Albert Frank Moritz

Fonds number:
Title: Albert Frank Moritz
Dates of Material:
18.5 m of textual records
71 photographs
7 audio cassettes
2 digital video discs
2 VHS tapes
1 sculpture
2 compact discs
3 artifacts
Biographical sketch

Albert Frank (A.F.) Moritz is a prolific 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, A.F. Moritz received a B.A. in Journalism from Marquette University, and 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) and settled in Toronto. Since then, A.F. 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, including senior lecturer at Victoria College. Through the years, he has won distinguished awards for his poetry, including a Guggenheim Fellowship, 1990, Selection to the Princeton Series of Contemporary Poets, 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. Records include manuscripts and typescripts, handwritten drafts and notes, notebooks and journals, correspondence, copies of periodicals and anthologies, promotional material, photographs and personal material including family records.

Source of supplied title

Title based on contents of the fonds.

Immediate source of acquisition

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

Language of material

Material is in English, unless noted otherwise noted in series descriptions

Access restrictions

Material is not restricted, unless otherwise noted in series descriptions.


Copyright is held by A.F. Moritz.

Finding aids

Box/file list available


Further accruals are expected.

Access points

Moritz, A.F. (Albert Frank), 1947–
Moritz, Theresa Anne, 1948–

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