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Claude Moore papers

Identifier: MS-28

Scope and Contents

The Claude Moore papers include letters from Moore to his mother, Mrs. Claude E. Moore, also known as Maggie, various holiday cards to his mother, letters to and from other friends and family members, several checks, and announcements. Also included in the collection are two scrapbooks with numerous pictures of Claude Moore; his orders from World War I; newspaper clippings and brochures; his siblings, parents and grandparents; friends; and trips overseas as well as in the United States . Certificates and diplomas include those from high school, college, and medical school.


  • Creation: 1890 - 2006

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Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open to research.

Conditions Governing Use

Some materials may be subject to copyright restrictions.

Biographical / Historical

A native of southwest Virginia, Dr. Claude Donald Moore was born in 1892 and died in 1991. He was a 1916 graduate of the medical school at the University of Virginia. Dr. Moore spent his childhood in Radford, Virginia, later moving to Roanoke where he attended high school. Upon his graduation in 1911, Moore took courses at Roanoke College, then crossed the Blue Ridge to Charlottesville where he enrolled at UVa in 1912. That fall, he joined the football team, against the advice of some of his professors, and successfully balanced academics, athletics, and a Pathology Department assistantship for the next four years. These accomplishments were a source of continuing pride to him, along with the 1915 season victory over Yale.

Moore interned at the Cornell Medical Center. With U.S. involvement in World War One eminent, he enlisted in the medical corps and shipped out in the fall of 1918. For a year after the armistice of November 1918, Moore remained in the medical corps in France, attaining the rank of Captain. He returned to private practice in Roanoke in 1920.

General medicine held Moore's interest for six years, but he began to feel the need for additional training. In 1926, the Mayo Clinic accepted him in its radiology program, and he became a specialist in that service. After the Mayo residency, he took the position of full professor and Radiology department head for the George Washington University Hospital in January 1930. Moore remained in the Washington, D.C. area for the rest of his professional career, eventually turning to private practice exclusively. He retired from medicine in 1956. Moore shrewdly capitalized on the regional post-war development boom, and his investments in real estate west of Washington proved immensely lucrative. His philanthropic interests included a $300,000 gift to the University of Virginia Medical School for the library which bears his name. The Claude Moore Charitable Foundation continues to sponsor many worthy projects and has made a $12.5 million challenge gift to UVa's School of Medicine for a state-of-the-art medical education building. Additional genealogical information is in the Sarah Ellen Peterman Horton section of "The Peterman Family" by Marguerite Tise.


3.75 Linear Feet


Box 1 and Box 2 are arranged chronologically. Box 3 is arranged by the page order in the scrapbook. The certificates and diplomas in Box 3 are arranged chronologically. Boxes 4 and 5 contain a second scrapbook.

Physical Location

Box 3 is housed with other oversize manuscripts materials

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The collection was purchased September 18, 2006 from Crown Collectibles in Chesterfield, Virginia. Items 03/028 through 03/036 and 02/047.8 were already owned by the library.

Physical Description

5 boxes, 4 linear feet


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Historical Collections Staff
A Guide to the Claude Moore Papers, 1890-2006
Claude Moore Health Sciences Library
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Repository Details

Part of the Claude Moore Health Sciences Library Repository

Claude Moore Health Sciences Library
1300 Jefferson Park Avenue
P.O. Box 800722
Charlottesville Virginia 22908-0722 United States