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Moore papers

Identifier: MS 0712

Scope and Contents

The Dorothy Beatrice Gleason Moore Papers include a diary, correspondence, memorabilia, a scrapbook, biographical information, and photographs dating from 1924-1993. Most of this material relates to her 1926 trip to England, Sweden, Germany, Finland, Estonia, Poland, Switzerland, France, Latvia, and Lithuania. These documents include a travel diary, letters and postcards to and from Moore, itineraries, guidebooks and other memorabilia, and photographs. The scrapbook reflects her activities as a student at Mount Holyoke College, chiefly in 1924-1925. It includes comments about faculty members and the campus, class songs and yells, lists of "favorite things," social functions, "memorable trips," and "dates and doings." Biographical information consists of newspaper clippings, an invitation to her wedding in 1938, and copies of her obituaries. Photographs are of Moore and some of her friends, including several Mount Holyoke College classmates.


  • Creation: 1924-1993

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Biographical Note

Dorothy Beatrice Gleason was born in Jersey City, New Jersey on April 16, 1905 to Albert J. Gleason and Emma Searle Gleason. Her father owned and operated Drake Secretarial Colleges in New Jersey. She attended Bergen School for Girls in Jersey City from 1916-1920, then went to the Beard School for Girls in Orange, New Jersey from 1920-1923. She entered Mount Holyoke College in 1924. In 1928, she graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English. She recieved her Master of Arts degree in English from Columbia University in 1935. From November 1929 until August 1931 she worked as a hostess and secretary at the Mayflower Apartments in Jersey City. From approximately 1939 until her retirement in 1968, she was the owner and president of the Drake Secretarial Colleges. She married William Cecil Moore on September 3, 1938 in Tigrett, Tennessee. Her husband worked at Teaneck High School in Teaneck, New Jersey, first as an English teacher and later as the chairman of the English department. Their daughter Dorothy Anne was born on December 13, 1939. She died on February 13, 1993 at her home in Teaneck, New Jersey, at the age of eighty-seven.


1 boxes (1928 Gleason)

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Moore, Dorothy Beatrice Gleason, 1905-1993; student. Mount Holyoke College graduate, 1928. Papers contain correspondence, diary, memorabilia, scrapbook, biographical information, and photographs; primarily documenting her travels through Europe and detailing her experience at Mount Holyoke, including daily activities, special events, and traditions.


Arranged in 6 series. Series 1. Diaries. Series 2. Correspondence. Series 3. Memorabilia. Series 4. Biographical Information. Series 5. Scrapbook. Series 6. Photographs.

Gleason papers, 1924-1993.
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Repository Details

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