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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.

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.

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).

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.


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.

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.

Margaret Griffin and Clara Gutsche collection

  • C011
  • Collection
  • 1972-2014, predominant 1972-1974

Collection consists of materials accumulated by Margaret Griffin and Clara Gutsche, mostly relating to the founding and first exhibition of Powerhouse Gallery, now La Centrale Galerie Powerhouse. Items also document The Flaming Apron craft store, and various exhibitions held at La Centrale Galerie Powerhouse. This collection contains items created by Margaret Griffin, Leslie Busch, Billie-Joe Mericle, and Stansje Plantenga, founding members of Powerhouse Gallery. Materials in this collection are primarily dated 1972-1974, with select documents dated 2001 and 2004. Some documents were annotated by Margaret Griffin and Clara Gutsche in 2014.

Materials documenting the establishment and history of Powerhouse Gallery include: correspondence, newspaper clippings, proposals, descriptions, timelines, publications, posters, slides, negatives, a leaflet, a drawing, a paintings, and clothing. These materials primarily concern the Gallery’s first exhibition, Windows: From the Inside Out: Painting, Photography, Ceramic and Sculpture (1973), presented at 1210 Greene Avenue in Westmount, Quebec. Items also document various exhibitions held at Powerhouse Gallery and La Centrale Galerie Powerhouse, including: Codpieces: Phallic Paraphernalia (1974), The Past to the Present (2001), and Powerhouse: Where are we now? (2001). Materials concerning the activities of The Flaming Apron, a craft store in Notre-Dame-de-Grâce, include: clothing, ceramics, and a newsletter. This collection also contains La Centrale Galerie Powerhouse publications, including Women’s Bookworks (1979) and Les Centrelles (2004), as well as items related to art and artist run centers in Canada.

Collection is divided into 3 series:
C011/A. Powerhouse Gallery/La Centrale Galerie Powerhouse
C011/B. The Flaming Apron
C011/C. Art in Canada

Griffin, Margaret

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