A Doyle Moore Papers and Music


Scope and Contents

Biographical Note

Subject Terms

Administrative Information

Detailed Description

Graphic Design Work

Folk Music Papers and Materials

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Collection Overview

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ID: 12/3/30

Primary Creator: Moore, A. Doyle (1931-2013)

Extent: 3.25 cubic feet

Arrangement: Organized in two series: Series 1: Graphic Design Work, 1955-2008, Series 2: Folk Music Papers and Materials, 1864-2013. Moore's career was vast and covered a great array of interests, however, there the amount of material for each of these interests is small enough to not warrant many distinct series. In addition, Moore's combination of his professional career and personal interests made even the distinct bodies of work somewhat amorphous. These two series have thus been created to differentiate his professional career and his personal interests, while still highlighting the combination of these interests. The content is thus further arranged by amount of material and material type in various sub-series. Series 1 contains six distinct subseries and Series 2 contains two subseries. Series 1, is arranged at the item level as it contains many unique items created by Moore, whereas series 2 is arranged at the folder level.

Date Acquired: 11/20/2013

Subjects: Folk music, Graphic Art, Printing

Languages: English

Scope and Contents of the Materials

Consists of graphic design projects, professional papers, personal papers, correspondence, journals and articles, sheet music, sound recordings, photographs, and a musical instrument documenting Moore's multifaceted career in graphics design and printing before, during, and after his work in the School of Art and Design at the University of Illinois, as well as his interest and involvement in Folk music both locally with the Campus Folk Song Club at the University of Illinois and nationally with such folk labels as Folkways Records and Folk-Lyric Records.

Biographical Note

Alvin Doyle Moore (1931-2013) was born in Seiling, Oklahoma. Early in his life, his family frequently traveled in order to find employment. However, by 1947, he found a permanent residence within an adopted family in Garden City, Kansas. Shortly after moving there, he began attending college at Kansas State University, where he studied architecture. Upon graduation, he joined the US airforce; was deployed to Tokyo, Japan; and, whilst there, worked as art director for the Stars and Stripes Newsletter. After returning from active duty, he was accepted into the Art and Design program at the University of Iowa; it was here that he received his MFA in Design. He joined the faculty at the University of Illinois within the School of Art and Design in 1959; he taught graphic design. While teaching at the university, he also founded Finial Press, where he designed posters, brochures, books, and awards for the University, the School of Art and Design, and the Champaign-Urbana community.

In addition to his professional output as a designer and printer, Mr. Moore was actively involved in both local and national Folk music circuts. Locally, he played autoharp in the Philo Glee and Mandoline Society folk band. He also used his printing business to create posters, flyers, and album covers for the local Campus Folksong Club at the University of Illinois. The Campus Folksong Club drew many important Folk music acts to the Champaign-Urbana area including Flatt & Scruggs, Red Craven's Bray Brothers, The New Lost City Ramblers, The Stoneman Family and Hedy West. The Club also hosted a 1963 lecture series that included Doyle Moore and Archie Green, who presented his lecture "Hillbilly Music: Source and Symbol," which opened the door for country and folk music as serious scholarly areas of research. Nationally, he used his business to create album covers for national folk music publishers like Folkways Records and Folk-Lyric Records. He also labored to make the autoharp more visible within the folk music community at large with his publication "The Autoharp" as well as his seminal essay "The Origin of the Autoharp," presented in the 1963 lecture series.

Subject/Index Terms

Folk music
Graphic Art

Administrative Information

Repository: The Sousa Archives and Center for American Music

Acquisition Source: A. Doyle Moore Trust of Champaign, Illinois

Acquisition Method: Gift

Box and Folder Listing

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Series 2: Folk Music Papers and Materials, 1864-2013Add to your cart.
Series 2 includes correspondence (including a number of letters to and from Mike Seeger), photographs, collected posters, folk music magazines (including copies of the Carter Family's "Sunny Side Sentinal"), and his musical instrument all which relate to Moore's active involvement within local and national folkmusic circles. In addition, this section shows his interest in the Autoharp, including a seminal article written about the instrument in 1963, numerous method books for the instrument, and select issues of the Autoharp Journal, which Moore founded. Two particular items of note include a partial copy of the Civil War Era song book "The Trumpet of Freedom" and a photograph of Charles F. Zimmerman, one of the originators of the autoharp both of which predate Moore's birth, but which were collected by him.
Sub-Series 1: Personal Papers, 1864-2013Add to your cart.
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Folder 1: Correspondence, 1952-1985Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Autoharp books, journals, and articles, 1962-1984Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Music Journals, 1952-1993Add to your cart.
Box 4Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Sheet Music and Song Books, ca. 1864-1968Add to your cart.
Includes a copy (missing pages) of "The Trumpet of Freedom" Song book, autographed and dated by Kate Hunter.
Folder 2: Autoharp Method Books, 1953-1967Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Philo Glee and Mandoline Society Photographs, ca. 1960-1975Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Folder 4: The Origin of the Autoharp Article, ca. 1963-1972Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Personal Photographs, ca. 1890s-1970Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Includes photograph of Charles F. Zimmerman, the creator of the autoharp; Includes autographed photograph of the Carter Sisters.
Folder 6: Newspaper Clippings, 1962-2013Add to your cart.
Oversize Portfolio Case 3Add to your cart.
Item 53: Violent Protesters Peacefully Subdued Lithographed Poster, 1970Add to your cart.
Item 54: Stars of Country Music Poster, ca. 1974Add to your cart.
Item 55: Carter Family Photograph, undatedAdd to your cart.
Sub-Series 2: Audio Recordings and Musical Instrument, 1961-1972Add to your cart.
Box 5Add to your cart.
Item 29: The Carter Family: On Border Radio LP, 1972Add to your cart.
Direct Cut LP. Produced by Consolodated Radio Corporation.
Item 30: Dorris and Lyle Mayfield and Friends: Our Champaign Days CD, 1962Add to your cart.
Originally Recorded on Reel to Reel tape in 1962, unknown date of transfer to CD.
Item 31: Doyle Moore Autoharp Lecture, undatedAdd to your cart.
1/2 in., 3 1/4 diameter, acetate tape
Item 1: Montgomery Ward- Oscar Schmidt autoharp and Rattlesnake Tail, 1961Add to your cart.
Doyle Moore's Autoharp, rattlesnake tail found inside the instrument. Autoharp Accession # 2014.1203030.001, Rattlesanke Tail Accession # 2014.1203030.002

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