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C. J. Moore collection

Call Number: RH MS A8


This collection consists of glass plate negatives, a few prints, and C.J. Moore's catalogs of photographs he took. Photographic subjects include buildings and town views of Oketo, Marshall County, La Cygne, Linn County, and Lawrence, Douglas County, Kansas; the University of Kansas in Lawrence; family portraits and vacation snapshots in the Midwest and Northeast of the United States; and other topics. The photographs mostly date from the 1890s-1920s; the volumes include information about photographs Moore took into the 1940s.


  • Creation: 1893-1946 (bulk 1893-1922)


Conditions Governing Access

Glass plate and flexible negative originals are only issued if the curator or head of Public Services gives permission.

Conditions Governing Use

Spencer Library staff may determine use restrictions dependent on the physical condition of manuscript materials.

Biography of Clinton J. Moore (1873-1962)

C. J. Moore was born December 1, 1873 in Pennsylvania, the son of R.B. Moore. The Moores moved to Oketo, Marshall County, Kansas, where R.B. farmed and published the Oketo Herald, among other pursuits. C.J. completed high school at Marysville High School and graduated from the University of Kansas in 1899. He later graduated from the Chicago Kent Law School in 1923.

C.J. Moore began working for the Santa Fe railroad in 1901, moving to Chicago, Illinois in 1904 and retiring in Topeka, Kansas in 1939 as chief clerk of the Department of Engineers for Car Construction. (His parents had retired to Topeka some years before.) Moore served as district president and member of the board for the Kansas Authors Club and was a member and elder in Westminster Presbyterian Church for several years. Moore was also an amateur photographer.

In 1903 C. J. Moore married Carolyn (Carrie) Bratten, the daugther of John Brierly and Sarah Bryan (Greer) Bratten. Mrs. Moore had been born March 31, 1880 in Larned and grew up in Topeka. C. J. Moore died in March 1962, and Carolyn Moore died in March 1970.

[Information retrieved from collection materials and from C. J. and Carolyn Moore's obituaries in the Topeka Capital-Journal, copied on their entries.]


4 Linear Feet (16 boxes + 11 volumes) ; All glass plates measure 4x5".

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Custodial History

The collection was in the possession of Mildred Camp of Topeka, Kansas. When she moved out of her house, she transferred ownership of the collection to Thomas Wentz.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift, Thomas Wentz, 1972.

Guide to the C.J. Moore Collection
C. J. Moore collection
Finding aid prepared by jma, 1973; lgg, 1973; nb 6/85. Finding aid encoded by mg, 2004. Finding aid revised by mwh, 2020, 2023.
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Finding aid written in English.
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Preferred citation
C.J. Moore collection, RH MS A8, Kenneth Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas.

Repository Details

Part of the University of Kansas. Kenneth Spencer Research Library Repository

1450 Poplar Lane
Lawrence KS 66045-7616 United States