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Alfred E. Moredock Papers

Identifier: MsC0150.04

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Scope and Contents

This collection is rich in many areas. Photographs, postcards, travel arrangements, employee assignments, and correspondence relating to the Swarthmore Bureau are included in Box 1. Box 2 contains general Chautauqua material as well as information specific to various Chautauqua bureaus, including Swarthmore. Some of the books under management companies date back to the late 1800s, which provides a picture of the types of talent appearing at that time. Programs are often "Guarantor's Editions" which picture and describe the talent available for a specific season. This would be taken to communities so local committees could select the talent they would like to contract for. Many programs list dates and towns/cities but no state or province. There is a program present from New Zealand. Although Moredock was employed by Swarthmore, he collected general Chautauqua material in addition to that from other bureaus. Publications housed in Box 2 appear to be quite rare.

Materials about the Swarthmore Chautauqua. Photos of Elsie Baker, postcards, newsletters, a variety of other materials. An inventory exists on the L: drive.


  • Creation: 1884-1947


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This collection is open for research.

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1.00 Linear Feet (Photographs: Box 1)

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Postcards, newsletters, talent brochures, programs, and other material relating to Chautauqua, with the majority dealing with the Swarthmore Chautauqua system.

Method of Acquisition

Material received from Alfred E. Moredock from 1971-1983. Given in memory of Fred High and Nora Summersgill High.

Related Materials

Records of the Redpath Lyceum Bureau, MsC 150 Please note the list of additional mini-collections of Chautauqua material at the end of the Redpath finding aid.

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Repository Details

Part of the University of Iowa Special Collections Repository

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