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SERIES Identifier: MC 704; T-351; Vt-247; Phon-037

Series IV. THE WHITE BLACKBIRD, 1913-1997 (#60.4-80.9, E.2)

Scope and Contents

Series IV, THE WHITE BLACKBIRD, 1913-1997 (#60.4-80.9, E.2), contains research files, drafts, correspondence, and other material relating to Moore's biography of her grandmother, painter and sculptor Margarett Sargent McKean. After Sargent McKean's death in 1978, Moore began to explore writing a book about her. Work on the project took over a decade; the book was published in 1996. In the process of writing the biography, Moore educated herself about art, art history, and upper class Boston society, in addition to researching her own family history. Also included in this series are files on an exhibit of Sargent McKean's work organized by Moore in conjunction with the publication of the biography. For additional papers by and about Margarett Sargent, see Series VII. The series is arranged in three subseries.


  • 1802-2001
  • Majority of material found within 1900-1996

Language of Materials

Materials in English.

Access Restrictions:

Access. Some of Honor Moore's diaries (#21.7, 22.2, 22.3) and two folders of correspondence with Michelle Cliff (#39.4-39.5) are closed until her death. Series V, papers of Jenny McKean Moore, is closed until January 1, 2015. An appointment is necessary to use any audiovisual material.


53.96 linear feet ((104 file boxes, 7 folio boxes, 1 folio+ box, 1 supersize box) plus 2 folio folders, 5 folio+ folders, 5 oversize folders, 1 supersize folder, 76 photograph folders, 18 folio photograph folders, 5 folio+ photograph folders, 3 oversize photograph folders, 1 supersize photograph folder, 138 audiotapes, 6 videotapes, 1 phonograph record, 7 objects, electronic records)

Physical Location

Collection stored off site: researchers must request access 36 hours before use.


Repository Details

Part of the Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute Repository

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