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Video Recordings

Material consists of various video clips of Irving Layton and video of Layton speaking at Magnum Books in Ottawa.


Material consists of one bust of Irving Layton carved by Esther Wertheimer.

Promotional Material

Material consists of posters promoting Irving Layton’s poetry readings, a brochure for the Banff Festival of the Arts, pamphlets of upcoming events, invitations to the Shaw Festival featuring Irving Layton, York University Performing Arts series and the Magnum Reading and Exhibition Series.


Material consists of typed poems and an offprint of the poem “Catacombe dei Cappuccini” by Layton that was given to Dorothy Rath.


Material consists of photos, negatives, and slides of Irving Layton at public readings, Irving Layton with Rath and friends at restaurants in Toronto, photos of Layton’s home in Montreal, Layton at book launches, and with his son Max.


Material consists of general correspondence, cards, and letters between Irving Layton and Dorothy Rath.


Material consists of newspaper clippings that include reviews of Layton’s works, commentary concerning the release of An Unlikely Affair, comments and criticisms regarding Layton’s style as a poet, advertisements about poetry readings, interviews with Canadian poets, and articles about Irving Layton’s tribute in Canadian newspapers including the Globe and Mail, the Toronto Star, the Montreal Gazette, and the Toronto Sun.

Audio Recordings

Material consists of audio reels, vinyl discs and cassette recordings of Layton reading on the radio, Layton giving readings at various libraries and universities in Ontario, Layton’s appearance on television shows including CBC’s Fighting Words, Vicki Gabereau, and the Brian Gazzard Show, interviews with Layton, and Layton speaking at the Baron Byng High School Reunion.

Honorary degree 1984

Rector Patrick Kenniff, Mrs. Lemieux, honorary degree recipient Jean-Paul Lemieux, Chancellor W. Earle McLaughlin, and Vice-Rector, Academic, Russell W. Breen.

Dorothy Rath fonds

  • F007
  • Fonds
  • 1957–1997

Dorothy Rath Fonds consist of records relating to Dorothy Rath as Layton’s friend. Records include correspondence between Rath and Layton, photographs of Dorothy Rath, Irving Layton, and friends, audio recordings of Layton’s public readings, video clips of Layton’s television appearances and book readings, newspaper clippings relating to Layton’s works, and promotional and publicity material regarding Layton’s appearances. The Dorothy Rath Fonds is part of the Irving Layton Collection.

The fonds is divided into 8 series:
F007/A Audio recordings
F007/B Clippings
F007/C Correspondence
F007/D Photographs
F007/E Poems
F007/F Promotional Material
F007/G Sculptures
F007/H Video recordings

Rath, Dorothy

Teaching Material

Series contains records relating to the Wynne Francis fonds. Material consists of teaching notes, course outlines, and book lists for the Irving Layton course at York University.

Research Material

Material consists of photocopied correspondence between Irving Layton and various individuals with Francis’ research notes attached or written on the copies. Also included are planning diagrams for Francis’ research, notes concering Layton’s political views, an annotated transcript of an interview between Irving Layton and Mervin Butovsky, and notes on various chapter drafts.

Promotional Material

The series consists of a promotional pamphlet for the premiere publication in the World of Art series for Irving Layton’s seventieth birthday.

Henry Whiston fonds

  • P0158
  • Fonds
  • 1943-1976, predominant 1956-1976

The fonds is a source of jazz history in the mid-20th century.

The fonds consists of 491 reel-to-reel audio tapes. Most of them contain interviews conducted by Henry Whiston with jazz personalities, in preparation for the show "Jazz at Its Best" and other radio shows. The interviews served as source material from which excerpts were edited into the program. A large part of the documents are related to Glenn Miller or the Duke Ellington orchestra.

Whiston, Henry

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