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Carolyn Smith fonds

  • F002
  • Fonds
  • [196-?]-2005

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

Smith, Carolyn

Irving Layton clipping collection

  • C002
  • Collection
  • 1935 – 1993

Collection contains newspaper clippings relating to Irving Layton. These clippings review his work, comment on events held to honour Layton and his work, include interviews with the poet, document reviews by fans, and include articles about Irving Layton and Canadian poets in general. Clippings were taken from several large Canadian newspapers from Montreal, Toronto, Hamilton, Ottawa, Regina, Saskatoon, and Vancouver and include newspapers and magazines such as the Gazette, the Toronto Star, the Georgian, Poetry Canadian Review, Saturday Night, The Canadian Forum, Sunday Star and the Telegram.

Bowden Clipping Service

Ida Hodes and Jonathan Williams collection

  • C014
  • Collection
  • 1955 – 1959

Collection composed of letters and postcards written by the founder of Jargon Press, Jonathan Williams, to Ida Hodes. The letters contain information about poetry and publications, about subscriptions, poetry and poetry circles in the United States, a discussion of career prospects, and publicity for recent publications by Jargon Press.

Williams, Jonathan

Raymond Souster and Cid Corman collection

  • C013
  • Collection
  • 1952 – 1965

Collection is composed of letters from Cid Corman to Raymond Souster. The letters were written in France, Japan, and Italy and include poems and conversation about poets including Irving Layton, poetry, notes about the content of the publication Origins, information about poetry readings, and about the different locations Corman has visited.

Corman, Cid

J. B. Rudnyckyj collection

  • C016
  • Collection
  • [195-]-[197-]

Collection of pamphlets, unpublished papers, manuscripts, and books relating to the 1963-71 Royal Commission on Bilingualism and Biculturalism. Also included are items dealing with bilingualism and multiculturalism with an emphasis on Ukrainian Quebec groups.

Marion Wagschal fonds

  • F003
  • Fonds
  • [196-] – 1984

Fonds contain records relating to Marion Wagschal as an artist and Irving Layton’s friend. Material consists of drawings, slides, postcards, and handwritten letters from Irving Layton. The Marion Wagschal Fonds is part of the Irving Layton Collection.

The fonds has been divided into the following series:
F003/A Correspondence
F003/B Drawings and paintings
F003/C Poems.

Wagschal, Marion

Wynne Francis fonds

  • F006
  • Fonds
  • 1950-1997

Fonds contains records documenting Wynne Francis’ friendship with Irving Layton. Material consists of letters, audio recordings, research material and notes for Francis’ unfinished biography of Irving Layton, photographs, promotional material, written works, poems, and teaching notes. The Wynne Francis Fonds is part of the Irving Layton Collection.

The fonds has been divided into 9 series:
F006/A Audio Recordings
F006/B Clippings
F006/C Correspondence
F006/D Manuscripts, Articles, and Drafts
F006/E Photographs
F006/F Poems
F006/G Promotional Material
F006/H Research Material
F006/I Teaching Material

Francis, Wynne

Edith Mather fonds

  • F012
  • Fonds
  • [195- ?] ; 1957-1981, predominant 1957-1969

Fonds consists of materials accumulated by Edith Mather resulting from her friendship with Irving Layton. This fonds is predominantly composed of photographic prints, negatives, and slides of Irving Layton, Betty (Sutherland) Layton, Aviva (Cantor) Layton, and children Max Layton, Naomi Layton, and David Layton. It also contains a painting of Irving Layton by Edith Mather.

Collection is divided into 2 series:
C010/A. Photographs
C010/B. Artwork

Mather, Edith

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

Kenya National Archives microfilm collection

  • C003
  • Collection
  • [196-]

Mainly consists of archival materials documenting the actions and activities of the British colonial and the post-colonial governments in Kenya between the late 1880s through the early 1960s. 139 microfilm reels contain copies of thousands of government records, including annual and quarterly reports, intelligence reports, correspondence, secretariat circulars, and record books, amongst others. These once confidential records serve to document the economic, social, religious, and political upheavals in Kenya in the twentieth century leading to its independence from the United Kingdom in 1963.

The Collection is divided into 6 series, which were assigned to the documents when they were first microfilmed by Syracuse University:
C003/A Provincial and district annual and quarterly reports
C003/B Provincial and district record books
C003/C Provincial and district handing over reports
C003/D Correspondence
C003/E Intelligence reports
C003/F Secretariat circulars

Kenya National Archives

Grant Family fonds

  • F010
  • Fonds
  • 1796-1933

Fonds contains records relating to the Grant family’s everyday activities and occupations. The material includes bills, receipts, certificates, wills, policies, instructional documents, poetry, prescriptions, correspondence between friends and family in Ontario, Montreal, Scotland, and the United States, sermons, religious material, and records relating to the Victoria Toll Bar on Victoria Road.

The fonds has been divided into six series:
F010/A. Attestations, wills, and certificates
F010/B. Correspondence
F010/C. Financial records
F010/D. Instructional records
F010/E. Objects
F010/F. Victoria Toll Bar

Grant family

Peter Desbarats fonds

  • F009
  • Fonds
  • [196-?] – 1976

Fonds contains records relating to the research and writing of Peter Desbarats’ monograph René: A Canadian in Search of a Country. Material consists of transcripts, notes, manuscript and typed drafts and corrections, and correspondence between Desbarats and René Levesque and Desbarats and Dick Brown from Canadian Magazine.

The fonds is divided into three series:
F009/A Interviews
F009/B Manuscripts
F009/C Correspondence

Desbarats, Peter

Historic images of Montreal

  • C006
  • Collection
  • 1761–1871

Collections is composed of photographic reproductions of 12 prints and drawings of the City of Montreal. The original prints and drawings are dated between 1761 and 1871.

Christopher Fry fonds

  • F014
  • Fonds
  • 1955-1970, predominant 1969-1970

Fonds consists of material accumulated and created by Derek Stanford about Christopher Fry. It also contains documents created by Christopher Fry. Materials in this fonds are primarily dated 1969-1970, though select documents are dated 1955.

Materials include correspondence, manuscripts, published essays and reviews, newspaper clippings, photographs, theater programs, and other ephemera documenting Stanford professional relationship with Fry and the British playwright’s work. Documents primarily concern Fry’s A Yard of Sun (1970) and his English translation of Henrik Ibsen’s Peer Gynt (1970). The fonds also contains limited material regarding A Sleep of Prisoners (1951). Documents also concern essays about the life and work of Christopher Fry written by Derek Stanford.

The fonds is divided into 5 series:
F014 / A. Manuscripts and essays
F014 / B. Correspondence
F014 / C. Clippings
F014 / D. Photographs
F014 / E. Publicity and ephemera

Fry, Christopher

African newspaper collection

  • C008
  • Collection
  • 1979-1996

The African Newspaper Collection consists of Taifa Leo (1979-1988; 1992-1996), the Daily Nation and Sunday Nation (1979-1985), and The Standard (1982-1995). The newspapers that compose this collection were published in Kenya between 1979 and 1996.

Dora Pleet fonds

  • F019
  • Fonds
  • 1955-2001

Fonds contains material documenting Dora Pleet’s relationship with Irving Layton, as well as material about Layton collected by Pleet. Material consists of correspondence, magazine and newspaper clippings, periodicals, a leaflet, a pamphlet, posters, and copies of various poems by Irving Layton. The Dora Pleet Fonds is part of the Irving Layton Collection.

The fonds is divided into five series:
F019 / A. Correspondence
F019 / B. Clippings
F019 / C. Periodicals
F019 / D. Poems
F019 / E. Promotional material

Pleet, Dora

Dorothy Davis fonds

  • P098
  • Fonds
  • 1919-1993

The fonds provides information on Montreal Children's Theatre and its founders.

The fonds consists of five scrapbooks including press clippings and articles, as well as photographs, a video cassette of a media interviews with Dorothy Davis [ca. 1983, 1984] and of a report on her death in 1993, and the honourary degrees conferred by Concordia University on Dorothy Davis and Violet Walters in 1984.

Davis, Dorothy

Bill Stewart fonds

  • P195
  • Fonds
  • [188-]-2005

The fonds documents William Stewart's early life, his family, his work as a World War II war correspondent, his later work as a journalist and executive with Canadian Press, and his activities in retirement. The fonds also documents the history of Canadian Press/La Presse Canadienne, Canadian politics, journalism, French-English relations in Canada, figures such as Roger Lemelin, J.W. Pickersgill, Claude Ryan, Clyde Gilmour, and other subjects.

The fonds includes news and feature articles by William Stewart in various forms (drafts, wire copy, clippings), correspondence received and sent, photographs, artwork, reports, newsletters, family documents, articles by other writers, and a small number of objects related to his work as a war correspondent and his later activity.

The materials are arranged in the following series:
P195/1 Early life, family, visual art, diaries, personal documents, honors and awards
P195/2 Correspondence with friends and colleagues
P195/3 Canadian Press
P195/4 Retirement, freelance activity
P195/5 Canadian Press War Correspondents' Association
P195/6 Canadian War Correspondents Association
P195/7 Research materials

Stewart, Bill

Jack Litchfield fonds

  • P035
  • Fonds
  • [198-]-1989

The Jack Litchfield Fonds consists of typewritten manuscripts for A Chronology of Five Montreal Record-Collectors' Clubs and A Chronology of Six Montreal Record-Collectors' Clubs (1989).

Litchfield, Jack

Johnny Reno fonds

  • P065
  • Fonds
  • 1943

The Johnny Reno fonds consists of two photographs of Percy Ferguson's Victory Serenadors, including Oscar Peterson, at Canadian Pacific's Rosemont Hall in Montreal in 1943.

Reno, Johnny

Saint Patrick’s Total Abstinence and Benevolent Society Fonds

  • P109
  • Fonds
  • 1868-1903

The fonds provides information on the activities of the St. Patrick's Total Abstinence and Benevolent Society.

The fonds contains proceedings of the St. Patrick's Total Abstinence and Benevolent Society.

St. Patrick’s Total Abstinence and Benevolent Society

Jazz Association of Montreal Inc. Fonds

  • P066
  • Fonds
  • 1990

Fonds consists of a manuscript of the musical score The Upper Neighbours Suitewhich. The Upper Neighbours Suitewhich was commissioned by the Association, composed and arranged by Jimmy Heath, and performed by Jimmy Heath and Richard Parris at its world premiere on October 6, 1990, at the Concordia University Concert Hall.

Jazz Association of Montreal Inc.

John Joseph Curran fonds

  • P108
  • Fonds
  • 1882

The fonds consists of a gold watch inscribed J.J. Curran Q.C.L.L.D. on his 40th birthday by the Irishmen of Montreal, February 22, 1882.

Curran, John Joseph

Edwin Orion Brownell fonds

  • P147
  • Fonds
  • 1999-2000

The fonds provides information on rhythm and blues music in Montreal.

The fonds contains a Concordia University paper written in 2000, entitled Notes in Time: A Brief Oral History of Montreal's Rhythm and Blues Club Circuit, on the club circuit in Montreal 1967-1999. It includes video interviews with four rhythm and blues musicians and a laser copy of an exterior photograph of the Montreal night club Rockhead's Paradise.

Orion Brownell, Edwin

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