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John McDonald Moore papers, 1948-2015, bulk 1968-1999

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Moore, John McDonald, 1919-1999  Search this
Werblud, Elaine R. (Bobbie)  Search this
New School for Social Research (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
Sound recordings
Place of publication, production, or execution:
United States
Physical Description:
21.5 Linear feet
The collection is arranged as 4 series. Series 1: Biographical Material, 1948-2015 (0.2 linear feet; Box 1) Series 2: Correspondence, 1959-1999 (0.2 linear feet; Box 1) Series 3: Writings, circa 1960s-1986 (0.8 linear feet, Box 1-2) Series 4: Teaching Material, circa 1967-2000 (20.3 linear feet, Box 2-25)
Access Note / Rights:
This collection is open for research. Access to original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C. Research Center.
Researchers interested in accessing audiovisual recordings in this collection must use access copies. Contact References Services for more information.
The papers of art historian and educator John McDonald Moore measure 21.5 linear feet and date from 1948-2015, with the bulk dating from 1968-1999. Included are biographical material regarding Moore; his writings, including book proposals and lectures; correspondence regarding teaching and letters from students; voluminous notecards for lectures; and sound recordings of lectures.
John McDonald Moore papers, 1948-2015, bulk 1968-1999. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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Related Materials:
193 audio cassettes documenting 10 lecture courses taught by John McDonald Moore from 1971 through 1998 were transferred to the New School Libraries and Archives in 2019.
Biography Note:
John McDonald Moore (1919-1999) was a lecturer in art history at the New School for Social Research in New York City from 1968 until his death in 1999. Moore was born in the state of Georgia, where he attended the High Museum School of Art. He served as an illustrator for the U.S. Army Air Force during World War II. After the war he worked as an advertising illustrator in New York. In 1961, Moore realized his true vocation was teaching. He began teaching part time at New York University, and in 1968 became a lecturer in art history at the New School, where he continued to teach until his death. There he met his wife, Elaine R. (Bobbie) Werblud, who became Moore's teaching assistant in 1970. Werblud was instrumental in supporting Moore's work through her extensive logging of course lectures in notebooks, transcribing lectures on notecards, recording weekly lectures, and organizing trips to exhibitions and artist studios, as well as studies abroad. From 1968-1971 Moore earned a B.A. and M.A. in art history at Goddard College. Moore was an inspirational lecturer acclaimed by many New York artists who were his students, including Mary Frank and Ursula von Rydingsvard. The John McDonald Moore Memorial Lecture series at the Vera List Center for Art and Politics was established in his honor.
Language Note:
English .
Donated in 2018 by Debra Werblud, Moore's step-daughter.
Location Note:
Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, 750 9th St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20001
Research and writing about art  Search this
Record number:
Research and writing about art
Data Source:
Archives of American Art