Julia A. Moore collection Edit


MSS 419 large
Finding Aid Author
Finding aid prepared by Edward R. Barton.
Description Rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard


  • 1847-1920 (Creation)


  • .5 Linear Feet (Whole)
    1 box

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  • Conditions Governing Access

    The collection is open and available for research in the MSU Libraries Special Collections' reading room.

  • Conditions Governing Access

    The material is stored offsite in Remote Storage. Please contact Special Collections 3 working days in advance if you wish to use it.

  • Conditions Governing Use

    Copyright is retained by the author of the items in this archive, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.

  • Preferred Citation

    Item, Folder number and/or title, Box number, Julia A. Moore collection, MSS 419, Special Collections, MSU Libraries, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI

  • Immediate Source of Acquisition

    Donated by A. H. Greenly 1960 (ca).

  • Processing Information

    Processed by Edward R. Barton in January 2014.

  • Biographical / Historical

    Obituary poetry was popular in the nineteenth century especially the 1870s. During that time obituary poetry was the majority of the poetry published in American newspapers. Julia A. Moore was considered to be a well-known proponent of the genre. Born in Plainfield Township, Kent County, Michigan, Julia Ann Davis began writing poetry in her teens primarily in response to disasters and children’s deaths found in the newspapers. Julia married Frederick Franklin Moore, a farmer. She published The Sentimental Song Book was published in 1876 by C. M. Loomis of Grand Rapids, Michigan. James F. Ryder, a Cleveland publisher, republished the book under the name. The Sweet Singer of Michigan Salutes the Public, hence giving Julia A. Moore the title "Sweet Singer." Her poetry was thought to be in the same category as William Topaz McGonagall known as poetaster, a name applied to poets of notoriously bad poetry.

  • Scope and Contents

    This collection consists of one box of materials about the poetry of Julia A. Moore, who in her heyday was called the Sweet Singer in Michigan. The collective consists of family pictures, correspondence to and clippings about Ms. Moore, correspondence by H. A. Greenly, copies of published works not individually catalogued in MSU Libraries, and photocopies of three of her works.