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Charles W. Moores, Jr. speeches

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: S0982

Scope and Contents

The collection contains speeches given at various school ceremonies and on the topic of education in general ranging from 1901 to 1916 and undated. There are also speeches on Benjamin Harrison and Abraham Lincoln; a speech delivered to Civil War veterans on Decoration Day; and a history of Fourth Presbyterian Church, which was located at the corner of Market and Delaware Streets in Indianapolis and later merged with Grace Presbyterian to form Fairview Presbyterian Church.


  • 1901-1916, undated

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Legal title, copyright, and literary rights reside with Rare Books and Manuscripts, Indiana State Library, Indianapolis, IN. All requests to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted to Rare Books and Manuscripts.

Biographical Note

Charles Washington Moores, Jr. was born on February 15, 1862, in Indianapolis, Indiana. His parents were Charles Washington Moores and Julia Dumont Merrill. He received his bachelor’s, master’s, and Litt.D. degrees from Wabash College and attended the Central Law School (Indianapolis). Moores practiced law in Indianapolis and lectured at the Indiana Law School. In 1888, he became a U.S. Commissioner. On October 5, 1896, he married Elizabeth Nichols of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Moores was greatly involved in education, a passion inherited from his family. He was a member of the Indianapolis School Board from 1900 to 1909, serving as Vice-President from 1903 to 1908 and President from 1908 to 1909. He was also on the Board of Directors for Butler College (1903-1909) and Indianapolis Art Institute (1909 and 1918). Among his other civic roles were first VicePresident of the Indiana Historical Society and a member of the Indiana Historical Commission. Moores was a member of the American, Indiana State, and Indianapolis Bar Associations and served as President of the latter. He died on December 7, 1923.


Dunn, Jacob Piatt. Indiana and Indianans: A History of Aboriginal and Territorial Indiana and the Century of Statehood, Vol. III. Chicago: The American Historical Society, 1919.

Monks, Leander J. Courts and Lawyers of Indiana, Vol. III. Indianapolis: Federal Publishing Co., 1916.


0.03 Cubic Feet (3 folders)

Language of Materials



This collection is arranged chronologically.

Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donation from the Charles Moores family.


No further additions are expected.

Item List

Folder 1. 1901-1908

1901 July 10 Speech given at National German-American Teachers Association Convention, typescript, 5 p.

1901 Nov. 22 "Some Personal Discussions of Benjamin Harrison," speech given at Benjamin Harrison School on Harrison Day, typescript, 6 p.

1901 Dec. 13 Speech given at Oscar McCulloch School Dedication, printed (2 copies)

[1901] Speech given at Washington School Dedication, typescript, 5 p.

1902 Jan. 15 Speech given at Frederick Douglass School Dedication, typescript, 2 p.

1902 Jan. 29 Speech given at William McKinley School Dedication, typescript, 6 p.

1903 Apr. 24 Speech accepting the Emmerich portrait at M.T.H.S., typescript, 3 p.

1903 May 29 Speech given at Washington School for dedication of flag, typescript, 2 p., with handwritten notes, 4 p.

1903 June 10 Shortridge High School Commencement Exercises program

1903 June 10 Speech given at Shortridge High School Commencement Exercises, typescript, 3 p.

1903 Oct. 22 Speech given at Robert Gould Shaw School Dedication, typescript, 2 p.

1905 June 13 Speech given at Shortridge High School Commencement Exercises, typescript, 4 p.

1905 June 14 Shortridge High School Commencement Exercises announcement

1905 June 14 Speech given at Shortridge High School Commencement Exercises, typescript, 3 p.

1908 Jan. 17 Speech given at Thomas Jefferson School Dedication, typescript, 4 p.

Folder 2. 1910 and 1916

1910 Sept. 1 "The Career of a Country Lawyer: Abraham Lincoln," speech read before the American Bar Association at Chattanooga, TN, reprinted from the Proceedings of the American Bar Association (3 copies)

1916 Dec. 18 "The Spirit of the Church," a history of Fourth Presbyterian Church, typescript, 11 p.

Folder 3. undated

undated "Shall Married Women Teach?" speech, manuscript, 3 p.

undated Speech on charity, manuscript, 11 p.

undated Commencement speech, manuscript, 4 p.

undated Speech given at diploma presentations, typescript, 6 p. Commencement speech, typescript, 6 p.

undated Commencement speech, typescript, 3 p.

undated Speech given at diploma presentation, typescript, 3 p. Speech on high schools, typescript, 2 p.

undated Speech given at a Decoration Day ceremony, typescript, 15 p. Speech on Abraham Lincoln, typescript, 20 p.

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Collection processing completed 2006/04 by Christina Baich. EAD finding aid created 2006/04 by Christina Baich.
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Repository Details

Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

140 North Senate Avenue
Indianapolis, Indiana 46204 U.S.A.