Papers, 1907-1963

Moore, Douglas, 1893-1969


21 linear ft. (approximately 6,200 items in 45 boxes and 1 flat box).
Cataloged correspondence: A-W, Box 1; Cataloged correspondence: Moore, Douglas Stuart to Myra D. Moore, Boxes 2-9; Cataloged correspondence: Moore family correspondence, Box 10; Arranged correspondence (topically and chronologically): Boxes 11-19; Columbia University course material, Boxes 20 & 21; Printed scores and books inscribed to Moore, Boxes 22 & 23; Manuscript scores and sketches by Moore, Boxes 24-44; Film of "Gallantry" as performed on a CBS television program (2 reels), Box 45.
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.
Composer, who was also professor of music at Columbia University from 1926-1962.
May not be used without the permission of the Librarian for Rare Books and Manuscripts.
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Contents list, 7p.

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