Scope and Contents
The collection documents the literary career and creative process of the poet and author, Richard Moore, and sheds light on his personal and professional relationships and interests. Papers include writing and professional files; correspondence and subject files relating to literary figures; drafts and manuscripts of Moore's poetry and prose; and manuscripts of writings by others. Also present is an extensive journal kept by Moore from 1956 to 2007, and other personal and family papers.
Conditions Governing Access
The materials are open for research.
Box 46: Audiovisual material. Restricted fragile. Reference copies may be requested. Consult Access Services for further information.
Boxes 44, 47: Born-digital material. Restricted fragile. Reference copies of electronic files may be requested. Consult Access Services for further information.
Conditions Governing Use
The Richard Moore Papers is the physical property of the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale University. Literary rights, including copyright, belong to the authors or their legal heirs and assigns. For further information, consult the appropriate curator.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Gift of Richard Moore, 2009.
January 2011 acquisition: Gift of Claudia Annis, 2011.
September 2018 acquisition: Gift of Penelope Moore, 2018.
Organized into seven groupings: I. Files from Office/Bedroom Filing Cabinet, 1940-2009. II. Correspondence and Subject Files, 1940-2008. III. Writings, 1943-2007. IV. Journal, 1956-2007. V. Other Papers, 1940-2007. VI. January 2011 acquisition, undated. VII. September 2018 acquisition.
36.21 Linear Feet (47 boxes)
Language of Materials
The collection documents the literary career and creative process of the poet and author, Richard Moore, and sheds light on his personal and professional relationships and interests. Papers include writing and professional files; correspondence and subject files relating to literary figures; drafts and manuscripts of Moore's poetry and prose; and manuscripts of writings by others. Also present is an extensive journal kept by Moore from 1956 to 2007, as well as other personal and family papers.
Richard Moore (1927-2009)
Richard Moore (Yale 1950) is the author of ten volumes of poetry; a novel, The Investigator (1991); a collection of essays, The Rule That Liberates (1994); and translations of Plautus's Captivi (1995) and Euripedes's Hippolytus (1998). Moore's books of poetry include The Mouse Whole: An Epic (1996), Pygmies and Pyramids (1998), and The Naked Scarecrow (2000). Moore taught at Boston University, Brandeis University, the New England Conservatory of Music, and Clark University. He led the Agape poetry series in Boston and The Poetry Exchange in Cambridge, Massachusetts and Leesburg, Virginia.
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This collection received a basic level of processing, including rehousing and minimal organization, in 2010. Information included in the Description of Papers note and Collection Contents section is drawn from an initial survey of the contents. Folder titles appearing in the contents list below are often based on those provided by the creator or previous custodian. Titles have not been verified against the contents of the folders in all cases. Otherwise, folder titles are supplied by staff during basic processing.
This finding aid may be updated periodically to account for new acquisitions to the collection and/or revisions in arrangement and description.
- Guide to the Richard Moore Papers
- by Leigh Golden and Jennifer Meehan
- Description rules
- Describing Archives: A Content Standard
- Language of description note
- Finding aid written in English.
- May 2021: Updated by Rosemary K. J. Davis to add recent acquisitions.
- September 2020: Added 2011 addition
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