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Gertrude Katz collection
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Series contains correspondence between Gertrude Katz, Carl Katz, and Irving Layton. Series also includes correspondence between Gertrude Katz, Carl Katz, Kathleen C. Moore, and Elspeth Cameron, related to the life and work of Irving Layton, and Cameron’s biography on the poet. A copy of a letter from Irving Layton and Moore may also be found in this series.

Financial documents

Series contains financial documents concerning the property holdings of Irving Layton and Gertrude and Carl Katz, and the property title and deed of sale of property to Irving Layton.

Gertrude Katz collection

  • C010
  • Collection
  • 1956-2007, predominant 1956-1983

The collection consists of materials accumulated by Gertrude and Carl Katz related to Gertrude's friendship and working relationship with Irving Layton. The documents concern the life and work of Irving Layton.

The collection includes correspondence, poems, offprints and reprints, programs, photographs, clippings, financial documents, a transcript, a deed of sale, books and a phonographic record.

The collection is divided into six series:
C010/A. Correspondence
C010/B. Poetry and publications
C010/C. Promotional materials
C010/D. Photographs
C010/E. Clippings
C010/F. Financial documents

Katz, Gertrude

Offprint and reprints

Contains offprint and reprints of Irving Layton’s “Cain” (1961), “A Tall Man Executes a Jig” (1958), and “On the Assassination of President Kennedy” (1964).


Series contains 3 photographs of Irving Layton, including a photograph of Layton with Seymour Mayne, a portrait of the poet dedicated to Gertrude and Carl Katz, and a photograph of Layton receiving his honorary degree at Bishop’s University in Lennoxville, Quebec.

Poetry and publications

Series contains a typescript of Irving Layton’s “The Red Moujhik,” and offprints of the poet’s “A Tall Man Executes a Jog” (1958), “Cain” (1961), and “On the Assassination of President Kennedy” (1964). Appended to “The Red Moujhik” is a letter signed by Irving Layton. Series also contains a catalogue based on exhibition of Irving Layton’s books, a list of the poet’s rare and out-of-print books, and a transcript of a rare recording of the short story “The World We Live In” by Irving Layton that aired on CBC’s “Wednesday Night Short Stores” on August 24, 1960. Series also contains rare first editions, limited editions, and presentation copies of Irving Layton’s books. Books include The Bull Calf and Other Poems (1956), Improved Binoculars (1956), A laughter in the Mind (1958), The Swinging Flesh (1961), Love Where the Nights are Long (1962), The Laughing Rooster (1964), Periods of the Moon (1967), The Shattered Plinths (1968), The Whole Bloody Bird (1969), Nail Polish (1971), Lovers and Lesser Men (1973), Seventy-five Greek Poems (1974), The Pole Vaulter (1974), For My Brother Jesus (1976), The Covenant (1977), Treici Poesie e Sette Disegni (1978), Waiting for the Messiah (1985), Anvil Blood (1973), and New Holes in the Wall (1973). Series also contains a phonographic record of Irving Layton reading his poetry at Le Hibou in 1963.

Promotional materials

Series contains promotional materials collected about Irving Layton, including invitations to events celebrating the life and work of the poet, the program for the dedication of Irving Layton Avenue in Montreal. Series also contains programs to the event “Scene: Love and Maple Syrup,” an invitation to the Concordia University convocation honoring the poet, and a bookmark to Seven Steps Bookshop where he gave many readings.