Curtis West Harris and Ruth Jones Harris Papers, 1950-2012
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Brief Description: This collection contains biographical information relating to Reverend Curtis W. Harris, Ruth Jones Harris, Hopewell community members and calendars for the Harris family. Included in the collection are documents relating to Reverend Harris’ time spent serving on Hopewell’s City Council, materials from the churches Rev. Harris served, as well as his involvement with the Southern Christian Leadership Conference. In addition to this material are photo albums, pertaining to church related programs/activities and events at the Union Day Care Center, and artifacts.
Held at:
Special Collections Research Center
Earl Gregg Swem Library
PO Box 8794
Williamsburg, VA 23187 8794
Phone: 757-221-3090
Email: spcoll [at]
Record Series Number: 01/Mss. Acc. 2014.006
Created by: Harris, Curtis West
Volume: 11.0 Cubic Feet
Acquired: 01/02/2014.

The collection is divided into six (6) series. Due to keeping as close to original order as possible, materials in each folder vary in form and may have a wide range of years. Folders in each series are arranged chronologically by the first date stated and then alphabetically if pertaining the same start date. Items in the folders have been left in the original arrangement, which means items may or may not be in chronological order.

Series 1 contains biographic materials. Series 2 contains documents relating church and ministry materials. It is composed of three (3) sub-series: Bethany Baptist, Ministry, and Union Baptist. Series 3 is for material relating to the town of Hopewell and contains two (2) sub-series for City Council and Hopewell Community. Series 4 contains digital photographs but also a collection from photo albums. It is important to note that his series contains newspaper articles that Reverend Harris placed in his photo album collection. Series 5 is titled SCLC/Civil Rights and is divided into the sub-series Civil Right and SCLC. Series 6 includes artifacts, which are housed with the Manuscripts Artifact Collection.

Access Restrictions: Collection is open to all researchers.
Subject Index
Civil rights movements--Virginia
Hopewell (Va.)--History--20th century
Hopewell (Va.)--Politics and government
Southern Christian Leadership Conference--History
Union Baptist Church (Hopewell, Va.)
Genres/Forms of Material
Letters (correspondence)
Languages of Materials
English [eng]
Rights/Use Restrictions: Before reproducing or quoting from any materials, in whole or in part, permission must be obtained from the Special Collections Research Center, and the holder of the copyright, if not Swem Library.
Acquisition Notes: Gift of Joanne Lucas, Daughter of Rev. Harris  Acc. 2014.006 was picked up from the donor by SCRC staff on 1/2/2014.
PreferredCitation: Curtis West Harris and Ruth Jones Harris Papers, Special Collections Research Center, Swem Library, College of William and Mary.
Finding Aid Revisions: Box and Folder List compiled by Derek Sower, SCRC intern, in July 2014. Box and Folder List added to database by Stephanie Krauss, SCRC staff, on 10/2/2014.