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COLLECTION Identifier: SC 134: RA.CD-006: RA.DVD-4: RA.VT-126

Papers of Elizabeth Weichel Moore, 1929-2007


Illustrated autobiography, etc., of Elizabeth Weichel Moore, Radcliffe Class of 1946.


  • Creation: 1929-2007

Language of Materials

Materials in English.


Access. Unrestricted.

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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.


.83 linear feet ((2 file boxes) plus 1 CD, 1 DVD, 1 videotape)

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.


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.

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.

General note

  1. American Crystallographic Association, 2.1v: 9-10, 24, 37-39
  2. American Society for X-ray and Electron Diffraction, 2.1v: 9-13, 24,
  3. Baird Associates, 2.1v: 21, 30, 32-33, 35-36, 40, 79-80
  4. Belmont High School (Belmont, Massachusetts), 1.2v: 51-53, 66-67, 71-74
  5. Belmont Junior High (Belmont, Massachusetts), 1.2v 45
  6. Belmont (Massachusetts), 1.2v 6-25, 43
  7. Belmont Methodist Church (Belmont, Massachusetts), 1.2v: 14-15, 34-35, 57-58; 2.1v: 81
  8. China, 2.3v. passim
  9. Classes, 1.3v: 4, 11-12, 14, 18, 21
  10. Cocoanut Grove Fire, 1.3v: 4, 11
  11. Conservatoire Américain (Fontainebleau, France), 2.1v: 25-28
  12. Crew, 1.3v: 8
  13. Crystallography, 2.1v: 4-5, 9-10, 24-25, 29, 37, 79-80, 82, 133-135; 2.2v: 43
  14. Geology, 1.3v: 11-12, 18-19, 26
  15. Girl Scouts, 1.2v: 37-39, 47
  16. International Business Machines Corporation, 2.1v: 90-108a, 114-116, 119-132; 2.2v: 44, 123, 128
  17. Land, Edwin Herbert, 2.1v: 6-8, 16-18, 20
  18. Moore, Edwin T., 2.1v: 60, 62, 71-75, 81-82; 2.2v: passim
  19. Music, 1.2v: 36, 46, 55, 60; 1.3v: 5-6, 10, 21; 2.1v: 25-26; 2.2v: 120, 138, 141
  20. Optical Society of America, 2.1v: 33, 36-37
  21. Ossining (New York), 2.2v: 34-38, 40, 59-65
  22. Phi Beta Kappa, 1.3v: 9, 26
  23. Polaroid Corporation, 1.3v: 17-18, 26; 2.1v: 4-8
  24. Price family genealogy, 1.2v: 2-3
  25. Radcliffe Choral Society, 1.3v: 5-6, 10-11, 21
  26. Radcliffe College. Class of 1946, 1.3v: passim; reunions 28-
  27. Radcliffe College in wartime, 1.3v: 3, 6, 10, 15, 23
  28. Radcliffe Entertainment Unit, 1.3v: 15
  29. Science, 1.3v: 11-12, 14; 2.1v: passim; girlhood aspirations in 2.1v: 1-4
  30. Student newspapers, 1.2v: 12-13, 18-19, 40-41, 45-47
  31. Underhill Center (Vermont), 2.2v: 1-4, 6-8, 22-24, 57, 65, 68-89, 98-99, 103-142
  32. University of Amsterdam, 2.1v: 45-64
  33. Weichel family genealogy, 1.2v: 4-5
  34. West, Cutler DeLong, 2.1v: 4, 6-8, 13-14, 18-20

Processing Information

Processed: July 2004

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

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