George Edward Moore: Personal Papers and Correspondence

Scope and Content

MS.Add.8330 contains Moore's personal and family papers, and his correspondence (sections 1-9), as well as books from his library (section 17).


Moore's personal papers remained at his home in Cambridge, and were used extensively by Paul Levy for his book Moore: G.E. Moore and the Cambridge Apostles (1979). Levy and his assistants did a substantial amount of sorting and indexing of the papers, and their card index and computer printouts remain with the collection.

Access Information

Unless restrictions apply, the collection is open for consultation by researchers using the Manuscripts Reading Room at Cambridge University Library. For further details on conditions governing access please contact Information about opening hours and obtaining a Cambridge University Library reader's ticket is available from the Library's website (

Acquisition Information

After Dorothy Moore's death in 1977 the papers were sold at Sotheby's, and were purchased by the University Library in 1980. See Sotheby's catalogue: The Papers of G.E. Moore O.M. (17 December 1979). They were given the classmark Add. 8330. A few items were presented in 1988 by Roberta Blanshard, the widow of the philosopher Brand Blanshard, and in 1988-9 by the philosopher Alice Ambrose Lazerowitz, a former student of Moore's. They were included in Add. 8330.

Other Finding Aids

A catalogue of the collection can be found on ArchiveSearch.

Alternative Form Available

Microfilm available

Related Material

MS.Add.8875 is comprised of Moore's philosophical papers, and now forms sections 10-16. It includes contemporary notes of Wittgenstein's lectures, the autographs of his 1899 London lectures, and papers for the Moral Sciences Club.