Jackie Couture, Molly Bowen, and Lee Ann Eades
William Julius Moore Papers (Record Group 82)
Eastern Kentucky University ArchivesRichmond, Kentucky 40475-3102
This collection is open for research.
[Identification of item], William Julius Moore Papers, University Archives, Eastern Kentucky University, Richmond.
6.5 cubic feet, 10,500 items, 15 boxes
Dr. William J. Moore was associated with Eastern for fifty-two years, arriving on campus as a nineteen-year-old freshman in 1913. He joined the faculty as a professor of economics in 1928 and became dean in 1945. He retired in 1965, after which a classroom building was named in his honor.
William Julius Moore was born on October 25, 1894, in Booneville, Kentucky. He was the son of the late Henry Wosley and Mary Jane Moore and was the eldest of thirteen children. He was married to Nazza Kilborn Moore, and they had two children, Mary Elizabeth Roberts and William Moore. He received a two-year diploma in education from Eastern Kentucky State Teachers College and earned his A.B., A.M., and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Kentucky. He also studied for two years at the UK Law School.
Moore served under former State Superintendent of Public Instruction John Fred Williams as director of the Bureau of Finance and as commissioner of revenue from 1944-1945 in the administration of Governor Simeon Willis. He was a member of the Kentucky General Assembly in 1924 and chairman of the Kentucky State Tax Commission. His work in the state's educational development included chairing an advisory committee to the Council on Public Higher Education. He once served as chairman of the Commission on Teacher Education and Professional Standards.
His last work was on behalf of retired teachers. He served as founder and president of the Madison County Retired Teachers Association and on the State Legislative Commission on Retired Teachers. Moore, the author of numerous articles on economics and education was a teacher, principal, and superintendent in Kentucky schools for fourteen years before joining the faculty at Eastern. He was named a recipient of the Eastern Centennial Alumni Award in 1974.
He was a member of numerous professional and educational organizations, including the National, Kentucky, and Central Kentucky Education Associations, Kentucky Academy of Science, Kentucky Academy of Social Science, American Southern Economic Association, the National Tax Association, National Municipal League, American Society for Public Administration, and the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. He was a member of the honorary organizations of Kappa Delta Pi, Pi Omega Pi, Phi Delta Phi, and Phi Delta Kappa. He was a member of the Richmond Lions Club, Knights of Pythias, the Christian Church, and was district governor of Lions International in 1948.
Dr. Moore died on February 26, 1980, and was buried at the Richmond Cemetery.
Dean Moore, as he was affectionately called, had a long and close association with Richmond and Eastern Kentucky University. From his days as a student fresh from the mountains of a very rural and isolated Owsley County in 1913 to his death in 1980, Dr. Moore strongly advocated the need for education. In addition, Dean Moore was an avid genealogist. The William J. Moore papers reflect Dr. Moore's extensive research into the Moore, Brandenburg and related families. Historian/genealogist Mr. David Brandenberg of Atlanta, Georgia, provided invaluable advice in arranging portions of the Genealogical Series.
Unfortunately, almost no personal correspondence and no political correspondence was saved by Dr. Moore. There is however a dearth of photographs in the collection. Dean Moore's civic activities, especially with the Richmond Lions Club, are adequately documented. For Dr. Moore's career at Eastern Kentucky University one must consult Eastern's institutional records, especially the records of the President's office and the Vice President for Academic Affairs. In March 1978 a series of interviews with Dr. Moore was conducted by Charles Hay for the Eastern institutional oral history program. These interviews shed some light on Moore's personal and political career.
Although the William J. Moore papers on a whole are somewhat disappointing, especially in providing information on Moore's activities in the Kentucky Republican Party, the collection nevertheless will prove fruitful to genealogists.
This series consists of two boxes of material related to William J. Moore's time at Eastern. This series contains minutes of the various committees on which he served. His profile is also included in this series.
This series is comprised of genealogical research performed by William J. Moore. This series is subdivided into five subseries: correspondence, documents, Moore Family, Brandenburgh Family, and Other Surnames.
The correspondence of William J. Moore consists of two boxes. The files are arranged alphabetically by family surnames and the letters therein are arranged alphabetically by author's last name. The letters were written between the years of 1902 and 1980. These are personal letters from friends and families regarding genealogy. One box consists of letters only on the Brandenburg Family Line. They are divided into two families, the Matthias family line and the non-Matthias family line. The envelopes have been stored with the letters.
These documents are contained in two boxes. The documents consist of death records, civil war documents, etc. The documents are arranged in alphabetical order by the individual's surname.
The Moore Genealogy subseries is contained in one box. The subseries consists of materials William J. Moore used to do genealogy research on the Moore family line.
The Brandenburgh Genealogy subseries consists of one box of materials relating to the family line. These materials include census records and notes that William J. Moore collected while researching his mother's family line.
This subseries consists of one box of information and notes that William J. Moore collected to research various family names. No dates are given.
The Lions Club series is comprised of two boxes. One box consists of information and material on the local Lions Club and the other box consists of material and information on the national Lions Club.
This series consists of two boxes. The box numbered 13 is an oversized box. Most of the contents in this series are certificates from W.J. Moore's activities in the Lions Club.
This series consists of two boxes. These documents and materials are William J. Moore's professional notes on education, tax revision commission of Kentucky, speeches, minutes, and theses.
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