Scope and arrangement
The papers, consisting primarily of annotated scripts and clippings, document the career of director Tom Moore from Purdue Summer Theatre to Broadway, regional theater, television, and film. Often included are Moore's research notes and first-day-of-rehearsal notes. Correspondence is largely opening night telegrams, cards, and congratulatory letters from casts and friends. Floor plans, set designs, and costume designs for many of Moore's productions are also part of the collection.
Among his personal papers are Tony and Emmy nominations, notes for speeches and lectures, and grade school and high school scripts. Purdue University and Yale Drama School materials include class papers, scripts, and progams for Moore's projects as well as other university productions.
The Tom Moore papers are arranged in four series:
- 1950-20011 box
This series includes information regarding Moore's Tony and Emmy nominations; his participation in Purdue University's Old Masters Program (1981); correspondence and Moore's remarks on receiving an honorary degree from Purdue (1995); notes for a speech about his life in the theater (1984); Salzburg Seminar lectures (1974); publicity photographs; grade school scripts; West Lafayette High School scripts and programs; and articles about him (1998-2001).
- 3 boxes
The series includes Moore's theater experiences as an undergraduate at Purdue University and his years at Yale Drama School where he earned a Master of Fine Arts in directing.
- 1966-200758 boxes
This series encompasses all aspects of Moore's professional career as stage, film and television director. It begins with his stage managing duties in the summers of 1966 and 1967.
- 1964-19992 oversized boxes
This series consists of floor plans, elevations, some set and costume designs (most are xeroxed copies) for many of Moore's productions. Copies of Robert Blackman's costume designs for Hotel Paradiso include fabric swatches. There is one original Blackman costume rendering for an unidentified production. The addenda is all set designs: drawings, photos and blueprints, for the Disney made-for-television movie, Geppetto.