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Albert Frank Moritz fonds
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18.1 m of textual records
7 audio cassettes
2 digital video discs
2 compact discs
2 VHS tapes
2 compact discs
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Name of creator
Albert Frank (A.F.) Moritz is a poet who has published numerous acclaimed collections and contributed to many anthologies and periodicals. He was born in Niles, Ohio in 1947. His father was a teacher and later a professor of biology and science education; his mother was a grade school teacher. In 1969 he received a B.A. in Journalism from Marquette University, and he later earned an M.A. and Ph.D (English) from that institution. He came to Canada in 1974 with his wife Theresa (Carrothers) and son Blaise (born 1971). Since arriving in Toronto Moritz has worked in a number of occupations, including advertising copywriter and executive, editor and publisher (Watershed Books), and has held various university teaching positions. Through the years he has won distinguished awards for his poetry, including a Guggenheim Fellowship in 1990, Selection to the Princeton Series of Contemporary Poets in 1984, and the Griffin Poetry Prize for his work Sentinel in 2009. In 2019 he was selected to be Toronto's sixth Poet Laureate.
Scope and content
The A.F. Moritz fonds contains records relating to his education, teaching, translation and editing work, journalism and other employment, and, predominantly, his work as a poet.
Fonds is comprised of the following series:
Series 1: Education, [195-?]-2002;
Series 2: Teaching, 1985-2017;
Series 3: Poetry manuscripts, essays and related records 1970-2020;
Series 4: Correspondence, 1973-2020;
Series 5: Poetry Readings, 1975-2019;
Series 6: Periodicals containing material by or about A.F. Moritz, 1969-2020;
Series 7: Editing and Watershed Books, 1979-2017;
Series 8: Anthologies containing A.F. Moritz poems, 1976-2015;
Series 9: Literary related activities, 1973-2020;
Series 10: Translation projects, 1973-2016;
Series 11: Personal material, 1935-2019;
Series 12: Employment, 1969-2001.
Immediate source of acquisition
Acquired from A.F. Moritz, 2003-2009, 2012, 2014 and 2016-2020.
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Material is in English, unless noted otherwise noted in series descriptions.
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No restrictions on access, unless otherwise noted in series descriptions.
Terms governing use, reproduction, and publication
Copyright is held by A.F. Moritz.
Further accruals are expected.
Title based on contents of the fonds.
In 2020, an electronic submission of Al Moritz's 2017 email correspondence was transferred to the Special Collections. For information about these digital records, contact the Archivist or Head of Reader Services.