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Moore Family Collection

Identifier: MS-2676

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The Moore Family Collection consists of correspondence, photographs, and other papers, both personal and professional. The most prevalent family members in the collection are J. L. Moore, J. A. Moore, Paul A. Moore, and Mabel Moore.

Series I: Daybooks / Guidebooks (1829-1960) consists of diaries and journals detailing family activities and accounting histories.

Series II: Songbooks (1897-1911) is a comprised of songbooks and hymnals from East Tennessee area churches and Tusculum College.

Series III: Correspondence (1898-1946) contains letters written to and from various members of the Moore family. However, the bulk of this series is comprised of letters from Paul A. Moore while he worked and studied around the U. S., as well as during his military service overseas.

Series IV: Tusculum College (1794-1935) consists of a variety of materials such as dimplomas, correspondence, photographs, newspaper articles, and course catalogs. Several members of the Moore family were involved with the college; as graduates, board members, and in the case of J. L. Moore, college president.

Series V: Photographs (undated) is a large collection of family photographs ranging in dates from early to mid 1800's to the mid 1940's. This series contains photographs made using a variety of photographic processes, but the most prevalent is the gelatin silver print. Nearly all the images are undated and consist of unidentified subjects.

Series VI: World's Fair (1982) contains memorabilia from the fair such as weekly event newspapers that detail fair activites. This series also has buttons and brochures from the 1982 event.

Series VII: Other Family Papers (1794-1950) contains a mixture of items from other Moore family members. Items such as tax receipts, papers about the Tennessee militia, land records and surveys, and papers concerning the U. S. Civil War can be found in this series.


  • 1794-1945 (bulk 1845-1945)

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5.67 Linear Feet


The Moore Family Collection, 1794-1945 (bulk 1845-1945), consists of daybooks, songbooks, correspondence, photographs, and other papers, both personal and professional, relating to the Moore Family of East Tennessee. The most prevalent family members in the collection are J. L. Moore (1843-1922), J. A. Moore (1874-1947), Paul A. Moore (b. 1914), and Mabel Moore (1871-1965). The collection also contains materials related to Tusculum College (Greeneville, Tenn.) and Knoxville's 1982 World's Fair.

Biographical/Historical Note

John Leonidas Moore (1843-1922), resident of Greene County, Tenn. and father of J. A. Moore, served as a trustee of Tusculum College and treasurer of the Holston Presbyterian Church.

Jere A. Moore (1874-1947), son of Dr. J. L. Moore, was a Trustee and two-time president of Tusculum College. He was also a pastor of the First Presbyterian Church of Greenville, Tenn. for 26 years.

Mabel Moore (1871-1965), sister of J. A. Moore and aunt of Paul A. Moore, helped start the notable Pi Beta Phi School of Gatlinburg. She also co-founded the first Craftman's Fair at Gatlinburg in 1948. She was best know in the East Tennessee area as a Home Demonstration Agent for the University of Tennessee Agricultural Extension Service, a job she held for thirty years.

Paul A. Moore (b. 1914) was WWII veteran and a photographer for Tennessee Department of Conservation.


Collection consists of four boxes plus two oversized containers. Material is divided into seven series: Daybooks/Guidebooks; Songbooks; Correspondence; Tusculum College; Photographs; World's Fair; and Other Family Papers.

Acquisition Note

Collection was purchased by Special Collections in 2000.

Repository Details

Part of the Betsey B. Creekmore Special Collections and University Archives, University of Tennessee, Knoxville Repository

University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Knoxville TN 37996 USA