Inventory of the
Sheldon Esbin collection

Inventory #F0618

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Fonds/Collection Number:F0618
Title:Sheldon Esbin collection
Extent:3.67 m of textual records
1,419 photographs
358 postcards
ca. 880 stamps
27 posters
1 etching
1 print
1 architectural drawing
1 compact disc
1 videocassette
ca. 1700 published items
Biographical Sketch/
Administrative History:
Sheldon Esbin, a Toronto-born lawyer and property developer, was educated at the University of Toronto and Osgoode Hall Law School, where he graduated in 1964. He was called to the Bar of Ontario in 1966. After joining real estate law firm Spencer Romberg in 1966, Esbin and his colleague Arthur Resnick founded an adjunct mortgage lending business for the firm, which became Rompsen Investment Corporation, focusing on commercial and industrial mortgages. Esbin practised law with Spencer Romberg for 26 years before working exclusively as managing general partner of Rompsen. Esbin is a collector of Toronto-related rare books, archival materials and ephemera.
Scope and Content:

Collection consists of newspapers, artifacts, ephemera, photographs, postcards, flyers and brochures, stamps, correspondence, posters, business records, and commercial and residential property promotional materials, collected and maintained by Sheldon Esbin between the 1980s and 2000s. These items predominantly pertain to pre- and post-amalgamation Toronto and the history of its neighbourhoods, architecture, religious and educational institutions, organizations, publications, cultural and arts-related events, tourism, real estate and building developments, commercial trade, and special events. Also included in this collection are pieces of original correspondence and legal documents dating from 1842 to 1874, written by or pertaining to the activities of prominent Toronto citizens including Adam Wilson, Christopher Widmer, John Davis, Frederic Cumberland, Allan Maclean Howard, Hugh Richardson, James Scott Howard, and John Hillyard Cameron.

S00579Business advertising cards
S00580Business accounting and banking documents
S00581Business correspondence and letterhead
S00582Business promotional items
S00584Flyers and brochures
S00585Invitations : fundraisers
S00586Legal documents
S00588Newspapers and other publications
S00589Notices and signs
S00590Photographs : portraits
S00591Photographs : stereographs
S00592Photographs : streetscapes
S00593Pins, ribbons and commemorative tokens
S00594Postcards and greeting cards
S00595Posters, prints and drawings
S00596Property development and real estate, commercial : brochures and flyers
S00597Property development and real estate, residential : brochures and flyers
S00598Property development and real estate : corporate publications
S00599School certificates and reports
S00601Tickets, passes and membership cards
Restrictions on
Access and Use:
No restrictions on access.
Finding Aid: A finding aid is available for this collection.
URL of Finding Aid:
Accruals: The fonds comprises the following accessions: 2012-031. No further accruals are expected.
Immediate source of acquisition: Collection donated by Sheldon Esbin in 2012.
Other Notes: The collection includes ca. 1700 published items. To improve access, these items have been catalogued as part of York University Libraries Special Collections, and can be located using using the online catalogue by performing a keyword search using the phrase, "Sheldon Esbin Collection."
Provenance Access Points:Esbin, Sheldon

Date of creation: 2012/10/17
Date of last revision: 2013/09/23
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