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Collection Overview

Title
Curtis West Harris and Ruth Jones Harris Papers, 1950-2012
ID
Mss. Acc. 2014.006
Extent
11.0 Cubic Feet
Primary Creator
Harris, Curtis West
Arrangement

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.

Date Acquired
01/02/2014
Forms of Material
Letters (correspondence), Minutes, Publications
Languages
English

Restrictions

Access
Collection is open to all researchers.
Use
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.

Scope and Contents of the Materials

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.

Collection Historical Note

Reverend Curtis W. Harris was born in Dendron, Virginia on July 1, 1924 to Mr. Sandy Harris and Mrs. Thelma Harris. He attended Hopewell public schools, Virginia Union University, and received his pastoral training through the Medical College of Virginia. Harris’ list of positions held include but are not limited to: serving as pastor at Union Baptist and Little Gilford Baptist churches, president of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, and mayor of Hopewell, Virginia. Harris has also been the recipient to numerous awards and proclamations for his involvement with the Civil Rights movement and the overall advancement of the Hopewell community.

By Rev. Harris’ side for over fifty years was Ruth Jones, whom he wedded in 1946. Ruth founded Hopewell’s Union Day Care Center in the early 1970’s as well as a program for senior citizens. She served on Hopewell’s Senior Citizen Commission in the early to mid-1980 and as an avid supporter of racial equality she cared for the home, six children and business while Rev. Harris was on the front lines for the cause.

Additional information pertaining to the biography of Curtis and Ruth Harris can be found at http://www.curtiswharris.com/.

Subject/Index Terms

Box and Folder Listing


Browse by Series:

[Series 1: Biography, 1971-2012 and undated],
[Series 2: Church and Ministry, 1957-2010 and undated],
[Series 3: Hopewell, 1959-2009 and undated],
[Series 4: Photographs, 1950-2008],
[Series 5: Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) and Civil Rights, 1962-2009],
[Series 6: Artifacts],
[All]

Series 4: Photographs, 1950-2008
This series includes digital photographs and non-digital photographs. Many of the non-digital photo albums are about the Union Day Care Center and church events; however, included in this series are several newspaper articles and non-photograph related items that were originally stored in photo album binders.
Box 17: 1950-2003
Folder 4: Gilfield Baptist, 1950-1980, 2003
Certificates, letters and photographs from events held by Gilfield Baptist.
Folder 5: Harris Certificates, 1950-1990
This folder contains a variety of awards and certificates presented to Reverend Harris.
Folder 6: Hopewell Community, Part 1, 1950-2000
Pictures, flyers, service announcements, and newspapers articles relating to the Hopewell community.
Box 18: 1950-2003
Folder 1: Hopewell Community, Part 2, 1950-2000
Pictures, flyers, service announcements, and newspapers articles relating to the Hopewell community.
Folder 2: Postcard Album, 1960
Collection of postcards that was sent to Curtis Harris from his father.
Folder 3: Church and Families, Part 1, 1970-1980
Pictures relating to church events and of the congregations families.
Folder 4: Church and Families, Part 2, 1970-1980
Pictures relating to church events and of the congregations families.
Folder 5: Church and Families, Part 3, 1970-1990
Pictures relating to church events and of the congregations families.
Folder 6: Church and Ministry, Part 1, 1960-1980
Pictures relating to church events and of the congregations families.
Box 19: 1970-2001
Folder 1: Burch and Ministry, Part 2, 1990-2001 and undated
Pictures relating to church events and of the congregations families.
Folder 2: Harris Certificates and Correspondence, 1970-2000
This folder contains a variety of awards/certificates presented to Reverend Harris, letters of correspondence, news articles, and invitations for events.
Folder 3: Union Day Care, Part 1, 1973, 1984-1988
Folder 4: Union Day Care, Part 2, 1975, 1985, and undated
Folder 5: Union Day Care, Part 3, 1982-1986
Folder 6: Union Day Care, Part 4, 1990 and undated
Box 20: 1996-2007
Folder 1: Union Day Care, Part 5, 1996-2002 and undated
Pictures relating to events and daily operations of Union Day Care.
Folder 2: Union Day Care, Part 6, 1997-2000 and undated
Pictures relating to events and daily operations of Union Day Care.
Folder 3: Newspaper Articles, Part 1, 1996-2007 and undated
Newspaper articles relating to Hopewell, churches, and the SCLC.
Folder 4: Newspaper Articles, Part 2, 2003-2005
Newspaper articles relating to Hopewell, churches, and the SCLC.
Folder 5: Southern Christian Leadership Conference, 1998
Photographs of SCLC events.
Folder 6: Awards Ceremony, 1999
Photographs of SCLC awards ceremony.
Box 27: 2008
Item 1: Presidential Inauguration Photo Albums, 2008
Contains two photo albums given to Rev. Harris of the 2008 Presidential Inauguration of President Barak Obama.

Browse by Series:

[Series 1: Biography, 1971-2012 and undated],
[Series 2: Church and Ministry, 1957-2010 and undated],
[Series 3: Hopewell, 1959-2009 and undated],
[Series 4: Photographs, 1950-2008],
[Series 5: Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) and Civil Rights, 1962-2009],
[Series 6: Artifacts],
[All]

Administrative Information

Repository
Special Collections Research Center
Acquisition Source
Gift of Joanne Lucas, Daughter of Rev. Harris
Acquisition Method
Acc. 2014.006 was picked up from the donor by SCRC staff on 1/2/2014.
Preferred Citation
Curtis West Harris and Ruth Jones Harris Papers, Special Collections Research Center, Swem Library, College of William and Mary.
Processing Information
Accessioned and minimally processed by Steven Bookman, University Archives Specialist, in January 2014. Processing and finding aid completed by Derek Sower, SCRC intern, in July 2014.
Finding Aid Revision History
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.