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Louis C. Harris papers

Louis C. Harris papers

Descriptive Summary

Title: Louis C. Harris papers
Creator: Harris, Louis C., 1912-1978
Inclusive Dates: 1938-1978
Language(s): English
Extent: 7 Linear Feet 10 document boxes, 4 half boxes, 1 oversized box
Collection Number: ms3057
Repository: Hargrett Library

Collection Description

Historical Note

Filmmaker Louis C. Harris, Sr. (1912-1978) was a reporter for and later managing editor of the Augusta, Georgia, Chronicle and executive editor of the Augusta Herald (when the papers later merged), from 1932 until his death. He served overseas in World War II as a member of the Public Information branch of the U.S. Army Air Corps, including serving under General Mark Clark, Commander of U.S. Forces, in Austria just after the war. Mr. Harris was a member of the Georgia Press Association and the Society of Professional Journalists, the Augusta Kiwanis, Red Cross, and Champer of Commerce. Three reels of Kodachrome document a July, 8 1953 soap box derby sponsored by the Augusta Chronicle. But three months before this innocent American pastime, Mr. Harris was invited by the government, as a member of the press, to witness a 16-kiloton atomic blast at Yucca Flat, Nevada, on March 17, 1953.

He made a short Kodachrome 16mm film of his trip west which includes scenes at the Phoenix, Arizona airport; day and evening shots of the Las Vegas Strip including the famous "Vegas Vic" waving cowboy neon sign erected in 1951 (the Pioneer Club casino which it advertised closed in 1995); at Indian Springs AFB where atomic bomb drop planes were being "decontaminated" with water and brooms after blast flyovers; at the test location with other journalists being briefed; the atomic blast itself; and colleagues present just after the test. Mr. Harris succumbed to cancer in 1978 and part of his archives consists of family letters seeking information on government responsibility toward atomic test participants who developed cancer. Walter J. Brown Media Archives and Peabody Awards Collection website - Louis C. Harris Collection (Retrieved July 21, 2009)

Scope and Content

The collection consists of papers, family correspondence, FBI correspondence, military records, diaries, speeches, clippings of articles by and about Louis C. Harris, Sr., printed material, photographs and a typewriter. Included are writings, photographs and correspondence related to the Atomic Bomb Test of 1953, which Louis C. Harris, Sr. witnessed.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Louis C. Harris papers, ms3057, Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, The University of Georgia Libraries.

Finding Aid Publication

Finding aid prepared on: 2009 November 13.

General Notes

Related collections held by the Walter J. Brown Media Archives and Peabody Awards Collection, University of Georgia Libraries; University of Georgia Main Library microfilm collection.

Related Materials and Subjects

Subject Terms

Clippings (information artifacts)
Editors -- Correspondence.
Harris, Louis C., 1912-1978 -- Correspondence
Journalists -- Georgia -- Correspondence.
Military records.
United States. Federal Bureau of Investigation -- Correspondence
World War, 1939-1945 -- Personal narratives.

Related Collections in this Repository

16mm films held by the Walter J. Brown Media Archives & Peabody Award Collection.

Series Descriptions and Folder Listing


1. Personal Files

11Biographical information
12Personal items
13Personal items-military
14Certificates and awards
15Louis Harris Day, 1978 March 3
16Financial papers
18Louis C. Harris, Jr.

2. Correspondence

2.1 Family Correspondence, 1941-1969, undated


2.2 Personal Correspondence

23Correspondence B
24Correspondence C
25Correspondence Congratulatory letters-birth of Louis C. Harris, Jr.
26Correspondence Cracker Crumble, 1963-1964
27Correspondence D
28Correspondence Eisenhower, Mamie
29Correspondence F
210Correspondence Friendly, Alfred
211Correspondence G
212Correspondence H
213Correspondence J
214Correspondence K
215Correspondence L
216Correspondence M
217Correspondence N
218Correspondence O
219Correspondence R
220Correspondence S
221Correspondence T
222Correspondence W-Z
223Correspondence unknown

3. Career Files

3.1 Atomic Bomb Test Files, 1953-1983

31Atomic Bomb Test-information, 1953
32Atomic Bomb Test-Observers, 1953
33Atomic Bomb Test-writings, 1953
34Atomic Bomb Test-photographs, 1953
35Atomic Bomb Test-Correspondence, 1953, 1980-1981
36Atomic Bomb Test-clippings, 1953, 1980-1983

3.2 FBI Correspondence, 1938-1976

41FBI Correspondence, 1938-1976
42FBI Correspondence, 1966

3.3 Military Service Files, 1941-1952, undated

51Military service papers, 1941-1942
52Military service papers, 1943
53Military service papers, 1944
54Military service papers, 1945
55Military service papers, 1946-1952
56Military service papers - undated, 1938-1978
57Military service papers court martials
58Military service papers medical information
59Military service papers receipts
510Military service papers French langauge lessons

3.4 Writings

63Writings-news bulletins
64Writings-South Africa, 1966
67Writings-by others

3.5 Speeches

69Speeches, 1942

4. Clippings

71Clippings-articles by Louis C. Harris, 1952-1956
72Clippings-articles by Louis C. Harris, 1957-1959
73Clippings-articles by Louis C. Harris, 1960-1964
74Clippings-articles by Louis C. Harris, 1965
75Clippings-articles by Louis C. Harris, 1966-1967
76Clippings-articles by Louis C. Harris, 1968-1969
77Clippings-articles by Louis C. Harris, 1970-1972
78Clippings-articles by Louis C. Harris, 1973-1974
79Clippings-articles by Louis C. Harris, 1975-1978
710Clippings-articles by Louis C. Harris, 1938-1978
711Clippings-articles about Louis C. Harris, 1944-1978
712Clippings-articles about Louis C. Harris, 1938-1978
713Clippings-obituary, 1978
714Clippings-articles re: gambling, 1965
715Clippings-"Augusta Chronicle" Bicentennial edition, 1985 May 12
14Editorial, 1975

5. Printed Material

81Printed material-Austria
82Printed material-cartoons
83Printed material-Chicago
84Printed material-Cracker Crumble
85Printed material-District of Columbia
86Printed material-FBI
87Printed material-foreign money
88Printed material-Georgia General Election tabulation by county, 1972
89Printed material-Inaugurations, 1953, 1963, 1969, 1973
810Printed material-Italy
811Printed material-military
91Printed material-Morocco
92Printed material-Nassau
93Printed material-nuclear power
94Printed material-photo postcards
95Printed material-programs
96Printed material-Sigma Delta Chi
97Printed material-South Africa
98Printed material-miscellaneous

6. Photographs


7. Artifacts

15Oversized Materials