Collection Scope and Content Note
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Collection contains 45 field notebooks from Moore's southeastern archaeological
investigations. Moore seems to have developed a system where he recorded his on-site
information in a small notebook, and later transferred the data in a more polished
form to larger notebooks which he then used as the text for his publications. The
smaller notebooks often contain details which were eliminated from the larger texts.
They have site lists appended. The large format notebooks include both site lists
and alphabetical indices. Most of his field notes are from excavations in Alabama,
Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Tennessee. He also
conducted limited field work in Illinois, Indiana, Mississippi River, Missouri, and
South Carolina. His notes contain information about the finds and the conditions
under which they were excavated, providing locality data and details about the
artifacts. Information includes sketches of the site, detailed information about
layout and descriptions of unearthed objects, such as jewelry and pottery. Some
notebooks also have weather reports for the days of the excavations. Also included
is a dictionary of archaeological terms, with bibliographic citations, and some
correspondence. Correspondents include Dr. Milo G. Miller and George W. Rossignol.
Rossignol correspondence includes information regarding a proposed expedition to Red
River, Texas and to Arkansas in 1899. Published guide included. Moore's publications
based on his artifacts and field notes were housed in the Museum of the American
Indian Library. The artifacts were located in the museum as well.