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Series contains records related to Russell Thornton fonds. Material consists of twelve typescript poems including: “Diverse Pleasure,” “Dracula,” “The Cyst,” “The Ettore,” “With Love and Admiration,” “Monsters,” “Koré,” “The High Cost of Living,” “A Shmuck with Talent,” “The Nativity,” “And They all Fall Down,” “Final Reckoning: After Theognis,” and “Attending Suzanne’s Funeral.”


Material consists of correspondence and postcards between Wagschal and Irving Layton. Postcards are from Hydra, Greece, Tel Aviv, Israel, India, and Lesbos, Greece.


Material consists of photographs of Irving Layton at book signings, at Wynne Francis’ home, and of Layton on vacation near the Dead Sea and in France.


Material consists of poems written by Layton to Francis, a portfolio of poems, and several prints of Layton’s Reflections on an Old Ontario Cemetery.

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.

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.


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.


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

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.

Video Recordings

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

Art in Canada

Series contains miscellaneous documents concerning the Canadian art scene in the 1970s. Documents include a pamphlet for Corridart dans la Rue Sherbrooke, an exhibition put on in conjunction with the 1976 Olympic Games in Montreal, and Vehicle: Handbook of Toronto Cultural Resources (1972) edited by Isobel Harry and Marlene Sober.

Financial records

Series consists of records relating to payment and receipt of various taxes and bills. The material includes receipts from the City of Montreal’s Treasurer Office for City Dues, municipal receipts for Côte St- Louis, (now Mile End in Montreal), insurance payment receipts, payment for household furnishings, and heating bills.


Series consists of an early photograph of Irving Layton and a note to Bazar written by Layton on the back of the picture frame.


Series contains records related to Carolyn Smith fonds. Material consists of handwritten and typed letters and postcards between Smith and Irving Layton.


Series contains records related to Carolyn Smith fonds. Material consists of newspaper articles about Layton that were collected by Smith.


Series contains records related to Carolyn Smith fonds. Material consists of a recital program for a recital given by Dorothy Hamilton, Stuart Hamilton, and Irving Layton.

Administrative records

The series provides information on the evolution, general organization and history of the St. Patrick’s Society of Montreal, mainly through official documents, minutes of meetings, and general correspondence.

The series contains constitutions and by-laws, minutes of meetings, committee files, annual reports, and general correspondence. Minutes of meetings include president’s reports from annual meetings, special meeting minutes such as from the grants committee or cultural committee, and some copies of financial reports. Some copies of annual financial records are also within the meeting files. The correspondence files document the activities and administration of the Society and its relations with individuals and organizations, such as the United Irish Societies of Montreal.


Series contains expenses and finances relating to René Balcer. Material consists of travel expenses for René Balcer and his wife Carolyn, invoices and receipts from various projects, and meetings with clients.


This series includes photographs and negatives of Mr. Robertson with members of his family and George Martin.

It also includes photographs of the reception held in honor of Alex Robertson's memory at Concordia University Archives in 1988.


Consists of handwritten and typed correspondence to Veneranda Wilson from Irving Layton. Postcards from St. Lucia, Spain, Cuba, Edinburgh, Korea, Greece, and Alberta are also found in the series.

External relations

This series provides information on the relationship between the Black Theatre Workshop (BTW) and other cultural, political or social organizations. The series contains documentation pertaining to the relationships between the BTW and other organizations working within the Montreal Black community, including Union United Church. It is also composed of materials that provide insight into the relationships between the BTW and organizations and suppliers working within or supporting theater and the arts in Montreal. Among others, you will find information about other theater groups, including the Centaur Theater and the Dance Theatre of Harlem, and a number of humanitarian organizations. Several documents in this series are related to the Martin Luther King Jr. Federal Holiday Commission or Black History Month. One folder illustrates the history of Union United Church. The series also includes a brief about visible minorities’ art and culture and a report about grants given to theatre companies.

The series contains, among other documents, promotional material, photographs, correspondence, newsletters, newspapers and newspaper clippings, play scripts, study proposals, leases, permits, reports, programs, and briefs.

Community organizations and events

Series is composed of documentation pertaining to numerous English-speaking Black community organizations based in Montreal. It also contains materials documenting Leon Llewellyn's participation in many of these community organizations. While the series contains materials dated from 1970 to 2012, including textual records, photographs, drawings, and objects, most document the period between 1970 and 1979. Materials primarily concern the activities of these organizations, including their administration, functions, and programs. Community organizations that appear throughout the documentation include, among others, the Negro Community Centre/Charles H. Este Cultural Centre; Black Studies Centre; Quebec Board of Black Educators; Black Community Central Administration of Quebec; Black Community Council of Quebec; National Black Coalition of Canada; Côte-des-Neiges Black Community Association; Notre-Dame-de-Grâce Black Community Association; Côte-des-Neiges Black Community Development Project; Black Theater Workshop; Association of Black Artists; Montreal Black Photography Society; Union United Church; Black Action Party; National Black Coalition Institute of Research in the Black Experience; National Congress of Black Women; Black Community Communications Media; Black Is!; Negro Theater Arts Club; Revue Theater; Black Workers Association; Black Youth Radio; and the Black Youth Television Workshop. Materials related to the Concordia Student Union; Concordia University's Black Student Union; McGill Black Student Union, Caribbean Students' Society of McGill University; and the Black Students' Association of Champlain College are also found in this series.

Documents in this series also concern particular events occurring in the Montreal Black community, including the Second National Congress of Black Women; Afro-Festival; Carnival; Carifiesta; and Congress of Commonwealth Caribbean Immigrants, among many others. In addition, arts-related events, instruction, exhibitions, and programs are well documented throughout, including those which took place at the Black Studies Centre.

Personal papers

Series contains personal documents concerning the life, work, and interests of Leon Llewellyn. This series also contains documentation pertaining to Eric Llewellyn's publication, "A Journey Into Our Caribbean Past."

Professional Life

The series provides information on the professional life of Peter Madden. The series contains work-related correspondence, contracts, notes and some magazines concerning north-American literature and theater.


The series provides information on the establishment and evolution of La Centrale from its beginnings in 1973 to the present, including its administrative structure, its objectives and mission, as well as general planning. It also contains information about the Société du 5 avril, of which La Centrale was a member.

The series includes founding documents, meeting minutes, correspondence, interviews, reports, and organizational charts, among other records.

The series is organized into the following sub-series:

P128/A1 History and founding documents
P128/A2 Meetings and committees

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