Louis C. Harris papers

Louis C. Harris papers

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Hargrett Library
Creator: Harris, Louis C., 1912-1978
Title: Louis C. Harris papers
Dates: 1938-1978
Quantity: 7.0 Linear feet 10 document boxes, 4 half boxes, 1 oversized box
Coll. Number: ms3057

Biographical/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 http://www.libs.uga.edu/media/collections/homemovies/hapharris.html (Retrieved July 21, 2009)

Scope and Content Note

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.

Index Terms

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

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.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation note

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

Related Material

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

Series Descriptions and Folder Listing


1. Personal Files

11Biographical information
2Personal items
3Personal items-military
4Certificates and awards
5Louis Harris Day, 1978 March 3
6Financial papers
8Louis C. Harris, Jr.

2. Correspondence

2.1 Family Correspondence, 1941-1969, undated


2.2 Personal Correspondence

23Correspondence B
4Correspondence C
5Correspondence Congratulatory letters-birth of Louis C. Harris, Jr.
6Correspondence Cracker Crumble, 1963-1964
7Correspondence D
8Correspondence Eisenhower, Mamie
9Correspondence F
10Correspondence Friendly, Alfred
11Correspondence G
12Correspondence H
13Correspondence J
14Correspondence K
15Correspondence L
16Correspondence M
17Correspondence N
18Correspondence O
19Correspondence R
20Correspondence S
21Correspondence T
22Correspondence W-Z
23Correspondence unknown

3. Career Files

3.1 Atomic Bomb Test Files, 1953-1983

31Atomic Bomb Test-information, 1953
2Atomic Bomb Test-Observers, 1953
3Atomic Bomb Test-writings, 1953
4Atomic Bomb Test-photographs, 1953
5Atomic Bomb Test-Correspondence, 1953, 1980-1981
6Atomic Bomb Test-clippings, 1953, 1980-1983

3.2 FBI Correspondence, 1938-1976

41FBI Correspondence, 1938-1976 (photocopies only)
2FBI Correspondence, 1966 (photocopies only)

3.3 Military Service Files, 1941-1952, undated

51Military service papers, 1941-1942
2Military service papers, 1943
3Military service papers, 1944
4Military service papers, 1945
5Military service papers, 1946-1952
6Military service papers - undated, 1938-1978
7Military service papers court martials
8Military service papers medical information
9Military service papers receipts
10Military service papers French langauge lessons

3.4 Writings

3Writings-news bulletins
4Writings-South Africa, 1966
7Writings-by others

3.5 Speeches

9Speeches, 1942

4. Clippings

71Clippings-articles by Louis C. Harris, 1952-1956
2Clippings-articles by Louis C. Harris, 1957-1959
3Clippings-articles by Louis C. Harris, 1960-1964
4Clippings-articles by Louis C. Harris, 1965
5Clippings-articles by Louis C. Harris, 1966-1967
6Clippings-articles by Louis C. Harris, 1968-1969
7Clippings-articles by Louis C. Harris, 1970-1972
8Clippings-articles by Louis C. Harris, 1973-1974
9Clippings-articles by Louis C. Harris, 1975-1978
10Clippings-articles by Louis C. Harris, 1938-1978
11Clippings-articles about Louis C. Harris, 1944-1978
12Clippings-articles about Louis C. Harris, 1938-1978
13Clippings-obituary, 1978
14Clippings-articles re: gambling, 1965
15Clippings-"Augusta Chronicle" Bicentennial edition, 1985 May 12
14Editorial, 1975

5. Printed Material

81Printed material-Austria
2Printed material-cartoons
3Printed material-Chicago
4Printed material-Cracker Crumble
5Printed material-District of Columbia
6Printed material-FBI
7Printed material-foreign money
8Printed material-Georgia General Election tabulation by county, 1972
9Printed material-Inaugurations, 1953, 1963, 1969, 1973
10Printed material-Italy
11Printed material-military
91Printed material-Morocco
2Printed material-Nassau
3Printed material-nuclear power
4Printed material-photo postcards
5Printed material-programs
6Printed material-Sigma Delta Chi
7Printed material-South Africa
8Printed material-miscellaneous

6. Photographs


7. Artifacts

OS Box
15Oversized Materials