Eighteen manuscripts, 1905-1920 and undated, added to the Library’s holdings of the papers of Andrew Charles Moore (1866-1928) further document the distinguished career of this University of South Carolina biology professor and administrator.
Several letters make mention of Moore’s collections of rocks and other geological specimens, including that of 13 June 1905 from William Gaillard Mazyck, librarian at the Charleston Library Society, curator of conchology at the Charleston Museum, and the owner of an extensive private collection of land and sea shells. Mazyck wrote to suggest that specimen tags sent to him by Moore were not in the hand of F.S. Holmes, Lewis R. Gibbes, or Henry William Ravenel. The letter also alludes to early geological surveys of South Carolina.
Samuel Chiles Mitchell, another USC professor, who went on to serve the University as president from 1909 to 1913, wrote to Moore on 3 August 1905 appealing to his colleague for support—“If I had not the assurance of hearty cooperation upon the part of all in the important work in the University, nothing could have tempted me to join with you & our colleagues there. But knowing that we shall join as brothers in the work, I look forward with confidence and eagerness to the day that I can be wholly with you.”
A. C. Moore twice served the University of South Carolina as acting president, from 1908 to 1909 and from 1913 to 1914. Among the collection are several items mentioning the earlier appointment, including congratula¬tory letters from Eugene H. Blake and Benjamin Sloan, who wrote on 14 November 1908, “For several years before I left the old College I felt that it was desperately in need of younger blood and I am so thankful that you are at the helm. Whatever of glory comes to the University, dear Moore, is yours.”
Two letters, 24 July and 17 August 1914, from C.E. Spencer concern the selection of William Spencer Currell (1858-1943) as president of the University of South Carolina and Moore’s resignation as dean. A 10 September 1914 letter from J. Rion McKissick, Greenville, offers his regrets that Moore was not named president, “For a long time it has been my intention to write to you and say to you that I am sincerely sorry that you are not to preside over the destinies of the University longer...Any man we give loyal support, of course, but I feel that of right you should have held the helm, not only because you deserved to but also because you are eminently fitted so to do. A certain amount of new blood is all right, but I should prefer to see the old guard that I knew at Carolina still in control. For all its new buildings and new professors and shower baths and other brand new equipment I would not swap the Carolina I knew.”
Also noteworthy is a 9 May 1908 letter from Booker T. Washington, Tuskegee Normal & Industrial Institute, thanking Moore for having visited Tuskegee and sending along a copy of his new book, Up From Slavery.