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The Papers of George Edward Moore (1873 - 1958) Philosopher


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Reference Add. MSS 8330 and 8875
Covering dates 1873-1976
Held by Cambridge University Library, Department of Manuscripts and University Archives
Extent 17 series
Conditions of access The papers are accessible for consultation and may be copied, at the Library's discretion, for the purposes of research and private study.
Conditions of copying Copyright in the majority of G.E. Moore's writings resides with his son, Timothy Moore, Copyright in Principia Ethica and Ethics resides with Moore's grandchildren Juliet Moore and Peregrine Moore.
Archival history Moore's personal papers remained at his home in Cambridge, and were used extensively by Paul Levy for his book Moore: G.E. Moore and the Cambridge Apostles (1979). Levy and his assistants did a substantial amount of sorting and indexing of the papers, and their card-index and computer printouts remain with the collection. After Dorothy Moore's death in 1977 the papers were sold at Sotheby's, and were purchased by the University Library in 1980. They were given the classmark Add.MS8330. See Sotheby's catalogue: The Papers of G.E. Moore O.M. (17 December 1979).
The bulk of Moore's lecture notes, drafts of books and articles, and his commonplace books remained in the care of the philosopher Dr Casimir Lewy of Trinity College, who edited and published some material from them in Lectures on Philosophy by G.E. Moore (1966). After Dr Lewy's death in 1991 they were given to the University Library by Mr Timothy Moore. They were given the classmark Add. MS8875.
A few items were presented in 1988 by Roberta Blanshard, the widow of the philosopher Brand Blanshard, and in 1988-9 by the philosopher Alice Ambrose Lazerowitz, a former student of Moore's. They were included in Add. MS8330.
Creators Moore, George Edward, 1873-1958, philosopher
Arrangement The first collection (Add. MS8330), contained all Moore's personal and family papers, and his correspondence (sections 1-9 of this catalogue). It also contained some significant philosophical papers, such as his early papers for the 'Apostles', a typescript of his 1898 London lectures, and drafts for his articles on Wittgenstein's lectures 1930-1933. But closely related material was found in the second collection (Add. MS8875), namely his contemporary notes of Wittgenstein's lectures, the autographs of his 1899 London lectures, and papers for the Moral Sciences Club. In order therefore to make a logical arrangement and description of the material, all the philosophical papers (sections 10-16 of this catalogue) have been classed as Add. MS8875. Where the material was originally part of Add. MS8330 this has been noted.
Books from Moore's library were included in the collection Add. MS8330 and are listed in section 17 of the catalogue.
Abbreviations
GEM George Edward Moore
DM Dorothy Moore
TC Trinity College Cambridge
OM Order of Merit (given to Moore in 1951)
Related information Moore's 1898 Fellowship dissertation, and his typescript of Wittgenstein's 'Bemerkungen' ("Typescript 230iii"), which were included in Sotheby's sale, are now in the library of Trinity College, Cambridge.
Bibliography G.E. Moore: Principia Ethica (Cambridge 1903)
Principia Ethica, ed. and with an introduction by T.Baldwin (Cambridge 1993)
Ethics (London 1912)
Philosophical Studies (London 1922)
Some Main Problems of Philosophy (London 1953)
Philosophical Papers (London 1959)
Commonplace Book 1919-1953, ed. C. Lewy (London 1962)
Lectures on Philosophy, ed. C. Lewy (London 1966)
The Early Essays, ed. T. Regan (Philadelphia 1986)
The Elements of Ethics, ed. T. Regan (Philadelphia 1991)
Selected Writings, ed. T. Baldwin (London 1993)
Lectures on Metaphysics 1934-1935. From the notes of A. Ambrose and M. Macdonald; ed. by A. Ambrose (New York 1992)
P.A. Schilpp: The Philosophy of G.E. Moore (New York 1942, 2nd ed. 1952)(this contains 'An Autobiography' by Moore and a bibliography of his writings, including journal articles.)
The Times: Obituary, 25 October 1958
Dictionary of National Biography 1951-1960 (Oxford 1971)
Paul Levy: Moore: G.E. Moore and the Cambridge Apostles (London 1979)
Note The author of this catalogue is well aware of the probable errors and inconsistencies in the description of Moore's lectures, essays, and other philosophical writings. In addition, not all of the correspondents were easily identifiable. Corrections and additional information will be welcome.


Administrative history:
George Edward Moore (hereafter 'Moore' or 'GEM') was born on 4 November 1873 in Upper Norwood, London, one of the seven children of Dr Daniel Moore and his second wife Henrietta Sturge. He was educated at Dulwich College 1882-1892, and Trinity College, Cambridge (Classical Tripos part I 1894, Moral Sciences Tripos part II 1896). He then worked for a Trinity College Prize Fellowship, which he obtained in 1898 with a dissertation on Kant's Ethics. The six years of the fellowship enabled him to write articles and reviews, lecture on Kant at the London School of Philosophy and Social Ethics, and publish Principia Ethica (1903). He also gave papers to Cambridge University societies such as the Moral Sciences Club, and was an active member of the Cambridge Conversazione Society (the 'Apostles') from 1894.
Moore had a small private income, and when his Fellowship ended in 1904 he was able to continue studying philosophy, living first with a friend A.J. Ainsworth in Edinburgh, and from 1908 with his sister Hettie in Richmond. He continued to write articles, published Ethics (1912), read papers to the Aristotelian Society, and lectured at Morley College. In 1911 he returned to Cambridge as University Lecturer in Moral Science, and in 1925 was appointed Professor of Mental Philosophy and Logic. He retired in 1939, and spent the years 1940-1944 in the USA as visiting Professor at several Universities. He published Philosophical Studies (1922), Some Main Problems of Philosophy (1953), and collaborated with P.A. Schilpp in the production of The Philosophy of G.E. Moore (1942). Philosophical Papers (1959), prepared by Moore, was published after his death. He was editor of the journal Mind from 1921 to 1947. He was awarded the Order of Merit in 1951, and died in Cambridge on 24 October 1958. He married Dorothy Ely on 27 December 1916 and had two sons, Nicholas (1918-1986), and Timothy (1922- ).


Contents:
This catalogue describes the personal and philosophical papers of G.E. Moore held at the Cambridge University Library.
SECTIONS 1-7 PERSONAL AND FAMILY PAPERS Add.MS8330, boxes 1-3
1 CHRONOLOGIES AND DIARIES pp.7-9
1/1 Chronologies 1873-1913
1/2 Summary of activities 1903
1/3 Diaries 1908, 1909-1916, 1924
1/4 Supplementary diaries/notebooks 1909-1928
1/5 Extracts from diaries 1929-1939
2 LETTERS FROM G.E. MOORE pp.9-16
2/1 Letters to his parents 1882-1904 p.9
2/2 Letters to his sister Sarah 1905-1907 p.12
2/3 Letters to his sister Helen 1910-1914 p.12
2/4 Letters to his son Timothy 1936-1937 p.14
2/5 Letters to Desmond MacCarthy 1896-1951 p.14
2/6 Letters to Robert C. Trevelyan 1896-1947 p.15
2/7 Letters to Reymond Abbott 1930-1947 p.16
3 FAMILY HISTORY pp.16-20
3/1 Moore family letters and documents p.16
3/2 Sturge family letters and documents p.17
3/3 Letters from Henrietta Moore to Helen Appia p.18
4 LETTERS TO MOORE FROM HIS FAMILY pp.20-29
4/1 Father Daniel 1890-1904 p.20
4/2 Mother Henrietta 1898-1903 p.21
4/3 Half-sister Annie 1904-1951 p.21
4/4 Brother Tom 1892-1943 p.22
4/5 Brother Harry 1925-1943 p.24
4/6 Sister Hettie 1893-1959 p.25
4/7 Sister Nellie 1899-1916 p.25
4/8 Brother Bertie 1894-1951 p.26
4/9 Sister Sarah 1895-1925 p.26
4/10 Brother-in-law A. Ainsworth 1924-1945 p.27
4/11 Niece Riette Sturge Moore c.1950-1951 p.27
4/12 Wife-to-be Dorothy Ely 1916 p.27
4/13 Father-in-law G.H. Ely and wife 1919-1951 p.27
4/14 Son Nicholas and wife Priscilla 1940-1951 p.28
4/15 Son Timothy 1940-1948 p.29
5 DULWICH COLLEGE pp.29-31
5/1 School Reports p.29
5/2 Latin compositions p.30
5/3 Divinity Essays p.30
5/4 'The Boomerang' magazine p.30
5/5 Cambridge Old Alleynian Club p.31
5/6 Miscellaneous p.31
6 MISCELLANEOUS PERSONAL AND FAMILY ITEMS pp.31-33
6/1 Job applications, teaching assignments p.31
6/2 Published articles and reviews p.32
6/3 Trinity College events p.32
6/4 Seatoller logbook p.32
6/5 Dorothy Ely's philosophy notes p.32
6/6 Miscellaneous p.33
7 PHOTOGRAPHS AND SKETCHES pp.33-34
7/1 Portraits of G.E.Moore p.33
7/2-5 Photograph albums, Moore family and friends p.33
7/6 Moore family sketchbook p.34
SECTIONS 8-9 CORRESPONDENCE Add. MS8330, boxes 4-6
8 LETTERS TO MOORE A-Z pp.35-110
9 SUBJECT FILES AND ADDITIONAL DEPOSITS pp.110-112
9/1 Philosophical Fellowship Fund 1938-1956 p.110
9/2 Business letters p.111
9/3 Unidentified letters p.111
9/4 Material presented by A.A.Lazerowitz p.112
9/5 Material presented by R.Blanshard p.112
9/6 P.Levy's indexes and computer printouts p.112
SECTIONS 10-16 PHILOSOPHICAL PAPERS Add. MS8875, boxes 1-13
10 NOTES OF LECTURES ATTENDED pp.113-116
10/1 G. Stout p.113
10/2 Henry Sidgwick p.113
10/3 John E. McTaggart p.113
10/4 Bertrand Russell p.114
10/5 W.E. Johnson p.115
10/6 G.H. Hardy p.115
10/7 Ludwig Wittgenstein p.115
11 UNDERGRADUATE ESSAYS pp.117-118
11/1 Trinity College essays 1893 p.117
11/2 Philosophy essays c.1894-1896 p.117
12 PAPERS FOR CAMBRIDGE SOCIETIES pp.119-121
12/1 'Apostles' papers p.119
12/2 Trinity Sunday Essay Society p.120
12/3 Moral Sciences Club p.120
12/4 Natural Sciences Club p.121
13 CAMBRIDGE LECTURE COURSES pp.121-135
13/1 Class lists 1911-1939 p.122
13/2-15 Psychology lectures 1911-1925 p.122
13/16 Undated Psychology lectures p.125
13/17-38 Metaphysics Lectures 1917-1939 p.128
13/39 Undated Metaphysics Lectures p.131
13/40 Elements of Philosophy Lectures 1933-1934 p.135
13/41 Trinity College Tarner Lectures 1929 p.135
14 LECTURES OUTSIDE CAMBRIDGE pp.136-139
14/1 London School of Ethics 1898 p.136
14/2 London School of Ethics 1899 p.137
14/3 Bedford College, London 1926 p.137
14/4 University College, London 1926 p.137
14/5 Smith College, Northampton, USA 1940-1941 p.138
14/6 Princeton University, USA 1941 p.138
14/7 Mills College, California, USA 1941 p.138
14/8-10 Columbia University, New York, USA, 1942-1944 p.138
14/11 Howison Lecture, California, USA 1941 p.139
15 MISCELLANEOUS LECTURES, ARTICLES, REVIEWS pp.139-144
16 COMMONPLACE BOOKS pp.144-145
16/1 Commonplace books 1919-1953 p.144
16/2 Undated commonplace books p.145
SECTION 17 LIBRARY BOOKS AND PAMPHLETS Add. MS8330, loose
17 LIBRARY BOOKS AND PAMPHLETS pp.146-152
17/1 Books in author order p.146
17/2 Pamphlets in author order p.149
17/3 Periodicals p.152
BOX LIST
Classmark: Add. MS8330 Box number: 1 Sections of catalogue: 1 - 3
Classmark: Add. MS8330 Box number: 2 Sections of catalogue: 4 - 6
Classmark: Add. MS8330 Box number: 3 Sections of catalogue: 7
Classmark: Add. MS8330 Box number: 4 8 Sections of catalogue: A-L
Classmark: Add. MS8330 Box number: 5 8 Sections of catalogue: M-S
Classmark: Add. MS8330 Box number: 6 8 Sections of catalogue: T-Z, 9
Classmark: Add. MS8875 Box number: 1 Sections of catalogue: 10
Classmark: Add. MS8875 Box number: 2 Sections of catalogue: 11, 12, 13/1-2
Classmark: Add. MS8875 Box number: 3 Sections of catalogue: 13/3-6
Classmark: Add. MS8875 Box number: 4 Sections of catalogue: 13/7-14 (no 15)
Classmark: Add. MS8875 Box number: 5 Sections of catalogue: 13/16
Classmark: Add. MS18875 Box number: 6 Sections of catalogue: 13/17-29 (no 30)
Classmark: Add. MS8875 Box number: 7 Sections of catalogue: 13/31-38
Classmark: Add. MS8875 Box number: 8 Sections of catalogue: 13/39/1-20
Classmark: Add. MS8875 Box number: 9 Sections of catalogue: 13/39/21-184
Classmark: Add. MS8875 Box number: 10 Sections of catalogue: 13/40 - 14/2
Classmark: Add. MS8875 Box number: 11 Sections of catalogue: 14/3-11
Classmark: Add. MS8875 Box number: 12 Sections of catalogue: 15/1-35
Classmark: Add. MS8875 Box number: 13 Sections of catalogue: 15/36-40, 16
Classmark: Add. MS8330 Box number: loose on shelf Sections of catalogue: 17




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