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Curtis West Harris and Ruth Jones Harris Papers, 1950-2012

By Derek Sower, SCRC Intern

Collection Overview

Title: Curtis West Harris and Ruth Jones Harris Papers, 1950-2012

ID: 01/Mss. Acc. 2014.006

Creator: Harris, Curtis West

Extent: 11.0 Cubic Feet

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

Languages: English [eng]

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.

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions: Collection is open to all researchers.

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 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.


Box and Folder Listing

Series 1: Biography, 1971-2012 and undated
Series includes biographical information relating to Reverend Curtis W. Harris, Ruth Jones Harris, Hopewell community members and calendars for the Harris family.
Box 1: 1971-2012 and undated
Folder 1: Rev. Curtis Harris Biographical Information, Undated
Contains several copies of different biographical information for Rev. Harris from various events.
Folder 2: Correspondence to Curtis Harris and Biographic Material, 1971-2008 and undated
Contains biographies that include life events and places of work. Correspondence that includes telegrams and letters from community members, family, and state and local representatives.
Folder 3: Curtis and Ruth Recognition, 1988-2011
Items include city proclamations, awards program, certificates of appreciation, and booklets commemorating years of service.
Folder 4: Family Snapshot Calender, 1993-1998
Contains several family made calendars but the family is not specifically stated, possibly the Harris or Washington family.
Folder 5: Harris Family Calendar, Part 1, 1995-2002
Folder 6: Harris Family Calendar, Part 2, 2003-2007
Box 2: 1998-2012 and undated
Folder 1: Harris Family Calendar, Part 3, 2008-2012
Folder 2: Community Biographies and Funeral Information, 1998 and Undated
Items consist of undated biographical sketches of community members and announcement for funeral proceedings.
Folder 3: Washington Family, 1998-2006 and undated
Contains information for Washington family reunions, marriage license, and family calendar.
Folder 4: Banquets and Inauguration, 2006-2009 and undated
Photographs from an awards banquets, Presidential Inauguration Invitation, and other information pertaining to the Inauguration.
Box 3: Box 3
Series 2: Church and Ministry, 1957-2010 and undated
This series is divided into three (3) sub-series: Bethany Baptist, Union Baptist, and Ministry. The entire series contains documents that relate to church/ministry materials. Material vary in form but include church bulletins, conference programs, materials from Minister Wives and Widows association, and church specific announcements/correspondences.
Subseries 1: Bethany Baptist, 1957-2010 and undated
Box 2: 1957-1976
Folder 5: Annual Session, 1957, 1971-1973
Contains booklets with the minutes for the Bethany Baptist Association Annual Session.
Folder 6: Annual Session, 1973 - 1976
Contains booklet with the minutes for the Bethany Baptist Association Annual Session.
Box 3: 1976-1987
Folder 1: Annual Session, 1976 - 1979
Contains booklets with the minutes for the Bethany Baptist Association Annual Session.
Folder 2: Annual Session, 1980 - 1982
Contains booklets with the minutes for the Bethany Baptist Association Annual Session.
Folder 3: Annual Session, 1982 - 1983
Contains booklets with the minutes for the Bethany Baptist Association Annual Session.
Folder 4: Annual Session, 1984 - 1987
Contains booklets with the minutes for the Bethany Baptist Association Annual Session.
Box 4: 1987-2000
Folder 1: Annual Session, 1987 - 1989
Contains booklets with the minutes for the Bethany Baptist Association Annual Session.
Folder 2: Annual Session, 1990 - 1993
Contains booklets with the minutes for the Bethany Baptist Association Annual Session.
Folder 3: Annual Session, 1993 - 1996
Contains booklets with the minutes for the Bethany Baptist Association Annual Session.
Folder 4: Annual Session, 1996 - 2000
Contains booklets with the minutes for the Bethany Baptist Association Annual Session.
Box 5: 1990-2010 and undated
Folder 1: Annual Session, 2001 - 2003
Contains booklets with the minutes for the Bethany Baptist Association Annual Session.
Folder 2: Annual Session, 2003 - 2010
Contains booklets with the minutes for the Bethany Baptist Association Annual Session.
Folder 3: Queens Contest and Women's Retreat, 1990-2000 and undated
This folder consists of church memos and a brief Rev. Harris biographical sketch but primarily contains information about the women’s convention, queens contest, and member information.
Folder 4: Newsletters and Memos, 1991-1993
Memos for the music committee are included with the church newsletter titled “Flashes”.
Folder 5: Memos and Correspondence, 1993 - 1994
This folder contains memos and correspondence letters to the church as well as church address lists.
Folder 6: Bethany Baptist Association, 1994 - 1997 and undated
This folder contains a variety of letters to the congregation, lists of names and addresses for association members and photographs of a U.S. map.
Folder 7: Bulletins, Memos, and Convention Information, 1994 - 1996 and undated
Church memos, unfinished bulletins, and church address list. Additional items include correspondence from Rev. Harris.
Folder 8: Bethany Baptist Association, 1995 and undated
Contains minutes, programs, memos and agenda for Bethany Baptist Association meetings. Additional items are lists of addresses for church and Virginia County administrations.
Box 6: 1995-2009 and undated
Folder 1: Letters and Memos, 1995 - 1998
Memos to Bethany Baptist association members, fund raising material, church congregation letters, and information about the queens contest.
Folder 2: Budget, Bulletins, and Retreat, 1996 - 1998 and undated
This folder contains several bulletins that are not finished, budget information, retreat information, and a few correspondence letters.
Folder 3: Sharing and Caring, Sunday School, 1996 and undated
Member list of the sharing and caring, donation listing for sharing and caring, church listing of participants, and Bethany Baptist Association Sunday School Superintendents list.
Folder 4: Joint Session and Convention, 1996 - 1998
Program for the 29th Annual Joint Session and memos from Bethany Baptist.
Folder 5: Rally and Convention, 1996 - 1997 and undated
Program for meetings, member listing, and committee leaders listing.
Folder 6: One Day Session and Spring Institute, 1997 - 1998
Programs for meeting, listing for courses offered, and church memos. Other items include service program and flyer for the 1997-98 Advent service.
Folder 7: Evaluation Form, 1998
This folder contains evaluations forms for 29th annual joint session meeting.
Folder 8: Fall Institute, 1998
This folder contains information pertaining to directions, classes, and memos pertaining to the Fall Institute.
Folder 9: Stony Creek High School, 1998 - 1999
Items include documents relating to the building survey of the former Stony Creek Jr. High School.
Folder 10: Trustees, Board, and Women's Convention, 1998
Items include information and memos for board meetings, listings of trustee members, and programs for women’s retreat.
Folder 11: Women's Auxiliary and Convention, 1998 - 1999 and undated
This folder contains memos to the president and members of the Bethany Baptist Association and Allied Bodies pertaining to the Women’s Convention. Other items include a partial bulletin, and listing of the women participating in the Women’s convention.
Folder 12: Advent. Service, and Ceremony, 2007 - 2009 and undated
Items in this folder include an outline for a dedication ceremony, program for Harris banquet, and service pamphlet for a funeral.
Subseries 2: Ministry, 1969-2010 and undated
Box 7: 1969-2010 and undated
Folder 1: First Baptist, 1969, 1996-2004, and undated
Items include Anniversary and souvenir programs for First Baptist Church.
Folder 2: Churches in or near Petersburg, Hopewell, and Surrounding Area, 1971-2005
This folder includes programs and booklets pertaining to Usher’s Union, Prince George and Vicinities Baptist Churches, and Friendship Baptist Church. Additional items included graduation program, banquet program in honor of Rev. Harris, and correspondence to Rev. Harris.
Folder 3: Ivor, Virginia, 1973-2008
This folder contains bulletins, anniversary booklets, and tribute programs for Rev. Harris from Little Gilfield and Gilfield Baptist Church.
Folder 4: Ministers' Wives and Widows, Part 1, 1974-1975, 1986, and undated
Items in this folder include booklets for the history and membership directory for the Ministers’ Wives and Widows association.
Folder 5: Ministers' Wives and Widows, Part 2, 2000-2010
This folder contains three booklets for the Ministers’ Wives and Widows conferences. It also includes the name tag of Ruth Jones that will be stored with the artifacts as well as a service program.
Box 8: 1995-2010 and undated
Folder 1: VA Baptist State Convention, 1995-2010 and undated
Items include Virginia Baptist State Convention Blue Ribbon Commission Strategy, program, and newsletter information from the Virginia Baptist State Convention.
Folder 2: Sermons, 2007 and undated
All items in this folder are sermon printouts or notes of Rev. Harris.
Subseries 3: Union Baptist, 1964-2009 and undated
Box 8: 1963-2008 and undated
Folder 3: Church Correspondence, 1964-1968
This folder contains correspondence to and from Rev. Harris but also contains some letters by Ruth Harris.
Folder 4: Souvenir Programs, 1964-2007
Five souvenir programs for the anniversary of the church are contained in this folder.
Folder 5: Programs, 1969-2007
Contents include: Programs for a testimony, church anniversary and a Ministers’ Wives and Widows event.
Folder 6: Church Correspondence, 1973-2008
Items in this folder are correspondence from Rev. Harris and other church leaders, Additional items include information about the Juneteenth event and certificate of distinction.
Folder 7: Bulletins, Part 1, 1983, 1993-1999 and undated
Primarily consist of bulletins but also included are by-laws for church clubs.
Folder 8: Bulletins, Part 2, 1997-1999
All items in this folder are bulletins from the church.
Folder 9: Events, Budget, and Letters, 1984-1997
Letters in this folder are from Ruth Harris, Rev. Harris and other pastors. Other items are programs and flyers for church events, service programs, and roster of church membership.
Box 9: 1993-1998
Folder 1: Pastor Anniversary, 1988 and undated
Contents include: programs honoring Rev. Harris, anniversary cards from community members, and photocopied photographs.
Folder 2: Back to School and Memos, 1993-1998
Memos, certificate of recognition and back to school information.
Folder 3: Letters and Press Release, 1993-1999
This folder is primarily comprised of letters and correspondence from Rev. Harris. Other items include information from Hopewell Housing authority, computer literacy survey, and press release.
Folder 4: Congregation Contribution and Budget, 1995-1998
Items in this folder contain information regarding donations/contributions made by church members, rally financial contributions, and church budget proposals.
Folder 5: Convention, Committees, Finances, and Daycare, 1996-1998
Items in this folder consist of flyers for conventions, list of committees with their members, income proposal/financial reports, and pictures of day care facilities in need of repair.
Folder 6: Dedication Program and Guest Speakers, 1996-1998 and undated
Dedication program from Oliver Hill Courts building, work verification/reference letter, and biographic/introductory material for guest spears are located in this folder.
Folder 7: Men's Meeting and Budget Report, 1996-1998
Items primarily consist of budget/financial reports but also included in this folder are memo’s for mens' meeting.
Folder 8: Fellowship and Revival, 1997-1998
Materials in this folder inform the congregation members of the upcoming revival and fellowship.
Folder 9: Martin Luther King Jr., 1997
Memos for Martin Luther King memorial breakfast, letters from the SCLC stating meeting will be held at Union Baptist and a script for a play are included in this folder. An additional item includes a blank petition for the Circuit Court of the City of Hopewell.
Folder 10: Vacation Bible School and Women's Day1997 and unda, 1997 and undated
This folder contains letters from Rev. Harris, introductory notes for guests, information on VBS (Vacation Bible School), and the Women’s Day financial report.
Folder 11: Committees, Christmas, and Bible Study, 1998-1999
List of committees and their members, names of trustees, bible study booklet, and Christmas greeting letter are included in this folder.
Folder 12: Missionary, Music, Revival, and Passion Week, 1999 and undated
Items include music ministry leaders and their salary, flyers and memos for Vacation Bible School, revivals, and Passion Week are also included.
Folder 13: Retreat and Facilitator, 2005
Comprised mainly of a PowerPoint printout and informational packet for the Welcome and Introduction of Facilitator. Other items include flyers for retreat.
Folder 14: Member List, Undated
List of church members and pledge of service cards.
Series 3: Hopewell, 1959-2009 and undated
This series documents meetings of Hopewell city council, correspondence from state and local representatives, depositions, school board, and Hopewell community news/events.
Sub-Series 1: City Council, 1959-2009 and undated
Box 10: 1959-2009
Folder 1: Recall and Correspondence, 1959, 1999-2003, and undated
Newspaper clippings pertaining to the election recall, petition of removal from office, and letters of correspondence are included in this folder.
Folder 2: House and Energy, 1963, 2009
A letter to Rev. Harris regarding the school board and city council, data from the city attorney, and information about Hopewell’s house energy and water funding.
Folder 3: Curtis Election and Press Releases, 1967, 2006-2008
Items in this folder include flyer for Harris’ senate campaign, correspondence regarding environmental issues, and press release for removal of city councilors. Additional items include receipts for city council purchases and information regarding an equal employment opportunity case.
Folder 4: Citizen Letters, News Clippings, and CIty Documents, 1968-2008
This folder contains and invitation to White House for Clinton’s welcoming of Nelson Mandela, letters of complaints from citizens, and congratulatory letters.
Folder 5: Osage Bio-Energy, Campaigns, and Correspondence, 1971-1974, 1992-2009, and undated
News articles for information about Osage Bio-Energy and Harris’ campaigns as well as several letters of correspondence to Rev. Harris are included in this folder.
Folder 6: Blount Deposition, 1982
Folder 7: Butterworth Deposition, 1982
Box 11: 1982, 1998-2009 and undated
Folder 1: Edmonds Deposition, 1982
Folder 2: Elder Deposition, 1982
Folder 3: Hyatt Deposition, 1982
Folder 4: Parr Deposition, 1982
Folder 5: Sober Deposition, 1982
Folder 6: Strong's Deposition, 1982
Folder 7: Vergara's Deposition, 1982
Folder 8: Work Session, 1988-2009 and undated
Items from July 16, 2008 meeting and include memos, correspondence, and a pamphlet for Harris’ election campaign.
Box 12: 1995-2008
Folder 1: City of Hopewell, 1995-1996
This folder contains budget approval and a photocopy blueprint of Hopewell’s Visitor Center.
Folder 2: Joint Council Meeting, 1995, 1998
Included in this folder are the topics of discussion and meeting minutes from the Joint Council Meeting on May 1, 1998.
Folder 3: City Council Meetings, 1996-2008
This folder contains letters, memos, programs, and the agenda/minutes of city council meetings.
Folder 4: Development and Newsletters, 1996-1998
This folder contains interdepartmental newsletters about the duties of the cities departments.
Folder 5: City Council, 1997-1998
Included in this folder are the topics of discussion and newsletter from the City Council Meeting on May 22, 1998.
Folder 6: State and Local Government, 1997-1998 and undated
Items in this folder relate to Virginia’s Municipal League and the National League of Cities.
Folder 7: All-American City, 1998
The information in this folder relates to the application process and background information about the All American City award.
Folder 8: Budget Request and Receipts, 1998
Items in this folder include receipts for employee travel expenses, budget request, and interdepartmental newsletters.
Box 13: 1998 and undated
Folder 1: Community Reports, 1998
Folder 2: Council Meeting, May 1998
Folder 3: Council Meeting, May 1998
Folder 4: Council Meeting, June 1998
Folder 5: Council Meeting, June 1998 and undated
Folder 6: Council Meeting, June 1998 and undated
Box 14: 1998 and undated
Folder 1: Council Meeting, October 1998
Folder 2: Council Meeting, November 1998 and undated
Folder 3: Council Meeting, November 1998 and undated
Folder 4: Education and Curfew, 1998 and undated
Interdepartmental newsletters, business plans, materials proposing a curfew for minors, and information regarding the school system.
Folder 5: Resolutions and Escrow Agreement, 1998
Folder 6: Tri-Cities Long Range Transportation Plan, 1998
Documents relating to the transportation plan for Petersburg, Colonial Heights, and Hopewell, Virginia.
Box 15: 1998-1999 and undated
Folder 1: Vice Mayor: Youth in Government Day, 1998
Contains information about the Youth in Government Day.
Folder 2: City Attornery Documents, 1999
This folder contains a birthday card from Mark Warner and a booklet from the city attorney.
Folder 3: Council Meeting, February 1999
Folder 4: Council Meeting, February 1999
Folder 5: Tour and Butterworth, 1999, 2008
Information regarding city tour and Butterworth lofts.
Box 16: 2007-2009
Folder 1: Council Meeting and Legislative Program, 2007-2008
Folder 2: Education, Environment, and News, 2007-2009 and undated
Capital project for Hopewell Schools, community concerns, and city policies.
Folder 3: Newsletters, Proposal, and Banking, 2008
Proposal for federal lobbying, banking information, VA newsletters, and business correspondence.
Folder 4: Council Meeting, May 2008
Folder 5: Council Meeting, May 2008
Box 17: 2009
Folder 1: Council Meeting, February 2009
Sub-Series 2: Hopewell Community, 1959-2009 and undated
Box 17: 1959-2000 and undated
Folder 2: History, Plays, and Education, 1959, 1980-2000 and undated
Letter to the community, commencement program for Hopewell High School, pictures from an unknown gathering, Hopewell history souvenir program, and a black history calendar from Dupont Elementary.
Folder 3: Union Day Care, 1971-1972 amd undated
Documents relating meeting minutes, charter, and by-laws of Union Day Care Center.
Oversize Folder 1: Telegrams and City Resolutions/Proclamations, 1963-2009 and undated
Photocopies of western union telegrams stating voter support, and city resolutions/proclamations in honor of Rev. Harris.
Oversize Folder 2: Reverend Curtis Harris Campaign Posters, 1994-2001
Several campaign posters are included in the collection.
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.
Series 5: Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) and Civil Rights, 1962-2009
This series documents the history of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference and Rev. Harris’ involvement as President. Included in the SCLC sub-series is material relating to Martin Luther King Jr. and information on cases pertaining to equal opportunity employment. The sub-series titled Civil Rights contain articles relating to injustices throughout the United Stated but did not have a specific link to or involvement of the SCLC.
Sub-Series 1: Civil Rights, 1962-2007
Box 21: 1962-2007
Folder 1: Booklets and Programs, 1962-2007
Folder 2: Newspaper Articles, 1968
Newspaper articles relating to local (Hopewell) voting.
Folder 3: News Articles, Part 1, 1970-1990
This folders contains articles relating to African American involvement in churches and government.
Folder 4: News Articles, Part 2, 1970-1990
This folders contains articles relating to African American involvement in churches and government.
Folder 5: Violence, 1997
Newspaper articles relating to civil rights violations and crimes against African Americans.
Sub-Series 2: Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC), 1964-2009
Box 21: 1964-1999
Folder 6: SCLC History Books, Magazine, and Equal Opportunity, 1964-1999 and undated
Items include several books/booklets relating to the history of the SCLC, a tribute booklet for Curtis Harris, and documents pertaining to local government’s equal opportunity employment.
Folder 7: Virginia Units, 1964-1997
Letters, programs, pamphlets, and news articles relating to SCLC chapters in Virginia.
Box 22: 1966-2006
Folder 1: Booklets and Programs, 1966-2000
Martin Luther King Jr. book and other items relating to conferences and conventions of the SCLC.
Folder 2: Convention Booklets, 1968-1989
Booklets relating to conferences and conventions of the SCLC.
Folder 3: Conference, Letters, and Gas Protest, 1973-1991 and undated
News articles for SCLC’s boycott of high gas prices, photos of Rev. Harris at a march in Alabama, and letters of correspondence.
Folder 4: Correspondence, Unity Day, and News Articles, 1978-1997 and undated
Items include: Correspondence letters, information on Unity Day and news articles about Harris and the SCLC.
Folder 5: Martin Luther King, Harris, and Member Information, 1981-2008 and undated
Items include: Program for MLK birthday celebration and information on members of the
Folder 6: Memos, Voting, and Discrimination, 1983, 2003
Items include: Information on historic highway marker, SCLC memos, voting information, and articles on discrimination.
Folder 7: Conference and Bylaws, 1986-2006 and undated
Conference programs, resolution to support human rights of Smithfield workers, and bylaws of the SCLC.
Box 23: 1987-2009
Folder 1: News and Media, 1987-1990 and undated
News articles and media/press information releases on Rev. Harris and the SCLC.
Folder 2: Conference, Correspondence and Equal Opportunity, 1988-1996 and undated
Memos and correspondence from the SCLC, letter from the Housing authority, articles about the SCLC and hate crimes, and a case from the equal opportunity commission are included in this folder.
Folder 3: Conventions, Conferences, and News, 1989-2009 and undated
Folder 4: Chapter Development, Newsletters, and NAACP Conference, 1991-2007
Folder 5: Letters, Memos, and Conference Information, 1994-2009 and undated
Items in this folder are mainly comprised of letters/memos from the SCLC.
Folder 6: SCLC Women and Virginia Unit Meeting Minutes, 1994-2009
Items include programs and flyers for functions of the SCLC Women and documents relating to the meeting minutes of the Virginia unit.
Folder 7: Memos, 1996, 2009
Box 24: 1998-2009
Folder 1: Conference, Meeting Minutes, Membership, 1998-2006
Folder 2: Leadership Conference, 1999-2009
Items include: Program from Southeast Community Days, SCLC presentation and SCLC conference program.
Folder 3: Membership, 2002-2003
Folder 4: Letters and Board Meetings, 2005-2007
Folder 5: Africn American Community Concerns and Equal Opportunity, 2007-2008 and undated
Items in this folder primarily include letters of concern from the African American Community and information on equal opportunity cases.
Folder 6: Conference and Equal Opportunity, 2007-2009
Box 25: 2007-2009
Folder 1: Program, Meeting Minutes, and Equal Opportunity, 2007-2009
Items in this folder primarily include conference programs, meeting minutes and information on equal opportunity cases.
Folder 2: Suit/Audit Tax Documents, Part 1, 2007-2008
Folder 3: Suit/Audit Tax Documents, Part 2, 2007-2008
Folder 4: William Brown Case File, Part 1, 2008
Folder 5: William Brown Case FIle, Part 2, 2008
Box 26: 2008-2009
Folder 1: Juneteenth, Membership, and News Articles, 2008-2009
Folder 2: State and Local Meetings, 2008-2009
Folder 3: Development Plan, 2009
Booklet with information on the development plan for the Dillard area.
Series 6: Artifacts
All artifacts received as part of the Curtis West Harris and Ruth Jones Harris Papers are housed in the Manuscripts Artifact Collection.
Item 2014.006.1: 32nd Annual Southern Christian Leadership Conference Button, August 15-18, 1989
1-circular button that has a white top and a burgundy bottom on the front. On the white top "SCLC" is printed in burgundy and "SOUTHERN CHRISTIAN LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE" is printed in burgundy under "SCLC." On the burgundy bottom "32ND ANNUAL CONVENTION/AUGUST 15-18, 1989/ ATLANTA, GEORGIA/DR. JOSEPH E. LOWERY/ PRESIDENT" is printed in white. The back of the button is silver and has a needle and hook so that the wearer can attach the button to his or her shirt. The button measures approximately 2.125in. and is in good condition. There is tarnish on the back of the button around the edges and in the center under the needle and hook. Located in the Manuscripts Artifact Collection. Mss 2014.006.01
Item 2014.006.2: The International Association of Ministers' Wives and Ministers' Widows, Inc. Name Badge, July 2-9, 2010
1- name badge that has a clear slip cover top, and a green and white ribbon bottom. The back of the slip cover top has a small silver needle and hook where the wearer can attach the badge to her shirt. The slip cover top has The International Association of Ministers' Wives and Ministers' Widows, Inc logo printed in black on the wearer's right. The association's name is printed in black above the logo and "DR. ELIZABETH COLES BOUEY, FOUNDER/ DR. JANIE CHARLES HOLMES, INTERNATIONAL PRESIDENT"  is printed in black below the logo. A green piece of paper is inserted inside the slip cover and has "Annual Convention/ Ruth J. Harris/Hopewell, VA/Atlanta, GA/ July 2-July 9, 2010" typed in black print on it. The Green ribbon at the bottom has "MEMBER" printed in gold on it and the white ribbon has "LIFE MEMBER" printed in gold on it. The badge measures approximately 5.5in. (length) x 4.5in. (width) and is in good condition. There are three small red stains under the "R" in "LIFE MEMBER" on the white ribbon. Located in the Manuscripts Artifact Collection. Mss 2014.006.02
Item 2014.006.3: "I Helped Hang Poverty" Noose, circa 1969
1-miniature white hangman's noose. Attached to the top of the noose is a brown tag. The brown tag reads "POOR PEOPLE'S PRODUCTS" in a circle and "I Helped Hang Poverty" below it. Inside the circular "POOR PEOPLE'S PRODUCT" is a square that has text within it that reads, "THIS IS TO CERTIFY THE PRODUCT YOU HAVE PURCHASED IS GENUINE." The "I Helped Hang Poverty" noose was propaganda used by the Poor People's Campaign to bring attention to the plight of poor Americans. The Poor People's Campaign was an movement organized by Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and the Southern Christian Leadership Conference in 1968 with the aim of demanding economic and human rights for economically disadvantaged Americans of all races. The noose measures approximately 16in (tag included) and is in fair condition. The noose itself has suffered from discoloration and the rope edges that tie the noose together are frayed. In addition, there are black stains on the first three spirals of the noose and the left side of the knot that holds the tag. The tag has creases in the middle  and is torn from the top right corner to the middle. there is white discoloration and a small brown stain above the "I" in "I Helped Hang Poverty" and there is a large brown stain under the word "Poverty." On the back of the tag there are large black spots along the top of the tag near the knot that holds the tag. There is also a small black stain on the bottom left corner of the tag. Located in the Manuscripts Artifact Collection, Textiles. Mss 2014.006.03
Item 2014.006.4: "What is a Pastor" Plaque, circa 1980s
1- square wooden plaque with a lighter brown shape carved in the middle. Within the lighter brown shape is a poem printed in black block type. The poem titled "WHAT IS A PASTOR?" reads: "A pastor is someone/ who is chosen by God/ As a shepherd of souls in his care,/He's someone who comforts/ an unhappy heart/ with a smile or a word or a prayer./ A pastor is someone/ whose strength and devotion/ Enriches the living of others,/He's someone who preaches/ the wonderful message/ That in Jesus all men are brothers./ A pastor is someone/ whose goal is to follow/ A worthy and lofty ideal--/ To guide other souls/ in the straight paths of truth,/ To sympathize, comfort and heal." The back of the plaque has a red felt covering and a piece of tape attached to it in the middle that has "Done by Ruth Harris" written in pen. There is a whole drilled at the top center of the plaque presumably for mounting purposes. The plaque measures approximately 5.5in. (length) x 5.5in. (width) and is in excellent condition. There is evidence of chipping on the bottom left and right corners. Located in the Manuscripts Artifact Collection, Wood. Mss 2014.006.04
Item 2014.006.5: Rev. Dr. Curtis W. Harris Day Proclamation Plaque, July 5, 1992
1-wooden plaque with a glass-encased document mounted upon it. The document is on parchment paper and has the City Seal of Hopewell, Virginia at the bottom left of the document. Brass tacks affix the document and the glass to the wooden plaque. On the back of the plaque, there is a rounded notch at the top and on left side where one can hang the plaque on a hook. On the bottom, right corner of the back of the plaque there is a golden sticker that reads "CUSTOM MADE BY/ The Award Company of AMERICA/ 3200 Rice Mine Road N.E. / P.O.  Box 2029/ Tuscaloosa, Alabama 35401/ Call Toll Free 1-800-633-5953/ or Call 205-349-2990." The plaque was presented to Rev. Dr. Curtis W. Harris when D. Paul Karnes, mayor of Hopewell in 1997, declared July 5 Reverend Doctor Curtis W. Harris Day in Hopewell, Virginia. The plaque measures approximately 13.875in. (length) x 11.5in. (width) and is in good condition. The edges of the document poking out from under the glass have suffered yellow discoloration. There is an approximately 4.25in. scratch on the glass above the City Seal of Hopewell on the document. A smaller scratch is located just above the scratch above the Seal. There is an approximately 0.5in. piece of extended glass near the middle of the document beside the third "WHEREAS." In addition, there is an approximately 0.375in. chip in the glass at the very top of the document. Finally, there are scratches all over the wooden back and some chipping of the wood on all four corners of the plaque. Located in the Manuscripts Artifact Collection, Wood. Mss 2014.006.05