Mildred Galloway (later Mrs. Forest L. Moore), was born on a farm outside Cromwell, Indiana. Prior to November 13, 1930, when she began writing a column called "This, That And The Other" for the "Cromwell Advance," a Fort Wayne newspaper, and one in Waterloo, Indiana, she had worked for several years as a secretary and bookkeeper for the Fort Wayne YMCA. In 1931, having become interested in people's motivations and philosophies, she began to write to famous people--seemingly selected at random--requesting a quotation or a bit of verse that had been important to them and the development of their philosophy. The resultant book, "Famous Personalities and Their Philosophies," includes 160 responses to over 200 letters to people with some claim to fame during the 1930s.
Mary Lou White, daughter of Mildred Moore, lectured about this project after her mother's death.
Collection includes over 200 replies (160 of which comprise the book) to Mrs. Moore's letter requesting a quotation or a bit of poetry important to the recipient; a copy of her book, "Famous Personalities and Their Philosophies," and materials relating to the speeches both Mrs. Moore and her daughter gave about this collection of letters, such as notes, clippings, etc.
The correspondents include Babe Ruth, the Prince of Wales, Winston Churchill, Huey Long, Helen Keller, Marie of Romania, and Adolf Hitler, and others, such as those listed below.
Mildred Moore Collection, 1925-1975, Archives Center, National Museum of American History