economics and Farm Management in the Faculty of Agriculture at the University of Manitoba. Under Dr. Sinclair's headship the Department increased to ten full-time academics with supporting staff, and by 1960 it was the first Department in Canada to offer a Ph.D. program in Agricultural Economics. Dr. Sinclair developed the premier department of agricultural economics in Canada.

Dr. Sinclair took a two-year leave to serve as economic advisor to the Minister of Agriculture in Kenya from 1966 to 1968. In 1968 he returned to the University to establish the Natural Resources Institute's (N.R.I.) two year graduate program in resource management. Dr. Sinclair developed the course program, designed the criteria for student admission and evaluation, defined the form and content of the Practicum and created the committee formats for the academic, research and evaluation tasks. He retired from Agricultural Economics in 1973.

In addition to his stellar academic career he has also served on numerous private and government committees and commissions, and he has received many honours and awards. Dr. Sinclair was awarded fellowships from the Canada Council in 1951 and 1961, made Professor Emeritus in 1974 and an honourary Doctor of Law in 1976 at the University of Manitoba. He was also granted the Order of Arctic Adventurers by the Commissioner of the Northwest Territories in 1976. In 1986 the Solomon Sinclair Farm Management Institute was established.

His professional assignments include the following: chairman of the Board of Review for the Prairie Farm Assistance Act from 1955 to 1961; member of the Fisheries Research Board of Canada from 1962 to 1966 and 1972 to 1977; chairman of the advisory committee to the Freshwater Fish Marketing Corporation from 1969 to 1977; and consultant on the UNESCO Panel of Experts on the establishment of the United Nations University from 1972 to 1976. Dr. Sinclair was involved with professional and public service groups too numerous to list here. He also wrote and researched about 140 papers between 1945 and 1975, many of which are included in this collection.

Dr. Sinclair was responsible for the establishment of the Department of Agricultural Economics at the University of Manitoba and its reputation as the best agricultural economics program in Canada. His involvement on several governmental advisory and research boards continued his support of desirable research and economic management programs. Dr. Sinclair made numerous contributions to his Faculty, to his students, to the University, to the community, and to his own profession both nationally and internationally.

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Scope and Contents of the Papers

This collection contains most of Sol Sinclair's papers, which were written for public use between 1945 and 1975. Many of his handwritten drafts, notes, research materials and statistical data are also included. The collection's main emphasis is on the papers, essays and articles researched and written by Dr. Sinclair.

Correspondence relating to Dr. Sinclair's professional activities is also included. The majority of the correspondence relates to his duties with the University of Manitoba, other institutions, and government committees.

Dr. Sinclair's role in the development of Agricultural Economics at the University of Manitoba and his contribution to Canadian agriculture and fisheries is well documented in this collection.

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Organization of the Papers

This collection is organized into 8 series.

  • Biographical and Educational Materials 1932-1986
  • Papers 1947-[1984?]
  • Radio Talks and Addresses 1939-1976
  • University Material 1939-1973
  • Government and Professional Assignments 1941-1978
  • Outside Lectures 1949-1972
  • Correspondence 1937-1975
  • Agricultural Research Material, Notes & Statistics 1939-1965

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Arrangement of the Papers

This collection is arranged according to three main areas: The University of Manitoba, government committees, and research papers. The main focus of this collection is on the papers and agricultural essays, and the reports to various government bodies.

Sol Sinclair's papers and correspondence have been arranged chronologically in order to follow Dr. Sinclair's development as a major scholar of Agricultural Economics.

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Restrictions on Access

This collection is open to all researchers.

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Restrictions on Use

Researchers must confer with the University Archivist before publishing anything other than fair use excerpts. Users must abide by the laws of copyright as amended by Parliament from time to time.

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Custodial History

The collection was donated to the Department of Archives and Special Collections on 15 August 1989. The gift was given by the Department of Agricultural Economics and received was received as A.89-35.

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Other Finding Aids

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Detailed Description of the Collection

Biographical and Educational Materials 1932-1986
BoxFolder
11 Biographical material - includes birth certificate and CV's, 1960-1986
2 BSA thesis in Farm Management, 1932
3 Paper - "Canadian Farm Credit", 1937
4 Thesis Research - includes corresp. and research notes, 1940-52
5 Term Papers - "General Aspects of an Agricultural Policy for the United States", 1943. "Crop Acreage and yield Estimating, Method and Problems", 1943.
6 Course notes, Ph.D. exams, Ph.D. program and grade transcript, 1941-43

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Papers 1947-[1984?]
BoxFolder
17 "Horse Survey", 1947
8 "Economics of Housing", 1949
9 "Canadian Agriculture Without British Food Contracts", Contracts", 1950
10 "Farmers' Responses in Milk Production to Changing Changing Prices", 1950
11 "Future Markets for Canadian Farm Products", 1950
12 "Canadian Agricultural Price Policy", 1950
12 "The Incidence of European Agricultural Policy on Canadian Agriculture", 1950
13 "Sampling for Agricultural Statistics in Canada", 1951
14 "The Importance of Barley in the Canadian Economy", 1952
15 "Some Aspects of Research on Co-operative Organization", 1952
15 "Labour Use in Crop Production", 1952
16 "Marketing Board Value Studied by an Economist", 1953
16 "An Economist Looks at Marketing Boards", 1953
17 "Statistical Service for the Fisheries of Maritime Provinces", 1953
18 "Economic Aspects of Vegetable Marketing", 1954
19 "The State of Agriculture in Western Canada Today", 1954
20 "Some Aspects of Farm Finance in Manitoba", 1954
21 "The Role and Function of Farm Organization", 1954
22 "An Addition to Human Treasures", 1954
23 "Certain Economic Aspects on the Production and Marketing of Manitoba Fish", 1954
24 "Government Action for Long Term Credit for Farmers in Western Canada", 1955
25 "Outlook for Canadian Agriculture", 1955
26 "Status of Marketing Manitoba Vegetables in the Winnipeg Area", 1955
27 "Some Observations on Matters of Farm Management in Manitoba", 1955
28 "Government Action for Long Term Farm Credit in Western Canada", 1955
29 "Some Basic Thoughts on Crop Insurance", 1955
30 "Meeting the Challenge of our Times", 1955
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21 "Importance of Management to the Modern Farm", 1955
2 "Marketing Trends as they Affect the Consumer", 1955
3 "Commentary on W.J. Anderson's "The Effect of Technological Progress on Input-Output Ratios in Agriculture", 1955
4 "Agricultural Extension and Advisory Services", 1955
5 "Influence of Technical Change on Agricultural Production", 1955
6 "Cropping Practices on Some Small Farms in Manitoba", 1955
7 "Farm Management Extension", 1955
8 "The Consumers' Stake in Food Marketing", 1955
9 "Contribution to Managra ", 1955
10 "Agricultural Credit", 1955
11 "Farm Practices on Small Farms in Manitoba", 1955
12 Topics for Discussion by study groups of the Manitoba Women's Institute--What the wife should know about Her husband's business affairs, for better farm and home planning", 1956
13 "The Farmer as A Businessman", 1956
14 "Learn to Live on your Income", 1956
15 "Wheat in International Trade", 1956
16 "Tobacco Study", 1956
17 "Some Indications of the Change in the Economics Structure of Canadian Agriculture", 1957
18 "The Economic Conditions of Agriculture in Manitoba", 1957
19 "Changing Cost Patterns in Canadian Agriculture", 1957
20 "Agriculture in the Canadian Economy", 1957
21 "What About Low Farm Income", 1957
22 "Here's a Close Look at Farm Income", 1957
23 "The Role and Function of Consumer Credit", 1957
24 "What Value is Organization to the Farmers of Manitoba", 1957
25 "What to Look for in a Farm Account Book", 1958
26 "Canadian Agriculture in the North American Economy", 1958
27 "Elements of Land Utilization as they Affect Real Estate Value", 1958
28 "The Operations of P.L. 480 as Viewed from Canada", 1958
29 "The Operations of P.L. 480 as Viewed from Canada", 1958
30 "The New and Theory for Farms", 1958
31 "National Marketing Policy for Canadian Agriculture", 1958
32 "Questions and Answers" (Free Press Weekly), 1958
33 "Changes in the Markets for Food and Their Effect on Farming", 1959
34 T.V. Program--C.B.C., script and charts, 9 February 1959
35 "Farm Integration Contracts", 1959
36 "Agricultural Adjustment Problems", 1959
37 "How Well off are Western Canadian Farmers", 1959
38 "General Trends in Farming", 1959
39 "The Challenge to Co-operatives in Modern Farming", 1959
40 "Manitoba's Economy, Growth in Agriculture", 1959
41 "Canadian Agriculture", 1959
42 "A Framework for Agricultural Economics Research", 1959
BoxFolder
31 "Vertical Integration", 1959
2 "Know Your Business Better", 1959
3 "Current Challenge to Co-operators", 1959
4 "Export Prospects for Agricultural Products", 1960
5 "Impact of Economic Growth on Agriculture", 1960
6 "Next Decade in Canadian Agriculture", 1960
6 "Next Decade in North American Agriculture", 1960
7 "Needed Adjustments in Agriculture", 1960
8 "International Trade Factor in a National Agriculture Marketing Policy", 1960
9 "Content, Purpose and Method in Farm Organization", 1960
10 "Canadian Wheat and the Japanese Economy", 1960
11 "Year End Review", 1960
12 "The Challenge to the Co-operative Movement from the 12 Economic Point of View", 1960
13 "The Question of Financing the Farm", 1960
14 "Farm Production Contracts", 1961
15 "The Role of Organization in Our Communities", 1961
16 "The Position of Agriculture in a Growing Economy", 1961
17 "The Impact of Economic Growth on the Demand for Agricultural Products", 1961
18 "The Impact of Economic Growth on Farm Organization", 1961
19 Book Review--"Seeds That Grew"--in the Manitoba Co-operator , 13 July 1961
20 "Agriculture in the E.E.C.", 1962
21 "The Common Agricultural Policy of the E.E.C.", 1962
22 "An Agricultural Policy for Europe", 1962
23 "Farm Adjustment Processes in Europe", 1962
24 "The Common Agricultural Policy of the E.E.C.", 1963
25 "The Challenge of the European Common Market", 1963
26 "The Common Market Agricultural Policy", 1963
27 "The Agricultural Policy of the Common Market", 1963
28 "Some Implications of the Common Market to Canadian Agriculture", 1963
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41 "The Outlook for Beef and Pork", 1964
2 "A Canadian Views the World Grain Export Situation", 1964
3 "Are Farm Price Supports the Answer?", 1964
4 "The Old Customers and the New - Will a New Export Pattern for Canadian Wheat Appear?", 1964
5 "Economic Guideposts for Sound Agricultural Policy", 1964
6 "Canadian Agricultural Policies, Past and Present", 1964
7 "The Challenge of the Common Agricultural Policy", 1964
8 "Bigness: Problems and Opportunities", 1964
9 "Britain's New Cereal Import Policy", 1964
10 "Recent Changes in Economic Foreign Trade Policies", 1965
11 "A North American View of the Community Wheat Price", 1965
12 "Agricultural Development in Kenya", 1968
13 "Economic Guidelines for Present and Future Resource use in Canadian Agriculture", 1969
14 "Overcoming World Hunger", 1969
15 "Environmental Quality Control", 1970
16 "Agricultural Economics at the University of Manitoba 1980-1984" [1984?]

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Radio Talks and Addresses 1939-1976
BoxFolder
417 Saskatchewan Young Liberal Radio Programs, 11 January 17 1939 - 28 February 1940
18 Radio programs-- 1946-1964

(includes drafts and 18 correspondence)

19 Addresses:

- "Credit is your Business", 15 October 1953

- Introduction of Dr. Bartley C. Crum at the Youth Aliyah Dinner, 3 November 1955

- Convocation, University of Manitoba, 20 October 1976

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University Material 1939-1973
BoxFolder
420 Sol Sinclair's notes and outlines, as a student, 1940-41
Lecture Notes:
BoxFolder
421 Agricultural Policy, 1943
22 Corporate Finance, 1943
23 Marketing, Accounting & Finance Seminar, 1943
24 Agricultural Economics, 1943
25 International Commercial Policy, 1943
26 Advanced General Economics, 1943
BoxFolder
51 Economics/Marketing, 1945-45
2 Farm Management, 1947
3 Ag. Econ. 511, Land Economics, 1950
4 Ag. Econ. 501, 1954
5 Economies of World Agriculture, 1956
6 Introduction to Ag. Econ., 1958
7 Economies of World Agriculture, 1960-64
8 Agricultural Price Policy, 1961
9 Ag. Econ. 701, 1964-65
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61 Agricultural Price Policy, 1969-73
2 Economies of World Agriculture, 1973
3 Co-operative Organization, 1973
4 Co-operative Organization, 1973
5 Course outlines, 1961-63
6 Reading lists, 1970
7 Exams, 1945-72
Correspondence:
BoxFolder
68 Lecture date for outside speakers, 1947-49
9 Letters of recommendation, 1968-71
BoxFolder
71 Agricultural Economics, 1945-74
2 Memorandum - Manitoba Farm Business Studies, 1947
3 Conference - Manitoba Farm Business Studies, 1947
Research Notes:
BoxFolder
74 1939-60
5 1939-60
6 1939-60

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Government and Professional Assignments 1941-1978
BoxFolder
77 Agassiz Centre Steering Cmte. - corresp. & notes, 1974-75
8 Agassiz Centre Steering Cmte. - corresp. & notes, 1974-75
9 Agricultural Economics - Cmte. on Training - report, 1952
10 Agriculture and Immigration - Select Standing Cmte. - report, 1957
11 Agricultural Institute of Canada (A.I.C.) - minutes, corresp., 1950-52
12 A.I.C. - National Council Meeting - minutes, corresp., 1956
BoxFolder
81 A.I.C. - National Council - minutes, corresp., 1956-59
2 Barley Improvement Institute - reports, minutes, corresp., 1952-53
3 B'nai B'rith - corresp., 1948-53
4 Board of Trade, Winnipeg - corresp., 1945-48
5 B.C. Fisheries - outgoing corresp., 1958-60
6 B.C. Fisheries - incoming corresp., 1957-60
7 B.C. Fisheries - contract, notes, reports, 1956-59
8 Canada Council - corresp., 1950-71
9 Canadian Agricultural Economics Society - corresp., minutes, 1951-69
10 Canadian Agricultural Services Coordinating Cmte. - 10 statistics, charts, notes, corresp., 1968
11 Canadian Co-operative Union - corresp., 1954-56
12 Canadian Federation of Agriculture - corresp., 1949-61
13 Canadian Fisheries Advisory Council - corresp., 1961-74
BoxFolder
91 Canadian Fisheries Advisory Council - minutes, notes, reports, 1971-74
2 Canadian Institute of International Affairs - corresp., notes, 1969-81
3 Farm Organization Liaison Cmte. - minutes, reports, corresp., 1945-64
4 Farm Policy Research National Conference - notes, minutes, reports, 1961
Fisheries - report:
BoxFolder
95 Statistical Service for the Fisheries of the Maritime Provinces, 1954
6 License Limitation, 1960
7 Commercial Fishery in N.W.T., 1965
BoxFolder
101 Commercial Fishery in N.W.T.- preliminary report, 1965
2 Licensing and Fee System for the Coastal Fisheries of B.C., vol. 1, 1978
3 Licensing and Fee System for the Coastal Fisheries of B.C., vol. 2, 1978
4 The Present Organization and Condition of the Statistics - includes corresp., 1953-54
5 Argentina Fisheries, 1973
6 Statistics Investigation, 1952-53
7 Fisheries Research Board - corresp., notes, report, 1962-74
8 Freshwater Fish Marketing Corporation (F.F.M.C.) - outgoing corresp., notes, 1969-75
9 F.F.M.C. - incoming corresp., 1969-75
10 F.F.M.C. - report - Economics Aspects on the Production and Marketing of Manitoba Fish - notes, corresp., report, 1954
11 Food Prices Review Board - corresp., notes, 1973
12 Ford Foundation - corresp., report, 1968
13 Indonesia Regional Development Study - corresp., 1974-75
BoxFolder
111 International Conference of Agricultural Economics - reports, 1955
2 International Trade - corresp., 1968-70
3 Kenya Agricultural Development - corresp., report, 1968-70
4 Maimonides College - minutes, corresp., 1959-61
5 Manitoba Agricultural Economics Cmte. - corresp., minutes, 1955
6 Manitoba Agronomists - corresp., minutes, 1948-53
7 Manitoba Federation of Agriculture - corresp., 1947-55
8 Manitoba Honey Marketing Board - corresp., 1952
9 Manitoba Institute of Agrologists - corresp., minutes, 1950-70
10 Manitoba Marketing Boards - corresp., notes, 1954-55
11 Manitoba Mines and Natural Resources - corresp., notes, 1968-70
12 Manitoba Progress Reports - corresp., 1947-49
13 National Cmte. for Research on Co-ops - corresp., notes, 1945-64
14 National Survival Institute - corresp., report, 1973
15 Natural Resource Conference - corresp., notes, 1968-69
16 Natural Resources Institute - corresp., notes, 1968-71
17 Prairie Farm Assistance Act - report, notes, 1941-50
18 Prairie Farm Rehabilitation Office - notes, 1949
BoxFolder
121 Restrictive Trade Practice Commission - report - The Production of and Marketing of Flue Cured Tobacco in Ontario, 1956
2 Saskatchewan Commission on Agriculture and Rural Life - corresp., 1952-53
3 Schnittker Project - corresp., notes, 1973-74
4 Targets for Economic Development Commission - corresp., 1968-69
5 United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization - corresp., notes, 1952-74
6 Vegetable Growers' Association of Manitoba - corresp., notes, 1954-55

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Outside Lectures 1949-1972
BoxFolder
127 Appraisal Institute - corresp., 1953
8 Herzlia Foundation, 1956
9 Patwa/Israel - corresp., 1949-51
Lecture Trips:
BoxFolder
1210 corresp. outgoing, 1969-72
11 corresp. incoming, 1969-72
12 notebooks, re: fisheries, 1953
13 notebook, 1961
14 notebooks, 1961-63
BoxFolder
131 Travel notes - corresp., 1961
2 Travel notes - Paris, 1961

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Correspondence 1937-1975
Outgoing:
BoxFolder
133 A
4 B
5 C
6 D
7 E
8 F
9 G
10 H
11 I
12 J
13 K
14 L
15 M
16 N
17 O
18 P
19 R
20 S
21 T
22 V
23 W
24 Y
Incoming:
BoxFolder
1325 A-C
26 D-G
27 H-L
BoxFolder
141 M-P
2 R-S
3 T-W

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Agricultural Research Material, Notes & Statistics 1939-1965
BoxFolder
144 Farm Credit, 1939-46
5 Farm Management/Farm Improvement, 1945-53

(Farm business surveys and reports for Manitoba)

6 Manitoba Farm Business Figures, 1942-46
7 Farm Business Figures for Boissevain, Melita, Reston, Carrol Clays, Tiger Hills and Portage, 1946-47
8 Manitoba Surveys - Special and General Equipment Statistics, 1945-49
9 Price Supports - corresp., statistics, 1965
10 Straw Questionnaire (1), 1947-48
11 Straw Questionnaire (2), 1947-48
12 Newspaper Clippings, articles written by Sol Sinclair, 1953-62
13 Farm Account Book, prepared by Sol Sinclair for the Department of Agricultural Economics and Farm Management, [ca. 1950]

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