Five College Archives and Manuscript Collections
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Moore papers, 1924-1993.
1 box (5 linear in.)
Collection number: MS 0712 (LD 7096.6 1928 Gleason)

Abstract:
Moore, Dorothy Beatrice Gleason, 1905-1993; student. Mount Holyoke College graduate, 1928. Papers contain correspondence, diary, memorabilia, scrapbook, biographical information, and photographs; primarily documenting her travels through Europe and detailing her experience at Mount Holyoke, including daily activities, special events, and traditions.

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Mount Holyoke College Archives and Special Collections
South Hadley, MA

Biographical Note

Dorothy Beatrice Gleason was born in Jersey City, New Jersey on April 16, 1905 to Albert J. Gleason and Emma Searle Gleason. Her father owned and operated Drake Secretarial Colleges in New Jersey. She attended Bergen School for Girls in Jersey City from 1916-1920, then went to the Beard School for Girls in Orange, New Jersey from 1920-1923. She entered Mount Holyoke College in 1924. In 1928, she graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English. She recieved her Master of Arts degree in English from Columbia University in 1935. From November 1929 until August 1931 she worked as a hostess and secretary at the Mayflower Apartments in Jersey City. From approximately 1939 until her retirement in 1968, she was the owner and president of the Drake Secretarial Colleges. She married William Cecil Moore on September 3, 1938 in Tigrett, Tennessee. Her husband worked at Teaneck High School in Teaneck, New Jersey, first as an English teacher and later as the chairman of the English department. Their daughter Dorothy Anne was born on December 13, 1939. She died on February 13, 1993 at her home in Teaneck, New Jersey, at the age of eighty-seven.

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The Dorothy Beatrice Gleason Moore Papers include a diary, correspondence, memorabilia, a scrapbook, biographical information, and photographs dating from 1924-1993. Most of this material relates to her 1926 trip to England, Sweden, Germany, Finland, Estonia, Poland, Switzerland, France, Latvia, and Lithuania. These documents include a travel diary, letters and postcards to and from Moore, itineraries, guidebooks and other memorabilia, and photographs. The scrapbook reflects her activities as a student at Mount Holyoke College, chiefly in 1924-1925. It includes comments about faculty members and the campus, class songs and yells, lists of "favorite things," social functions, "memorable trips," and "dates and doings." Biographical information consists of newspaper clippings, an invitation to her wedding in 1938, and copies of her obituaries. Photographs are of Moore and some of her friends, including several Mount Holyoke College classmates.


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Preferred Citation

Please use the following format when citing materials from this collection:

Dorothy Gleason Moore Papers, Mount Holyoke College Archives and Special Collections, South Hadley, MA.

History of the Collection


Additional Information
Contact Information
Mount Holyoke College Archives and Special Collections
8 Dwight Hall
50 College St.
South Hadley, MA 01075

Phone: (413) 538-2013
Fax: (413) 538-2370

Email Reference Form: http://www.mtholyoke.edu/lits/library/arch/forms/areq.htm
URL: http://www.mtholyoke.edu/lits/library/arch/
Language
English.
Sponsor
Encoding funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Contents List
1926
1 folder

Arrangement:

Arranged chronologically.

Restrictions on access:

Unrestricted

Scope and content:

This series consists of a travel diary entitled "My Walking? Tour around the Baltics with Variations" with entries from June 19-August 28, 1926. The volume describes her daily activities during a tour of Europe in 1926. It includes information about her travels in Sweden, England, Germany, Finland, Estonia, Poland, Switzerland, France, Latvia, and Lithuania. Her observations include such commentary as "June 21. Spent the day on deck. Fooled around with several Amherst men and one Harvard youth who can't seem to remember his own name. Had a regular skein of german beer which does not appeal to me. My trip: sea - blue - glorious; sleep - necessary, overcoming; men - inebriated, disgustingly foolish; moon - sublime; Food - at all hours, all kinds; Crew - German, friendly; Date with Dick - adorable."

1926-1927, 1974-1990
2 folders

Arrangement:

Arranged chronologically.

Restrictions on access:

Unrestricted

Scope and content:

This series consists of letters and postcards written to and by Moore, 1926-1990. Of particular note are documents relating to her trip to Europe in 1926. These items include postcards that she sent to her mother and letters from people whom she met during the trip (including an Estonian man who wrote a love letter to her, 15 August 1927).

1926
9 folders

Arrangement:

Arranged by type of material.

Restrictions on access:

Unrestricted

Scope and content:

This series consists of materials relating to Moore's 1926 tour of Europe, including her passport, travel itineraries, a map of the tour route, postcards, and guidebooks. The guidebooks include a publication entitled "Poland's Access to the Sea and the Claims of East Prussia," published in 1926.

circa 1926-1993
1 folder

Arrangement:

Arranged chronologically.

Restrictions on access:

Unrestricted

Scope and content:

Consists of newspaper clippings about Moore and her friends. These clippings include obituaries. The series also contains an invitation to Moore's wedding in 1938.

1924-1928
1 folder

Arrangement:

Arranged chronologically.

Restrictions on access:

Unrestricted

Scope and content:

This series consists of a scrapbook Moore kept as a student at Mount Holyoke College, 1924-1928. The volume primarily contains a list of friends, comments about faculty members and the campus, class songs and yells, lists of "favorite things," social functions, "memorable trips," and "dates and doings," 1924-1925. It also includes some memorabilia such as ticket stubs, photographs, and a program for a 1924 football game between Columbia and Syracuse.

circa 1924-1990
1 folder

Arrangement:

Arranged chronologically.

Restrictions on access:

Unrestricted

Scope and content:

This series contains photographs of Moore as well as several of her Mount Holyoke College classmates. These primarily consist of photographs taken while she was a student at Mount Holyoke, 1924-28. There are also some later photographs of several of Moore's classmates.

Contents List
Diaries,
1926
1 folder

Travel Diary: "My Walking Tour Around the Baltics with Variations,"
June 19-August 28, 1926

Box 1: folder 1
Correspondence,
1926-1927, 1974-1990
2 folders

Correspondence,
1926-1927

Box 1: folder 2
Correspondence,
1974-1990

Box 1: folder 3
Memorabilia,
1926
9 folders

Passport,
1926

Box 1: folder 4
Itineraries,
1926 "Around the Baltics" trip

Box 1: folder 5
1926 student tours paricipant list


Box 1: folder 6
European postcards,
1926

Box 1: folder 7
Map; Museum floorplan; Name cards; Orchestral program; Menu; Ticket from 1926 trip


Box 1: folder 8
Guidebooks,
1926

Box 1: folder 9
Guidebooks,
1926

Box 1: folder 10
Guidebooks,
1926

Folio
Dress, probably from one of the countries visited in 1926


OBJ 0005
Biographical Information,
circa 1926-1993
1 folder

Newspaper clippings and obituaries,
circa 1926-1993

Box 1: folder 13
Scrapbook,
1924-1928
1 folder

Scrapbook, Mount Holyoke College,
1924-1928

Folio
Photographs,
circa 1924-1990
1 folder

Photographs,
circa 1924-1990

Box 1: folder 15

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Subjects
  • Moore, Dorothy Gleason, 1905-1993.
  • College students - Massachusetts - Biography.
  • England - Description and travel.
  • Estonia - Description and travel.
  • Finland - Description and travel.
  • France - Description and travel.
  • Germany - Description and travel.
  • Latvia - Description and travel.
  • Lithuania - Description and travel.
  • Mount Holyoke College - Employees.
  • Mount Holyoke College - Traditions.
  • Poland - Description and travel.
  • Sweden - Description and travel.
  • Switzerland - Description and travel.
  • Voyages and travels.
  • Women college students - Massachusetts - Biography.
  • Women college students - Social life and customs.
  • Women travelers.

Genre terms
  • Diaries.
  • Photographs.
  • Scrapbooks.


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