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Virginia P. Moore Collection

Identifier: MS-3821

  • Staff Only

This collection contains letters, photographs, articles, notes, and other material documenting the work of Virginia P. Moore, an early home demonstration agent in Tennessee, and later in Florida, during the first half of the 20th century. The collection is arranged into seven series - Series I, Personal Material, includes items of Moore's documenting her personal life such as a diary, calendars, event programs, and travel mementos. Series II, Correspondence, includes letters and postcards written to and from Moore. Notable correspondence includes a few letters to and from Tennessee politician Cordell Hull and his wife, Rose. Series III, Writings by Moore, is comprised of unpublished and published notes and articles by Moore. Most relate to her work in home demonstration or to the history of the field. Series IV, Writings by Others, includes newspaper and magazine articles written about Moore as well as material related to home demonstration work. Series V, Home Demonstration Work Material, includes documents related to Moore's work in Tennessee and Florida. Items include examples of club students' work, recipes, pamphlets, event programs, and reports. Series VI, Photographs, includes photographs and negatives of Moore and her work with home demonstration clubs, agents, fairs, and with rural school improvement efforts. Series VII, Oversize, includes all oversize material such as a photograph album documenting Moore's work in Tennessee from 1911-1912 along with large photographs and a few certificates.


  • 1880-1940


The material in this collection is in English.

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2.5 Linear Feet (5 boxes)


This collection contains letters, photographs, articles, notes, and other material documenting the work of Virginia P. Moore, an early home demonstration agent in Tennessee.

Biographical/Historical Note

Virginia Pearl Moore was one of the first five home demonstration agents in the U. S. She served in this field of work in Tennessee and Florida from 1909-1946. Moore was born on July 7, 1880 to Armstead (1814-1884) and Louisa Virginia Crenshaw Moore (1844-1921) in Gallatin, Tennessee. After studying at Peabody Normal College in Nashville, Moore was named Tennessee's state organizer of School Improvement Work. In this capacity, she organized gardening and canning clubs in several Tennessee counties. In 1911, Moore was named the State Collaborator for Tennessee where she served until coming to the University of Tennessee as an Assistant Director and State Home Demonstration Agent in 1914. She resigned her post in 1919 to return to Gallatin to take care of her mother; after her mother's death in 1921, Moore accepted a position as Assistant Home Demonstrator Agent at Florida State College for Women at Tallahassee where she remained until retiring to Maple Valley, Tennessee in 1946. In June 1937, she was one of only two women invited to speak at the International Housing Congress in Paris, France. Virginia Moore died on May 31, 1950 and is buried in Mt. Olivet Cemetery in Nashville, Tennessee.

Previous Citation

Material in this collection was previously cited as part of MS.1546, MS.2201, and MS.2376.

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