Virginia Moscrip Papers

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Collection Overview
Title: Virginia Moscrip papers
Creator: Moscrip, Virginia
Call Number: D.72
Dates: 1818-1962
Physical Description: 15 boxes
Language(s): Materials are in English
Repository: Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation, River Campus Libraries, University of Rochester

Biographical/Historical Note
Virginia Moscrip (1897-1975) was born in Upper Alton, Illinois. She was the daughter of Lydia Bell DeLany Moscrip (1856-1953), a suffragist and Red Cross Relief worker during World War I, and Reverend Charles H. Moscrip (1848-1920), a graduate of the University of Rochester (1874) and Rochester Theological Seminary (1877). Lydia and Charles were married in Keokuk, Iowa, and by 1900, they had settled in Rochester, New York. They had seven children (Charles B. "Charlie", 1880-1910; Minerva L., 1882-1892; Lydia Bell, 1888-1892; two unknown), but Virginia and her brother, Amos D. (1884-1955), were the only children to live past the age of 30.

Virginia attended East High School in Rochester, where she showed an early interest in Latin and the classics as a member of the Roman State Club and contributor to the Vox Populi newsletter. After the Moscrips relocated to Galen, New York, Virginia graduated from nearby Clyde Public School in 1915. Virginia was hired as a teacher at Savannah Public School in Savannah, New York, while attending college at the University of Rochester. She received her Bachelor's degree from the University of Rochester in 1919 and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa in her senior year. She went on to earn her Master's degree from the University of Rochester in 1921 followed by her doctorate in 1928 from the University of Chicago. In 1925, Virginia Moscrip was hired by the University of Rochester as a Latin instructor. She was promoted to assistant professor in 1928, associate professor in 1935, and finally full professor in April of 1961. She belonged to American Association of University Professors, the American Philological Association, the Archaeological Institute of America, and the Classical Association of the Atlantic States, and she was especially interested in Latin, Greek, and the Middle Ages.

Scope and Content
There are 15 boxes in the Virginia Moscrip Papers: 2 boxes of correspondence dating from 1818 through 1962, 3 boxes of Charles H. Moscrip ephemera reflecting his theological and theatrical interests as well as his time spent at the University of Rochester; 2 boxes of Virginia Moscrip ephemera from childhood through her years as a student and educator; 2 boxes of miscellaneous family ephemera; and 4 boxes of photo albums. Much of the family ephemera and correspondence are associated with Minerva (Lamareau) DeLany (1837-1919) and her husband, Amos N. DeLany (1832-1895), Virginia Moscrip's maternal grandparents, who had lived in Clyde, New York, since 1852. The DeLany's are buried in Mount Hope Cemetery in Rochester, New York, along with their grandchildren, Lydia Bell Moscrip, Minerva L. Moscrip, and Charles B. Moscrip and his wife, Elsie (1890-1912). The personal papers of Virginia Moscrip's mother, Lydia Bell DeLany Moscrip, are held at Smith College, Northampton, Massachusetts. Also included are Liberty Loan flyers and advertisements, membership cards and a service flag, food rationting campaign items and recipes, knitting patterns, two undated clippings, including an editorial by Anna Howard Shaw; and a commemorative booklet celebrating Susan B. Anthony's eightieth birthday.

Puerto Rico
New York (State)--Cambridge
Moscrip, Virginia
Moscrip, Charles H.
University of Rochester
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Donated by Jack and Judy Davis, 2004.Access
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Administrative Information
Author: Finding aid prepared by Rare Books and Special Collections staff
Publisher: Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation, River Campus Libraries, University of Rochester
Rush Rhees Library
Second Floor, Room 225
Rochester, NY 14627-0055

Content List
Series I: Correspondence, 1818-1962
Box 1, Folder 1Family correspondence, 1818-1839
Box 1, Folder 2Family correspondence, Amos Halsey Nichols, 1825-1864
Box 1, Folder 3Family correspondence, transcriptions of select letters from folder 2
Box 1, Folder 4Family correspondence, 1840-1849
Box 1, Folder 5Family correspondence, 1850-1859
Box 1, Folder 6Family correspondence, 1860-1869
Box 1, Folder 7Family correspondence, 1870-1943
Box 1, Folder 8Family correspondence, Lydia Bell DeLany Moscrip, 1898-1942
Box 1, Folder 9Correspondence to / from Virginia Moscrip, 1925-1962
Box 2, Folder 1Family correspondence, transcriptions of letters to and from Amos D. Moscrip, 1891-1895
Box 2, Folder 2Family correspondence, Amos Moscrip, 1936-1947
Includes biographical information on AM

Box 2, Folder 3Family correspondence, Amos Moscrip, 1948-1949
Box 2, Folder 4Family correspondence, Amos Moscrip, 1950
Box 2, Folder 5Family correspondence, Amos Moscrip, 1951-1952
Box 2, Folder 6Family correspondence, Amos Moscrip, 1953-1955
Series II: Family ephemera
Box 3, Folder 1Legal documents
Box 3, Folder 2Personal book of Jane Barcom, circa 1830s-1840s
Box 3, Folder 3Cash account book of Amos N. DeLany, 1889-1897
Box 3, Folder 4Transcription of Amos N. DeLany's diary, 1870-1896
Includes extracts from 1892-1896

Box 3, Folder 5Cash account book of Minerva L. DeLany, May 1876-1904
Contains P.G. Denison store "coupons;" Certificate of Non-Liability from 9/17/1864 releasing George DeLany from military obligations; and other receipts

Box 3, Folder 6Transcription of Minerva L. DeLany's diary, 1895-1897
Box 3, Folder 7Mrs. E. G/Y? child's diary, August 5, 1874, of a trip to Europe; and Minerva L. DeLany's journal of an 1898 journey to Europe on the SS. Noordland, May 9-August 30, 1898.
MLD's journal contains pressed flowers from various European locations; back pocket contains a small account booklet, various signatures and calling cards from the DeLany family.

Box 4, Folder 1Lydia Bell DeLany Moscrip's ephemera from a trip to the Franconia Mountains, New Hampshire, 1876
Includes 19th century Vassar Class Day Exercises program; handmade birch and ribbon autograph book; flyer from the Flume House, 1876; and a flyer from the Profile House, 1876

Box 4, Folder 2Charles B. Moscrip's (age 18) journal of an 1898 journey to Europe on the SS. Noordland with his grandmother, Minerva L. DeLany, May 9-August 30, 1898
Box 4, Folder 3Log of Charles B. Moscrip, U.S. Marine Corps (in Cuba), November 29, 1901-December 16, 1902
Box 4, Folder 4Log of Charles B. Moscrip, U.S. Marine Corps (in Puerto Rico), December 16, 1902-October 1904
Box 4, Folder 5Scale book, 1902-1910
Box 4, Folder 6Drawings and transposed music by J.M. Ward
Box 4, Folder 7Genealogical information from Arthur A. Wood
Box 4, Folder 8Miscellaneous family ephemera
Includes 1873 autograph book; two issues of The Little Pilgrim, 1854, given to Olive and Anna Nichols by their aunt, Jane [Barcom?]; slips of music; poems; certificates (dated 1795-1814) found in a house purchased by Virginia Moscrip on Tryon Park in 1925; recipes; a commencement program of Madison University, August 18, 1858; and an obituary of Ann Nichols, age 15, written by Pamella Nichols in Seneca Falls, New York, October 25, 1814

Box 4, Folder 9News clippings about Clyde, New York, 1929-1942
Series III: Reverend Charles H. Moscrip ephemera
Subseries I: Typescripts
Box 5, Folder 1"A Brown study," by Rev. Charles H. Moscrip
Box 5, Folder 2"Clover and wild honey," by Rev. Charles H. Moscrip
Box 5, Folder 3"A dog's logic," by Rev. Charles H. Moscrip
Box 5, Folder 4"Hoddie's heroics," by Rev. Charles H. Moscrip
Box 5, Folder 5-6"The needle's eye," by Rev. Charles H. Moscrip
Box 5, Folder 7"Pine cones and honeysuckles," by Rev. Charles H. Moscrip
Box 5, Folder 8"A prophet's reward," by Rev. Charles H. Moscrip
Box 5, Folder 9"What happened to Ken," by Rev. Charles H. Moscrip
Subseries II: Notebooks
Box 6Reverend Charles H. Moscrip's Rochester Theological Seminary notebooks, October 1874
3 Volumes
See also Box 7, Folder 1

Subseries III: Theological and theatrical interests
Box 7, Folder 1Notebook from Charles H. Moscrip's studies at the Rochester Theological Seminary, 1874
See also Box 6

Box 7, Folder 2Charles H. Moscrip's volume of The Baptist Visitor 1 (January-December 1889) and scrapbook of religious news clippings pasted into Peloubet's Select Notes on the International Lessons, 1880.
Box 7, Folder 3Charles Moscrip's playbills from Temple Theatre with theater notes and news clippings, 1911
Box 7, Folder 4Miscellaneous pages from an 1874-1876 account book converted into a scrapbook for 1910-1921 stage and film news clippings
Box 7, Folder 5Scrapbook about Reverend Charles H. Moscrip
Includes his academic record and activities at the University of Rochester, written works, and news clippings

Box 7, Folder 6Binder of research materials on local churches
Series IV: Virginia Moscrip ephemera
Box 8, Folder 1Childhood ephemera
Box 8, Folder 2Pamphlet and journals
Pamphlet labeled "Potato.s 1887+8." Journal of summer trip to Sodus Point, January-September 1912, plus added note from 1969 (contains loose clippings and notes); and journal, September 1912-1917 (contains Commencement program from 1915 High School graduation, invitations for 1917 University of Rochester's Women's Glee Club concert)

Box 8, Folder 3East High School senior class books, 1912, 1913, and 1915
Box 8, Folder 4East High School Roman state ephemera
Box 8, Folder 5Essay written at the University of Rochester, "The relationship of Egypt to the Roman Empire", October 29, 1917
Box 8, Folder 6Diary, 1918-1922
Box 8, Folder 7Doctoral dissertation from the University of Chicago, "Literary patronage in Rome, 240 BC-90 BC", 1928

Box 8, Folder 8Counting rhymes, typescript, and news clippings
Box 91870s account book reclaimed by Virginia Moscrip for news clipping scrapbook, 1924-1940
Loose material: VM's teaching contracts at Savannah Public School, NY Motor Vehicles registration card, various other personal ephemera

Box 15Keepsake box
Series V: Photographs
Box 10Photo album of notable figures (first half) and family and friends (second half)
Box 11Photograph album, family and friends, circa 1890s
Box 12, Folder 1Photograph of a group at Shurtleff College, Upper Seton, circa 1896-1897
Charles B. Moscrip, back row.

Box 12, Folder 2Photograph album, circa 1896-1917
Box 12, Folder 3Photograph album, circa 1908-1917
Box 12, Folder 4Photograph album, circa 1908-1919
Box 13, Folder 1Photograph album (University of Rochester, Savannah Public School, etc.), circa 1908-1921
Box 13, Folder 2Photograph album, circa 1916
Box 13, Folder 3Photograph album (friends and family), circa 1920-1921
Series VI: Civic activities, 1900-1920
The items in box 14 were transfered to the department in 2015

Box 14, Folder 1Letters received, 1918-1919
Box 14, Folder 2World War I pamphlets and clippings
Box 14, Folder 3American Red Cross appeals, 1918-1920
Box 14, Folder 4Women's Liberty Loan Committee, 1917
Box 14, Folder 5New York State Woman Suffrage party, 1900-1917

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