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Irving Layton fonds

  • F001
  • Fonds
  • 1912-1997

Irving Layton fonds consists of records relating to Layton’s life and activities as a writer. Records include correspondence between family members, professionals, friends, newspapers and periodicals, colleges and universities, reviews of Layton’s works, fan letters, published material, offprints of poems, transcripts of interviews, publicity for public appearances and readings, reviews of his works, foreign language articles, manuscripts and drafts of monographs and poems, transcripts of interviews, newspaper clippings, notebooks, journals, calendars, schedules, agendas, personal papers including bills, invoices, finances, awards and certificates, and audio visual material.

The fonds is divided into 16 series:
F001/A Objects
F001/B Audio recordings
F001/C Clippings
F001/D Conferences and festivals
F001/E Correspondence
F001/F Art works
F001/G Manuscripts, poems, articles, and essays
F001/H Notebooks and journals
F001/I Personal papers
F001/J Photographs
F001/K Public appearances
F001/L Reviews
F001/M Schedules
F001/N Scrapbooks
F001/O Transcripts and interviews
F001/P Video recordings

Layton, Irving

Personal papers

The series consists of bills, finances, invoices, personal papers including birth certificates and passports, certificates, awards, and travel itinerary.


The series contains photographs illustration the life of Irving Layton. Material consists of early photographs of Layton at Herzliah Junior High School, Layton at the Hebrew Orphan Home, portraits of Layton from various photographers, photographs of Layton with Aviva and David Layton, Layton with Anna Pottier, photographs of Max and Naomi Layton, photographs at Niagara-on-the-Lake, Oakville, Ontario, and at Concordia University in Montreal, Quebec. Also included are photographs of trips including Layton’s trip to Italy, Greece, and Hong Kong.


Series consists of reviews written by Layton and reviews of Layton works including Balls for a One Armed Juggler, The Blue Propeller, The Covenant, The Cold Green Element, Final Reckoning, For My Brother Jesus, The Black Huntsman, Collected Poems, The Gucci Bag, Improved Binoculars, A Wild Peculiar Joy, Waiting for the Messiah, Here and Now, and A Red Carpet for the Sun.


The series documents Irving Laytons relations with his surroundings. It contains correspondence written or received by Irving Layton.
The material includes letters, postcards, cards, and telegrams between Layton and familly members, friends, professionals, artists, bookstores, publishers, libraries, the Quebec government, colleges, and universities. Also present are letters published in journals and newspapers and handwritten or typed letters from fans. The series contains postcards from various regions including: Toronto, Ontario, St. John’s, Newfoundland, Verona, Italy, Venice, Italy, Hawaii, USA, Florence, Italy, several regions of Spain, France, Kenya, and Greece. Other correspondence includes praise for his work, request and payment for books of poetry, thank you notes from readers and those who purchased books directly from Layton, invitations to do readings, correspondence between Irving Layton and Leonard Cohen, and requests for autographed works.

Manuscripts, poems, articles, and essays

Series contains unpublished and published poems, manuscripts, articles and essays written by Irving Layton. Material consists of copies of poems, poems that were to be included in an Anthology of Student Verse that was never published, and signed copies of offprints. The series also contains a forward to Layton’s published work For My Brother Jesus, an introduction to the Korean Poet Kim Yang-Sik, Layton’s poem “Suzanne” and chapter titled “Irving” in A Soviet Odyssey and forwards from Wynne Francis, David O’Rourke, and Northorp Frye. Also included are edited drafts of poems and manuscripts contained in Layton’s numerous publications including: Balls for a One-Armed Juggler, Nail Polish, The Gucci Bag, Waiting for the Messiah, and Final Reckoning: Poems 1982-1986. The material also includes poetry written to Layton by admirers and published poetry about Layton.

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