Carol Goodden collection

Carol Goodden collection

Part of


  • Carol Goodden (archive creator)
  • Carol Goodden (compiler)
  • Gordon Matta-Clark (creator)


Carol Goodden collection

Dates of creation

circa 1946-2009


  • archives

Level of archival description

Documentary Collection 28

Extent and Medium

  • 0.05 l.m. of textual records

Scope and Content

The documentary collection records the friendship between Gordon Matta-Clark and Carol Goodden (now Caroline McCoy) through letters and postcards, largely from Matta-Clark to Goodden, as well as in an unpublished autobiography. The letters were written not only when they were living together in 1971-1973 but also later as they remained friends until Matta-Clark's death in 1978. The collection includes Goodden's later reminiscences about Matta-Clark written for curators of Matta-Clark exhibitions, several photocopies of photographs, and a letter from Roberto Matta.

The documentary collection contains photocopies of textual records and photographs. Includes 29 letters, seven postcards, three photocopies of photographs, an autobiography, an essay, a transcript, a note, an envelope and a valentine.

Reference Number



The collection is organized in two series: Correspondence and Other Documents.

Conditions governing access

  • All material is restricted and cannot be used without the permission of the Archivist and Carol Goodden (AKA/ Caroline McCoy). Contact the reference service at ref@cca.qc.ca for more information.

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

  • This documentary collection of photocopies was given to the CCA by Carol Goodden.

Custodial history

The documents were collected and organized by Carol Goodden. The majority of the material was donated in a first versement in 2006. Another addition to the collection was made in 2009.

Archivist's note

  • The item-level descriptions were created by Gwendolyn Owens, Consulting Curator, Gordon Matta-Clark Collection in 2007. The series descriptions and object cataloguing in the database were made by Alexis Lenk, in 2007. The finding aid and the records were updated in 2023 by Archivist Catherine Jacob as part of a database migration project. This work included modifying the arrangement, updating descriptions to match current descriptive standards, and minor physical rearrangement. Additional updates to the donor's name were made by Anna Haywood in 2023.

Language of material

Documents are in English.

General note

  • Originals are in the possession of Carol Goodden.

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