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Gertrude Katz collection
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- Textual record
- Graphic material
- Sound recording
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- Source of title proper: Title based on the provenance of the collection.
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1956-2007, predominant 1956-1983 (Creation)
- Katz, Gertrude
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6 cm textual records
1 phonographic recording
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Name of creator
Gertrude Katz, social activist, teacher, writer, and poet, was born November 7, 1929, in Montreal, Quebec. In the 1960s Katz took an active interest in education reform in Quebec, and was involved with the Committee for Neutral Schools for a period of five years. As a member of this committee she fought for change in the province’s educational school system, which at that time was divided along religious lines. Katz met Dr. Henry Morgentaler in 1965 while part of the Committee for Neutral Schools, and she remained his friend and associate for many years, helping to form the Morgentaler's Montreal Defence Committee in 1972-1973. Katz was also Dr. Morgentaler's Quebec election campaign manager in 1972-1973, and in 1972 she helped form the Montreal Branch of the Canadian Abortion Rights Action League. Katz was the Controller for the Morgentaler Clinics in Montreal, Toronto, Winnipeg, Edmonton, Fredericton, Halifax, and St. John's between 1978 and 2005. Katz taught creative writing on a volunteer basis at the St. Vincent de Paul federal penitentiary. Her work at the penitentiary resulted in the publication of The Time Gatherers (1970). Katz’s other books include Poems for 27 Cents, with an introduction by Irving Layton (1961), Through Mist, Weeds, and Water (1973), and Duet (1982). Katz has published extensively and her works has appeared in The Canadian Forum, Fiddlehead, Evidence, Booster & Blaster, Feminist Communication Collective, Viewpoints, Anthanor, and Humanist in Canada. Two of her poems were anthologised in Love where the nights are long edited by Irving Layton (1962), and Essential Words, edited by Seymour Mayne (1985). Katz began a writer’s workshop at the Powerhouse Gallery (now La Centrale Galerie Powerhouse) in 1973-1974. She was a long-time friend and one time business partner of Irving Layton. She is married to Carl Katz.
Documents were collected by Gertrude Katz and donated to Concordia University Libraries.
Scope and content
Collection consists of materials accumulated by Gertrude Katz and Carl Katz related to her friendship and working relationship with Irving Layton. Documents concern the life and work of the poet.
Materials resulting from Katz’s relationship with Irving Layton include: correspondence, poems, offprints and reprints, programs, photographs, clippings, financial documents, a transcript, a deed of sale, and books and a phonographic record.
Collection is divided into 6 series:
C010/B. Poetry and publications
C010/C. Promotional materials
C010/F. Financial documents
Immediate source of acquisition
The documents were donated to Concordia University Libraries Special Collections by Gertrude Katz in April 2004 and December 12, 2014.
Unless otherwise indicated, material has been arranged in the order of receipt. The 25 books and 1 phonographic record that compose this collection are catalogued in CLUES.
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The material is in English.
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Terms governing use, reproduction, and publication
Reproduction for scholarly purposes is permitted.
Use of material in a publication may only be done with permission of the copyright owner.
Finding-aid and box listing available. An inventory of the books and phonographic record donated by Gertrude Katz is available. The books and phonographic record are catalogued in CLUES.
Materials related to the life and work of Gertrude Katz can be found in Gertrude Katz fonds at Library and Archives Canada.
Further accruals are not expected.
Documents were placed in acid-free file folders and archival quality boxes.
Copyright held by the creator(s).
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- Layton, Irving (Subject)
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