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Thomas H. Harris Papers
 
 
Collection 52
Thomas H. Harris (1869-1942). Papers, 1921-1942, n.d.
2 ft. 6 in.
 
T. H. Harris was the Louisiana State Superintendent of Public Schools from 1908 to 1940. He was born in Arizona, LA into a preacher's family. He attended many different schools - including Louisiana State Normal School at Natchitoches, University of Chicago, Harvard University, University of Iowa, and Louisiana State University. During and after his schooling, Harris held various teaching positions and also served as principal at several different schools.

This collection contains some correspondence, speeches by T. H. Harris, his autobiography taken from his memoirs (which are also present) and materials (telegrams, newspaper clippings) concerning his death. From June, 1940 on the correspondence contains only in-coming letters. The book reports are detailed synopses of the volumes most of which deal with history and social science.

Donated by Sadie Harris Baskin.
 
 
Outline:
 
I. Correspondence, 1932-1942   1-01 through 1-14
II. Autobiographical Writings    
  A. Memoirs   1-15 through 2-16
  B. Autobiography   2-17 through 2-29
III. Speeches   3-01 through 3-26
IV. Book Reports   4-01 through 5-08
V. Writings about T. H. Harris   5-09 through 5-10
VI. Obituaries and Sympathy Letters   5-11 through 5-15
VII. Miscellaneous   6-01 through 6-06
       
             
I. Correspondence      
             
1-01 March 31, 1932 - October 31, 1937
   
1-02 November 1, 1937 - December 31, 1937
   
1-03 January 1, 1938 - March 31, 1938
   
1-04 March 1, 1938 - March 31, 1938
   
1-05 April 1, 1938 - April 30, 1938
   
1-06 June 1, 1940 - December 31, 1940
   
1-07 January 1, 1941 - January 31, 1941
   
1-08 February 1, 1941 - March 31, 1941
   
1-09 April 1, 1941 - April 30, 1941
   
1-10 May 1, 1941 - May 31, 1941
   
1-11 June 1, 1941 - June 30, 1941
   
1-12 July 1, 1941 - August 31, 1941
   
1-13 September 1, 1941 - December 31, 1941
   
1-14 January 1, 1942 - February 24, 1942
   
   
II. A. Memoirs [handwritten]
   
1-15 "Adult Illiterates"
   
1-16 "The Agriculture Division (1910-1912)"
   
1-17 "Attitudes of the Catholics"
   
1-18 "The Auditing Division" (1934)
   
1-19 "The Bookkeeping Division"
   
1-20 "The Cats Organize a Police Department"
   
1-21 "Certification of the Teacher" (1913)
   
1-22 "Curriculum Investigations"
   
1-23 "Division of Home Economics" (1912)
   
1-24 "Division of Music" (1934)
   
1-25 "Division of Safety" (1937)
   
1-26 "The Elementary Division" (1910)
   
1-27 "Free Textbooks" (1928)
   
1-28 "High School and College Boys and Girls of Fifteen to Twenty-two"
   
1-29 "The High School Division" (1908)
   
1-30 "The Library Division" (1928)
   
1-31 "Louisiana Country School"
   
1-32 "The Louisiana School Board Association"
   
1-33 "Mass Murder"
   
1-34 "The Negro School Division" (1916)
   
1-35 "The Old Lisbon School"
   
1-36 "Parish School System"
   
1-37 "Parish Superintendents"
   
1-38 "Phi Beta Kappa"
   
1-39 "Physical Education Division" (1935)
   
1-40 "Public Opinion"
   
2-01 "The Public School Financing System"
   
2-02 "The Rabbit has a Riding Horse"
   
2-03 "Reference and Service Division" (1925)
   
2-04 "Remembering School Days"
   
2-05 "Some Important School Laws"
   
2-06 "The State Board of Education"
   
2-07 "The State Equality Fund" (1930)
   
2-08 "State Institutions Administered by the State Board of Education"
   
2-09 "Stolen Elections and Theft of Public Funds"
   
2-10 "Supervision of Instruction"
   
2-11 "Teachers' Salaries"
   
2-12 "Two Half Brothers"
   
2-13 "Typhoid Fever Scene"
   
2-14 Typed manuscript adopted from "Memoirs": p.1-71
   
2-15 Same: p.72-124
   
2-16 Same: p.125-194
   
   
II. B. Autobiography (proof copy)
   
2-17 Chapters 1-2
   
2-18 Chapter 3
   
2-19 Chapters 4-6
   
2-20 Chapters 7-10
   
2-21 Chapters 11-12
   
2-22 Chapter 13
   
2-23 Chapters 14-15
   
2-24 Chapters 16-18
   
2-25 Chapters 19-20
   
2-26 Chapters 21-22
   
2-27 Chapters 23-25
   
2-28 Chapters 26-29
   
2-29 Chapters 30-32
   
   
III. Speeches (most undated)
   
3-01 "The Advancement of the Negro in the U.S.", 3 pp.
"Armistice Day", 3 pp.
school dedication on Armistice Day, 2 pp.
dedication of school building, 4 pp.
philanthropy, 1 p.
   
3-02 C. E. Byrd, 2 pp.
(Changes in the School System), 3 pp.
 
   
3-03 "Changes over the Years" LTA (incomplete), 5 pp.
"Compliments on the School System" LTA, 15 pp.
 
   
3-04 "Duties of a County Superintendent", 9 pp.
"Teacher Institutes", 7 pp.
 
   
3-05 "Extension Activities", 10 pp.
   
3-06 Early Federal Aid, 8 pp.
   
3-07 [Financing Public Schools in a Changing World], 3 pp.
"Transition to 'The New Era'", 4 pp.
[funding Public Schools], 8 pp.
"State School Support", 6 pp.
 
   
3-08 "Defense of College Students", 9 pp.
   
3-09 [Future of Schools], 2 pp.
"The Schools of Tomorrow", 7 pp.
[Charles Lindbergh], 2 pp.
 
   
3-10 "The General Extension Division" 1936-37, 2 pp.
"George Washington", 6 pp.
"George Washington", 7 pp.
 
   
3-11 "Schools Set-Up", 4 pp.
"Appeal to High School Graduates", 13 pp.
[Graduation], 3 pp.
 
   
3-12 [Higher Education], 11 pp.
"College", 8 pp.
[A Good Professor], 2 pp.
 
   
3-13 "Hi-Y Conference", 3 pp.
"Illiteracy", 6 pp.
[Public School accomplishments and conditions on the state] (on radio), 14 pp.
 
   
3-14 [Importance of Educated Teachers], 10 pp.
"Louisiana State Federation of Labor", 4 pp.
 
   
3-15 Address to Lion's Club, 5 pp.
"Louisiana Normal College Celebration", 4 pp.
 
   
3-16 "Mary", 3 pp.
"The Need for Schools", 13 pp.
 
   
3-17 "The New Deal", 8 pp.
   
3-18 "New Orleans Teachers", 2 pp.
"Peabody College", 4 pp.
 
   
3-19 "Physical Training", 2 pp.
"Putting Yourself in the Pupil's Place", 6 pp.
 
   
3-20 [Radio Education], 4 pp.
"Red Cross", 3 pp. with 5 pp. of notes
 
   
3-21 [Relationship Between Teachers and School Officials], 10 pp.
   
3-22 "Tribute to Police Juries", 7 pp.
"Depression" LTA, 5 pp.
 
   
3-23 "Long Ago Defense of Louisiana Accomplishments" PTA, 9 pp.
"Taxation" PTA, 5 pp.
   
3-24 "S.L.I.", 4 pp.
"The Relation Between State and County System of School", 11 pp; 2 copies
 
   
3-25 [Efficiency of Schools and Progress of Education in Louisiana], 19 pp.
   
3-26 [What Educated Parentage means to the Schools], 6 pp.
Negro Education, 5 pp., 26 April 1927
 
   
  for more speeches see 6-5
   
   
IV. Book Reports by T. H. Harris
   
4-01 10/22/21 Modern Europe by Hayes
     
4-02 11/18/21 A Political and Social History of Modern Europe by Hayes. Volume II
  12/8/21 A Political History of Contemporary Europe by Seignobos
     
4-03 12/15/21 Political History of Japan During the Meiji Era by W. W. McLaren
     
4-04 1/7/22 The History of Europe by Holt and Chilton
     
4-05 1/31/22 A Brief History of the Great War by Hayes
     
4-06 2/10/22 What Really Happened at Paris: The Story of the Peace Conference by American Delegates
 
     
4-07 2/24/22 The Diplomacy of the Great War by Arthur Bullard
  3/15/22 The Union of Italy by W. J. Stillman
     
4-08 4/20/22 The New World: Problems in Political Geography by Isaiah Bowman
     
4-09 4/26/22 A Few Special Chapters
  6/14/22 Modern Democracies by Lord Bryce. Volume I
     
4-10 9/19/22 The United States by Lord Bryce. Volume II
     
4-11 9/20/22 History of the American People by Woodrow Wilson. Volume I
  10/1/22 History of the American People by Woodrow Wilson. Volume II
     
4-12 10/7/22 History of the American People by Woodrow Wilson. Volume III
     
4-13 10/20/22 History of the American People by Woodrow Wilson. Volume IV
  10/24/22 History of the American People by Woodrow Wilson. Volume V
     
4-14 12/2/22 History of the United States by Channing. Volume II
  12/6/22 History of the United States by Channing. Volume III
     
4-15 1/17/23 History of the United States by Channing. Volume IV
  2/16/23 History of the United States by Channing. Volume V
     
4-16 2/23/23 The Life of John Marshall by Albert J. Beveridge. Volume I
  2/27/23 The Life of John Marshall by Albert J. Beveridge. Volume II
     
4-17 3/5/23 The Life of John Marshall by Albert J. Beveridge. Volume III
  3/5/23 The Life of John Marshall by Albert J. Beveridge. Volume IV
     
4-18 3/18/23 The American Nation (1850-59): Parties and Slavery by Smith
  3/20/23 Mississippi Valley Beginnings by Henry E. Chambers
     
4-19 4/9/23 Slavery Abolition by Albert Bushell Hart
  4/26/23 History of the Civil War by James Ford Rhodes
     
5-01 5/8/23 History of the United States by James Ford Rhodes. Volume I
  5/19/23 History of the United States by James Ford Rhodes. Volume II
     
5-02 5/29/23 History of the United States by James Ford Rhodes. Volume III
  6/29/23 History of the United States by James Ford Rhodes. Volume IV
     
5-03 7/10/23 History of the United States by James Ford Rhodes. Volume V
  7/11/23 History of the United States by James Ford Rhodes. Volume VI
     
5-04 7/17/23 History of the United States by James Ford Rhodes. Volume VII
  7/19/23 History of the United States by James Ford Rhodes. Volume VIII
     
5-05 8/24/23 Documentary History of Reconstruction by Walter L. Fleming. Volume I
     
5-06 10/4/23 America as a World Power by J. H. Latane
  10/22/23 National Progressby F. A. Ogg
     
5-07 10/24/23 History of the United States by James Ford Rhodes. Volume XI
  10/27/23 National Problems by D. R. Dewey
     
5-08 11/9/23 National Development, 1877-1885 by E. E. Sparks
  11/13/23 The American Spirit in Education by Edward E. Slosson
   
   
V. Writings about Harris
   
5-09 Fruge, Mary Mercedes. "Thomas H. Harris, Educator," USL, History 307, 5 May 1966
  Wright, Helen. [Thomas H. Harris], USL, History 307, 5 May 1966
   
5-10 Robert, Louis D. [Harris Scholarship Foundation] 17 March 1964, 4 pp; cover letter to Sadie Baskin
  Cline, Rodney. "Forward" n.d. 3 pp.
   
   
VI. Obituaries and Sympathy Letters
   
5-11 Newspaper clippings on T. H. Harris' death
   
5-12 Sympathy telegrams to Sadie Baskin on death of T. H. Harris
   
5-13 Sympathy letters to Sadie Baskin on death of T. H. Harris
   
5-14 Letters from Forest Hill students to Principal W. S. Cambell on T. H. Harris' death
   
5-15 Sympathy cards from the flowers at Harris' funeral
   
             
VII. Miscellaneous
   
6-01 Photos of T. H. Harris
   
6-02 Notecards from Harris' speeches
   
6-03 Fragments of speech by T. H. Harris
Poems Harris used in speeches;
Program of event at which Harris spoke
 
   
6-04 Minutes of Agricultural Interests Committee, Louisiana Department of Education, 5 Jan. 1926
Miscellaneous statistics: extension program, 1936-37
Louisiana request of Federal Emergency Relief Administration, Nov.-Dec., 1935
Members of State Board of Education, 1869-1917
Minutes of Board of T. H. Harris Scholarship
 
   
6-05 Material contained in 3 ring notebook
    Speech: State Education System
Speech: 300th Anniversary of High Schools
Speech: [High Schools Promote Civilization]
Speech: Education of La. School Teachers, 1930-31
Speech: "Educational Trends," 10 pp.
Speech: (The Future of Business) 9 pp.
Speech: Talk at Lafayette (9/11/30) 9 pp.
Speech: "Educational Progress in Louisiana" 10 pp. [1931]
"Some Principles of Good Supervision" by A. S. Barr, University of Wisconsin, Dept of Ed., n.d.
Importance of Teaching about the Natural Resources of the State. Louisiana Department of Education, Circular #575, 15 Jan 1936
Why T. H. Harris Should be Reelected as State Superintendent of Education, n.d., 6 pp.
Questionnaire, 1930 1p.
   
6-06 Personal bills belonging to T. H. Harris
Newspaper clipping: fish caught by Harris; Natchitoches; Earl Long Campaign, 1948
 
   
6-07 Financial Records, 1941: October-December
Miscellaneous publications on education [those with 3 hole punches taken from 6-5 notebook]
 
   
6-08 Sadie Baskin materials
    thesis (1929)
    notes
    publication: Too-Whoot Owl
   
             
             
             
             
 

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