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Office of the Treasurer Records. Trustees of the Moore School of Electrical Engineering Files

UPH 4.1.[MSEE]

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Summary Information

Prepared by
J.M. Duffin
Preparation date
1999
Date [inclusive]
1927-1990
Extent
7.25 Cubic feet

PROVENANCE

Transferred to the University Archives in 1990 (Accession Number 90:51). The files came from W(illiam). Richard Gordon and included the records of the Investment Committee.

ARRANGEMENT

This series within the Office of the Treasurer correspondence record group is arranged into four subseries: minute books (1927-1979), 0.25 cubic feet; minutes supporting papers (1928-1990), 3.5 cubic feet; Alfred Fitler Moore Estate (1947-1988), 1 cubic foot; general file (1923-1989), 2.5 cubic feet. The first two subseries are arranged chronologically by date of the meeting and the remaining series are arranged alphabetical by subject matter.

HISTORICAL NOTE

The Trustees for the Moore School of Electrical Engineering were established by a bequest in the will of Alfred Fitler Moore. Moore was a wealthy Philadelphia manufacturer who died in 1912. After creating several trusts in his will for the lifetime of his wife and her siblings, he directed that the remainder of his estate be applied to a trust for the creation of school of electrical engineering. Moore requested that the school be named the Moore School of Electrical Engineering in memory of his parents, Joseph Moore and Cecilia Fitler Moore. The seven trustees of the trust to establish this school were to be appointed by the Orphans’ Court of Philadelphia. Upon the termination of the life trusts in 1923, the surviving executors of Alfred Fitler Moore’s will petitioned the Orphans’ Court for the formation of the board of trustees for the school. After the trustees were appointed they requested that the court approve an agreement with the University of Pennsylvania which would make the University the managers of the new school. The trustees had argued that the value of Moore’s estate ($1.5 million) was not enough to build a new school and that the best means to fulfill Moore’s wishes was to have the school become a department of the university. The court consented to this proposal and an agreement was concluded between the trustees for the Moore School and the trustees of the University of Pennsylvania. The trustees of the Moore School would cover the costs of the school for which the tuition pay. The trustees of the university would be ex officio members of the Board of Managers of school with full power to conduct the school.

In accordance with the agreement approved by the Orphans’ Court the University of Pennsylvania pulled all the courses in electrical engineering from the Towne Scientific School and created a new department called the Moore School of Electrical Engineering in 1923. It operated the using the endowment created by Moore’s will. Most of the members of the Trustees of the Moore School often included the provost and president of the University of Pennsylvania. Beginning in the 1960s the income from the endowment, tuition and research grants was not enough to cover the expenses of the school. In time the university supported the school and the Moore trust was no longer sufficient to continue the school on its own. In 1989 the trustees of the Moore School under the will of Alfred Fitler Moore petitioned the Orphans’ Court for permission to appoint the University of Pennsylvania as the successor trustees and merge the trust directly into the endowment funds of the university. The Court granted this petition and the university created three endowed professorships from the trust’s funds.

SCOPE AND CONTENT

This collection contains all the official records the trust established for the benefit of the Moore School of Electrical Engineering. The first two subseries contain the minutes and supporting papers in the form of correspondence and reports used for the meetings of the trustees from 1927 to 1977, 1989 and 1990. The Alfred Fitler Moore Estate subseries contains legal documents and correspondence relating to the duty of the trustees in reporting their actions to the Philadelphia Orphans’ Court which has jurisdiction over the trust primarily from 1923 to 1977. It also includes several published agreements between the trustees of the will of Alfred Fitler Moore and the University of Pennsylvania. The general file subseries contains primarily financial records, such as audits and investment reports. There is also correspondence relating to the expenditure of the trusts funds and assets for the Moore School, particularly the Electromagnetic Wave Research Laboratory and Education Center near Valley Forge, Pennsylvania, the Graduate Research Center, and the X-Ray Laboratory Fund.

Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)
University of Pennsylvania. Moore School of Electrical Engineering.
University of Pennsylvania. Office of the Treasurer.
University of Pennsylvania. School of Engineering and Applied Science.
University of Pennsylvania. — General subdivision–Endowments.;
Personal Name(s)
Moore, Alfred Fitler, 1854-1912

Inventory

 

Minute Books 

Box

Folder

1927 

233

1

1928 – 1942 

233

2

1943 – 1979 

233

3

 

Minutes Supporting Papers 

Box

Folder

Meeting, 21 June 1928 

233

4

Meeting, 6 May 1924 

233

5

Meeting, 4 June 1926 

233

6

Meeting, 1 July 1926 

233

7

Meeting, 26 May 1927 

233

8

Meeting, 18 June 1929 

233

9

Meeting, 16 June 1930 

233

10

Meeting, 23 June 1932 

233

11

Meeting, 23 June 1933 

233

12

Meeting, 12 March 1934 

233

13

Meeting, 12 June 1934 

233

14

Meeting, 13 June 1935 

233

15

Meeting, 29 June 1936 

233

16

Meeting, 14 May 1937 

233

17

Meeting, 19 May 1937 

233

18

Meeting, November 1937 

233

19

Meeting, May 1938 

233

20

Meeting, June 1939 

233

21

Meeting, November 1939 

233

22

Meeting, June 1940 

233

23

Meeting, June 1941 

233

24

Meeting, May 1942 

233

25

Meeting, May 1943 

233

26

Meeting, May 1944 

233

27

Meeting, June 1945 

233

28

Meeting, March 1945 

233

29

Meeting, May 1945 

233

30

Meeting, December 1945 

233

31

Meeting, October 1946 

233

32

Meeting, June 1947 

233

33

Meeting, January 1948 

234

1

Meeting, October 1948 

234

2

Meeting, March 1949 

234

3

Meeting, April 1949 

234

4

Meeting, April 1950 

234

5

Meeting, December 1950 

234

6

Meeting, April 1951 

234

7

Meeting, April 1952 

234

8

Meeting, June 1953 

234

9

Meeting, May 1954 

234

10

Meeting, April 1955 

234

11

Meeting, May 1955 

234

12

Meeting, April 1956 

234

13

Meeting, June 1956 

234

14

Meeting, April 1957 

234

15

Meeting, May 1957 

234

16

Meeting, April 1958 

234

17

Meeting, April 1959 

234

18

Meeting, December 1959 

234

19

Meeting, April 1960 

234

20

Meeting, April 1961 

234

21

Meeting, April 1962 

234

22

Meeting, February 1963 

234

23

Meeting, April 1963 

234

24

Meeting, April 1964 

235

1

Meeting, December 1964 

235

2

Meeting, June 1965 

235

3

Meeting, June 1966 

235

4

Meeting, May 1967 

235

5

Meeting, May 1967 (2) 

235

6

Meeting, May 1968 

235

7

Meeting, June 1969 

235

8

Meeting, June 1969 (2) 

235

9

Meeting, June 1970 

235

10

Meeting, June 1970 

235

11

Meeting, June 1971 

235

12

Meeting, August 1972 

235

13

Meeting, April 1973 

235

14

Meeting, April 1973 (2) 

235

15

Meeting, April 1973 (3) 

235

16

Meeting, June 1973 

236

1

Meeting, June 1974 

236

2

Meeting, June 1974 (2) 

236

3

Meeting, January 1975 

236

4

Meeting, June 1976 

236

5

Meeting, June 1977 

236

6

Meeting, June 1989 

236

7

Meeting, September 1990 

236

8

 

Alfred Fitler Moore Estate 

Box

Folder

Orphans’ Court, First Account, 1947 

1923 – 1947 (1) 

236

9

1923 – 1947 (2) 

236

10

Correspondence, 1947 

236

11

Orphans’ Court, Second Account, 1956 

1947 – 1956 (1) 

236

12

1947 – 1956 (2) 

236

13

Draft 

236

14

Orphans’ Court, Third Account, 1974 

1956 – 1974 (1) 

236

15

1956 – 1974 (2) 

236

16

Correspondence 

237

1

Agreements 

Agreements with University 

237

2

Agreements with University 

237

3

1923 

237

4

1925 – 1947 

237

5

1975 

237

6

Basic Documents, 1957 – 1977 

237

7

Notes of Testimony, 1923 

237

8

Orphans’ Court Petition, 1964 

237

9

Trustees Appointments, 1953 – 1988 

237

10

 

General File 

Box

Folder

Annuity Plan, 1947 

237

11

Audits 

1966 – 1968 

237

1

1969 – 1970, 1973 

237

2

1984 – 1989 

237

3

1923 – 1947 

237

12

1948 – 1951 

237

13

1952 – 1953 

237

14

1954 – 1956 

237

15

1957 – 1962 

237

16

1963 – 1965 

237

17

Bank Remittances, 1963 – April 1966 

237

4

Bank Remittances, June 1966 – 1971 

237

5

Bill of Sale, Apparatus and Equipment, 1927 

237

6

Books and Journal Fund, 1926 

237

7

Closing, 1989 – 1990 

237

8

Correspondence, 1974 – 1978 

237

9

Differential Analyzer 

237

10

Director’s Report, Fiscal Year 1972 

237

11

Director’s Report, Fiscal Year 1973 

237

12

Director’s Report, Fiscal Year 1973 

237

13

Distribution, 1957 

237

14

Electromagnetic Wave Research Laboratory and Education Center 

1964 – 1984 

237

15

1964 – 1984 (2) 

237

16

1966 – 1967 

237

17

Property, 1967 – 1980 

237

18

Valley Forge Research Center 

1984 – 1990 

237

19

Deeds, 1957 – 1978 

237

20

Deeds, Bracken Site, 1983 – 1984 

237

21

Bracken Site, 1983 – 1986 

237

22

Endowment Fund, Investments, Pricing Sheets, 1976 – 1977 

237

23

Endowment Fund, Investments, Pricing Sheets, 1978 – 1979 

237

24

Endowment Fund, Investments, Pricing Sheets, 1980 – 1982 

239

1

ENIAC Anniversary, 1987 

239

2

Finance Committee, Correspondence, 1948 – 1964 

239

3

General Council, 1948 – 1956 

239

4

Girard Bank 

239

5

Graduate Research Center, 1964 – January 1965 

239

6

Graduate Research Center, 1965 

239

7

Graduate Research Center, Agreement, 1964 

239

8

Income Tax (990 Forms), 1976 – 1987 

239

9

Insurance, 1986 – 1989 

239

10

Investment Transactions and Commissions, 1977 – 1978 

239

11

Investments, Summary, 1981 – 1983 

239

12

Investments, 1956 – 1959 

239

13

Legal Fees, 1976 – 1988 

239

14

List of Assets, 1944 – 1954 

239

15

Loan Fund, 1962 – 1977 

239

16

Kidder Fees, 1983 – 1989 

239

17

Minorsky Matter, 1934 – 1936 

239

18

Miscellaneous, 1948 – 1969 

239

19

Moore School Investments, 1978 

239

20

Moore School Merger, 1948 – 1962 

239

21

Name Change, 1979 

239

22

Primary Account, Girard Trust Company 

Statement of Accounts, 1923 – 1940 

239

23

Primary Account, General Statements, 1925 – 1958 

239

24

Real Estate, Moore School Site, 1957 – 1968 

239

25

RCA Computer, 1968 

239

26

Securities 

239

27

Scholarships, 1959 – 1964 

239

28

Special Research Fund, 1959 – 1962 

239

29

Statements, Balance Sheets, 1978 

239

30

Student Affairs, 1963 – 1964 

239

31

Temporary Investments, Income Liquidation, 1982 

239

32

Transfer of Securities, 1943 

239

32

X-Ray Laboratory Fund, 1929 – 1935 

239

33

X-Ray Laboratory Fund, 1935 – 1945 

239

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