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Moore, Sara, 1886-1968



  • Existence: 1886 - 1968

Sara Emily Moore Eastman (1886-1968) was a career journalist and illustrator whose work covered a wide range of topics from fashion and theater to the polio epidemic and militant suffrage movement.  Moore was born in Detroit, Michigan on October 18, 1886 to Evaline and Charles B. Moore. Moore’s father was employed as painter and draughtsman and died when she was three years old. Her early years were spent traveling with her mother and stepfather, whose work required a nearly nomadic lifestyle.  The constant travel afforded Moore a diverse education.  She attended public and private schools before entering a convent in her teenage years.

At age 16, Moore left the convent without her mother’s permission and settled in Detroit. Aided by pinned back hair and a long skirt, Moore lied about her age and convince E.G. Pipp, the Editor of the Detroit News, to give her a job. She started off writing obituaries and sermons for the paper and quickly graduated on to covering state legislative sessions, State Supreme Court cases, and local theater.  In 1911 the News sent Moore to the Press Gallery in Washington, D.C. as part of their Washington bureau.  While in the capital, Moore interviewed prominent figures such as Carrie Nation, Anthony Comstock and President Taft.

On February 26, 1913 it was announced in pages of the Detroit News that Moore would travel to England to “Study the Suffrage Question.” She wrote extensively about militant suffragettes, including the trails of Mrs. Pankhurst and the riots in London. While covering a London suffragette march on March 29, 1913, an attack on the demonstrators turning into an attack on all the women present, Moore included. In the pages of the Detroit News Moore vividly recounted how she had to bite the hand of one would-be assaulter only to be grabbed by another who bent back her arm until a police officer intervened. Moore’s reports back from London also included colorful stories about talking her way into male-only Parliament Galley and detailing the plight of Englishwomen in the industrial classes.  The News then sent Moore to Paris where she began creating a syndicated series called “Cartoonettes”, which featured humorous, and often scathing, illustrated vignettes about gender constructs, and contemporary fashions.

After returning from Europe, Moore moved to New York and began to sketch and write for the New York Evening Mail. In December of 1915 Moore was sent by the Mail to cover Henry Ford’s ill-fated voyage to Europe on his “Peace Ship.”  On her return, Moore was planning to accept an assignment to travel through Canada and beyond the Arctic Circle, when her fiancé, Frank G. Eastman, implored her to stay. Eastman and Moore were married in the Church of the Transfiguration in New York City on May 13, 1917. The couple had twins Phillip and Paul in 1919 and daughter Sara in 1920.

From 1925-1932 the Chicago Tribune published Moore’s feature Maiden Meditations which paired beautiful illustrations with “sprightly verse”. The series was published in a book by the same name by the Shrewesbury Publishing Company in 1927. While living in the northern suburbs of Chicago, Moore worked on plays, advertisements, comics and short stories. In 1953 her husband Frank Eastman died and Moore moved to California. She was an artist-in-residence at the art center Villa Montalvo in Saratoga California. Moore spent her later years traveling extensively. Her voyages (mostly by freighters) brought her to Western Europe, the Middle East, Mexico, and Asia. Moore died in Santa Clara, California on December 27, 1968.

Found in 1 Collection or Record:

Sara E. Moore Papers

Identifier: MS170
Abstract Sara Emily Moore Eastman (1886-1968) was a career journalist and illustrator whose work covered a wide range of topics from fashion and theater to the polio epidemic and militant suffrage movement. The Sara Moore Collection is comprised of 12 boxes and spans the years 1910-1968. The materials include personal and professional correspondence, illustrations, manuscripts and typescripts, travel documents, mementos, and photographs.
Dates: 1910 - 1968; Other: Date acquired: 11/30/2011