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Ivory and Lennie Moore Collection

Identifier: 2012.01

Scope and Contents

This collection contains documents, correspondence, photographs, publications, artifacts, and ephemera that depict the personal and professional lives of Ivory and Lennie Moore and their family. The collection includes 15 series: Personal Papers, Family Papers, Professional Papers, Government, Legal, Mt. Moriah Baptist Church, Clubs and Organizations, Town and Gown, Newspapers, Publications, Programs, Photographs and Negatives, Scrapbooks, Framed Items, and Audio Visual Materials.

Series I. Personal Papers includes biographical information about Ivory and Lennie Moore, correspondence, college coursework and experiences, and funeral information for friends and relatives.

Series II. Family Papers includes personal papers of Ivory and Lennie Moore along with their son, Ivory Jr., grandson, Eric Moore, and other family members. It also features estate papers for Lennie's family members, property informaiton, reunions, funeral and obituary informaiton, and vacation materials.

Series III. Professional Papers includes materials related to the careers of Ivory and Lennie Moore. This series contains administrative documents, correspondence, events, academic programs including MACH III, and reports related to the Moores' positions with East Texas State University and high schools in Wichita Falls, Texas. The series also includes materials related to library conferences, professional organizations such as TABPHE, and professional publications and newsletters.

Series IV. Government includes materials related to the Moores' participation in local, state, and federal organizaions, organizing campaigns, and pursuing housing and development improvements for Commerce and Neylandville.

Series V. Legal contains documents related to the Hi Yield lawsuits and court cases as well as property surveys and bids made by Ivory Moore.

Series VI. Mt. Moriah Baptist Church contains administrative and financial information, events, programs, speeches and other materials related to the congregation in Commerce.

Series VII. Clubs and Organizations includes governing documents, meeting minutes, reports, events, correspondence, and other papers related to civic, fraternal, and other groups such as the Boys and Girls Club, Kappa Alpha Psi, and NAACP.

Series VIII. Town and Gown includes research materials, handwritten and typed rough drafts, and newspaper versions of the Town and Gown column written by Ivory Moore for the Commerce Journal.

Series IX. Newspapers contains clippings and full pages of various newspapers with articles related to family members or topics of interest.

Series X. Publications includes yearbooks, manuals, histories, and other bound items.

Series XI. Programs and Pamphlets contains published pamphlets, flyers, and other advertisements related to entertainment, athletics, community, and educational events.

Series XII. Photographs and Negatives contains professional images related to official events, conferences, and other meetings as well as personal images of family members, gatherings, and travel.

Series XIII. Scrapbooks includes five bound volumes of photographs and newspaper articles related to Ivory and Lennie's early years, Lennie Moore's family, Ivory's early career in education, and his time at ETSU.

Series XIV. Framed Items includes photographs, certificates, plaques, and other honors items.

Series XV. Audio Visual Materials contains floppy disc copies of Town and Gown articles and audio and video cassettes of conference sessions and meetings.


  • 1935 - 2011
  • Majority of material found within 1972 - 2004


Conditions Governing Use

Items in the collection are protected by applicable copyright laws.

Biographical / Historical

Ivory Edward Moore was born in 1923 in Wetumka, Oklahoma. He attended Douglas High School in Wetumka before earning a basketball scholarship to Langston University. He graduated from Langston in 1949 with a Bachelor of Science in Vocational Agriculture. He continued his education at Midwestern University in Wichita Falls, Texas, where he received a Masters of Arts in Secondary and Higher Education in 1966. He also continued his education through courses related to education and agriculture at Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, and East Texas State Universities.

Ivory Moore worked as an instructor and athletics coach for high schools in Oklahoma before accepting a position as a social studies instructor and coach at Booker T. Washington High School in Wichita Falls, Texas. He was later promoted to Vice Principal of the school and received the same position at Hirschi High School after the schools were desegregated.

In 1972, Moore accepted the position of Assistant to the President and Coordinator of Minority Affairs at East Texas State University. The position became Dean of Minority Affairs in 1975. In this role with the university, he developed and managed many programs that promoted the success of minority students. He created the grant proposal that provided for the establishement of the MACH III/Student Support Services program at East Texas State. He organized the Upward Bound program, which works with disadvantaged high school students to prepare them for higher education coursework. Moore also founded and organized the Texas Association for Black Professionals in Higher Education (TABPHE) in 1973 and served as the organization's president and executive secretary for more than 20 years.

After his retirement from the university, Ivory Moore formed an investment company with his son that worked towards improving the conditions of underprivileged individuals. He also wrote a weekly column for the Commerce Journal titled Town and Gown that covered important topics and news from the city and university.

Ivory Moore served in multiple community and civic organizations. He was the first African American to be elected to the City Council for Commerce, Texas where he served as a Commissioner for 12 years, Mayor Protem for 5 years, and Mayor for 2 years. He actively participated as a member of the Democratic Party and the NAACP, where he organized the ACTSO program for students as part of the Texas branch of the organization and served as 2nd vice-president for 10 years. He was appointed to the state review board for The Texas Department of Housing and Community Affiars by Governor Mark White and the Sulphur River Basin Authority by Governor Ann Richards. He was also heavily involved in the Kiwani's Club, Chamber of Commerce, Boys and Girls Club, Mt. Moriah Baptist Church in Commerce, and numerous professional and social societies. He also organized the annual Juneteenth celebration in Commerce.

Lennie Lois Moore, was born in 1926 in North Carolina to William Henry Wilson, Jr. and Fannie Raines Wilson. When she was a yound child, her family moved to Shreveport, Louisiana where she received her formal education. She received her bachelor's degree from Langston University in 1947 and a Master's degree from North Texas State University. She worked as a high school teacher before joining the MACH III program at East Texas State University as a counselor and instructor. She also served as special services cirriculum coordinator for the program.

Lennie Moore particpated in many other organizations. She was a Sunday School teacher and deaconness at Mt. Moriah Baptist Church. She also was involved in the Boys and Girls Club, local political organizations, and other civic groups.

Ivory and Lennie Moore married in 1947 while they were students at Langston University. Together, they had two children and two grandchildren.


13 Linear Feet (Records Center boxes, 2 framed items, one oversized folder)

Language of Materials



Materials with sensitive, personally identifying, or confidential information have been placed in a separate box and are restricted. Restricted files are indicated in the container list. Materials are arranged chronologically, by format type, and by subject.

Custodial History

Ivory and Lennie Moore donated the collection to Special Collections and University Archives in 2012.

Separated Materials

2 framed items and 2 whiteprint architectural drawings are located in Map Case 1.

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Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections, Waters Library, Texas A&M University-Commerce Repository