Fonds C 231

Walter Moorhouse fonds

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Walter Moorhouse fonds
Dates of Creation
Physical Description

ca. 5011 photographs

600 metres of motion picture film

Scope and Content

The Walter Moorhouse fonds consists of photographs and motion picture film taken by Walter Moorhouse depicting Moorhouse’s family, his homes, and the community in which he lived.

Moorhouse also captured the activities and students at the schools where he was employed, as well as those of the Daily Vacation Bible School and the Y.M.C.A. where he volunteered. There is a significant number of landscape photographs taken during Moorhouse's travels throughout Ontario, Quebec, Western Canada, Germany, and England as well as still life photographs of animals, flowers, trees, and various inanimate objects. Moorhouse's images provide a wealth of visual documentation concerning clothing and dress, social and family relationships, recreation and toys, and the lifestyle of an affluent family during the early 20th century.

The fonds is arranged into eighteen series.

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Administrative History or Biographical Sketch

Walter Moorhouse (1883-1957) was an amateur photographer who lived in Islington, Ontario with his wife and four children.

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Moorhouse, Walter, 1883-1957
Restrictions on Access
Access to the original glass plate negatives will only be permitted where a reference copy is not available. Access to glass lantern slides and other formats is permitted unless the material is closed for conservation.
Terms For Use and Reproduction
Copyright was transferred to the Archives of Ontario by the donor. No restrictions on reproduction or publication of material for which the donor is authorized to transfer the copyright to the Archives. Other material may require permission of third party copyright holders. Researchers should note, however, that copyright has expired for some records. See series descriptions for further details.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
The photographs created by Walter Moorhouse became the property of his children after his death in 1957. The material in this fonds was acquired by the Archives of Ontario in two separate donations. The first was received in 1990 from Eleanor Moorhouse, wife of the late Walter Wilson Moorhouse. The second was acquired in 1991 from Noreen Clark (nee Moorhouse).
Associated Material

Approximately 1,000 negatives taken by Walter Moorhouse are in the custody of the Toronto Board of Education Archives. These negatives focus exclusively on the activities and students at Jarvis Collegiate.


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Records series that make up this fonds

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Reference Code Series Title
C 231-1 Walter Moorhouse family photographs
C 231-2 Walter Moorhouse Maplewood Farm photographs
C 231-3 Walter Moorhouse school activity photographs
C 231-4 Walter Moorhouse Muldrew Lake photographs
C 231-5 Walter Moorhouse community of Islington photographs
C 231-6 Walter Moorhouse travel photographs of Copper Cliff, Quebec, and Timmins
C 231-7 Walter Moorhouse Couchiching camping trip photographs
C 231-8 Walter Moorhouse Islington Y.M. - Y.W.C.A. photographs
C 231-9 Walter Moorhouse Welland Y.M.C.A camp photographs
C 231-10 Walter Moorhouse Temagami bush photographs
C 231-11 Walter Moorhouse travel photographs in Ontario, Quebec, and British Columbia
C 231-12 Walter Moorhouse still-life photographs
C 231-13 Walter Moorhouse snow scene photographs
C 231-14 Walter Moorhouse experimental photographs
C 231-15 Walter Moorhouse travel photographs in Western Canada
C 231-16 Walter Moorhouse flower photographs
C 231-17 Walter Moorhouse travel photographs in Europe
C 231-18 Walter Moorhouse home movies