John Moore Bram Stoker collection, 1707-2020 [bulk 1878-1980]

Emory University

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

Atlanta, GA 30322


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Descriptive Summary

Creator: Moore, John (John Francis), 1942 August 6-, collector
Title: John Moore Bram Stoker collection, 1707-2020 [bulk 1878-1980]
Call Number:Manuscript Collection No. 1514
Extent: 15.5 linear feet (26 boxes), 5 oversized papers boxes and 6 oversized papers folders (OP) 5 bound volumes (BV), 1 oversized bound volume (OBV), and 20 extra-oversized papers (XOP)
Abstract:Collection of materials, accumulated by John Moore, documenting the life and work of Bram Stoker, including primarily letters, photographs, printed material, and memorabilia.
Language:Materials entirely in English.

Administrative Information

Restrictions on Access

Special restrictions apply: All audiovisual material in this collection is commercial and cannot be digitized or otherwise reproduced due to copyright law. Researchers are welcome to request audiovisual items to examine their packaging.

Researchers must contact the Rose Library in advance for access to unprocessed born digital materials in this collection. Collection restrictions, copyright limitations, or technical complications may hinder the Rose Library's ability to provide access to unprocessed born digital materials.

Terms Governing Use and Reproduction

All requests subject to limitations noted in departmental policies on reproduction.

Related Materials in Other Repositories

Papers of the Stoker Family, Manuscripts and Archives, The Library of Trinity College (Dublin, Ireland)

Separated Material

The Rose Library holds books collected by John Moore. These materials may be located in the Emory University online catalog by searching for: Moore, John (John Francis), 1942 August 6-, collector.


Purchased from Kennys Bookshop and Art Galleries, LTD., representing John Moore, 2020.

Custodial History

The materials in this collection were amassed by John Moore from a variety of disparate sources, including rare book and manuscript dealers. Provenance for much of the collection is unknown. Kennys staff packed and shipped the collection to Rose Library.


[after identification of item(s)], John Moore Bram Stoker collection, Stuart A. Rose Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Book Library, Emory University.

Appraisal Note

Jennifer Gunter King, Director of the Rose Library, acquired this collection as part of the Rose Library's holdings in Irish literature.


Arranged and described at the file level by Sarah Quigley, 2021.

Translation of Chinese and Arabic material titles were provided by Guo-Hua Wang, Emory Libraries International Area Studies Team Leader, and Neda Zeraatkar, Emory Libraries Middle East and Islamic Studies Librarian.

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Collection Description

Biographical Note

Bram Stoker was born in Dublin, Ireland in 1847 to Abraham Stoker and Charlotte Thornley Stoker. He was one of seven children. He attended Trinity College, Dublin. He married Florence Balcome in 1878 and the couple had one child, Irving Noel Thornley Stoker. Following his graduation from Trinity, Stoker worked in the Irish Civil Service and as the theatre critic for the Dublin Evening Mail. It was in this capacity that he met and became friends with English Shakespearean actor Henry Irving, eventually moving his family to London and becoming business manager of Irving's Lyceum Theatre. Stoker published the gothic horror novel Dracula in 1897.

John Moore is a former business consultant and spent much of his life acquiring book and manuscript materials documenting the life of Bram Stoker, his works, and the enduring legacy of the Dracula story in particular.

Scope and Content Note

The collection consists of material acquired by John Moore documenting the life and works of Bram Stoker from 1707-2020. It includes letters; Bram Stoker writings and Lyceum Theatre business records; photographs, artwork, and audiovisual material; printed material; memorabilia; Dracula derivatives and Stoker scholarship; and papers of John Moore documenting his collecting activities. Letters in the collection contain missives from Stoker; his wife, Florence; his brother, Tom; his close friend, Hall Caine; Lyceum Theatre actors, Henry Irving and Ellen Terry; and other members of Stoker's social and professional circles. There is no true correspondence in this collection and letters do not document any back-and-forth communication. Bram Stoker writings and Lyceum Theatre business records include typescripts of writings by Stoker as well as a ledger of returns from a run of Othello at the Lyceum Theatre in 1881. Photographs depict Stoker, Irving, Terry, and Cain, as well as numerous Stoker family members. Artwork includes sketches and paintings depicting Stoker and Irving, as well as four original works by Pamela Colman Smith, including one that may depict Ellen Terry, and original costume designs for an unidentified production of Dracula. Printed material includes numerous playbills and programs for theatrical adaptations of Dracula and productions of plays at the Lyceum Theatre (London, England) starring Irvin and Terry. There are also numerous film posters, lobby cards, and pressbooks promoting film adaptations of Dracula and subsequent films featuring the Dracula character, as well as other Hammer (England) and Universal (United States) horror films. Memorabilia consists primarily of dolls, mugs, figurines, and toys depicting Dracula. Dracula derivatives and Stoker scholarship contains scripts and screenplays for film adaptations of Stoker's novel Dracula and subsequent films featuring the Dracula character. Audiovisual material consists of video recordings of Dracula other horror films as well as a recording of an Irish television program featuring Stoker material, while John Moore's papers primarily document his collecting activity.

Arrangement Note

Organized into 9 series: (1) Letters, (2) Bram Stoker writings and Lyceum Theatre business records, (3) Photographs, (4) Artwork, (5) Printed material, (6) Memorabilia, (7) Dracula derivatives and Stoker scholarship, (8) Audiovisual material, and (9) John Moore papers.

Finding Aid Note

A general box inventory created by Kennys is available from the repository upon request.

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