Charles Moore papers: 1901-1940
Charles Moore papers
Moore, Charles, 1855-1942
1.3 linear feet
Chairman of the National Commission of Fine Arts. Reminiscences, 1889-1909, relating in part to his activities as clerk of the U.S. Senate Committee on the District of Columbia, and including his impressions of U.S. Senators and prominent architects and artists; scrapbook of postcards depicting European scenes and art work; scrapbooks of correspondence and clippings, 1921-1922, largely concerning his biography of architect, Daniel H. Burnham; correspondence with friends, artists, editors, learned societies; articles, addresses, miscellaneous papers, and photographs.
852264 Aa 2
The material is in English
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The collection was the gift of Charles Moore (donor no. 975) and came to the library in 1939-1941.
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Charles Moore was October 20, 1855 in Ypsilanti, Michigan. He was educated at Phillips Andover Academy and Harvard College, graduating in 1878. Returning to Michigan, he became a newspaper reporter in Ypsilanti and Detroit. In 1888, Moore left journalism to become political secretary to Michigan senator James McMillan. When McMillan became chairman of the U.S. Senate Committee of the District of Columbia, Moore was appointed clerk to the committee. Upon Moore's urging McMillan worked for passage of legislation creating a Senate Park Commission, established in 1901, to plan for the future development of Washington. As secretary of this commission, Moore worked with, and accompanied on tours, such architectural luminaries as Daniel H. Burnham and Charles F. McKim. Moore's service was invaluable in providing assistance to the Commission in preparing the needed legislation providing for the creation of a formal mall between the Capitol and the Potomac River.
With this work accomplished, Moore returned to Detroit in 1903 where he worked in different corporate settings. In 1910, Moore was appointed to the Fine Arts Commission which was charged with the responsibility of determining the suitability of proposed monuments, statues, and public buildings in Washington. He was chairman of this commission from 1915 to 1937.
Retiring from the business world in 1914, Moore devoted himself to public service and to the study of history and the writing of biographies of Burnham and McKim. He died September 25, 1942.
Collection Scope and Content Note
The Moore collections include reminiscences, 1889-1909, relating in part to his activities as clerk of the U.S. Senate Committee on the District of Columbia, and including his impressions of U.S. Senators and prominent architects and artists; scrapbook of postcards depicting European scenes and art work; scrapbooks of correspondence and clippings, 1921-1922, largely concerning his biography of architect, Daniel H. Burnham; correspondence with friends, artists, editors, learned societies; articles, addresses, miscellaneous papers, and photographs. The collection has been arranged into the following series: Correspondence; Manuscripts of addresses and articles; Diary / Reminiscences; Other materials; Daniel Burnham materials; and Visual Materials.
Additional Charles Moore papers are located at the Library of Congress and the Detroit Institute of Art.
This collection is indexed under the following headings in the finding aid database and catalog of The Bentley Historical Library/University of Michigan. Researchers desiring additional information about related topics should search the catalog using these headings.
- United States -- Politics and government -- 1901-1909.
- United States -- Politics and government -- 1897-1901.
- Washington (D.C.)
- Europe -- Description and travel.
- Italy -- Description and travel.
- Monuments and memorials.
- Angell, James Burrill, 1829-1916.
- Burnham, Daniel Hudson, 1846-1912.
- Columbia Broadcasting System, inc.
- Moore, Charles, 1855-1942.
- Pierpont Morgan Library.
- Religious Liberty Association.
- United States. Commission of Fine Arts.
- United States. Congress. Senate.
- Adams, Adeline Valentine Pond, -1948.
- Adams, Herbert, 1858-1945.
- Adams, James Truslow, 1878-1949.
- Becker, Carl Lotus, 1873-1945.
- Burton, Richard, 1861-1940.
- Calder, Alexander Stirling, 1870-1945.
- Charnwood, Godfrey Rathbone Benson, Baron, 1864-1945.
- Cheatham, Kitty, 1864-1946.
- Conant, James Bryant, 1893-1978.
- Delano, Frederic A. (Frederic Adrian), 1863-1953.
- Denby, Edwin, 1870-1929.
- Dole, Nathan Haskell, 1852-1935.
- Fairbanks, Avard T. (Avard Tennyson), 1897-1987.
- Faulkner, Barry, 1881-1966.
- Ford, Worthington Chauncey, 1858-1941.
- Garland, Hamlin, 1860-1940.
- Greene, Belle da Costa.
- Grosvenor, Gilbert Hovey, 1875-1966.
- Hagedorn, Hermann, 1882-1964.
- Howells, John Mead, 1868-1959.
- Kendall, William Mitchell, 1856-1941.
- Kimball, Fiske, 1888-1955.
- Lorch, Emil, 1870-1963.
- McLaughlin, Andrew Cunningham, 1861-1947.
- Melchers, Corinne.
- Melchers, Gari, 1860-1932.
- Noyes, Theodore William, 1858-1946.
- Parsons, William Edward, 1872-1939.
- Proctor, Alexander Phimister, 1862-1950.
- Putnam, Herbert, 1861-1955.
- Putnam, Ruth, 1856-1931.
- Rinehart, Mary Roberts, 1876-1958.
- Shrady, Henry Merwin, 1871-1922.
- Tarkington, Booth, 1869-1946.
- Taylor, Henry Osborn, 1856-1941.
- Weinman, Adolph Alexander, 1870-1952.
Additional Descriptive Data
Adams, Adeline Valentine Pond, d. 1948.
Adams, Herbert, 1858-1945.
- May 4, 1939; May 5, 1939; Apr. 7, 1940
Adams, James Truslow, 1878-1949.Becker, Carl Lotus, 1873-1945.Burton, Richard, 1861-1940.
- Apr. 21, 1937; Sept. 12, 1937; Mar. 27, 1938
Calder, Alexander Stirling, 1870-1945.Charnwood, Godfrey Rathbone Benson, 1864-1945.
- Mar. 12, 1937?; Nov. 21, 1937; Dec. 24, 1938
Cheatham, Kitty, 1864?-1946.Columbia Broadcasting System
- Jan. 11, 1938; Dec. 25, 1938
Conant, James Bryant, 1893-1978.Delano, Frederic A. (Frederic Adrian), 1863-1953.Denby, Edwin, 1870-1929.
- July 30, 1937; Aug. 16, 1937; Oct. 28, 1937
Dole, Nathan Haskell, 1852-1935.
- Apr. 25, 1910 (located in Angell dinner file)
Fairbanks, Avard T. (Avard Tennyson), 1897-1987.Faulkner, Barry, 1881-1966.Ford, Worthington Chauncey, 1858-1941.Garland, Hamlin, 1860-1940.
- Nov. 3, 1921; Nov. 30, 1921 (located in Daniel H. Burnham folder)
Greene, Belle da Costa.Grosvenor, Gilbert Hovey, 1875-1966.Hagedorn, Hermann, 1882-1964.
- Jan. 3, 1938; May 25, 1939
Howells, John Mead, 1868-1959.Kendall, William Mitchell, 1856-1941
- Jan. 23, 1939; Oct. 30, 1939
Kimball, Fiske, 1888-1955.Lorch, Emil, 1870-1963.
- Apr. 13, 1922; Feb. 23, 1938
McLaughlin, Andrew Cunningham, 1861-1947.Melchers, Corinne.
- Oct. 8, 1937; Nov. 26, 1937
Melchers, Gari, 1860-1932.
- [See letters in separate Melchers file]
Noyes, Theodore William, 1858-1946.Parsons, William Edward, 1872-1939.Pierpont Morgan Library.Proctor, Alexander Phimister, 1862-1950.
- [See letters in separate Melchers file]
Putnam, Herbert, 1861-1955.
- Sept. 20, 1938; Dec. 16, 1938
Putnam, Ruth, 1856-1931.Religious Liberty AssociationRinehart, Mary Roberts, 1876-1958.Shrady, Henry Mervin, 1871-1922.Tarkington, Booth, 1869-1946.Taylor, Henry Osborn, 1856-1941.Weinman, Adolph Alexander, 1870-1952.
- July 18, 1938; Apr. 13, 1939; Sept. 10, 1937 (in folder of mounted correspondence)
- Aug. 4, 1937; Mar. 12, 1940