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   Douglas Moore Papers, 1907-1963

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Preferred Citation

Identification of specific item; Date (if known); Douglas Moore Papers; Box and Folder; Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Columbia University Library.

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Summary Information

At a Glance

Bib ID:4079541 View CLIO record
Creator(s):Moore, Douglas, 1893-1969.
Title:Douglas Moore Papers, 1907-1963
Physical description:21 linear ft. (ca. 6,200 items in 45 boxes and 1 flat box)
Language(s):In English
Access: This collection has no restrictions. This collection is located on-site.  More information »

Arrangement

Arrangement

This collection is arranged into 6 series:

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Description

Scope and Content

Professional and personal correspondence and original scores and sketches. In addition to the numerous original compositions, there are letters and related materials dealing with these works. These include production notes, librettos and data concerning the production and performances of such works as: "The Ballad of Baby Doe," "The Devil and Daniel Webster," "Giants in the Earth," and "White Wings." There is material relating to the curriculum and administration of Columbia's Music Department, of which Moore was chairman since 1926. His correspondence related to his membership of the Century Club, the McDowell Association, and the National Institute of Arts and Letters, and correspondence concerning his editorship of the Prentice Hall Music Series is also included. Of interest are several dozen printed scores and a few books written, inscribed, and signed by fellow composers such as Ernest Bloch, Vincent D'Indy, and Roger Sessions

1991 Addition: Correspondence with some related photographs and clippings. The majority of the letters are by Douglas Stuart Moore to his mother, Myra D. Moore. This correspondence, which spanned a 27 year period from the fall of 1906 to late 1933 represents perhaps the most comprehensive record of Moore's life, for it was his habit to write to his mother every Sunday, a ritual to which he was remarkably faithful. The various stages of Moore's life are apparent in his letters: his first experience away from home at the Hotchkiss School in Connecticut, his undergraduate years at Yale, time spent in a Maritime Academy in Maryland, his service in the Navy during the First World War, his tenure as Musical Director of the Cleveland Museum of Art, further travels in Europe, his position in the Music Department of Columbia University (1926-1962). The letters also follow the course of Myra Moore's life, where she lived in Brooklyn, Long Island, and finally Orange County California. There are some letters from other members of the family to Myra Moore. A few remaining letters that are not addressed to Moore's mother, are letters he wrote to other members of his family.

Series I: Cataloged Correspondence

Series II: Arranged Correspondence

Series III: Columbia Course Material

Series IV: Scores

Printed scores and a few books inscribed and signed by the following composers to D. S. Moore

Series V: Manuscripts Scores and Sketches in Moore's Hand

Boxes 24 - 44

Series VI: Oversize Material

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Using the Collection

RBML

Access Restrictions

This collection has no restrictions.

This collection is located on-site.

Restrictions on Use

Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. Permission to publish material from the collection must be requested from the Curator of Manuscripts/University Archivist, Rare Book and Manuscript Library (RBML). The RBML approves permission to publish that which it physically owns; the responsibility to secure copyright permission rests with the patron.

Preferred Citation

Identification of specific item; Date (if known); Douglas Moore Papers; Box and Folder; Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Columbia University Library.

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About the Finding Aid / Processing Information

Columbia University Libraries. Rare Book and Manuscript Library; machine readable finding aid created by Columbia University Libraries Digital Library Program Division

Processing Information

Papers Entered in AMC 11/06/90

1991 Addition Updated 02/07/92 MK

Machine readable finding aid generated from MARC-AMC source via XSLT conversion June 26, 2009 Finding aid written in English.
    2010-02-17 Legacy finding aid created from Pro Cite.

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Subject Headings

The subject headings listed below are found in this collection. Links below allow searches at Columbia University through the Archival Collections Portal and through CLIO, the catalog for Columbia University Libraries, as well as ArchiveGRID, a catalog that allows users to search the holdings of multiple research libraries and archives.

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Genre/Form

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CUL Collections:
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Nat'l / Int'l Archives:
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Lectures.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Librettos.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Minutes.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Motion pictures.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Portraits.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Scores.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Sheet music.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Sketches.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Surveys.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID

Subjects

HeadingCUL Archives:
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CUL Collections:
CLIO
Nat'l / Int'l Archives:
ArchiveGRID
College teachers.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Columbia University.--Music dept.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Composers.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Composition (Music)PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Music--Manuscripts.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Musicians.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Sessions, Roger, 1896-1985.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID

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History / Biographical Note

Biographical Note

Composer, who was also professor of music at Columbia University from 1926-1962.

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