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John J. Moss Diaries, 1950-1951

Identifier: 058

Collection Overview

The John J. Moss diary offers a detailed handwritten account of Moss’ trip to the World Scout Jamboree in Bad Ischl, Austria, in 1951. As they travelled by boat across the Atlantic and across Europe to arrive in Austria, it is also a personalized and detailed account of post-war Europe, visiting places such as Italy, France, and Algeria. Sketches by Moss are present throughout as well. Several newspaper clippings, now copies in the collection, and a photograph were inserted into the diary, as was a smaller Scout-issued diary containing narration of Moss’ trip to the National Jamboree in Valley Forge, Pennsylvania, in 1950. The collection also includes a small number of envelopes featuring stamps or cancellations that Moss appears to have collected (and evidently feature some of his past addresses). One letter appears to be sent to him from a friend in Brazil and contains cut out for the American Corporate Liberties Union.


  • 1950-1951


Access to Collection

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

The materials in this collection are subject to copyright and intellectual property restrictions. It is the responsibility of the researcher to understand and observe copyright law and to identify and satisfy the holders of all copyright. Researchers must obtain written permission from the copyright owner(s) if they wish to publish materials from this collection. Questions concerning copyright and permission to publish should be directed to the Cambridge Room, Cambridge Public Library Archives and Special Collections.


John J. Moss was born on March 20, 1935, in New York. He received an A.B. from Columbia in 1956 and a law degree from Harvard University in 1958. He practiced as a lawyer and lived in Cambridge, Massachusetts, for a number of years on streets including Chauncy, Everett, and Ware. As a youth he was actively involved in the Boy Scouts of America.


0.6 Linear feet

0.1 Cubic Feet

1 boxes (1 oversize box)

17 Items

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Organization of Collection

Approximately 17 items organized by folder title:

Diaries, 1950-1951

Correspondence, 1958-2011

Newspaper clippings, 1950-1951

Photographs, 1950, undated

Custodial History

Found in front of an apartment on Ware Street in Cambridge and donated by Linda Levin, June 2013.

Processing Information

Processed by Christine DiBella in June 2015. Rehoused and encoded by Moira Mackay under the supervision of Alyssa Pacy in February 2017.


John J. Moss Diaries, 1950-1951
Christine Di Bella (finding aid author 2015) and Moira Mackay (EAD author under the supervision of Alyssa Pacy, February 2017)
June 2015 and February 2017
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Repository Details

Part of the Cambridge Room, Cambridge Public Library Archives and Special Collections Repository

Cambridge Public Library
449 Broadway
Cambridge MA 02138 USA