Harlan E. "Ed" Moore (1885-1979), raised in Mt. Sterling, Ill., was a leader in the building materials business and a philanthropist in Champaign, Ill.
From 1918 to 1933, Moore was a sales representative for the Champaign branch of the Johns-Manville Lumber Co. In 1933 he formed Harlan E. Moore and Co., which was the first U.S. company to offer building materials wholesale. Moore also owned the Fisher (Ill.) Lumber Co., and farms in Piatt and Brown Counties.
Moore donated a portion of the Piatt County farm to create the Harlan E. Moore Heart Research Foundation, which used hogs as research specimens. He and his wife Theresa also donated generously to the Krannert Art Museum at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, establishing the Theresa E. and Harlan E. Moore Collection, which includes many ancient Greek vases.
Part I of the collection contains personal papers of and biographical material about Harlan E. Moore. Part II contains correspondence and material relating to the administration and finances of the Harlan E. Moore and Co. Part III contains correspondence and material relating to the administration, finances, legal cases, and philanthropy of the Harlan E. Moore Charitable Trust as well as material pertaining to the Fisher Lumber Co. and to Moore's farms. Part IV contains correspondence and material regarding the administration and research of the Harlan E. Moore Heart Research Foundation.
Dan Eaton, a trustee of the Foundation, donated the collection to the Library in 2003-2004.