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Donald R. Traylor compiles a history of R. L. Moore and his teaching method through interviews with Moore’s colleagues and mathematical descendants. He also dictates notes about Moore and other subjects for his 1972 work, "Creative Teaching: Heritage of R. L. Moore."

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Donald R. Traylor dictates book draft
Source:Moore (R. L.) Legacy Collection
In this recording, Donald R. Traylor dictates a draft of his book on R. L. Moore. Traylor covers introductory material such as Moore's family, character, and schooling. Number on tape: 091736.
I. Texas 1953
Source:Moore (R. L.) Legacy Collection
Donald R. Traylor dictates the draft of his book about R. L. Moore [Creative teaching: heritage of R. L. Moore]. Traylor addresses R. L. Moore's teaching style, beginning at 1953. Number on tape: 091722.
II. Years in Chicago
Source:Moore (R. L.) Legacy Collection
Donald R. Traylor dictates the draft of his book about R. L. Moore [Creative teaching: heritage of R. L. Moore]. Traylor talks about R. L. Moore's Chicago years, E. H. Moore, Oswald Veblen, and the common ancestry of R. L. Moore and E. H. Moore. Number on tape: 091722.
Interview with Anna M. Mullikin
Source:Moore (R. L.) Legacy Collection
Donald R. Traylor interviews Anna M. Mullikin, a doctoral student of R. L. Moore. Mullikin taught mathematics at the high school level and published a text book after her retirement. She recalls Moore's courses and teaching style as well as his other doctoral students. Some distortion on tape. Number on tape: 091734.
Interview with Ben Fitzpatrick [side 1]
Source:Moore (R. L.) Legacy Collection
Donald R. Traylor interviews Ben Fitzpatrick, a mathematician who studied under R. L. Moore. Fitzpatrick discusses the challenges and resistance involved in teaching with the Moore method and shares his knowledge of Moore. Number on tape: 091712.
Interview with Ben Fitzpatrick [side 2]
Source:Moore (R. L.) Legacy Collection
Donald R. Traylor's interview with Ben Fitzpatrick concludes in this tape. Traylor and Fitzpatrick discuss originality and creativity in doctoral students and how the Moore method can encourage these characteristics. The two also debate mathematics as art or science, and Traylor shares Moore's views on religion. Number on tape: 091712.
Interview with Blanche Bennett Grover [side A]
Source:Moore (R. L.) Legacy Collection
Donald R. Traylor interviews Blanche Bennett Grover, one of R. L. Moore's few Masters students. Grover taught math at the high school level, employing the Moore method in her geometry courses. Grover describes Moore's demeanor with students as well as the atmosphere of the University of Texas in the 1940s. Number on tape: 091710
Interview with Blanche Bennett Grover [side B]
Source:Moore (R. L.) Legacy Collection
This recording concludes the interview with Blanche Bennett Grover, a mathematics teacher and Masters student of R. L. Moore. Grover discusses her mathematical background as well as Moore's reputation and teaching style. Number on tape: 091710.
Interview with Carolyn Kerr
Source:Moore (R. L.) Legacy Collection
Donald R. Traylor interviews his doctoral student Carolyn Kerr. Kerr took several classes with Moore while at the University of Texas and recalls Moore's demeanor in class and one on one. Number on tape: 091735.
Interview with Carroll Wiginton
Source:Moore (R. L.) Legacy collection
Donald R. Traylor interviews Carroll Lamar Wiginton about her experience with the Moore method of teaching as both a student and a professor. Wiginton has a background in engineering and was first introduced to the Moore method in a calculus class taught by J. W. Neuberger, a former student of R. L. Moore. Number on tape: 091714. Original tape may have been recorded at a lower speed, so voices sound sped up.