John and Ellen Moot Papers, 1903 - 1982
- 1903 - 1982
- Moot, Ellen, 1930 - 2016 (Creator, Person)
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5.7 Linear Feet
4 Cubic Feet
2 boxes (2 oversize boxes)
1 Files (1 flat file in 1 drawer)
Ellen (Guild) (1930-2016) grew up in Boston, Mass. and graduated from the Shady Hill School (Cambridge, Mass., 1945), St. Timothy’s School (Stevenson, MD., 1948), and Radcliffe College with a degree in Government (1952). After receiving a Master’s degree in International Affairs at Yale University, Ellen worked at the Washington Center of Foreign Policy Research at John Hopkins University. She became engaged to John Moot while living in Washington, D.C., and the couple moved to Cambridge after they were married. In Cambridge, Ellen was as a research assistant at the Harvard Center for International Affairs (CFIA), where she worked with Henry Kissinger, Robert Bowie, and Joseph Nye. She served on the Boston World Affairs Council and the United Nations Association.
After her daughter was born in 1962, Ellen returned to the CFIA part time and began working on political campaigns in Cambridge. She ran the successful City Council and State Senate campaigns of Alice Wolf as well as the successful City Council campaigns of Cornelia Wheeler. (Wheeler lost her bid for State Senate in which Ellen was the campaign manager.) She also worked on the School Committee and City Council campaigns of Frank Duehay. During this time, she partnered with Artistic Director and Conductor Benjamin Zander to found (and later become the Executive Director of) the Shady Hill Summer Arts Program.
In the 1970s, Ellen’s career turned toward the field of mental health and she served on the board of the Cambridge Guidance Center, the Metropolitan State Hospital’s Advisory Board, the Massachusetts Department of Mental Health’s Area Board, and as the President of the Massachusetts Department of Mental Health’s Mental Health Center for Cambridge-Somerville.
From 1983-2001, Ellen served on the board of the Cambridge Foundation. She was active in the Cambridge Historical Society, co-writing a chapter on the Coolidge Hill neighborhood, where she lived, for the book, A City’s Life and Times: Cambridge in the Twentieth Century (2007). Also, she played on Cambridge’s first women’s ice hockey team, founded in the 1970s and nicknamed the Mother Puckers. Outside Cambridge, Ellen was active in the Chocorua Lake Association in Tamworth, New Hampshire. Ellen was an avid sailor.
Ellen and John married in New Years of 1960 at the Unitarian Church in Boston. They were members of the First Parish Unitarian Church and patrons of local theater and opera. They have two children Amey (b. 1962) and Alex Moot (b. 1964).
 Anderson, Travis, “Moot Dies at 86, Successfully Fought Highway Through Cambridge,” Cambridge Chronicle, December 19, 2008. http://www.wickedlocal.com/cambridge/news/x1435867302/Moot-dies-at-86-successfully-fought-highway-through-Cambridge?zc_p=0. Retrieved 30 December 2013.
 Ellen Guild Moot, 1930-2016, Boston Globe, September 25, 2016. http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/bostonglobe/obituary.aspx?pid=181469944. Retrieved 20 March 2017.
Organization of Collection
Series 1: Photographs, 1965, 1982
Series 2: Campaign Posters, 1967
Series 3: Maps, 1903, 1913, 19181, 1953, undated
Series 4: Memorial Drive, 1964, 1965
Approximately 80 items group alphabetically within the series. The collection's contents have been placed in 2 boxes and 1 flat file.
- Aerial photographs
- Black-and-white prints (photographs)
- Cambridge (Mass.)
- Cambridge Civic Association (Cambridge, Mass.)
- Charles River (Mass.)
- City planning -- Massachusetts -- Cambridge
- Color prints (photographs)
- Drawings (visual works)
- Environmental protection -- Massachusetts -- Charles River
- Maps (documents)
- Massachusetts. Metropolitan District Commission
- Memorial Drive (Mass.)
- Parkways -- Conservation and restoration -- Massachusetts
- People for the Riverbend Park Trust
- Photography -- 1980-1990
- Photography Competitions
- Political activists
- Political posters
- Public Parks -- Massachusetts -- Cambridge
- United States. Department of the Interior
- John and Ellen Moot Papers, 1903 - 1982
- Alyssa Pacy (2013) and Jacob Nussbaum (2017) under the supervision of Alyssa Pacy
- December 2013 and Feburary 24, 2017
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Part of the Cambridge Room, Cambridge Public Library Archives and Special Collections Repository
Cambridge Public Library
Cambridge MA 02138 USA