Fonds F 4449

Raymond Moriyama fonds

About these records

Raymond Moriyama fonds
Dates of Creation
[1919?]-[201-?], predominant 1953-2004
Physical Description

8.53 metres of textual records

2 volumes of textual records

573 photographs

14 framed objects

4 video cassette tapes

3 digital still images

2 digital video files

2 architectural drawings

1 audio reel

Scope and Content

Fonds consists of personal records created and accumulated by Raymond Moriyama, one of Canada's foremost architects.

Records include family photographs showing Raymond's parents and early years in Vancouver. Also included are photographs of Raymond Moriyama dating from childhood to his senior years, both individually and with his family, schoolmates, and others. The photographs also document the internment of his family as Japanese nationals during World War Two. Later photographs show Raymond's high school days in Hamilton, Ontario, his two sisters and his future wife.

Fonds also includes documentation of Moriyama's first architectural efforts: student work while he was studying at the University of Toronto as well as academic records from his early years as a student to his later years in university, and early projects before he went into full-time practice as an architect in 1958.

A large part of the fonds consists of records that chronicle Moriyama's career as an architect. These include newspaper and magazine clippings about various architectural projects, about Raymond Moriyama personally, and about other topics of intense importance to Moriyama, such as ecological matters and the redressing of wrongs done to Japanese Canadians during WWII. Records also include hand-written notes by Moriyama and some correspondence. There are two letters from different publishers urging Moriyama to write his autobiography. This accumulation of records would appear to be the background materials gathered by Moriyama for such a purpose, although as of 2005 he had not yet written the book. These files reflect what he considered to be the most important incidents, projects and concerns in his own life.

Fonds also consists of records relating to Moriyama's birthdate of 11 October 1929. These include copies of newspapers printed on that date and a calendar from that month which includes a reproduction of a Norman Rockwell painting.

Fonds also consists of records documenting some of the many accomplishments of Raymond Moriyama over the years. These accomplishments are not only in the realm of architecture; he has also been given awards for his efforts on behalf of Japanese Canadians to have their suffering and losses during WWII recognized and recompensed by the Canadian government. The records include medals and medallions presented to Raymond Moriyama, and letters of congratulation from university and government leaders upon his investiture as the Chancellor of Brock University in St. Catharines, Ontario in 2001.

Fonds also includes travel records, primarily consisting of colour slides, documenting Raymond Moriyama's travels to Calgary and Spain.

Fonds has been arranged into 13 series.

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Administrative History or Biographical Sketch

Raymond Moriyama is a contemporary Canadian architect (b. at Vancouver 11 Oct 1929), who established an architectural practice in Toronto in May 1958.

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Moriyama, Raymond, 1929-
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Immediate Source of Acquisition
The records were acquired by the Archives of Ontario from Raymond Moriyama in 2004. An additional accrual of records was donated by Raymond Moriyama in 2016.
Related Material

Related records can be found in F 2187 Moriyama and Teshima Architects fonds which contains the business and architectural records of the firm. Researchers may wish to pay particular attention to series F 2187-7 Personal office files of Raymond Moriyama.


No further accruals are expected.

Former Codes

Accession number: 47180.

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Records series that make up this fonds

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Reference Code Series Title
F 4449-1 Photographs of Raymond Moriyama and his family
F 4449-2 Moriyama family documents
F 4449-3 Early architectural work by Raymond Moriyama
F 4449-4 Raymond Moriyama's reference files
F 4449-5 Raymond Moriyama's architectural portfolios
F 4449-6 Records relating to Raymond Moriyama's birthday
F 4449-8 Raymond Moriyama's medals and medallions
F 4449-9 Letters of congratulation
F 4449-10 Interviews with Raymond Moriyama
F 4449-12 Raymond Moriyama academic records
F 4449-13 Raymond Moriyama travel records