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Warren Hubert Moïse letters

Identifier: Mss 1132

Collection Overview

The collection is comprised of letters written by Warren Hubert Moïse (1864-1939), primarily to his nephew Edwin Warren Moïse (1889-1961), along with a smaller number of letters to Edwin Warren's wife Marion Cobb Gerdine Moïse. In his letters, Warren Hubert seeks to pass on knowledge about the family to his nephew and foster their relationship, though the two never met. Letters relate information about Warren Hubert's father Edwin Warren Moïse (1810-1868), focusing primarily on his career as an attorney and judge in Louisiana, especially during the Civil War when he served as a Confederate district judge. Warren Hubert describes the family's struggles to earn a living after the war, discusses his uncle, the painter Theodore Sidney Moïse (1808-1885), and shares genealogical information and personal reminiscences about the extended Moïse family. Letters also include information on the families of the second wives of his father and uncle, Edwin Warren Moïse and Theodore Sidney Moïse, who were both Catholic. The collection also contains two letters to Edwin Warren Moïse regarding the care of a portrait of his grandfather, Edwin Warren Moïse, painted by Theodore Sidney Moïse (1808-1885), as well as a letter concerning the British politician Lord Lothian, formerly known as Philip Kerr. Also included are 6 photographs of Warren Hubert and friends originally enclosed in a letter to his nephew dated August 17, 1934.


  • Creation: 1933-1939


Language of Material

Materials in English

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research.

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Biographical Note

Warren Hubert Moïse (1864-1939) was born to Louise Hubert (1827-1875) and Edwin Warren Moïse (1810-1868) in Natchitoches Parish, Louisiana. He was the youngest child in a large family of thirteen children, including two from a previous marriage. His father, a prominent attorney, served in the Louisiana House of Representatives and as attorney general of the state. Early in the Civil War he was appointed district judge of the Confederate States of America with a jurisdiction covering Mississippi, Louisiana, Arkansas, and Texas. Edwin Warren Moïse's decision to invest his wealth in Confederate bonds left his family in poverty after the war. Despite his loss, he managed to establish himself in New Orleans shortly after the war and sent for his wife and children to join him. He died in 1868, again leaving the family financially unstable. To support the family, Warren Hubert's eldest brother, Hyam, began working as a bookkeeper while two of his older sisters became governesses. Warren Hubert's early education was erratic and while he eventually enrolled in Louisiana State University, he left after a single term.

As an adult, Warren Hubert moved west to California and in 1902 married Laura Mason (1876-1922). They settled in San Francisco, where he worked as a stock broker before retiring in 1933.

Edwin Warren Moïse (1889-1961), Warren Hubert Moïse's nephew, was born to Mary Gaston (1865-1936) and Theodore Sidney Moïse (1862-1915) in Montgomery, Alabama, and grew up in Savannah, Georgia. He attended Phillips Exeter Academy and then the University of Georgia, where he won a Rhodes scholarship in the class of 1911. He served as a major in World War I and earned a law degree from Oxford University in 1919. He married his first wife, Marion Cobb Gerdine (1893-1950), in 1917, and the couple had one daughter. Marion died in 1950 and a year and a half later Warren married Dorothy Todd.


0.25 linear feet (1 folder)


Collection consists of eleven letters from Warren Hubert Moïse to his nephew Edwin Warren Moïse and four letters from Warren Hubert to Edwin's wife, Marion Cobb Gerdine Moïse. The letters discuss the careers of Warren Hubert's father, Edwin Warren Moïse, a prominent attorney, legislator, and judge in Louisiana, and his uncle, the painter Theodore Sidney Moïse. Warren Hubert details the Moïses' financial struggles after the Civil War and provides genealogical information about the extended Moïse family as well as the family of his mother, Louise Hubert, Edwin Warren's second wife, and the family of Matilda Jane Vaughn, Theodore Sidney's second wife. The collection also includes two letters to his nephew Edwin Warren Moïse from the Metropolitan Museum of Art offering advice on care of a portrait of his grandfather, Edwin Warren Moïse, painted by Theodore Sidney Moïse as well as a series of photographs of Warren Hubert Moïse and friends originally enclosed in a letter to Edwin Warren Moïse.

Collection Arrangement

Materials described at the folder level.

Acquisitions Information

Materials donated in 2009 by Marion Gerdine Moïse Bierwirth.

Processing Information

Processed by Amy Lazarus, September 2015.

Inventory of the Warren Hubert Moïse Letters, 1933-1939
Processed by: Amy Lazarus; machine-readable finding aid created by: Amy Lazarus
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