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John McDonald Moore papers, 1948-2015

Contents and Arrangement

The collection is arranged as 4 series.

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Series 1:Biographical material, 1948-2015
0.2 Linear feet
Box 1

Biographical material document John McDonald Moore's education at Goddard College in Plainfield, Vermont and the Art Students League of New York; the John Moore Fund which supported his teaching endeavors; and the John McDonald Moore Memorial fund that was set up around the time of his death in 1999 that supports the John McDonald Moore Memorial Lecture Series at the New School. Materials include correspondence related to Moore's attendance at Goddard College, the John Moore Fund, a letter of recommendation for his wife, Elaine R. (Bobbie) Werblud, and the John McDonald Moore Memorial fund and Lectures; resumes; transcripts; a teaching award Moore received in 1989; certificates including Moore's 1948 honorable discharge from the United States Army and his New York State teaching certificate; two diplomas including Moore's Bachelor of Arts (1967) and Master of Arts (1972) degrees from Goddard College; and a sound recording of Moore's memorial service in 1999.
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Goddard College, 1958-1972
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1
John Moore Fund, 1979-1999
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2
John McDonald Moore Memorial, 1999
1 Sound cassette
1
3
John McDonald Moore Memorial Fund and Lectures, 1979-2015
1
4
Resumes, Transcripts, Certificate, Diplomas, 1948-1972
1
5
Teaching Award, 1988-1989
1
6

Series 2:Correspondence, 1959-1999
0.2 Linear feet
Box 1

Correspondence document John McDonald Moore's teaching career and his involvement with the Community Arts Council and the art and artist community in New York City. Materials include professional correspondence and course descriptions related to New School courses Moore taught or proposed; lectures Moore gave at Hofstra University; various exhibitions and lectures Moore visited and gave at different museums and academic institutions in New York City; and letters of condolence to his wife, Elaine R. (Bobbie) Werblud and some of the activities she participated in and duties she performed during her career as Moore's teaching assistant. Items of note include an illustrated letter from Mary Frank to Werblud.
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Community Arts Council, 1964-1965
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7
Elaine R. Werblud, 1975-1999
1
8-9
Exhibitions and Lectures, 1987-1996
1
10
Hofstra University, 1969-1975
1
11
New School Courses, 1960-1998
1
12-13
Professional, 1959-1997
1
14-15

Series 3:Writing, circa 1960s-1986
0.8 Linear feet
Box 2

Writing documents John McDonald Moore's formal education and career as an art historian. Included are drafts of articles; academic papers; published articles; student papers; and a lecture-discussion program prepared by Paul Branch at NYU. Most of his writing is also reflected throughout his lecture materials from the New School including "Art and Social Change," "Social Determinations of Art Form," and "Symmetry and the Sense of Power." One article of note, "The Drawings of Mary Frank," is accompanied by an illustrated letter from Mary Frank to Moore.
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Articles, "The Drawings of Mary Frank", 1974-1986
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16
Drafts, "Art and Social Change", circa 1966
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17
Drafts, Articles, 1966-1967, undated
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18-19
Drafts, "Social Determinations of Art Form", circa 1966
1
20
Drafts, "Symmetry and the Sense of Power", circa 1966
1
21-23
Manuscripts, "Social Determination of Art Form", circa 1960s
1
24-25
Manuscript, "The Polarization of Art", circa 1960s
2
1
Published Articles, "Return of the Emotive", 1981-1984
2
2
Student Papers, 1983
2
3
"Ten Modern Artists," A lecture-discussion program prepared by Paul Branch, NYU, undated
2
4
"The Death of Art", circa 1966
2
5

Series 4:Teaching files, circa 1967-2000
20.3 Linear feet
Box 2-12, 22-25

The bulk of the collection, teaching files document John McDonald Moore's career as an art historian and educator at the New School for Social Research from 1968-1999, and Elaine R. (Bobbie) Werblud's career as Moore's teaching assistant beginning in 1970. Materials include correspondence, course descriptions, enrollment lists, and bibliographies from the New School and one folder from NYU's Liberal Arts Extension; clippings; flyers; pamphlets; a 1967 annual meeting address from the National Science Teachers Association; exams; discussion questions; typed and handwritten lectures; color and black and white photographs and slides depicting Moore giving lectures in the classroom, on exhibition tours with students, and with study abroad groups; a sample of sound recordings of Moore's New School lectures from circa 1969-1998; Moore's lecture and research notebooks that document research for lectures and scholarly publications; lecture notebooks logged by Werblud that document Moore's lectures beginning in 1970; and Moore's notecards that document Moore's lecture research from 1968-1999, including a small group of handwritten lectures. The handwritten lectures were written by Moore and transcribed more legibly by Werblud, and housed in small wooden notecard boxes that were inscribed on the bottom with Moore's full name and the date ranges for the lectures. Lecture sound recordings and notebooks are arranged chronologically, and the notecards are arranged by subject. Also included with the notecards are photographs and snapshots from Moore's U.S. and European travels. These images show physical environments that have changed over time. Moore never gave the same lecture twice. His extensive research was compiled in notecards which comprised of ideas that were inspired by readings and visits to museums, galleries, and artist studios. Moore would pull notecards to create his lectures along with accopanying slides that provided visual documentation to support the lectures. Topics included periods, movements, styles, geographic locations, artists and authors.
The sound recordings of lectures are arranged by semester and course name and can be cross referenced with the lecture notebooks and some of the notecards.
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Course Descriptions, 1968-2000
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6-9
Evaluations, Exams, Course Descriptions, 1980-1985
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10
Lecture Notes, 1981-1994
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11
Lecture Notes and Transcripts, 1970-1991
2
12
Lectures, First Course at New School and unidentified lectures, circa 1969
19 Sound cassettes
7
1
Lectures, Rise of Social Consciousness, Spring 1972
31 Sound cassettes
7
2
Lectures, Art, Self, Society, Spring 1973
12 Sound cassettes
7
3
Lectures, Radical and Conservative, Spring 1974
14 Sound cassettes
7
4
Lectures, Radical and Conservative, Spring 1974
6 Sound cassettes
8
1
Lectures, Games Artists Play, Fall 1975
11 Sound cassettes
8
2
Lectures, Patterns of Transformation in 20th Century Arts ad Literature, Fall 1976
20 Sound cassettes
8
3
Lectures, American Modernism from Beginning to End, Spring 1977
18 Sound cassettes
8
4
Lectures, On the Interpretation of Art and Literature, Spring 1978
11 Sound cassettes
8
5
Lectures, On the Interpretation of Art and Literature, Spring 1978
19 Sound cassettes
9
1
Lectures, Roots of Change, Spring 1979
19 Sound cassettes
9
2
Lectures, Crucibles, Fall 1980
19 Sound cassettes
9
3
Lectures, Art and Culture in the Second Half of the 20th Century, Spring 1981
21 Sound cassettes
9
4
Lectures, Reality, Representation and Abstraction in the Arts, Spring 1982
21 Sound cassettes
10
1
Lectures, Great Dialogs in Art: East and West, Spring 1983
18 Sound cassettes
10
2
Lectures, Art and the Human Enterprise, Fall 1985
12 Sound cassettes
10
3
Lectures, Extraordinary Vision: The Eye of the Artist, Spring 1986
12 Sound cassettes
10
4
Lectures, Art as Transformation, Spring 1987
4 Sound cassettes
10
5
Lectures, Art as Transformation, Spring 1987
9 Sound cassettes
11
1
Lectures, The Necessity of Art, Fall 1993
12 Sound cassettes
11
2
Lectures, Art and the Social Unconscious, Spring 1994
12 Sound cassettes
11
3
Lectures, The Image in Art, Spring 1995
12 Sound cassettes
11
4
Lectures, Art in Depth, Fall 1997
13 Sound cassettes
11
5
Lectures, Art and Its Critical Context, Spring 1998
13 Sound cassettes
11
6
Lectures, Art and Its Critical Context, Spring 1998
6 Sound cassettes
12
1
Lecture Transcripts, 1975-1981, circa 1994
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13-15
Lecture Transcripts, Tom Wolfe, undated
2
16
Notebooks, undated
2
17-18
Notebooks, circa 1967-1998, undated
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1-18
Notebooks: Elaine Roberta (Bobbie) Werblud, 1972-1979, undated
4
1-16
Notebooks: Elaine Roberta (Bobbie) Werblud, 1980-1994
5
1-16
Notecards, American Paintings, circa 1968-circa 1999
13
1-4
Notecards, American Paintings, circa 1968-circa 1999
14
1
Notecards, American Paintings and American Painting Before the 20th Century, circa 1968-circa 1999
14
2
Notecards, American Paintings and American Painting Before the 20th Century and American Sculpture, circa 1968-circa 1999
14
3
Notecards, American Sculpture, circa 1968-circa 1999
14
4
Notecards, American Sculpture, circa 1968-circa 1999
15
1
Notecards, American Sculpture and American Painting Pre 20th Century and Architecture, Photography, Conceptual Art, and Structuralism, circa 1968-circa 1999
15
2
Notecards, Architecture, Photography, Conceptual Art, and Structuralism, circa 1968-circa 1999
15
3
Notecards, Authors, circa 1968-circa 1999
15
4
Notecards, Authors, circa 1968-circa 1999
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1-2
Notecards, Authors and Collections, circa 1968-circa 1999
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3
Notecards, Collections, circa 1968-circa 1999
16
4
Notecards, Collections and European Painting, circa 1968-circa 1999
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1
Notecards, Contemporary European Painting, circa 1968-circa 1999
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2-3
Notecards, Contemporary European Painting and Countries, Music, and Literature, circa 1968-circa 1999
17
4
Notecards, English, German, circa 1968-circa 1999
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Notecards, English, German and European and Nonwestern Sculpture, circa 1968-circa 1999
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2
Notecards, European and Nonwestern Sculpture and Historic Periods, circa 1968-circa 1999
18
3
Notecards, Historic Periods, circa 1968-circa 1999
18
4
Notecards, Historic Periods and Movements, Styles, and Periods, circa 1968-circa 1999
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1
Notecards, Lectures, circa 1968-circa 1999
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23
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Notecards, Movements, Styles, and Periods and Premodern European Painting and Sculpture, circa 1968-circa 1999
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2
Notecards, Premodern European Painting and Sculpture and Pre 20th Century European Painting and Early Modern European, circa 1968-circa 1999
19
3
Notecards, Early Modern European and Primitive, Ethnic, and Asiatic, circa 1968-circa 1999
19
4
Notecards, Primitive, Ethnic, and Asiatic, circa 1968-circa 1999
20
1
Notecards, Various Artists and Subjects, circa 1968-circa 1999
20
2-4
Notecards, Various Artists and Subjects, circa 1968-circa 1999
21
1-2
Notecards, Various Artists and Subjects and Photographs, circa 1968-circa 1999
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Notes and Correspondence, 1999
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1
NYU Liberal Arts Extension, 1959-1977
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2
Photographs of John McDonald Moore, circa 1970s - circa 1980s
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3
Printed Material, circa 1970s - circa 1980s
6
4
Study Abroad Courses, circa 1970s - circa 1980s
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5-6

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