The Moore Archives

The Moore Archives preserves and provides access to documentary evidence of the history of the village of Yellow Springs. Collections are available for scholarly research, exhibitions, journalism, documentary productions, school programs and other research and educational activities and for those who want to know about people, places, and events in the past.

The collections represent the eight record groups that interpret the history here. They include:

  • Record Group 1 — Revolutionary War and before (1721 to 1781)
  • Record Group 2 — Spa Periods (1782-1861)
  • Record Group 3 — Civil War and PA Soldiers’ Orphans School (1862-1912)
  • Record Group 4 — Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts Country School (1916-1952)
  • Record Group 5 — Good News Productions (1952-1974)
  • Record Group 6 — Historic Yellow Springs (1974-present)
  • Record Group 7 — Chester Springs Studio
  • Record Group 8— Native American Habitation

In addition to paper-based textual records, many collections contain photographs, sound recordings, artwork, artifacts such as furnishings, archaeological finds, and limited motion picture films and videotapes. A small reference library is available.

A written finding aid is available for most collections consisting of a scope and content note describing the content of the collection and a container list that details the contents of a collection by box and folder. Collections are currently being entered into the PastPerfect Museum program and will be electronically available when completed.

The Moore Archives acquires its collections by donation, often in conjunction with the acquisition of related artifacts and in collaboration with the archival staff. Documentation projects — including oral and video histories — actively create new research collections. Research was conducted in the early years of the Historic Yellow Springs organization and new research is added when available. Much of this early research consists of secondary source material. Of course, we continue to collect data on our present history.

To arrange your visit or donate materials, contact our Archive Department at archives@yellowsprings.org or (610) 827-7414 x19.

Can the HYS Staff do your Research?

If it does not involve a large expenditure of time for the Archivist, small amounts of photocopying or quick searches through the collections for very specific items can be done within a few weeks of the request. However, for larger jobs, you must come into the Archives or hire an independent researcher.

Archive activities are sponsored in part by the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission.

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Events Covered in the Moore Archives

The Moore Archives include numerous activities and events within the regularly updated Record Groups. The following are a few samples from the collection.

 

  • Online Collection of Historic Material
    We work with the PastPerfect Museum software to record and store data on our collection. The Historic Yellow Springs online collection includes all our photographs and Record Groups 1, 2 and 3, with new records being added continuously. 
  • Tour Guides
    We work with our Volunteer Coordinator to develop, plan and implement tours for visitors to Historic Yellow Springs. We have hosted Quester groups, school groups, senior citizen communities, Scout groups, garden clubs, historical societies and many other historic and special interest groups. If you are interested in joining our Guide program, please contact
    Sandy Momyer at archives@yellowsprings.org.
  • Historical Records
    Document new records and archaeological artifacts including orphan shoes found in The Washington, new art work by Albert Van Nesse Greene, orphan buttons, chards of pottery found on the property, a small sculpture done by a PAFA student,  and new books published that include reference to Historic Yellow Springs.
  •  Research for Publications
    Authors writing books; artists painting pictures – needed research and images.