Collection Scope and Content Note
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Correspondence, subject files, photographs, clippings, and other material pertaining to Moore's life and his career in veterinary medicine and public health.
The collection includes biographical information and genealogical information in the form of Moore family correspondence, photographs, newspaper clippings, financial ledgers, a scrapbook, and correspondence with friends such as Martin H. Goodkind, Warren D. More, and Ora P. Rider.
There is also an abundance of information about Cornell University and the New York State College of Veterinary Medicine, ranging from Moore's undergraduate years through his more than twenty years as Dean.
Much of the correspondence, subject files and ephemera in the collection comes from Moore's involvement in professional organizations such as the American Public Health Association, American Veterinary Medical Association, New York State Veterinary Medical Society, Society of American Bacteriologists, Tompkins County Medical Society, United States Livestock Sanitary Association, and World's Dairy Congress Association. There is also an abundance of material relating to his membership in a number of fraternal and civic organizations, such as the Cosmos Club, the Masons, Phi Kappa Phi, Phi Sigma Kappa, the Ithaca City Hospital and the Ithaca Board of Education.
There are also a number of files documenting Moore's consulting work with companies and institutions such as the Anaconda Copper Mining Company, Borden, Briarcliff Farms, and the Milbank Memorial Fund. There is also an abundance of material regarding Moore's work on the formation of the United States Army Veterinary Corps.
The subject files in this collection cover a broad range of topics. Of particular note are the materials on bacteriology, brucellosis, the study and teaching of veterinary medicine, microbiology, meat inspection, milk hygiene, public health (especially in New York State), sexual hygiene instruction, vivisection, human tuberculosis, and bovine tuberculosis
Correspondence with veterinary and public health specialists comprises the bulk of the Moore collection. Significant correspondents include Bernhard Bang, Jean Broadhurst, Samuel H. Burnett, George Washington Carver, Cooper Curtice, W. W. Dimock, R. R. Dykstra. P.A. Fish, C.P. Fitch, Mark Francis, Langdon Frothingham, H.C. Gardiner, Ward Giltner, W.G. Hollingsworth, Grant Sherman Hopkins, William Henry Kelly, Fred L. Kilbourne, James Law, Alexandre Liautard, Winfred B. Mack, Charles Edward Marshall, C.J. Marshall, Duncan McEachran, F.H. McNair, L.A. Merillat, H.J. Milks, Frank H. Miller, J.E. Peabody, H.D. Pease, Leonard Pearson, E.M. Pickens, S.C. Prescott, M.P. Ravenel, M.H. Reynolds, J.G. Rutherford, Daniel Salmon, Theobald Smith, C.H. Stange, D.H. Udall, A.R. Ward, Cassius Way, David Stuart White, Horace White, W.L. Williams, and John G. Wills.
The ephemera in the collection includes, buttons, pins, ribbons, maps, posters, and visiting cards (calling cards).
For a complete listing of all subjects and correspondents, please see the container list.
The earliest material, which dates from the 1830s is in the Family Papers Series. The most recent material dates from the 1950s and is included in the "Posthumous Memorials" folder in the Biography series and in the "Vivisection" Subject Files. It is unclear how the most recent vivisection material (Box 29, Folder 22) became part of the collection. Moore died in 1931, yet the material dates up to 1958. It is possible that the material was added by Dr. Norman Moore, his son, or that material from other collections was mixed with the Moore material in the years between original transfer and processing.