Howard Moore, Jr. papers, 1896-2010 [bulk 1962-2010]

Emory University

Stuart A. Rose Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Book Library

Atlanta, GA 30322


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Descriptive Summary

Creator: Moore, Howard, 1932-
Title: Howard Moore, Jr. papers, 1896-2010 [bulk 1962-2010]
Call Number:Manuscript Collection No. 1196
Extent: 60.25 linear feet (122 boxes), 2 oversized papers boxes and 2 oversized papers folders (OP), and 14 bound volumes (BV)
Abstract:Papers of African American attorney, Howard Moore, Jr., including personal and professional papers, case files, and records from the trial of Angela Davis.
Language:Materials entirely in English.

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Purchase, 2012.


[after identification of item(s)], Howard Moore, Jr. papers, Stuart A. Rose Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Book Library, Emory University.


Arranged and described at the folder level by W. Michael Camp, 2017.

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Collection Description

Biographical Note

Howard Moore, Jr. (1932-), African American civil rights attorney, was born in Atlanta, Georgia, to Bessie Sims Moore and Howard Moore, Sr. He attended Morehouse College in Atlanta and, after briefly working in Cleveland, Ohio, attended law school at Boston University (Massachusetts), graduating in 1960. He returned to Atlanta in 1962 to work for Hollowell and Ward, a prominent civil rights law firm. While based in Atlanta, Moore served as general counsel to the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) and worked for the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People's (NAACP) Legal Defense and Educational Fund. Early in his career, Moore was part of the legal team for Bond v. Floyd, the 1966 United States Supreme Court case concerning the Georgia General Assembly's refusal to seat Julian Bond because of his support of Vietnam War protestors. In another notable case, Moore defended civil rights leader Stokely Carmichael against charges of insurrection resulting from a 1966 riot in Atlanta's Summerhill neighborhood. Other clients included several objectors – including Charles Cabbage and John Edward (X) Lemons – to the Vietnam War draft.

Moore moved to Berkeley, California, in 1971 to lead the team of lawyers defending the Communist academic, Angela Davis, against charges of murder and kidnapping. In 1970, Davis was arrested for her alleged involvement in the attempted escape of three Soledad Prison inmates and the deaths that resulted from the escape attempt. Davis was acquitted in 1972. Moore spent the remainder of his career in California's Bay Area practicing law, with other notable clients including H. Rap Brown and Fleeta Drumgo, one of the "San Quentin Six".

Moore is married to Jane Bond Moore, daughter of Horace Mann Bond and Julia Washington Bond, and sister of Julian Bond. They have three children: Grace Elizabeth, Constance Jane, and Kojo Howard Dubois.

Scope and Content Note

The collection consists of the papers of civil rights attorney, Howard Moore, Jr., from 1896-2010, with the bulk of the papers from 1962-2010. The collection includes personal and professional papers along with case files. The personal and professional papers contain personal financial items, correspondence, research and subject files, and writings by Moore, such as speeches and articles. There are a number of memoranda and pieces of correspondence relating to Moore's early career work for the NAACP's Legal Defense and Educational Fund, as well as SNCC, including organizing materials for SNCC's work in Mississippi.

The case files are divided into three subseries. These materials include correspondence, notes, memoranda, and legal filings). The first subseries, case files from 1959-1976, consists of materials related to cases handled by Moore primarily in the Southeast. These files include materials on sit-in cases in Atlanta and elsewhere, freedom of speech trials involving figures such as Julian Bond and Stokely Carmichael, and cases involving accused Vietnam War draft evaders, as well as other cases involving everyday legal issues. Other notable cases in this period are the trial of H. Rap Brown in New York on charges of armed robbery and the Stephen Mitchell Bingham (“San Quentin Six”) case involving an armed prison riot at San Quentin State Prison in California.

The second subseries, the Angela Davis trial records, document Moore's role as chief defense counsel to Davis on charges of conspiracy to commit kidnapping and murder. Included here are correspondence, clippings, records of contributions to the fund paying for Davis's defense, writings created by Davis while in jail, legal motions filed by Moore and other members of the defense team, witness files, and records relating to the defense of Ruchell Magee, who was Davis's co-defendant until the two cases were severed.

The third subseries, case files from 1994-2010, consists of materials related to cases handled primarily the Bay Area of California. Many of these cases had to do with racial discrimination in employment matters. The files contain legal documents (including briefs, motions, and appeals), records of evidence, and other materials such as correspondence and financial records.

Arrangement Note

Organized into two series: (1) Personal and professional papers; (2) Case files, 1959-2010.

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