Fonds F002 - Carolyn Smith fonds

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Carolyn Smith fonds

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3 cm of textual records
10 photographs : col. and b&w ; 18.7 x 23.8 cm or smaller

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Carolyn Smith was a bookstore owner and an acquaintance of Irving Layton. Smith frequently held poetry readings during the 1960s and 1970s at her bookstore, The Book Cellar on St. James Street in Hamilton and at the First Unitarian Church, also located in Hamilton. Among those who gave readings at the poetry events was Irving Layton.

Custodial history

Records were held by Roberta Barens, Carolyn Smith’s daughter and then donated to Concordia University Library.

Scope and content

Fonds contains records relating to Carolyn Smith as Irving Layton’s friend. Material consists of letters, postcards, photographs, poems, and newspaper clippings. The Carolyn Smith Fonds is part of the Irving Layton Collection.

The fonds has been divided into 4 series:
F002/A Correspondence
F002/B Clippings
F002/C Photographs
F002/D Publicity

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Materials in good condition.

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Material was donated by Roberta Barens in 2009.


The original order of the material has been maintained.

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  • English

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Reproduction for scholarly purposes is permitted.
Use of material in publications can only be done with written permission from the copyright holder.

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Finding aid, item list, and box list available.

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Staples and paperclips were removed and documents were placed in acid free file folders and archival quality boxes. Photos and posters were put into archival envelopes and map folders.


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