Harris, Louis C., 1912-1978
|Title: ||Louis C. Harris papers|
5.4 Linear feet
(10 document boxes, 4 half boxes, 1 oversized box)
|Coll. Number: ||ms3057|
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 Army Air Corps, including serving under General Mark Clark, Commander of U.S. Forces, in Austria just after the war. Mr. Harris was a respected member of journalism and community organizations such as 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 in this collection are writings, photographs and correspondence related to the Atomic Bomb Test of 1953, which Louis C. Harris, Sr. witnessed.
Arranged by record type.
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.
Louis C. Harris papers. MS 3057. Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, The University of Georgia Libraries.