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Title: A Doyle Moore Papers and Music, 1864-2013
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
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.
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.
Repository: The Sousa Archives and Center for American Music
Acquisition Source: A. Doyle Moore Trust of Champaign, Illinois
Acquisition Method: Gift