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Henry Pearson Gundy

b. June 1, 1905, Toronto, ON; d. July 27, 1994, Toronto, ON.


1928 BA (University of Toronto)
1930 MA (University of Toronto)
1944 (Columbia University School of Library Service summer courses)


1931-1935 Lecturer in English, McMaster University
1936-1937 Instructor in English, University of Chicago
1937-1942 Professor in English, Mount Allison University
1942-1947 Head of English Department, Mount Allison University
1944-1947 Director of Library Services, Mount Allison University
1947-1965 Chief Librarian, Queen’s University
1956-1960 Editor, Douglas Library Notes
1957-1975 Editor, Historic Kingston
1967-1972 Editor, Queen's Quarterly
1966-1970 Professor of Bibliography, Queen’s University
1970-1971 Associate Director and Senior Editor (co-founder), McGill-Queen's University Press

Publications (major contributions):

Gundy, H. Pearson (1948). “New tools for the research worker: recent advances in microphotography.” Queen’s Quarterly 55 (3): 282–289.

Gundy, H. Pearson (1949). “Libraries in Kingston 1811-1949.” Ontario Library Review 33 (1): 7–11.

Gundy, H. Pearson (1957). Early printers and printing in the Canadas. Toronto: Bibliographical Society of Canada. [2nd ed. in 1964].

Gundy, H. Pearson (1959). “Edith and Lorne Pierce Collection in the Douglas Library.” Newsletter of the Bibliographical Society of Canada 38 (2): 5–6.

Gundy, H. Pearson (1961). “A national Library for Canada: A record and a promise.” Canadian Library 17 (1): 170–178.

Gundy, H. Pearson (1965). Book publishing and publishers in Canada before 1900. Toronto: Bibliographical Society of Canada.

Gundy, H. Pearson (1967). Queen’s University at Kingston. Kingston, Ont.: [Queen’s University].

Gundy, H. Pearson (1972). “The development of trade book publishing in Canada.“ In Royal Commission on Book Publishing: background papers of the Ontario Royal Commission on Book Publishing, 1–37. Toronto: Queen’s Printer.

Gundy, H. Pearson (1972). The spread of printing; Western Hemisphere, Canada. New York: Abner Schram.

Carman, Bliss (1981). Letters of Bliss Carman, edited by H.P. Gundy. Kingston, Ont.: McGill-Queen's University Press.


Bibliographical Society of Canada
Canadian Association of University Professors
Canadian Historical Association
Canadian Library Association
Humanities Association of Canada
Kingston Historical Society
Ontario Historical Society
Ontario Library Association


H. Pearson Gundy was a scholar-librarian with deep interests in Canadian literature, printing, publishing, and librarianship. Over his term of office as chief librarian at Queen’s he built important collections with a national focus including the outstanding Edith and Lorne Pierce Collection of Canadiana, the books and papers of the poet Bliss Carman, and the private library and papers of the novelist and Canadian Governor General John Buchan (Lord Tweedsmuir). As collections and staff grew, he sought to expand the old Douglas Library and shortly before he stepped down a new wing was completed in 1965. In retirement he continued his scholarly contributions culminating in his publication of Bliss Carman’s letters in 1981.


Morley, William F.E. (1993). “Professor H. Pearson Gundy, Queen’s University librarian: a memoir.” Ex Libris Association Newsletter, no. 13: 17–21.
Henry Pearson Gundy fonds, Queen’s University. Accessed August 28, 2018.
Stedmond, John. (1994). “Henry Pearson Gundy: 1905-1994.” Queen’s Quarterly 101 (3): 764–65.

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