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SC 134; RA.CD-006; RA.DVD-4; RA.VT-126

Moore, Elizabeth Weichel, 1925- . Papers of Elizabeth Weichel Moore, 1929-2007: A Finding Aid

Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University


Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University

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Descriptive Summary

Call No.: SC 134; RA.CD-006; RA.DVD-4; RA.VT-126
Repository: Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University
Creator: Elizabeth Weichel Moore, 1925-
Title: Papers of Elizabeth Weichel Moore, 1929-2007
Date(s): 1929-2007
Quantity: .83 linear feet (2 file boxes) plus 1 CD, 1 DVD, 1 videotape)
Language of materials: Materials in English.
Abstract: Illustrated autobiography, etc., of Elizabeth Weichel Moore, Radcliffe Class of 1946.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

Accession numbers: R96-9, R97-9, R99-18, R2006-7, R2007-21, R2007-27
This collection was given to the Radcliffe Archives between September 1996 and December 2007 by Elizabeth Weichel Moore.

Processing Information:

Processed: July 2004
By: Jane S. Knowles, Isabelle B. Dry,Barbara N. Kravitz, and Deborah A. Richards


Access. Unrestricted.

Conditions Governing Use:

Copyright. Copyright is held by the President and Fellows of Harvard College for the Schlesinger Library. Copyright in other papers in the collection may be held by their authors, or the authors' heirs or assigns.
Copying. Papers may be copied in accordance with the library's usual procedures.

Preferred Citation:

Moore, Elizabeth Weichel Papers, 1929-2007; item description, dates. SC 134, folder #. Radcliffe College Archives, Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute, Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass.


Elizabeth (Weichel) Moore was born April 13, 1925, in Baltimore, Maryland, the daughter of Eugenia Price and Albert John Weichel. She grew up in Waltham (Massachusetts) and Belmont (Massachusetts), attending Belmont Junior High, and Belmont High School. She studied voice and sang in school operettas.
She entered Radcliffe College in 1942, majored in geology, was a member of the Radcliffe Choral Society and the Harvard Chapel Choir, and participated in crew and war activities, such as the Radcliffe Entertainment Unit.
After graduation from Radcliffe (1946), she worked at Polaroid Corporation, and then combined part-time jobs at Harvard Medical School and Baird Associates with graduate work at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in crystallography (1946-1948). She was a charter member of the American Crystallographic Association, and active in the Optical Society of America. While on a Fulbright grant in Europe, she became engaged to Edwin T. Moore II and they were married in December 1951. She continued part-time work as research assistant in fiber optics, optical crystal studies, and microphotography at the International Business Machines (IBM) Research Center while bringing up their two sons.
In 1967, the Moores moved from Ossining (New York) to Underhill Center (Vermont) where Ed Moore had built a vacation home. Betty Moore transferred to IBM in Essex Junction and worked as a consultant in contamination control until ill health caused her to retire (1971). She rejoined the company (1981-1987) as a full-time engineer, continuing to work in contamination control; and later, as a consultant, edited its corporate contamination control newsletter.


The autobiography of Elizabeth Weichel Moore arranged in five volumes describes her childhood and adolescence (#1.2v), wartime years at Radcliffe College (#1.3v), her career as a crystallographer (#2.1v), family life at Underhill Center (Vermont) (#2.2v), and a trip to China in 1999 (#2.3v). The volumes are amply illustrated by colored photocopies of photographs, clippings, flyers, and programs; also included are original printed materials relating to her years at Radcliffe College, and audiovisual material. Folder headings in quotations are those of the donor.



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Belmont (Mass.)--Social life and customs
Ossining (N.Y.)--Social life and customs
Underhill Center (Vt.)--Social life and customs
Women scientists
American Crystallographic Association
Baird Associates--Employees
Comstock, Ada Louise
International Business Machines Corporation--Employees
Land, Edwin H., 1909-1991
Moore, Edwin T.
Optical Society of America
Polaroid Corporation--Employees
Radcliffe College. Class of 1946
Radcliffe Choral Society
West, Cutler DeLong