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Mary Elizabeth Moody collection

Identifier: L713

Scope and Contents

This collection includes 6 photograph albums and 3 scrapbooks, containing photographs, papers, pamphlets, postcards, souvenirs, currency, and ephemera, created by Betty Goodale Moody in Indiana, Florida, around the United States, Jordan, Israel, and Egypt, ranging from circa 1936 to 2015, regarding her personal and family life, friends, and travels within the United States and the Middle East. There are also miscellaneous photographs whose subjects were identified by Moody and her step-daughter, Barbara Jesse (2004-2006, undated); a funeral program for Evelyn J. Moody (1987); an obiturary for Mary Moody (2015); and a Sigma Eta wallhanging with 23 pins from the organizations of which Moody held membership.

Contents of the albums and scrapbooks were removed and foldered due to preservation concerns.


  • circa 1936-2015


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

Mary Elizabeth "Betty" Goodale was born on October 11, 1918 in Indianapolis, Indiana to Ford N. (1880-1948) and Nora O. (Burt) Goodale (1880-1973). She grew up in Indianapolis, but the family moved to Huntington, Indiana by 1940. Goodale graduated from Huntington College in 1941 and received her master's degree from Ball State University in 1957. Goodale was a school teacher for 43 years, working in Huntington, Indiana, California and Michigan public schools.

She was a member of the Angola Christian Church, Steuben County Retired Teachers Association, and held offices for the Psi Iota Xi, Rho Chapter, Delta Kappa Gamma International (past vice-president), Huntington Order of Eastern Star, Sigma Eta sorority for fine arts (past national president), Zeta Tau Alpha of Fort Wayne. Moody received received the Zeta Tau Alpha Alumnae Certificate of Merit from the Fort Wayne organization in 1974 and served as a past regent of the Daughters of the Revolution. Goodale married J. Preston Moody (1908-1997) on October 3, 1987. She and her husband lived in Angola, Indiana. Betty Moody died on September 12, 2015 and is buried at Circle Hill Cemetery in Angola, Indiana. Sources: "Betty Moody." U.S., Obituary Collection, 1930-Current. Accessed September 17, 2019. "Mary Elizabeth Moody." Find a Grave Memorial. Accessed August 28, 2023. Weicht Funeral Home. "Mary Elizabeth 'Betty' (Goodale) Moody." Accessed September 17, 2019.


1.6 Cubic Feet (5 manuscript boxes)

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This collection is arranged by subject.

Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donation from Nancy Cross on 2017/02/15; Tom Pfundstein on behalf of Nancy Cross on 2018/01/11 and Barbara Moody Jesse on 2023/08/23.


No further additions are expected.

Related Materials

Materials relating to this collection may be found in the following collections in Rare Books and Manuscripts, Indiana State Library, Indianapolis, IN:

L714: Orville Haines Moody collection

Processing Information

Collection processing and finding aid completed by Bethany Fiechter on 2019/09/17. Collection reprocessed with addition 2023/09/08 by Brittany Kropf. EAD finding aid revised 2023/09/08 by Brittany Kropf.
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Repository Details

Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

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