Fonds 49 - Albert Frank Moritz fonds

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Albert Frank Moritz fonds

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CA ON00399 49

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  • 1935-2022 (Creation)

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18.5 m of textual records
71 photographs
7 audio cassettes
2 digital video discs
2 compact discs
2 VHS tapes
1 sculpture
2 compact discs
3 artifacts

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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.

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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 1970-2022
Series 4: Correspondence, 1973-2021
Series 5: Poetry readings, 1975-2019
Series 6: Periodicals containing material by or about A.F. Moritz, 1969-2021
Series 7: Publishing and editorial work, 1979-2021
Series 8: Anthologies containing A.F. Moritz poems, 1976-2015
Series 9: Literary related activities, 1973-2022
Series 10: Translation projects, 1973-2022
Series 11: Personal material, 1935-2019
Series 12: Employment, 1969-2001

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Acquired from A.F. Moritz, 2003-2009, 2012, 2014, 2016-2020 and 2022.


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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.

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Copyright is held by A.F. Moritz.

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Further accruals are expected.

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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.

In 2022, an electronic submission of Al Moritz's 2018-2020 email correspondence was transferred to the Special Collections. For information about these digital records, contact the Archivist or Head of Reader Services.

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