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Henry Morgentaler and Gertrude Katz

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Collection
Henry Morgentaler and Gertrude Katz
Description Level
Fonds
Material Format
textual record
Physical Description
7 textual records.
Fonds No.
P0260
Scope and Content
This fonds is divided into three sections. The first consists of correspondence, writings, and other materials that directly pertain to Dr. Henry Morgentaler or were authored by him. The second section consists of documents pertaining to Gertrude Katz's role in the Morgentaler Clinics, her professi…
Archival / Genealogical
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Collection
Henry Morgentaler and Gertrude Katz
Description Level
Fonds
Material Format
textual record
Physical Description
7 textual records.
Scope and Content
This fonds is divided into three sections. The first consists of correspondence, writings, and other materials that directly pertain to Dr. Henry Morgentaler or were authored by him. The second section consists of documents pertaining to Gertrude Katz's role in the Morgentaler Clinics, her professional and creative writings, and her volunteer activities. The third consists of additional biographical material donated by Gertrude Katz, including information about other family members, notably about the World War II experience of her husband Carl in the merchant marine.
Date
1958-2017.
Fonds No.
P0260
History Biographical
Gertrude Katz was Dr. Henry Morgentaler's friend, confidant, and co-worker in the Committee for Neutral Schools, and in taking abortion out of the criminal law. Pro-choice advocate Dr. Morgentaler (1923-2013) was one of the first Canadian doctors to perform vasectomies, to insert intrauterine devices, and to provide birth control pills to unmarried women. Beginning in 1969, he opened eight abortion clinics in Canada (in Montreal, Toronto, Winnipeg, Edmonton, Halifax, Frederiction, St.Johns Newfoundland, and Ottawa) and trained more than one hundred doctors.
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Repository
Canadian Jewish Archives
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MORGENTALER, Henry

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Collection
Henry Morgentaler and Gertrude Katz
Description Level
Series
Material Format
textual record
graphic material
moving images
Physical Description
Env. 0.2 metres of textual records. - 14 photographs. - 4 videos.
Fonds No.
P0260; a
Scope and Content
Memoir typed by Gertrude Katz from cassette tapes recorded by Henry Morgentaler (tapes are at Library and Archives Canada). Printed documents including trial and appeal motions, facts about abortion in Canada, procedures manual for the Morgentaler abortion clinic. Two files of duplicate copies of d…
Archival / Genealogical
Archival Descriptions
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Collection
Henry Morgentaler and Gertrude Katz
Description Level
Series
Material Format
textual record
graphic material
moving images
Physical Description
Env. 0.2 metres of textual records. - 14 photographs. - 4 videos.
Scope and Content
Memoir typed by Gertrude Katz from cassette tapes recorded by Henry Morgentaler (tapes are at Library and Archives Canada). Printed documents including trial and appeal motions, facts about abortion in Canada, procedures manual for the Morgentaler abortion clinic. Two files of duplicate copies of documents in the Library and Archives Canada (then called the National Archives) collection and a finding aid to that collection, as well as correspondence with archivist Lawrence Tapper about the collection. Published articles by Morgentaler (some in magazines, some in pamphlet format) and newsclippings about him. One file of poems written by him. One file of chronological notes and typed impressions about his time in prisons in Quebec. One file of chronological details about the trials, including index cards with contact information for the lawyers involved. 14 photos (colour, 4" by 6"), of Morgentaler with Gertrude Katz and her husband Carl, H. Morgentaler with his second and third wives Carmen and Arlene, and Henry's sons (from eldest to youngest): Bamie (nickname for Abraham) (Chava's son); Yann (Carmen's son); and Benny (Arlene's son). Also a photograph of HM with Rod Dewar, a well-known and controversial commentator on CJAD. Several photographs of protests: one showing a long file of supporters in front of the Montreal courtroom while his first trial was on-going and other photos of women picketers holding posters in front of his Honore Beaugrand clinic. Video copy on two VHS cassettes of testimony HM recorded at the Shoah Foundation in Los Angeles, also video of the television movie "Choice - The Henry Morgentaler Story" (2005) and of "Life and Times" program broadcast on CBC about H.M.. Portion of the Choice script, with edits by Gertrude Katz. A few of the images used as illustrations in the Life and Times film: including a photograph of Aislin's "Allo Morgentaler?" cartoon about Mayor Drapeau in 1976, and a copy of Morgentaler's Polish exit visa. One book by Morrgentaler about abortion and three books about him and the court cases (two books in French, one in English). Book of stories by Chava Rosenfarb called "Survivors" and a copy of an in-depth article about her from the magazine Pakn-Trager.
Date
1965-2005.
Fonds No.
P0260
Series No.
a
History Biographical
Henekh /Henry Morgentaler was born in Poland in March 1923. As a youth during World War II he was imprisoned at the Lodz Ghetto and later at the Dachau concentration camp. After the war Morgentaler emigrated to Canada and entered medical practice, becoming one of the first Canadian doctors to perform vasectomies, to insert intrauterine devices, and to provide birth control pills to unmarried women. He opened his first abortion clinic in 1969 in Montreal, eventually opening eight clinics in cities across Canada, and training more than one hundred doctors. As a pro-choice advocate he fought numerous legal battles challenging the constitutionality of the federal abortion law; losing in 1975, but winning the second time, in 1988.In 2008, Morgentaler was awarded the Order of Canada 'for his commitment to increased health care options for women, his determined efforts to influence Canadian public policy and his leadership in humanist and civil liberties organizations.' Morgentaler died at the age of 90 in May 2013. (The Morgentaler details are abridged from the Wikipedia entry under his name.)
Custodial History
The collection was donated by Gertrude Katz on March 21, 2017
Notes
Alpha-numeric designations: P17/05a.Location of originals: A few papers are copies of or related to materials at Library and Archives Canada.Related groups of records: the Henry Morgentaler collection at Library and Archives Canada.
Archival / Genealogical
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Canadian Jewish Archives
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KATZ, Gertrude

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Collection
Henry Morgentaler and Gertrude Katz
Description Level
Series
Material Format
textual record
graphic material
book
Physical Description
0.14 metres of textual records. - 1 photograph. - 2 books.
Fonds No.
P0260; b
Scope and Content
File of curriculum vitae and brief historical timeline. File of 'clinic souvenirs'; correspondence, greeting cards, cartoons and news clippings (1990-2005). Script and correspondence re: Choice - The Henry Morgentaler Story" (2000-2002). Letters to the editor, 1959-2013. Contract with National Arch…
Archival / Genealogical
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Collection
Henry Morgentaler and Gertrude Katz
Description Level
Series
Material Format
textual record
graphic material
book
Physical Description
0.14 metres of textual records. - 1 photograph. - 2 books.
Scope and Content
File of curriculum vitae and brief historical timeline. File of 'clinic souvenirs'; correspondence, greeting cards, cartoons and news clippings (1990-2005). Script and correspondence re: Choice - The Henry Morgentaler Story" (2000-2002). Letters to the editor, 1959-2013. Contract with National Archives of Canada re: Henry Morgentaler's papers, 2000. Correspondence re: donation of Irving Layton books to Concordia University, Lecture texts, handwritten and typed, on various topics including capital punishment, 1995-2009. Golden Age Association file pertaining to the early days of the association (1970), including 1 photo. File on preparation for retiring from position in clinic, 2003-2005. Additional small files on various matters relating to Dr. Henry Morgentaler. Bound typescript of The Silent Scream, final rewrite, Nov. 2008. Typed memoir, 369 pages, 'An Incidental Tourist', 2005. Book (paperback) The Time Gatherers, by Gertrude Katz, a compilation of writings by and about the prisoners at St. Vincent de Paul penitentiary, 1970. Poetry book, 'Duet', by Gertrude Katz, 1982. National Arts Centre program for a Canadian poetry showcase featuring readings by professional actors, including 2 poems by Gertrude Katz (Duet), as well as poems by Irving Layton, Gordon Lightfoot, etc., 1969. Large soft-cover art book by Israeli artist Maurice Piha, introduced by Gertrude Katz.
Date
1958-2017.
Fonds No.
P0260
Series No.
b
History Biographical
Born in Montreal in 1929, Gertrude Katz has had a varied career path, much of which is reflected in her donated papers. In addition to her long-time association with Dr. Henry Morgentaler both as a friend and as a co-worker in the administration of his clinics, she studied interpretive dance with Françoise Sullivan in the 1940s, followed by a period after the birth of her two daughters when she taught post-natal calisthenics all the while assisting her husband Carl in his insurance brokerage. In the 1960s she joined the Committee for Neutral Schools where she took an active role. She was also involved in the formative years of the Golden Age Association (now the Cummings Centre for Seniors). Her literary career includes the writing of books of poetry and the teaching of creative writing to prison inmates. These teaching efforts led to the creation of the renowned book The Time Gatherers (1970), a collection of writings by and about the prisoners at St. Vincent de Paul penitentiary. Gertrude Katz was one of the directors of the 'Women's Information and Referral Centre', the first women's centre in Montreal. She served as Chief Financial Administrator for the Morgentaler clinics from 1978 until her retirement in 2005.
Custodial History
The collection was donated by Gertrude Katz on April 6, 2017
Notes
Alpha-numeric designations: P17/05b.
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Repository
Canadian Jewish Archives
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Gertrude Katz additional memoirs and documents

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Collection
Henry Morgentaler and Gertrude Katz
Description Level
Series
Material Format
textual record
Physical Description
7 textual records.
Fonds No.
P0260; c
Scope and Content
Typed memoir, 'An Oxymoronic Marriage". 319 pages, covering the period 1959-1975. Added on July 4: Typed memoir Part 3, 'Battleground for Choice', 265 pages [Currently restricted as per donor's wishes]. Carl Katz interview on VHS and in VOB format on DVD, 1hr 3 minutes, done by the Montreal Holocau…
Archival / Genealogical
Archival Descriptions
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Collection
Henry Morgentaler and Gertrude Katz
Description Level
Series
Material Format
textual record
Physical Description
7 textual records.
Scope and Content
Typed memoir, 'An Oxymoronic Marriage". 319 pages, covering the period 1959-1975. Added on July 4: Typed memoir Part 3, 'Battleground for Choice', 265 pages [Currently restricted as per donor's wishes]. Carl Katz interview on VHS and in VOB format on DVD, 1hr 3 minutes, done by the Montreal Holocaust Memorial Centre as part of their Witness to History series, March 12, 1997.Photos of Carl and Gertrude Katz, including 2 of Carl in the Merchant Marine, 1944. Photos of Henry and Mike Morgentaler and Henry's son Bami. Photos taken mostly by Carl Katz during a 1978 Poland trip to Lodz and Auschwitz by Mike Morgentaler, Gertrude and Carl Katz. There is a CD of digital photos as well. VHS Video and DVD about Henry Morgentaler (commercially made) 'A Matter of Choice' and 'Henry - Why does someone take on a cause?' VHS video about the Fredricton Clinic, October-November 1993 (apparently taped from television; copyright restrictions apply). Two animated films on VHS video by their daughter Sharon Katz; 'The Angel's Foot Cake', based on Yiddish poetry by Seymour Mayne, and 'Happy birthday Hannah'. Classical music CD (unopened) featuring daughter Linda Toulch on flute. Three paperback books; 'Morgentaler', by Eleanor Wright Pelrine; Aislin book of cartoons 'Allo Morgentaler - 150 caricatures', signed on cover by Henry Morgentaler; 'Deemed Suspect' by Erich Koch (related to collection through the donor's relation to former internee Bernard Tachauer.) Juno pin related to Juno Beach WWII experiences of donor's brother in law Norman Yaeger.
Date
1944-[1993].
Fonds No.
P0260
Series No.
c
History Biographical
Born in Montreal in 1929, Gertrude Katz has had a varied career path, much of which is reflected in her donated papers. In addition to her long-time association with Dr. Henry Morgentaler both as a friend and as a co-worker in the administration of his clinics, she studied interpretive dance with Françoise Sullivan in the 1940s, followed by a period after the birth of her two daughters when she taught post-natal calisthenics all the while assisting her husband Carl in his insurance brokerage. In the 1960s she joined the Committee for Neutral Schools where she took an active role. She was also involved in the formative years of the Golden Age Association (now the Cummings Centre for Seniors). Her literary career includes the writing of books of poetry and the teaching of creative writing to prison inmates. These teaching efforts led to the creation of the renowned book The Time Gatherers (1970), a collection of writings by and about the prisoners at St. Vincent de Paul penitentiary. Gertrude Katz was one of the directors of the 'Women's Information and Referral Centre', the first women's centre in Montreal. She served as Chief Financial Administrator for the Morgentaler clinics from 1978 until her retirement in 2005. Her feminist perspective and charitable focus with respect for others' views has been passed on and is carried through by her two daughters and three grandchildren. This portion of the collection also includes information about the WWII service of her husband Carl Katz, one of only two Jewish Canadians (along with Harry Gulkin) who served in the Merchant Marine.
Custodial History
Collection was donated by Gertrude Katz on May 29. 2019. Addition was made on July 4, 2019
Notes
Alpha-numeric designations: P19/11, P19/11add.
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Canadian Jewish Archives
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