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Collection Number: 00520

Collection Title: Martin Van Buren Moore Papers, 1855-1901.

This is a finding aid. It is a description of archival material held in the Wilson Library at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Unless otherwise noted, the materials described below are physically available in our reading room, and not digitally available through the World Wide Web. See the section for more information.


This collection was rehoused and a summary created with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities; this finding aid was created with support from NC ECHO.

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Size 1.5 feet of linear shelf space (approximately 175 items)
Abstract Martin Van Buren Moore was a journalist, author, and experimental farmer of Lenoir, N.C., and Auburn, Ala. The collection includes writings and other papers of Martin Van Buren Moore, chiefly manuscripts of Moore's articles and books on colonial history, agriculture, the history of language, and other subjects; Confederate recollections; and poems. Also included are Civil War muster rolls and accounts kept by Moore as an officer of the 6th North Carolina Cavalry Regiment; correspondence with editors of agricultural magazines, 1880s and 1890s; and a biographical sketch of his wife, Idora McClellan Moore, an Alabama local color writer who wrote under the pseudonym, "Betsy Hamilton."
Creator Moore, Martin Van Buren, 1837-1900.
Language English
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Restrictions to Access
No restrictions. Open for research.
Restrictions to Use
No usage restrictions.
Copyright Notice
Copyright is retained by the authors of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.
Preferred Citation
[Identification of item], in the Martin Van Buren Moore Papers, #520, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Acquisitions Information
Received from Mrs. Henry H. Smith of Richmond, Va., prior to 1941 and October 1954.
Received from Marie Bailey Struss of Fernandina, Fla., April 1964.
Received from Otis D. Smith of Springfield, Va., March 1972.
Additional Descriptive Resources
A copy of the original finding aid for this collection is filed in folder 1aa.
Sensitive Materials Statement
Manuscript collections and archival records may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal or state right to privacy laws and regulations, the North Carolina Public Records Act (N.C.G.S. § 132 1 et seq.), and Article 7 of the North Carolina State Personnel Act (Privacy of State Employee Personnel Records, N.C.G.S. § 126-22 et seq.). Researchers are advised that the disclosure of certain information pertaining to identifiable living individuals represented in this collection without the consent of those individuals may have legal ramifications (e.g., a cause of action under common law for invasion of privacy may arise if facts concerning an individual's private life are published that would be deemed highly offensive to a reasonable person) for which the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill assumes no responsibility.
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The following terms from Library of Congress Subject Headings suggest topics, persons, geography, etc. interspersed through the entire collection; the terms do not usually represent discrete and easily identifiable portions of the collection--such as folders or items.

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Martin Van Buren Moore (1837-1900) was a journalist, author, and experimental farmer of Lenoir, N.C., and Auburn, Ala. He was born in Shown's Cross Roads, Tenn., and prior to the Civil War worked as a salesman for Kent, Paine and Company in Richmond, Va. With the outbreak of war he helped raise an infantry company in Watauga County, N.C., and then enlisted in Company D of the 1st North Carolina Cavalry Regiment. He was later commissioned and served with the 7th North Carolina Cavalry which became the 6th North Carolina Cavalry Regiment. He saw action in Virginia, Tennessee, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Kentucky, and Georgia, and later with the Department of Eastern North Carolina in North Carolina and South Carolina.

In 1864 he was married to Sallie Elizabeth Lenoir, and they lived in Lenoir, N.C., and had eleven children. After the death of his wife in 1888, Moore moved with his family to Auburn, Ala., where he wrote and farmed. He was a staff writer for the Atlanta Constitution and contributed to Louisville Home and Farm and Southern Farmer. In 1892 he married Idora McClellan Plowman (1843-1929), an Alabama local color writer who wrote under the pseudonym, "Betsy Hamilton."

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The collection includes writings and other papers of Martin Van Buren Moore, chiefly manuscripts of Moore's articles and books on colonial history, agriculture, the history of language, and other subjects. There are Confederate recollections, poems, lectures, and addresses. Also included are Civil War muster rolls and accounts kept by Moore as an officer of the 6th North Carolina Cavalry Regiment; correspondence with editors of agricultural magazines, 1880s and 1890s; and miscellaneous genealogical materials including a biographical sketch of Moore's wife, Idora McClellan Moore, autobiographical notes of Lauriston Greene Moore, and family photographs.

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Contents list

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Folder 1aa

Original finding aid #00520, Series: "Martin Van Buren Moore Papers, 1855-1901." Folder 1aa

Folder 1a-1b

Biographical and genealogical data #00520, Series: "Martin Van Buren Moore Papers, 1855-1901." Folder 1a-1b

Folder 2

1863-1865 #00520, Series: "Martin Van Buren Moore Papers, 1855-1901." Folder 2

Folder 3

1866-1901 #00520, Series: "Martin Van Buren Moore Papers, 1855-1901." Folder 3

Folder 4-6

Folder 4

Folder 5

Folder 6

Miscellaneous writings #00520, Series: "Martin Van Buren Moore Papers, 1855-1901." Folder 4-6

Folder 7-8

Folder 7

Folder 8

Volumes 1, 2: "Boast of Prophecy" #00520, Series: "Martin Van Buren Moore Papers, 1855-1901." Folder 7-8

Folder 9

Volume 3: "The First Word-Builders" #00520, Series: "Martin Van Buren Moore Papers, 1855-1901." Folder 9

Folder 10

Volume 4: "Idle Hours in a Darkey Cabin" #00520, Series: "Martin Van Buren Moore Papers, 1855-1901." Folder 10

Folder 11

Volume 5: "Letters in Home and Farm" #00520, Series: "Martin Van Buren Moore Papers, 1855-1901." Folder 11

Folder 12-13

Folder 12

Folder 13

Volumes 6, 7: "The Prehistoric Man" #00520, Series: "Martin Van Buren Moore Papers, 1855-1901." Folder 12-13

Folder 14-15

Folder 14

Folder 15

Volumes 8, 9: "The Song of the Water" #00520, Series: "Martin Van Buren Moore Papers, 1855-1901." Folder 14-15

Folder 16

Volume 10: "Napoleon the Great" #00520, Series: "Martin Van Buren Moore Papers, 1855-1901." Folder 16

Folder 17

Volume 11: Mounted clippings #00520, Series: "Martin Van Buren Moore Papers, 1855-1901." Folder 17

Folder 18

Volume 12: "The Recollections of a Grey Jacket" #00520, Series: "Martin Van Buren Moore Papers, 1855-1901." Folder 18

Image Folder PF-520/1

Photograph of Idora McClellan Moore #00520, Series: "Martin Van Buren Moore Papers, 1855-1901." PF-520/1

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Processing Information

Processed by: SHC Staff

Encoded by: Noah Huffman, December 2007

Updated by: Kate Stratton and Jodi Berkowitz, June 2009

This collection was rehoused and a summary created with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

This finding aid was created with support from NC ECHO.

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