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The Finding Aid of the James C. Moore Papers 0024
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  • Conditions Governing Access
  • Conditions Governing Use
  • Preferred Citation
  • Immediate Source of Acquisition
  • Biographical note
  • Scope and Content
  • Arrangement
  • Processing Information

  • Title: James C. Moore papers
    Identifier/Call Number: 0024
    Contributing Institution: Pepperdine University. Special Collections and University Archives.
    Physical Description: 2.25 linear feet (2 boxes)
    Date (bulk): 1956-1971
    Date (inclusive): 1934-1971
    Abstract: James C. (J.C.) Moore was an administrator for a number of colleges, serving most notably as controller and vice president for Pepperdine University. The papers contain correspondence, subject files, memorandums, articles, photographs, news clippings and programs related to Moore's career in education as well as his personal life.
    Location note: Pepperdine University. Special Collections and University Archives.
    Language of Materials: Materials are in English.
    Creator: Moore, James C., 1915-1969

    Conditions Governing Access

    Advance notice required for access.

    Conditions Governing Use

    Permission to publish, quote, or reproduce must be secured from the repository and the copyright holder.

    Preferred Citation

    [Box/folder# or item name], James C. Moore papers, Collection no. 0024, Special Collections and University Archives, University Libraries, Pepperdine University.

    Immediate Source of Acquisition

    The exact date of acquisition is unknown, but it is likely the material was transferred following the conclusion of J.C. Moore's tenure at Pepperdine University in 1969.

    Biographical note

    James C. (J.C.) Moore Jr. was born on July 15, 1915 in Smithville, Tennessee. He received his A.A. from David Lipscomb College in 1935, and subsequently was employed by the International Harvester Company until 1941.
    From 1941 to 1945, Moore served in the U.S. Army as a staff sergeant, fighting in Europe during World War II. Upon his return he became the business manager at David Lipscomb College, serving from 1946 to 1948. From 1949 to 1952, Moore returned to Europe as a missionary for the Church of Christ in Frankfurt, Germany. During his time there, Moore assisted in the construction of 8 churches in various German cities.
    Moore received his B.A. in business administration from Vanderbilt University in 1952, and worked as the manager of the Sherrod Hardware Company in Lubbock, Texas, until 1956. He then received the position of Assistant to the President of Harding College, in Searcy, Arkansas, where he was employed from 1956 to 1958.
    In 1958, Moore took the position of College Controller at Pepperdine University. In 1967, he was promoted to Vice President for Planning at Pepperdine, and worked extensively towards the establishment of the Malibu campus. During his 11 years at Pepperdine, Moore served on the scholarship committee, and helped establish the Heidelberg International Program at Pepperdine. In 1966, the Heidelberg site was named "Moore Haus" in his honor. He also received an M.A. in Education from Pepperdine in 1969.
    In 1969, Moore decided to leave Pepperdine to serve as President of Columbia Christian College, a small school in Portland, Oregon. Tragically, before he could start his new position, he suffered a heart attack and died on July 10, 1969. Moore was married to Dorothy Whitsell in 1941, and they had two children, Gwendolyn and James C. Moore III.

    Scope and Content

    The James C. Moore papers include materials from 1934 to 1971 that document Moore's personal life and professional career. The bulk of the collection focuses on Moore's career at Pepperdine University from 1958 to 1969, and includes correspondence, subject files, financial records, staff memorandums, articles and news clippings. Also included in the papers are photographs, correspondence, articles, programs, notes, and news clippings related to Moore's previous jobs at David Lipscomb College and Harding College, his missionary work, and his personal life. The papers also include a large number of photocopies of Moore's papers from his time at David Lipscomb college as both a student and staff member.


    Series and subseries titles for the collection were assigned based on the original folder titles. The collection is arranged in five series:
    • Series 1: Correspondence
    • Series 2: David Lipscomb College
    • Series 3: International Church of Christ Locations
    • Series 4: Personal and Professional Papers
    • Series 5: Subject/Correspondence Files

    Processing Information

    This collection was processed and described by Jessica Geiser and Jamie Henricks in January, 2012.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Christian Churches and Churches of Christ--Missions.
    David Lipscomb College.
    Harding College.
    Moore, James C., 1915-1969
    Pepperdine College.
    Pepperdine University.
    College administrators--United States--History
    Education, Higher--California--Malibu
    Financial records
    Foreign study--Germany--History--20th century
    Germany--History--20th century
    Malibu (Calif.)--History--20th century
    Missionaries--Germany--History--20th century