Skip to main content

Dr. H. M. Moseley Papers

 Collection
Identifier: P-0110

Scope and Contents

The majority of the collection consists of items connected to Miller Moseley's life at the Masonic Home and School of Texas. A large collection of photographs documenting his years as a student at the home (he was the photographer), more than 60 years of ex-student association newsletters, notes on reunions and homecomings, obituaries of classmates and staff, newspaper clippings about the school, and lists of past graduates. In addition there are a small amount of materials covering his involvement with the local masonic lodge, his time at TCU as a professor, and some personal items. There is also a very large number of family photographs. All of the photographs have been dated and described by Miller Moseley. The photographer(s) of the family photos is unknown. The collection also contains four ledgers that appear to be from a general store that was likely located in Dundee, as the customer ledger contains his father's name. The bulk of the materials date from the first half of the 20th century. However, there is an unusual lacuna - there are only a few items that date from the years 1970-1990.

Dates

  • 1909 - 2014

Biographical / Historical

Dr. Harrison Miller Moseley (1921-2014) was born and lived with his family in Dundee, TX. His father died in 1928, and in 1930, Miller Moseley, along with his younger brother and sister were admitted to the Masonic Home and School of Texas in Fort Worth, as children of a Mason. All three Moseley children completed their grade school education there. Miller Moseley documented his life as a student and resident of the Masonic Home and School through numerous photos, along with collecting items produced by the school printshop, as he was an avid photographer, and a member of the school's printshop club. Miller Moseley was on the school football team in 1938, and in 1939 graduated as valedictorian. He recieved a Mason-sponsored scholarship to attend Texas Christian University specializing in chemistry and physics, again graduating at the top of his class. He completed graduate studies at Univerity of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, receiving his Ph.D. in physics in 1950. During WWII, he was attached to the US Naval Research Laboratory, working on the seperation of isotopes of uranium for the Manhattan Project. After the end of the war and the completion of his graduate studies, Miller Moseley returned to Fort Worth, and joined the faculty of the physics department at TCU, retiring in 1990. Throughout his life he maintained strong ties to the Masonic Home and School, was a member of the Ex-Students Association, and attended homecomings and reunions. He was a Mason his entire adult life, supporting the lodge, as well as the Masonic Home and School.

Sources: From Mighty Mite to Manhattan Project: The Story of Harrison Miller Moseley; Brian Kendall, Stella Brooks, September 30, 2020; https://fwtx.com/culture/people/from-mighty-mite-to-manhattan-project/ Dr. Harrison Miller Moseley Obituary; Star-Telegram; https://www.legacy.com/us/obituaries/dfw/name/harrison-moseley-obituary?pid=172452894

Extent

7.25 Linear Feet (10 containers)

Language of Materials

English

Separated Materials

A small poster of the 1939 Masonic Home and School football team was seperated from the collection and stored in the map cabinets, due to size. The book, "The Masonic Home and School of Texas" by W. R. McCaulay printed in about 1935, was cataloged and placed on the shelf in with local history.

Processing Information

All of the photos appeared to have been rehoused from their original albums onto adhesive photo album pages (magnetic album pages) at some point in the late 20th century by Miller Moseley. He also inserted dates and descriptions on small pieces of paper with the photos. The photographs were numbered. The photographs were not always in numberical order in the albums, this "disordered" arrangement was maintained. Several of the photographs were missing, with only the paper tag remaining. The album pages were scanned before deconstructing the albums and rehousing in archival sleeves.

Status
Completed
Author
Gaby Kienitz
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin

Repository Details

Part of the Fort Worth Public Library Archives Repository

Contact:
500 West 3rd Street
Fort Worth Texas 76102
817-392-7740