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Edith Moore collection

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: L654

Scope and Contents

This collection consists largely of the genealogical research done by Moore and other members of her family. Edith Moore has collected her own writings, family research, correspondence about her research, and created family trees. The smaller series within the collection consist of personal papers relating specifically to Edith Moore, her early life and career, the entirety of her correspondence and that of other members of her family, family papers, especially of her mother and father, photographs and postcards, and other miscellany that largely consists of various publications that cannot be attributed to any one person, drawings, and realia.


  • 1848-2005


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 / Historical

Edith Moore was born in Kendallville, Noble County, Indiana on September 30, 1914 to Earl J. Moore and M. Almeda Beckley. Earl was born January 13, 1882 in Kunkle Village, Williams County, Ohio and worked in building and construction. Almeda was born December 13, 1882 in Avilla, Indiana, where she spent her early life and later worked as a telephone operator. Almeda went to Tri-State University and taught prior to her marriage to Earl. Almeda, known as Allie, was interested in art and illustration. Earl also became a draftsman and detailer within his carpentry work. After also living in Louisville, Kentucky, the Moores moved to Indianapolis where edit attended Shortridge High School from 1929 to 1933 where her favorite subject was art. In the fall of 1933, Edith enrolled in the Herron School of Art in Indianapolis on a scholarship. In 1939, she was painting and shared a studio with Herb Kantzer. Her career in art had her cross paths with L. S. Ayres and the home furnishing department. She worked at Ayres for 29 years as an interior designer. Later in her life she did a significant amount of genealogy research into her principle families, Moore, Beckley, and Kelly, and other related families.


11 Cubic Feet (12 cubic foot box, 2 oversize boxes)

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Arranged in the following series and subseries:

Series 1: Personal papers, 1914-1985

Series 2: Family papers and correspondence, 1865-2001

Series 3: Photographs and postcards, 1850-1996

Series 4: Genealogy, 1848-2005

Subseries 4.1: Alleman, Bond, and Burns families, 1939-2000

Subseries 4.2: Beckley family, 1848-1998

Subseries 4.3: Families C-G, 1855-1999

Subseries 4.4: Kelly and McClure families, 1933-2001

Subseries 4.5: Moore family, 1912-2004

Subseries 4.6: Families P-W, 1963-1992

Subseries 4.7: General research materials, 1913-2005

Subseries 4.8: Genealogy by state, 1874-1999

Series 5: Miscellaneous

Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donation from Edith Moore.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2019/08/01 by Lauren Patton. EAD finding aid created 2019/08/01 by Lauren Patton.
Edith Moore collection
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Repository Details

Part of the Genealogy Repository

315 West Ohio Street
Indianapolis, Indiana 46204 U.S.A.