Scope and arrangement
These papers document the career and personal life of Anne Carroll Moore. The date span is 1898-1960, with the bulk of the correspondence dating from 1910 through 1950. The papers include professional and personal correspondence, news clippings, photographs, illustrations, mock-ups and a few items of ephemera. The papers are an important source for the study of children's librarianship and children's literature. Moore cultivated relationships with a significant number of authors, illustrators and publishers of children's books. Major correspondents include: Leonard Leslie Brooke and his wife Sybil Brooke, Walter de la Mare, Mary Dobie, Leslie Linder, Beatrix Potter, and Marie Shedlock. Prominent correspondents include Ludwig Bemelmans, Paul Bowles, Margaret Wise Brown, Dorothy Canfield, James Daugherty, John Dewey, John Farrar, Eleanor Frick, Wanda Gag, Ted Geisel, Rene Harnoncourt, Alfred Knopf, Lois Lenski, Archibald MacLeish, Anne Morgan, Lewis Mumford, Frederick Pratt, George Putnam, Eleanor and Franklin D. Roosevelt, Carl Sandburg, Alfred E. Smith, Louis Untermeyer, Carl Van Doren, Lillian Wald, and E.B. and Katherine White.
The collection includes photographs of Moore at various points in her life, as well as images of such colleagues and friends as Beatrix Potter and Marie Shedlock. Among the photographs are a series of black and white prints depicting libraries in rural France (1921-1922). These prints document the activities of the American Committee for Devastated France, of which Moore was a member.
Literary material includes extensive correspondence with Leslie Linder and the Frederick Warne Company regarding the publication of The Art of Beatrix Potter. The publishers consulted with Moore on content and illustrations, and Moore also wrote an Appreciation and Introduction for the book. There are also reproductions of drawings and photographs used in the publication, as well as two promotional brochures. Finally, the records include a holograph manuscript of Helen Bannerman's of Sambo and the Twins, together with original illustrations, and a hard-cover copy of the book.
The Anne Carroll Moore papers are arranged in three series:
Anne Carroll Moore's correspondence files contain incoming letters, postcards and telegrams which document her professional life and personal activities. The files are arranged alphabetically by the name of the correspondent, and in a few cases by organization name. There are a small number of outgoing letters to John Dewey, Alice O'Connor, and Marie Shedlock. The bulk of the correspondence dates from 1910-1950. This series includes one hundred and eighty-seven letters from the storyteller Marie Shedlock. Moore referred to Shedlock as the "Fairy Godmother of Storytelling." The letters are personal in tone, but also relate the progress of Shedlock's career. These folders also contain a few programs and syllabus' from Shedlock's appearances. Several correspondents discuss Shedlock in their letters to Moore; these include Mary Dobie, Anne Eaton, Mariana Greens, Esther Hoffman, Ruth Kellog Reinhold, and Anna Slocum.
In an extensive correspondence with Beatrix Potter the author discusses her life in the Lake District of Northern England, her concerns about both World Wars and the origins of the character, Peter Rabbit (1925). Moore received numerous letters from Walter de la Mare who wrote about his family and surroundings in rural England, as well as his career. Carl Sandburg's letters discuss the Nicholas books, and include comments on his own Rootabaga Stories. The file also contains a poem Sandburg wrote in honor of Anne Carroll Moore.
Moore conducted a lengthy correspondence with author Leonard Leslie Brooke and his wife Sylvia. These letters are personal in tone and deal with their family life, literature and current affairs.
Author E. B. White corresponded with Moore during the time he was writing Stuart Little. In his letters he discusses the challenge he faced in writing his first book for children. Letters from his wife Katherine discuss White's work, and her own efforts in establishing a rural library North Brooklin, Maine.
In a letter dated 1923, a 13 year-old Paul Bowles discusses his writing and piano lessons.
Moore exchanged letters with many other artists and illustrators of children's books. This series includes letters received from Margery Bianco, Will Cuppy, James Daugherty, Rene Harnoncourt, Robert McCloskey, Maxfield Parrish, Arthur Rackham, Hugh Troy, and Jay Van Everen, and author-illustrators Ludwig Bemelmans, Wag Gag, Ted Geisel, and Lois Lenski. They discuss Moore's reviews and articles for the Horn Book and The New York Herald Tribune. In some letters correspondents discuss the work of children's authors and illustrators, as well as their own books. There are drawings contained within the texts of the letters from illustrators James Daugherty, Hugh Troy, and Rene Harnoncourt. Reflections on the World Wars appear in many of the letters, particularly those from Leslie and Sylvia Brooke, Dorothy Canfield, Robert McCloskey and Beatrix Potter.
Many of her correspondents recognize and offer congratulations for the publication of her Nicholas books. A significant number of letters offer congratulations on her 25th anniversary with The New York Public Library.
There are also letters from former classmates, students and aspiring librarians from around the country, Britian, China, France and Italy. A group of letters from Anne Morgan deal with her work for the American Committee for Devastated France, as do several other letters from France.
Clippings about Anne Carroll Moore include a profile of her twenty-fifth anniversary party, an article about her NYPL retirement on August 24, 1941, and her obituary from theNew York Times of January 21, 1961. Other clippings include three obituaries for Beatrix Potter from January 1944; a feature article about Potter from Time (24 Jan. 1944); and an article from Harper's Bazaar, "The Tale of Beatrix Potter" (July 1946).
The materials concerning The Art of Beatrix Potter include extensive correspondence with the Frederick Warne Company, and the author Leslie Linder. Linder is credited with cracking the code Beatrix Potter used in her personal journals. There are reproductions of mock-ups, drawings and photographs used in the publication, as well as two promotional brochures.
Finally, the records include a holograph manuscript of Helen Bannerman's Sambo and the Twins: A New Adventure of Little Black Sambo together with original illustrations, and a hard-cover copy of the book.
A file of materials relating to the Committee for Devastated France includes copies of membership lists, by-laws and correspondence.
This series features a group of twenty-four black and white photographs taken of libraries in rural France (1921-1922). These prints document the activities of the Committee for Devastated France, founded by Anne Morgan, daughter of J. Pierpont Morgan. Moore was a member of the Committee and visited the libraries in 1922. There are three candid group photographs from the ALA meeting of 1908. There is one photograph of Moore as a young librarian and portraits from later in her career. This includes a photograph taken when she received an honorary degree from Pratt Institute in 1955.
Five photographs of Beatrix Potter are included: at six years of age posed with her cousin Alice; at nine years of age; and two as an older woman. A postcard of a photographed portrait of Potter painted by D. Banner in 1938 is included. Six photographs of Marie Shedlock are in the collection, including a formal portrait of her in costume.
There are five unidentified photographs in the series.