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Frank Delano Moore papers

Identifier: 2018_179

The papers of Frank D. Moore, educator and poet, include his published works, uncollected poems, correspondence, legal documents, and photographs. The collection also holds items from a memorial service held after his death. The correspondence files consist of personal letters, mostly to Moore's friend and fellow poet Carol Rainey, whom Moore named Executor of his Literary Estate. Printed emails document the posthumous publication of his works The Night Singer and The Cedar Chest. Literary files contain fragments of writings, published work, reviews of his work, and biographical notes. Other files hold newspaper clippings, family photographs, legal documents, printed ephemera, and an audio recording of his 2005 memorial service. The collection retains the original order and folder titles established by Carol Rainey.


  • 1977-2010


Conditions Governing Use

Held by Executor of the Frank D. Moore Literary Estate, Carol Rainey. Upon her death or indisposition, all legal right and title, copyright, reproduction and property rights transfer to the University of Louisville Libraries, Archives and Special Collections.


1.25 linear feet

Biographical / Historical

Frank D. Moore was born on May 17, 1936 in Traveller’s Rest, Owsley County, Kentucky to parents Theodore R. and Anna Lou Minter Moore. His mother was the teacher in Traveller’s Rest one room school, and was Moore’s teacher until he left Kentucky at age 16. Frank D. Moore subsequently attended the University of Cincinnati, earning the B.A. in 1964 and M.A. in 1967 and completing course work for the Ph.D. He taught composition and literature at Kent State University and at Community College of Philadelphia, where he was Chair of the English Department. Frank D. Moore resigned from teaching in 1984 to devote his life to poetry. He moved to Santa Fe, New Mexico in 1988. Over the course of his career Frank D. Moore published poems in a number of literary journals including Four Quarters, The Literary Review, Passages North, and Whetstone. He also published the chapbook The Traveller’s Rest Poems in 1994. Frank D. Moore died July 5, 2005, in Santa Fe, New Mexico.


Frank Delano Moore Papers
Delinda Buie
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Finding aid is in English.

Repository Details

Part of the University of Louisville Archives and Special Collections Repository

Ekstrom Library, Lower Level Room 17
Louisville KY 40292
502 852-6752