Digitized Layton Material at the Special Collections
University of Saskatchewan

Here you will find links to any of the digitized content from the Layton collections held at the Special Collections department of the Murray Library at the University of Saskatchewan.  If you are looking for a comprehensive list of available materials within the special collections library, please visit the Finding Aids section of this website.  The page is organized with the original Layton Collection (MSS 3) first, and the most recent (MSS 3.2) last, each divided by box and by series. Be sure to check each collection for certain thematic interests, such as "correspondence," which is series H in MSS 3, but also appears in MSS 3.2. Any problems with the website or for any digitization requests send email to:


MSS 3. Irving Layton Collection

Box 1
Series I: Published Monographs

Box 2
Series II: Anthologies

Series III: Tape Recordings

I. "Prince Hamlet and the Beatnicks" (tape 1 of 2). Lecture delivered at the  David B. Steinman Festival. St. Lawrence University.  2-18-1962.Duration - 47:23

I. "Prince Hamlet and the Beatnicks" (tape 2 of 2). Lecture delivered at the  David B. Steinman Festival. St. Lawrence University.  2-18-1962. Duration - 4:03

II. 1A. Layton Poetry. Poetry reading at the David B. Steinman Festival. St. Lawrence University.  2-18-1962. Duration - 32:14

II. 1B. Layton Poetry continued. Poetry reading and question period at the David B. Steinman Festival. St. Lawrence University.  2-18-1962. Duration (part 1) - 32:01; (part 2) - 5:19

Box 3
Series IV: Published Material by Irving Layton

4. Canadian Forum.  Collection of poems and a short story published in Canadian Forum from 1955-1962.  Only pages containing Layton's contributions were digitized.

9. "The Role of the Teacher." From the Bulletin of Montreal Teachers Federation of Jewish Schools. A piece written in reaction to criticism teachers face about insufficient education, concerning budget cuts esp. to the humanities. Also suggesting the importance of teachers. Entire Bulletin is also printed in Hebrew, pages 6-12.

Series V: Material About Irving Layton Published by Others

5a-8. Book Reviews.  A couple of book reviews of each A Red Carpet for the Sun and A Laughter in the Mind

9a-i.  Newspaper Clippings.  Newspaper articles by Layton covering wide range of topics in various newspapers.

Box 4
Series VI: Irving Layton Manuscripts

1."Machiavelli." 10 page essay. 1938.

2. Notebook containing lecture notes and drafts of poems. ms. Contents: Lecture notes on Plato & Athens; Drafts of poems; Lecture note on Hamlet; a booklist; [ca. 1944?]. 

3. Undated drafts - all prose items. 4 non-fiction prose items.  "The Poet in Canada"; "Wanted: A New Vocabulary"; "A Dominion Day Address"; "An Open Letter to Louis Dudek." "An Open Letter to Louis Dudek" is also photocopied and included (but not digitized) in fonds. c. 1955. 

4. Music on a Kazoo. Draft of book with many handwritten comments.  1956. 

5. Commonplace book. Cover dated October 29, ms. 1958. 

6. Notebook kept during visit to Europe. ms, [1958]. 

7. The Bull Calf and Other Poems. Typescript draft of book with ms. annotations.  43 leafs in a black duotang. 

8. "Poetry Outlets in Canada." Prose Article. 5 Pages. 1957. 

9. A Laughter in the Mind.  Typescript draft of book with slight ms. annotations. [1958]. 

10. Dislocation. ms draft and typescript 28 p. and 23 l. short story.  Published in shortened reviews form with title Osmeck in Canadian Forum, February 1961 and in his The Swinging Flesh in 1961. 

11. "Mrs Polinov" and "A Plausible Story."  2 short stories.  "Mrs. Polinov" 21 pages.  "A Plausible Story" 16 pages.

12. Balls for a One-Armed Juggler.  Typescript draft of book published 1964. 

Series VII: Material by Others

2. Montreal Hebrew Academy Grad Exercises. Graduation pamphlets from the Montreal Hebrew Academy. One partially in Hebrew. 

Series VIII: Corresondence, 1954-61

1. Correspondence.  Mostly between William Carlos Williams and Layton concerning Layton's recent work.


MSS 3.2. Irving Layton Collection

Box 1
Series I:

12. Adams Thesis.  A 1971 thesis by Richard Adams entitled The Poetic Theories of Irving Layton: A Study in Polarities.  Submitted in partial fulfilmenet of the requirements for the degree of Master of Arts in the Department of English at the University of New Brunswick. 

Additional Material from Shortt Collection:

1. Shadows on the GroundUnbound manuscript pages in a duo tang of Layton's Shadows on the Ground published by Mosaic in 1982 and designed by Doug Frank. Limited to 200 copies, of which this is number 156. Portfolio is six pages with poems: “The Annunciation,” “Samantha Clara Layton,” “Portrait of a Modern Woman,” “Everything in the Universe Has its Place,” and “Make Room, William Blake.”    

2. Butterfly on Rock. Poet's signature broadsheet of famous Layton poem "Butterfly on Rock." Includes yellow butterfly image on texturized paper. Limited edition of 50 numbered and 26 lettered copies, all signed by the poet. Library has no. 41.

3. Nazi Airman. Broadside original poem by Layton written near the end of his life. Edition limited to 50 numbered and 25 lettered copies, all signed by the poet. Library has no. 31.