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Collection Overview

Title: Charles B. Moore Collection, 1797-2003Add to your cart.
Predominant Dates: 1850-1917
ID: 01/ HM.70
Extent: 26.0 Boxes
Arrangement: Material is arranged by series, then chronologically where applicable.
Date Acquired: 00/00/1976. More info below under Accruals.
Languages: English


The papers of Charles B Moore which include letters, a diary, financial and legal records, printed material, and photographs.

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The Charles B. Moore Collection includes Charles Moore's diary, as well as family letters and some additional materials. The diary spans Moore's life from age 28 (January 1, 1851) until just a few months before his death at seventy-nine (December 31, 1900). The original diary consisted of approximately 34 leather-bound pocket-sized volumes that factually recounted each day's events without additional comment. Generally, Moore summarized each year's events on December 31 and on January 1 gave a personal status report. Returning to Texas after the Civil War, Moore documented Union raids on the local area and farms, as well as other disruptions following the official end of the conflict. The collection of family letters are, in most cases, exchanges between the immediate families of Moore and his wife Mary Dodd Moore. Anxiety over illness and death, and worry about food and crops are balanced by accounts of musical and social events, and successful flower beds and farms. Letters that correspond with Moore's lifetime are from September 5, 1832 to November 16, 1901. The last is from Moore to his daughter, Linnet, just nine days before his death. Some of the letters in the collection include samples of dress fabric, patterns, photographs, and seeds. Correspondents include: Ziza Moore (father); Sabina Rucker (sister); Henry Moore (brother); Elvira Moore (sister); Josephus Moore (brother) who also has a diary in the collection; Elizabeth Moore (sister); Mary Moore (wife); Linnet Moore (daughter); Matilda Dodd (mother-in-law); Bettie Franklin (sister-in-law); and Dinkie McGee (sister-in-law). A small accumulation of additional material in the collection consists primarily of newspaper clippings, financial records, photographs (most unidentified), and personal writings (poems, mechanical plans, etc.) The oldest document in the collection is an indenture document, dated 1797. It also contains papers from Rebcca W. Danvers's dissertation on Charles B. Moore.

Collection Historical Note

Charles Bingley Moore (b.1822) was a millwright and craftsman from Tennessee, who settled in Texas in 1856, on a fork of the Trinity River in Collin County, and established a 361-acre farm near the farms of extended family members. Because he had Unionist sympathies, he left Texas for several years during the Civil War to live and work on an uncle's farm near Jerseyville, Illinois. Moore returned to Texas after the end of the war, bringing more Tennessee family members with him, and resumed work on his farm, which had been looked after by a cousin. Eventually, in 1875, at 52 years of age, he married Mary Ann Dodd from Murfeesboro, Tennessee and brought her home to his farm in Collin County. Mary and Charles Moore were married for twenty-five years and had one child survive to adulthood, a daughter named Linnet. Charles B. Moore died in 1901 at the age of 79.

Access Information

Access Restrictions:

This collection is not restricted.

Use Restrictions:

Reproduction and publication of materials in this collection are subject to the policies of the UNT Special Collections department. Copyright restrictions may apply.

Physical Access Note:

Portions of this collection are stored off-site and require a minimum of 24 hours notice prior to use. Boxes 1-5 and Box 100700 are housed at the Library Annex.

Boxes 2077-2095 of this collection are housed at Willis Library and available for same day paging.

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Administrative Information

Repository: Manuscripts
Accruals: 76-012
Acquisition Source: David Webb. Transferred to Archives from the Historical Collection in 1986.
Acquisition Method: GIft
Preferred Citation: Charles B. Moore Collection, University of North Texas Special Collections
Finding Aid Revision History:

Rachel Motes processed an accretion of Folder 12 to Box 2082 on August 5, 2016.

April 2018 by Nicole Yatsonsky - fixed dates, added Scope/Content and Historical Note from previous version of finding aid


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