Harris family papers
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Harris family papers

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Georgia Historical Society
Creator: Harris family.
Title: Harris family papers
Dates: 1836-1959
Extent: 13.0 cubic feet (11 boxes, 1 oversize folder, 4 volumes)
Identification: MS 2295

Biographical/Historical Note

The Harris family had descendents in North Carolina, Alabama, and Georgia.

James Coffee Harris (1858-1940) was an educator, author, scientist, and humanitarian. He was born in Magnolia, North Carolina on 28 April 1858, but grew up in Cedartown, Georgia. Harris received his M.A. from the University of Georgia and served as the superintendent for various Georgia school districts in Cedartown, Marietta, Rome, and the Georgia School for the Deaf in Cave Spring, Georgia. Harris also was an avid writer, writing books and pamphlets on his family history, general history topics, and topics concerning natural science. Harris died in 1940.

Agnes Ellen Harris (1883-1952) was raised in Cedartown, Georgia and enjoyed a successful career as an educator and a pioneer for programs for women. She attended the Georgia State College for Women and her interest in home economics and what it could do for women took her to Columbia University where she earned both her B.A. and M.A. degrees. From 1903 to 1908, Ms. Harris taught home economics in Georgia and then spent the following eleven years as director of home economics at the Florida State College for Women. In 1919, she became the director of home economics in Texas, followed by a two year period as a field agent in home economics for the U.S. Department of Agriculture in Washington, D.C. In 1927, she accepted a position at the University of Alabama as dean of women. While there, Ms. Harris organized the school of home economics and became its dean in 1929. She held the dual role of dean of home economics and dean of women until 1945 when she focused all of her attention on the school of home economics. Ms. Harris was also involved in various professional organizations including the following: Alabama Education Association, state Association of Advisors to Girls, State Parent Teachers Association, Home Economics Association, American Association of University Women, and Delta Kappa Gamma. Agnes Ellen Harris died in 1952.

Scope and Content Note

This collection contains correspondence, certificates, diplomas, diaries, accounts, clippings, genealogies, pamphlets, books, and photographs from 1836 to the 1950s from members of the Harris family. Majority of these papers relate to James Coffee Harris (1858-1940) and Agnes Ellen Harris (1883-1952). Included are copies of the pamphlets and books that James Coffee Harris published regarding his family genealogy, history, and various natural science topics. Also included are genealogies of families related by marriage including the Hooks family and the Blair family.


This collection is arranged into 11 boxes, 1 oversize folder, and 4 volumes:

Box 1: The Personal and Family History of Charles Hooks and Margaret Monk Harris by James Coffee Harris, diplomas, certificates, correspondence, pamphlets, and clippings regarding James Coffee Harris and Agnes Ellen Harris, 1894-1922

Box 2: Books, correspondence, clippings, and pamphlets written by James Coffee Harris, 1930s

Box 3: Pamphlets written by James Coffee Harris, correspondence, clippings, research notes, genealogies, 1900s-1930s

Box 4: Harris family bible, pamphlets, clippings, correspondence, books, scrapbook, books by James Coffee Harris, 1897-1950s

Box 5: Correspondence, diaries, genealogies, books, pamphlets, 1920s-1930s

Box 6: Correspondence, clippings, research notes on family history, genealogies, accounts, deeds, 1920s-1930s

Box 7: Correspondence, diplomas, 1836-1940s

Box 8: Correspondence, clippings, 1920s-1940s

Box 9: Photographs, scrapbook, 1890s-1950s

Box 10: Photographs, 1890s-1950s

Box 11: Photographs, scrapbooks, 1890s-1950s

Oversize folder: Photographs, diplomas, 1906-1947

Volume 1: James Coffee Harris scrapbook, 1909-1921

Volume 2: James Coffee Harris scrapbook, 1913-1917

Volume 3: Agnes Ellen Harris scrapbook, 1949-1950

Volume 4: Agnes Ellen Harris scrapbook, 1953-1954

Index Terms

Blair family.
Clippings (information artifacts)
Genealogies (histories)
Harris family.
Harris, Agnes Ellen, 1883-1952.
Harris, James Coffee, 1858-1940.
Hooks family.
Letters (correspondence)

Administrative Information

Processing Information

This collection is processed at the Basic Level (or collection level). There is no detailed inventory for this collection as it is not fully processed. To request that this collection be added to our priority list of collections to be fully processed as staffing and funding allow, please contact the Library and Archives staff.


Access Restrictions

The collection is open for research.


Encoding funded by a 2008 Archives-Basic Projects grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.