Bai T. Moore Papers, 1919-2004
Scope and Content
This series consists of conferences, annual meetings, colloquiums and festivals
Bai T. Moore attended. The
majority of materials in this series are from the Second Second World Black and African Festival of Arts and Culture and
include copies of the submitted conference papers.
This series includes both personal and professional correspondence including
exchanges between Moore and Samuel
Humphrey, William Tolbert, and
William Tubman. Excluded from this series is correspondence with
other organizations or agencies as those materials will be found within those
Ethnographic Materials series
consists of nine subseries. They are:
Culture and History,
Ethnic Groups and
Music and Dance ,
Oral History and Folk Tales,
Other African Materials ,
Village Profiles. Of particular
note in this series is the extensive collection of field notes in the
Music and Dance subseries and the Vai materials in
Ethnic Groups and Languages subseries.
Government Agencies series
reflects the organization and hierarchy of the Liberian government. Much
emphasis has been placed on the
subseries and the
Ministry of Information, Culture and Tourism
subseries as Moore worked for both
agencies. The University
of Liberia is another large subseries and is it's own separate
government agency and not part of the Ministry of Education.
This series contains materials from all of the numerous organizations Moore was affiliated with. Some
of the larger subseries include Organization of African
Unity, Society of Liberian
Authors and UNESCO.
This series contains invitations, programs, receipts, greeting cards, legal
information and any other personal ephemera belong to Bai T. Moore or his family.
The majority of photos in this series are unknown and undated. There is, however,
a folder of photos from Bai T. Moore's funeral and an
album from the Second Second World Black and African Festival of Arts and Culture.
Subject Files series has a
variety of different materials that weren't easily housed elsewhere in the
collection. Included are materials such as bibliographies, handwritten notes,
magazines and newsclippings, religious materials and speeches. Two subseries,
Presidents and Receipts, are also included in this series. The Presidents
subseries is divided into individual Liberian presidents.
Writings series is divided into 4
Manuscript subseries are all
original works by Bai T. Moore and include
manuscripts from his most famous work,
the Cassava Patch
subseries include a number of titles, many not penned by Moore The
Poetry subseries includes
Moore's original poems as well
as anthologies he has worked on, general reports on poetry and poems that he
collected that were not his own. While it can be assumed that all of the
materials in the
Unknown Manuscripts subseries
originated with Moore, there is no way to
verify it thus these materials have been separated out.
This series is divided into two subseries,
By Bai T
Other Liberian and African
. The first being a variety of titles and editions of
Moore's work, the later being
a listing of books that Moore collected personally.