Pitts Theology Library
Archives and Manuscripts Department

Sadie Maude Moore
Papers, 1927-1982

Descriptive Summary

Creator:Moore, Sadie Maude, 1899-1982.
Title:Sadie Maude Moore papers, 1927-1982
Call Number:Manuscript Collection No. 059
Extent:6 cubic ft. (13 boxes)
Abstract:Consists of the papers and artifacts of Sadie Maude Moore, a Methodist missionary in Korea.
Language:Materials in English and Korean.

Administrative Information

Restrictions on AccessUnrestricted access.
Terms Governing Use and ReproductionAll requests subject to limitations noted in departmental policies on reproduction.
Citation[after identification of item(s)], Sadie Maude Moore Papers, MSS 059, Archives and Manuscript Department, Pitts Theology Library, Emory University.
ProcessingProcessed by Robert W. Lesh and Cynthia Crouch, 1986. Updated by Brandon Wason, August 2015.

Biographical Note

The daughter of Samuel Loundes and Mary Little (Edenfield) Moore, Sadie Maude Moore was born in Statesville, Georgia, on January 8, 1899. She received her B.A. degree from Asbury College in Wilmore, Kentucky, in 1922 and continued her education at the Scarritt Bible and Training School in Nashville, Tennessee.  She received her L.H.D. from Ewha Woman's University in 1924.

In 1924, Moore began serving as a Methodist missionary in Korea with the Women's Division Christian Service of the Board of Missions of the Methodist Church.  In 1953 she was appointed to the faculty of the Methodist Theological Seminary of Seoul, Korea, and in the same year, also began serving as English secretary to the Board of Trustees of the Ewha Woman's University.

In Korea, Moore contributed articles on missionary work to Methodist periodicals.  She also recorded many lectures and addresses which she delivered throughout her career.  The missionary corresponded with a wide circle of friends and former associates, and she regularly wrote newsletters at holidays and for two "round robin" groups. Moore received awards from the government of Korea and the Korean Methodist Church. In 1961 she received an honorary doctorate from Ewha Woman's University upon the seventy-fifth anniversary of the foundation of the institution. Moore retired to the United States in 1969, and settled in Atlanta, Georgia, where she died on August 19, 1982.

Scope and Content Note

Sadie Maude Moore was a prolific letter writer. She participated in two "round robin" groups, the South Methodist Korea Round Robin and the EWHA Round Robin. The members of the round robins, friends and former associates living throughout the United States and abroad, would circulate newsletters about themselves. When the packet of newsletters arrived, each participant or "robin" would read the newsletters, add her own newsletter, and remove her previous newsletter, which had by that time been read by all the "robins." The packet of newsletters was then sent on to the next "robin."

The letters bear two numbering sequences. The flight number (Flight 1, 2, 3, etc.) indicates the number of full rounds that the packet of newsletters had made. Each "robin" also had a number (Letter 1, 2, 3, etc.) which indicated her order within the group. The round robins were occasionally reorganized as new members joined or members dropped out. Lists of members and their addresses appear in the files. As the new group formed, the numbering sequence (flight number) of the letters was started anew, and members were assigned new letter numbers. Both round robins have been arranged according to "flight sequence" or chronologically.

Moore's newsletters, as well as occasional correspondence with others, are included in her papers. Newspaper clippings of articles about mutual acquaintances were often included with letters. The newspaper clippings remain enclosed with the letters. The newsletters have been arranged chronlogically. However, correspondence relating to Moore's return trip to Korea in 1976 remains with the "Korea Tour, 1976" materials.

Approximately 200 of Moore's speeches, lessons and worship services, and other writings are included also in her papers. Arranged alphabetically by title, most of these items relate to lessons from the Bible for Koreans and her experiences as a missionary in Korea. Most appear to have been written during the 1960's and a few are written in Korean. Addresses delivered by Moore during the International Prayer Fellowship in 1976 are included with the "International Prayer Fellowship" materials. See the box and folder list for a listing of titles subdivided under speeches, worship services, and writings.

Seven photograph albums and about 670 photographs are included in the papers of Sadie Maude Moore. Moore probably took most of these images while she was a missionary in Korea. Most of the photoes are in black-and-white and appear to have taken between 1950 and 1969 (see the box/folder list for arrangement). Among the photographs which may interest researchers are the pictures of Bishop Lee (see photographs 387-388); the International Prayer Fellowship of 1966 (see photographs 106b-107a); the Methodist Theological Seminary in Seoul (see photographs 648-650); and, the Methodist Theological Seminary in Pusan (see photographs 651-655).

There also are a few pictures of the Methodist Mission in India taken during the early 1960's, which were sent to Moore by a fellow missionary (see photographs 658-665). Perhaps the earliest picture is a black-and-white photograph of the Belly River Highway, looking west to the junction of Caraston and Pircher Creek Highways, in the Waterton Lakes Park, Alberta, Canada (see photographs 638). Among the most recent are pictures taken during Moore's return trip to Korea in 1976 for the 90th anniversary celebration of Ewha University (see box 8, folder 6).

The Sadie Maude Moore Papers also include 368 color slides. Most of these images document her friendships and experiences in Korea, especially at Ewha University and High School, and the Methodist Theological Seminary in Seoul, Korea. A few slides are of Dr. Helen Kim, longtime president of Ewha University. Among the slides are pictures of participants of the Woman's Society Conference, held at Taejon, Korea in 1969; students and classrooms of the Mae Hyang Girls School; and Christian Home Mission activities. Many slides are of people and historic sites taken while Moore toured Seoul and the countryside of Korea. Twelve slides of a wedding were given to Moore by a friend in Georgia. Few of the slides are dated, but appear to have been taken between 1959 and 1969. The slides seemed to have been arranged around significant events and people. An attempt has been made to restore and retain Moore's own arrangement of her slides.

Among the artifacts are a small Korean teapot, pictures and wall hangings, and decorative plates. Other memorabilia include a phonograph recording of the Pai Wha Girl's High School Chorus, scrapbooks containing Christmas newsletters, and a few volumes with personal inscriptions to Moore.

Container List

I. Correspondence
EWHA Round Robin111970-1976 Flight 23, no. 2; Flights 1-9, 12-15
 121977-1978 Flights (1)-16
 131979-1982 Flights 17-32
South Methodist Korea Round Robin141970-1973 Flight 1
 151974-1976 Flight 2
 161977-1978 Flight 3
 171979-1982 Flight 4
Holiday newsletters181950-1959, and list
Other correspondence1111928-1966
 1131975-1981, undated
II. International Prayer Fellowship, May 23-27, 1966
 114Addresses by Sadie Maude Moore
Answered Prayer and Unanswered Prayer
International Prayer Fellowship
Lord, Teach Us To Pray
The Meaning of Prayer
A Pattern for Worship
What Is Prayer?
 115-19Addresses by others, in chronological order (See also 1/55-56)
 120General and related items
III. Korea Tour, 1976
 121-22Correspondence, 1975-1976
 123Return diary, 1976
 124-25Itinerary and related items (See also photograph album in box 8, folder 6)
IV. Speeches
 126The Abiding Presence
Ai...Hymn Church Dedication
Biding Love
Blessed Life
Chapel—Sept. 27, 1960
Christian Global Concern
The Church
 127Congratulations to Dr. Kim
Dr. Helen Kim
Dr. Helen Kim of Korea
Dr. Wang of T.E.F. Seminary, Oct. 1968
Evangelism Among Women In Korea
Fruits of the Spirit—Gal.5:22
The Holy Spirit, Seminary Chapel, June 19, 1963
I Am the Vine
 128The Image of Ministry—Our Time
Interview with Miss You Du Kang
Jesus Begins His Ministry
John Wesley
Looking Upward
Message of the Flowers
Messages from the First Christmas
Missions Past
Mother's Day—1967
 129A New Person
The Promises of God
Retired Workers Home to be Built
 130Rules for Mission Station Community
Seminary Founders Day, 1964
Spiritual Photography
Those Who See God, Chapel, Nov. 8, 1956
 131What Have You? How Will You Use It?
What Time Is It?
Who Is Jesus?
Wonju, 1948-1950
Year of the Sheep
V. Worship Services
 132Bible study notes and maps on the book of Acts
 133Answered Prayer and Unanswered Prayer, 1966
The Bible Can Help Youth Make Important Decisions
Bible Reading—The Story of Creation
Blessed Are The Peacemakers (Outline for World YMCA/YWCA
Week of Prayer and World Fellowship, 1966)
 134The Bread of Life
The Christian Flag
Christian Home and Family Week: Family Worship Services, 1964
Christian Responsibility
1/35-36Come, Tarry, Go
 137The Earth Is The Lord's
The Face of Jesus (a worship service for youth)
Famous Women
Forgive Us Our Trespasses As We Forgive Those Who Trespass Against Us
Fruits of the Spirit
Good Neighbors
Growing in Christian Living
Honoring Home and Mother
Honoring Our Mothers
 138Hymn Study Worship Service
I Would Be True
John Wesley
A Knight Takes His Pledge
Learning for Life
 139Legend of the Prayer Birds
Lent—A Period of Renewal and Growth
Let's Get Acquainted
Little, but Exceedingly Wise
Lord, Speak to Me
Lord, Teach Us to Pray
Lord's Prayer
My Creed
 140My Vocation
Our Prayer and Our World
The Path of the New Year
A Pattern for Worship
The People Called Methodists
Prayer, February 1956
 141Prayer in the Life of the Christian Teacher, 1966
Prayer Meeting, 1964
Preparation for Life's Journey
Quotations on Prayer
Rest in the Lord
Ruth: Margaret's Letter
Some Personal Questions
 141Songs We Love
 142Stories about the Bible (or the Bible in Korea)
 143Story of the Hymn "I Would Be True"
The Ten Commandments
Watch Night Worship, 1965
We Glorify God
We Remember Jesus
What Is Man?
 144What Is Prayer?
What Time Is It?
What Time Is It Now?
Who Is God?
Woman's Missionary Society of India (Know. Grow. Glow. Go.)
VI. Writings
 146Acts of the Apostles
And His Shall Be Called "Wonderful"...., 1964
And Sent Them Two and Two
Arise, Shine, for Thy Light Has Come, 1962
Bible Verses to Live By
Bible Women and Country Schools, Wonsan District, 1927-1928 (Reports)
 147Blest Be the Tie That Binds, 1969
Christmas in the Orient
Gifts—Offered to Him, 1959
Gleams from Everyday Experiences
A Glimpse at the Wonsan Bible Institute
 148-51History of Korean Missions
 152"How Beautiful! Impressions from Interfield Consultations,"
The Methodist Woman, July-August 1956, pages 13-14.
How I Know That This Is Korea
I Couldn't Forget, 1957
It Was Good To Be There, 1953
The Jewel Box, 1955
Little Ones of God Are We, 1962
The Lord is with us; Fear them not, for we are well able to over come
Lord, Teach Us to Pray, 1966
Methodist Mission Calendar-1964
Methodist Theological Seminary, Pusan, Korea, circa 1953
 153Methodist Theological Seminary, Seoul, Korea
 154One of God's Women
Open Doors in Korea
Pai Wha at Home Again, circa 1954
Prayer Availeth Much, 1966
Recipe for 1964
Seek Ye First the Kingdom of God and His Righteousness
Sent to Heal the Brokenhearted, circa 1952
 154So Teach Us To Number Our Days, 1959
Social Evangelistic Center, 1939
Spiritual Mountain Climbing, 1955
Spring Days in Korea, 1955
There's a Song in the Air, 1963
They Went Everywhere Preaching the Word, 1953
Twenty Years in Korea
 154A Torch in Her Hand, 1966
The Way of the Missionary: Missionary Paths of the First Century
Welcome Home, 1966
Where Is He, 1960
Who Shall Separate Us from the Love of Christ? 1953
A Winter Vacation
You Must Be A Missionary, Too, 1956
Your Gifts to Korea, 1954
VII. Writings by others
 155Buxton, Edith
Chun, Mrs. Won-Deuk
Cuninggim, Merrimon
Hulbert, Jeanette
Inabet, Martha Lewis
Keith-Lucas, Alan
 156Kim, Bishop, Chang Hee
Levai, Blaise
Moore, Arthur J.
Myers, Henry L.
Roy, Martha A.
Tatum, Thelma
Tillman, Sadie Wilson
Warren, James H. and Rosa May Butler
Wilson, Emma W.
unknown authors (alphabetical by title)
VIII. Memorabilia
Articles and tributes157To Sadie Maude Moore
 158-60To her friends
Photograph albums71circa 1929-1940
 72Social Evangelistic Center, Wonsan, Korea, 1937- 1940
 73circa 1963-1965
 86Friends of EWHA [Woman's University] Tour Group, 1976
 87Picture postcards of Japan, undated
Scrapbooks98Christmas newsletters, 1948-1980 (See also box 1, folders 8-10)
 99circa 1950-1960
Slides10 1 binder (Notes for slide shows in box 1, folder 62)
Photographs111-48Sadie Maude Moore (alone)
 1149-121SMM with others (dated)
 11122-351SMM with others (undated)
 11352-423Identified others (alphabetical)
 11424-457Unidentified others (dated; chronological)
 11458-472Unidentified others (undated)
 12473-605Unidentified others (undated)
 12606-656Places and things
 12657-665  Methodist Mission in India
Books131Davis, Fleeta. A Guide to Prayer: Thoughts, Scriptures, and Prayers. International Prayer Fellowship, undated.
 132Guthapfel, Minerva L. The Happiest Girl in Korea. New York: Fleming H. Revell Company, 1911.
 133Stewart, Ruth G. Wind and Bone. Seoul, Korea: Seoul, Korea: Seoul Computer Press, 1980.
 134Zong, In-Sob. A Pageant of Korean Poetry. Seoul, Korea: Taihan Text Book Printing Co., 1963.
 135Korean Methodist Church, Sixty Year History of Women's Missions (title in Korean).
 136(Yearbook of the Methodist Theological Seminary in Seoul, Korea, 1966)
IX. Miscellaneous
 161Miscellaneous documents and pamphlets
 162Notes for slides in Box 10
 163Memorial services pamphlet, 1982.

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