This collection documents the life and career of Teresa Agnes Hihn Moore (1896-1996). Hihn
Moore managed a range of investments in orchards, timber, oil and gas, and other ventures
across Santa Cruz County, inheriting and operating much of her grandfather Frederick A.
Hihn's properties and businesses. The collection primarily includes her business records
from these family properties and businesses, including deeds, contracts, and maps; and her
personal papers, including her creative writing and correspondence with family members. The
collection also includes genealogical research files that Hihn Moore compiled on the Hihns
and Israels--her paternal and maternal families, respectively--her personal photographs and
scrapbooks, legal documents from the survey and partition of the Hihn estate, and collected
ephemera and artifacts.
Teresa Agnes Hihn Moore was born in 1896 in San Jose, California, the daughter of Louis
William Hihn and Harriet "Hattie" Israel Hihn, and the granddaughter of Frederick A. Hihn
(1829-1913), a prominent businessman and early settler of Santa Cruz. Hihn Moore attended
Berkeley High School and then Stanford University, where she studied law and political
science, was active in her sorority, starred in theatrical plays, and graduated in 1920. She
married Walker Moore in 1924 in Chicago, before moving to New York City so that Mr. Moore
could pursue an acting career on Broadway. Hihn Moore divorced her husband in 1927, and
returned to Aptos, California, to manage the Hihn family orchards and other companies, which
she inherited along with property in Washington State. She invested in oil and gas
companies, real estate, agriculture, and numerous other ventures. Hihn Moore was also a
creative writer, producing a book manuscript titled Gold Rush Pioneer Wives: Memories
of an 1849 Grandmother, as well as many poems and stories. She was also very
interested in religion, and donated funds to Stanford University to establish the endowed
chair position of Teresa Hihn Moore Professor in Religious Studies. Teresa Hihn Moore died
in 1996 at the age of 99.
13.75 Linear Feet
10 cartons, 1 flat box
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