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Guide to the Melzrine and Warren Moore Papers
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Description
The Melzrine and Warren Moore papers include military records, correspondence, church and funeral programs, and photographs documenting the life of Melzrine and Warren Moore. The papers are organized into four series: Warren Moore, Melzrine Moore, photographs, and assorted printed material. The bulk of the Warren Moore material relate to military service and employment at Ft. Huachuca, Arizona and the Naval Supply Center in Oakland, California. The Melzine Moore items are mostly educational records, including report cards, a commencement program, and diplomas, related to her attending the Colored High School in Lake Charles, Louisiana. The collection also includes six family photographs of the Moore family in Oakland, California, an assortment of church and funeral programs, and a World War II ration booklet.
Background
Warren Moore (1921-1993) was born on October 19, 1921 in Garland, Louisiana to Spencer Moore and Nettie Biggers. After graduating from the 2nd Ward Colored High School in Lake Charles, Louisiana, he was drafted into the United State Army in 1942. While stationed in Needles, California, he met Melzrine Lavan and the couple moved to Alameda, California where they were married on December 28, 1943. During World War II, Moore earned the World War II victory medal, Good conduct medal, Asiatic Pacific campaign medal, and American campaign medal before his honorable discharge in 1946. Following the war, he worked at the Oakland Naval Supply Center for 38 years and worked as a television repairman beginning in the 1950s. He was an avid ham radio operator and an active member of Evergreen Baptist Church in Oakland, California.
Extent
.25 linear feet (1 box)
Restrictions
Permission to publish from the Melzrine and Warren Moore Papers must be obtained from the African American Museum & Library at Oakland.
Availability
No access restrictions. Collection is open to the public.