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Elisabeth Luce Moore papers, 1928-1989
15 boxes (13 linear feet)
Collection number: SSC.MS.00225

Abstract:
Journalist; Editor; Trustee, State University of New York; YWCA official; and International relations specialist. Papers include an scrapbooks; oral history; correspondence; photographs and clippings; travel files from trips to Asia, Europe, Australia, and China; speeches and writings; and files pertaining to organizations concerned with international relations, education, and international development, among them the Young Women's Christion Association and SUNY.

Terms of Access and Use:

Restrictions on access:

This collection is open for use without restriction beyond the standard terms and conditions of Smith College Special Collections. Collection has not been fully processed and therefore may be somewhat difficult to use. Collection is stored offsite; researchers must give 48 hours advance notice. Use copies of audio cassettes of oral history need to be made upon request.

Restrictions on use:

The Sophia Smith Collection owns copyright to the unpublished works by the creator of this collection. Copyright to materials created by others may be owned by those individuals or their heirs or assigns. Permission must be obtained to publish reproductions or quotations beyond "fair use." It is the responsibility of the researcher to identify and satisfy the holders of all copyrights.

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Biographical / Historical

Elisabeth Luce was born in China to Presbyterian Board missionaries, April 4, 1903. She graduated from Wellesley College in 1924, where she later served on the Board of Trustees. She married Maurice T. Moore in 1926; they had two sons, Thompson and Michael.

She is the sister of Henry R. Luce, founder of Time Magazine, and early in her career she worked as editor and writer for his periodicals. She was also active in volunteer social work, working with such agencies as the New York Junior League and the National and International YWCA, serving as chair of the YWCA's foreign division in 1944. She was chair of the Nation Council of the USO during World War II, and she served on the advisory committee of the Economic Cooperation Administration, which administered the Marshall Plan. She was a delegate to the International Conference of Women in 1951. Luce Moore served as board chair of the Institute of International Education, which administers such exchange programs as the Fulbright Scholar Program. She has also served as vice-president of United Services to China, and as trustee of the China Institute of America, the Asia Foundation, and the United Board for Christian Higher Education. In 1968 she was appointed by Governor Nelson Rockefeller as chair of the Board of Trustees of the State University of New York, the first woman to hold that job.

She holds honorary degrees from Columbia University, Duke University, Princeton University, Trinity University, the State University of New York, Claremont Graduate Center, Wellesley College, Hamilton College, Adelphi College, Western College, and Silliman University in the Philippines. She has also received numerous awards for her work, among them the Elisabeth Blackwell Medal from Hobart and William Smith Colleges, the National Institute of Social Sciences Medal, the Readers' Digest Award, and the Order of the Brilliant Star from the People's Republic of China. Elisabeth Luce Moore died on February 9, 2002.

Scope and Contents

The Elisabeth Luce Moore Papers include an oral history (1989); scrapbooks (1944-68, 1965); correspondence (1928-85); photographs and clippings (1938-59, 1964-86); awards; travel files from trips to Asia, Europe, Australia, and China(including correspondence, photographs, clippings and notes, all dating from 1950-72); speeches and writings (1920s, 1949-83); organization files, among them the Young Women's Christion Association (YWCA) and SUNY (1944-84); and subject files (1944, 1961-75). Strengths of the collection include Luce/Moore family correspondence, and material pertaining to organizations concerned with international relations, education, and development.


Information on Use
Terms of Access and Use
Restrictions on access:

This collection is open for use without restriction beyond the standard terms and conditions of Smith College Special Collections. Collection has not been fully processed and therefore may be somewhat difficult to use. Collection is stored offsite; researchers must give 48 hours advance notice. Use copies of audio cassettes of oral history need to be made upon request.

Restrictions on use:

The Sophia Smith Collection owns copyright to the unpublished works by the creator of this collection. Copyright to materials created by others may be owned by those individuals or their heirs or assigns. Permission must be obtained to publish reproductions or quotations beyond "fair use." It is the responsibility of the researcher to identify and satisfy the holders of all copyrights.

Preferred Citation

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

Elisabeth Luce Moore Papers, Sophia Smith Collection, SSC-MS-00225, Smith College Special Collections, Northampton, Mass.

History of the Collection

The collection was donated by Elisabeth Luce Moore in 1988, 19991, and 2011. Accession numbers: 88S-24, 91S-25, 11S-33.


Additional Information
Contact Information
Smith College Special Collections
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4 Tyler Drive
Northampton, MA 01063

Phone: (413) 585-2970
Fax: (413) 585-2886

Email: specialcollections@smith.edu
URL: https://www.smith.edu/libraries/special-collections
Language
English
Other Finding Aids

This online finding aid currently provides detailed description of only the most recent additions to this collection. Additional materials are described in unpublished lists that can be sent to you upon request by contacting specialcollections@smith.edu

Sponsor
Encoding funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Contents List
2011-S-0033. Lautz, Terrill E., Elisabeth Luce Moore oral history recordings by Terry Lautz
1985 June 18 - 1987 February 21
0.5 linear feet(1 box)
Box 1
Search Terms
Lautz, Terrill E.

2011-S-0033. Oral history recording labelled "ELM/Luce Foundation"
1986 September 18

Box 1
Restrictions on access:

Restrictions designated by the SSC: RESTRICTED--Closed until use copies can be made.

2011-S-0033. Oral history recording labelled "ELM/NYC, Texas"
1986 July 29

Box 1
Restrictions on access:

Restrictions designated by the SSC: RESTRICTED--Closed until use copies can be made.

2011-S-0033. Oral history recording labelled "Elisabeth Moore, Weston, CT"
1985 June 28

Box 1
Restrictions on access:

Restrictions designated by the SSC: RESTRICTED--Closed until use copies can be made.

2011-S-0033. Oral history recording labelled "Eliz. Luce Moore, Weston, CT, #2"
1985 June 28

Box 1
Restrictions on access:
2011-S-0033. Oral history recording labelled "ELM, NYC, Texas, USO, CK5"
1987 January 29

Box 1
Restrictions on access:

Restrictions designated by the SSC: RESTRICTED--Closed until use copies can be made.

2011-S-0033. Oral history recording labelled " ELM, Wellesley"
1986 May 01

Box 1
Restrictions on access:

Restrictions designated by the SSC: RESTRICTED--Closed until use copies can be made.

2011-S-0033. Oral history recording labelled "ELM interview, YWCA"
1986 April 08

Box 1
Restrictions on access:

Restrictions designated by the SSC: RESTRICTED--Closed until use copies can be made.

2011-S-0033. Oral history recording labelled "ELM interview, SUNY"
1986 March 27

Box 1
Restrictions on access:
2011-S-0033. Oral history recording labelled "ELM, family & SUNY"
1986 February 05 1986 March 27

Box 1
Restrictions on access:

Restrictions designated by the SSC: RESTRICTED--Closed until use copies can be made.

2011-S-0033. Oral history recording labelled "United Board, Asia Foundation"
1987 February 27

Box 1

Search Terms
The following terms represent persons, organizations, and topics documented in this collection. Use these headings to search for additional materials on this web site, in the Five College Library Catalog, or in other library catalogs and databases.

Subjects
  • Asia--Description and travel--Sources
  • China--Description and travel--Sources
  • Family--United States--History--20th century
  • International education--History--Sources
  • International relations--History--20th century--Sources
  • Lautz, Terrill E.
  • Lautz, Terrill E.
  • Luce family
  • Moore, Elisabeth Luce
  • Moore, Elisabeth Luce
  • State University of New York--History--Sources
  • Women journalists--United States--Biography
  • Women--Congresses--History
  • Young Women's Christian Association of the U.S.A.--History

Genre terms
  • Awards
  • Oral histories
  • Organization files
  • Speeches
  • clippings
  • correspondence
  • diaries
  • photographs


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