Clement Clarke Moore

Clement Clarke Moore (July 15, 1779 – July 10, 1863) was a writer and American Professor of Oriental and Greek Literature, as well as Divinity and Biblical Learning, at the General Theological Seminary of the Protestant Episcopal Church, in New York City. The seminary was developed on land donated by Moore and it continues on this site at Ninth Avenue between 20th and 21st streets, in an area known as Chelsea Square. Moore's connection with the seminary continued for more than 25 years.

Moore gained considerable wealth by subdividing and developing other parts of his large inherited estate in what became known as the residential neighborhood of Chelsea. Before this, the urbanized part of the city ended at Houston Street on Manhattan island. For 10 years, Moore also served as a board member of the New York Institution for the Blind.

He is credited and is most widely known as the author of the Christmas poem "A Visit from St. Nicholas", first published anonymously in 1823. It later became widely known as "'Twas the Night Before Christmas" and has been published in numerous illustrated versions in various languages. Scholars debate the identity of the author, calling on textual and handwriting analysis as well as other historical sources.

Birth and Death Data: Born 1779 (New York City), Died Newport

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1901 - 1939

Roles Represented in DAHR: author

Recordings

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor [Pre-matrix A-]1106 7-in. 11/23/1901 The night before Christmas Gilbert Girard ; Len Spencer Recitation, with vocal effects author  
Victor [Pre-matrix B-]1106 10-in. 11/23/1901 The night before Christmas Gilbert Girard ; Len Spencer Recitation, with vocal effects author  
Victor B-8158 10-in. 8/19/1909 The night before Christmas Edgar L. Davenport Recitation author  
Victor C-13090 12-in. 4/7/1913 The night before Christmas Robert C. Hilliard Recitation author  
Victor B-13735 10-in. 9/8/1913 A visit from St. Nicholas Harry E. Humphrey Recitation author  
Victor C-14984 12-in. 6/23/1914 The night before Christmas Cora Mel Patten Recitation author  
Victor CVE-35981 12-in. 9/10/1926 The night before Christmas Georgene Faulkner Recitation, with traps author  
Victor CVE-46155 12-in. 8/23/1928 The night before Christmas Sally Hamlin Recitation, with traps and recorded music author  
Victor BS-030335 10-in. 12/1/1938 The night before Christmas Ted Malone Recitation author  
Victor BS-042940 10-in. 10/11/1939 The night before Christmas Milton Cross ; Victor Salon Orchestra Recitation, with orchestra author  
Columbia 1905 10-in. ca. 1904 The night before Christmas Len Spencer Recitation, with chimes and sleigh bell effect author  
Columbia 39045 10-in. 10/16/1913 A visit from St. Nicholas Harry E. Humphrey Recitation author  
Brunswick 4563-4565 10-in. approximately Nov. 1920 Night before Christmas Ernest Hare Monologue author  
Brunswick E28466 10-in. 10/11/1928 Twas the night before Christmas Henry Burr Male vocal solo, with orchestra author  
Brunswick E25073-E25075 10-in. 11/5/1927 Night before Christmas Ernest Hare Recitation author  
Edison 3969 10-in. 7/14/1915 Night before Christmas Harry E. Humphrey Recitation author  
Edison 4095 10-in. 9/7/1915 The night before Christmas Edna Bailey Recitation author  
Edison 4619 10-in. 3/30/1916 The night before Christmas Edna Bailey Recitation author  
Edison 11988 10-in. 10/27/1927 The night before Christmas Vaughn De Leath ; Hanna Van Vollenhoven Female vocal solo, with orchestra author  
Edison [Unknown] 17-in. 1923-1928 The night before Christmas Theodore Whitfield Edwards Recitation author  

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Moore, Clement Clarke," accessed October 28, 2020, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/102596.

Moore, Clement Clarke. (2020). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved October 28, 2020, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/102596.

"Moore, Clement Clarke." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2020. Web. 28 October 2020.

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