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Professional Correspondence, 1919 - 1920

 File — Box: 12, Folder: 1

Scope and Content

From the Collection:

The Reginald Harris Collection consists of biographical documents, professional correspondence, and records of biological research expeditions spanning Central and South America and North Africa. It is divided into three series: Series I: Photographs, 1912-1933; Serires II: Personal Papers, 1892-1998; Series III: Professional Papers, 1909-1940. Of note, the administrative records of the Long Island Biological Association contain information that relates to this collection.

The collection includes documents, college essays, research notebooks, scrapbooks, and photographs. Most of Harris's personal correspondence is to and from his family, with his brother, Rev. Malcolm Harris, being a major correspondent. Other personal correspondence is with scientists including J. Chester Bradley, and geneticists William E. Castle, George W. Corner, Thomas Hunt Morgan, and H. M. Parshley. There are two years (1924-1925) of Harris's correspondence for the Life Extension Institute, an agency founded to counsel prospective marriage partners on their genetic suitability for marriage.

Harris's professional correspondence is chiefly (though not exclusively) administrative after 1924; it has not been broken out into sent and received, as most of his letters are carbon copies.

The collection contains most of Harris's published writings both in manuscript form and as printed copies, as well as research that was not published. The large number of negatives and loose photographs from the Cornell Entomological Expedition to South America have been identified in this finding aid by markings on the envelopes in which they were held by Harris (numbered A1-D22).

The material from the Second Marsh-Darien Expedition in this collection is extensive. Among other things it includes hair clippings, glass lantern slides, a sheet of picture writing, a research notebook, and many photographs. The photographs, negatives, and lantern slides that are captioned are those that were seen and described by anthropologist James Howe. Howe's captions have been retained because of his knowledge of the Kuna and their history. There is no evidence in Howe's inventory (that accompanied his letter-of-gift) that he saw the Glenn Gift material that relates to this expedition before his donation.

From the Collection:

Dates

  • Creation: 1919 - 1920

Creator

Language of Materials

From the Collection:

Bulk of materials in English.

Access Restrictions

No restrictions apply. Access is given only by appointment, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Extent

From the Sub-Series: 31 folders

General

Letters in this folder include:

1919

June 26: Letter from W. H. Faunce to R.H. (Providence, RI)

July 1: Draft of letter from R.H. to W. H. Faunce (S.l.)

Aug. 11: Letter from J. C. Bradley to R.H. (Ithaca, NY)

Aug. 26: Letter from Thomas Hunt Morgan to R.H. (Woods Hole, MA)

Aug. 29: Letter from Frederic P. Gorham to R.H. (Cold Spring Harbor, NY)

Sept. 14: Letter from Charles W. Metz to R.H. (Woods Hole, MA)

Oct. 13: Letter from R. Barclay Spicer to R.H. (Grubbs, DE)

Dec. 23: Letter from W. H. Faunce to R.H. (Providence, RI)

1920

Apr. 4: Letter from Charles W. Metz to R.H. (New York, NY)

July 3: Letter from Charles B. Davenport to Benjamin R. Harris (Cold Spring Harbor, NY)

July 3: Letter from C. R. Crosby to R.H. (Ithaca, NY)

July 5: Postcard from A. W. G[illegeible] to R.H. (Lima, Peru)

July 5: Letter from [illegible] to R.H. (Santiago de Chile, Chile)

July 8: Letter from Charles B. Davenport to R.H. (Cold Spring Harbor, NY)

July 10: Letter from R.H. to Zeta Psi Fraternity House, Cornell (Manchester, NH)

July 10: Letter from O. A. Johannsen to R.H. (Ithaca, NY)

July 12: Letter from [illegible] to R.H. (Providence, RI)

July 12: Letter from F. P. Gorham to R.H. (Providence, RI)

July 13: Letter from R.H. to Charles B. Davenport (Manchester, NH)

July 13: Letter from Thomas Hunt Morgan to R.H. (Pacific Grove, CA)

July 14: Draft of letter from R.H. to F. P. Gorham (Manchester, NH)

July 15: Letter from Charles W. Metz to R.H. (Woods Hole, MA)

July 15: Letter from W. E. Castle to R.H. (Forest Hills, Boston, MA)

July 16: Letter from “Brother” to R.H. (Providence, RH)

July 18: Postcard from “R.” to R.H. (Maine)

July 19: Letter from C. R. Crosby to R.H. (Ithaca, NY)

July 23: Letter from C. R. Crosby to R.H. (Ithaca, NY)

July 25: Letter from H. M. Parshley to R.H. (Northampton, MA)

Aug. 3: Letter from Charles B. Davenport to R.H. (Cold Spring Harbor, NY)

Dec. 8: Letter from B. Preston Clark to R.H. (Boston, MA)

Dec. 14: Draft of a letter from R.H. to B. Preston Clark (Manchester, NH)

Dec. 17: Letter from J. Chester Bradley to R.H. (Ithaca, NY)

Repository Details

Part of the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Archives Repository

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