Roy Vincent Harris PapersRoy Vincent Harris Papers

Roy Vincent Harris Papers

Descriptive Summary

Title: Roy Vincent Harris Papers
Creator: Harris, Roy Vincent, 1895-1985
Dates: 1931-1983
Extent: 6.0 boxes (4.25 linear feet)
Collection Number: RBRL/183/RVH
Repository: Richard B. Russell Library for Political Research and Studies
Abstract: The Roy Vincent Harris Papers consist of the papers of Roy V. Harris from 1931-1983. Includes correspondence, memoranda, news clippings, and photographs reflecting Harris’s career as a lawyer, state politician, member of the Board of Regents, and avid segregationist. Contains copies of the conservative civil rights journal The Citizen (1975-1983), which contains articles contributed by Harris. The collection also includes personal scrapbooks (1945-1946; 1956-1969); a videotaped interview with Harris, in which he discusses his service with the state legislature and the Board of Regents, the growth of the Medical College of Georgia, and Augusta politics; and audio taped interviews with Harris in which he discusses Georgia politics, education in Georgia, and his thoughts on Huey Long and Tom Watson.

Collection Description

Biographical Note

Roy Vincent Harris was born in Glascock County, Georgia on October 2, 1895. He moved to Wrens Georgia to attend high school. He received an A. B. from The University of Georgia in 1917 where he was active in the Demosthenian Society. His education was interrupted in June 1917 by World War I. Harris progressed rapidly through the ranks of the wartime army. After enlisting he was promoted from private to sergeant to 2nd lieutenant to 1st lieutenant. Following the War, Harris returned to The University of Georgia where he completed his LL.B. in 1919. At age 24 Harris was admitted to the Bar of the State of Georgia. He practiced law in Louisville, Georgia until 1931 when he relocated to Augusta, Georgia where he practiced law for the rest of his career as part of the firm, Harris, McCracken, Pickett & Jackson.

Harris entered politics in Georgia early in his career. In 1921 he was elected to the Georgia state legislature for Jefferson County and retained this position through 1928. During his time in the legislature he served as the chair of the Ways and Means Committee. From 1931 to 1932, Harris served as a member of the Georgia State Senate during which time he was vice-chair of the Rules Committee. From 1933-1946 he served in the Georgia House of Representatives and wielded considerable power and influence as the Speaker of the House, a position he held from 1937-1940 and 1943-1946. In his long career as a Georgia politician Harris developed a reputation as a "kingmaker" among his cohorts. A "master of white only, rural-dominated politics," of the County Unit System, Harris had little trouble pulling in the votes needed for a piece of legislation or a candidate for governor. A popular saying among Georgia politicians from this era became, "What do you need to be elected governor of Georgia? $50, 000 and Roy Harris." During his time as an elected official Harris was at the center of some of Georgia's most controversial political events. He supported the revocation of the poll tax; fought to thwart his political rival Ellis Arnall from amending the state constitution to enable him to succeed himself as governor; and worked behind the scenes to support Herman Talmadge during the infamous two-governor controversy.

As a politician Harris's chief interests centered on upholding segregation and improving Georgia's education system. Upholding his strong support of segregation, in 1945, Harris worked vigorously to protect the all white Democratic primary in Georgia. In 1948 he led the fight for the adoption of a Minimum Foundation Program for Education and supported a sales tax in the next three successive years to fund it.

After Harris left office in 1946, he continued to be an advocate for both segregation and education. He accomplished much of his work to improve Georgia's educational system as a member of the Board of Regents, to which he was first appointed in 1951. In this capacity, Harris's ability to accomplish things behind the scenes made him a valuable advocate for the state's schools. In one example, Harris arranged for The University of Georgia to receive funding to build a new science center with one call to the governor, Marvin Griffin. When Georgia Tech proponents complained, Harris arranged for funding for a comparable center on the Tech campus. Harris served as a Regent until 1973. Although his attitudes towards racial integration were clearly negative, as a member of the Board of Regents he endeavored to uphold his belief in "separate but equal" by working as an advocate for black colleges within the System. If he clearly believed in segregation, he also believed in "equality of accommodation (even if in reality this rarely occurred)." Harris's more virulent attitudes about racial integration found expression in the Citizens Councils of America, an organization dedicated to "State's Rights and Racial Integrity." As the Charter Member and President of the organization's operation in Georgia as well as the President of the whole Citizen's Council in 1966, Harris was one of its most influential and vocal members. During the height of the Civil Rights era, Harris advocated mounting a campaign of harassing phone calls to supporters of integration. He is also credited by many as the galvanizing force behind Arkansas Governor Orval Faubus's intractable opposition to integration of the schools of Little Rock. Another outlet for Harris's vehement opposition to integration and conservative values was The Augusta Courier, a newspaper he edited for 27 1/2 years from 1947 to 1974. Harris was also a regular and featured contributor to The Citizen, the journal published by the Citizens Councils of America.

In 1982 Harris returned to public office once again. This time Roy accepted an appointment to serve as the city attorney for Ed McIntyre, the first black mayor in Augusta, Georgia. Although still a proponent of segregation, Roy Harris found McIntyre, a man he had known personally for several years, to be a better candidate than his opponent, a white businessman.

Harris was a member of the Georgia Bar Association, the American Bar Association, the American Judicative Society, the American Legion; Woodmen of the World, the Masons, and the B. P. O. Elks. He served as a steward at his church, St. James Methodist.

Roy Vincent Harris passed away in 1985. He was 90 years of age.

Scope and Content

The Roy Vincent Harris Papers consist of materials pertaining to his career in the Georgia General Assembly and on the Board of Regents of The University System of Georgia; his unofficial role as a behind-the-scenes political "kingmaker"; and his activities associated with the Citizens Council of America. Harris's public career as an elected official in the Georgia legislature and as a member of the Board of Regents in the University System of Georgia is reflected in clippings located in scrapbooks covering the mid 1940s, late 1950s, and 1960-1969. His career is also described in a series of oral history interviews and monologues that are available in audiocassette and transcript formats. As a member of the Board of Regents for the University System of Georgia for many years and as an alumnus of The University of Georgia, Harris also carried considerable weight with educational institutions in Georgia. This status is reflected in Harris's correspondence by numerous letters he wrote to recommend individuals for admission to various colleges and universities in Georgia.

Correspondence generated during the later years of Harris's life while he still practiced law in Augusta offer some reflections about his public career from his old cohorts from the Georgia legislature including his rival and friend, Ellis Arnall. However, the majority of Harris's correspondence represents the wide reaching informal network of friends and colleagues--many of them national figures such as Sam Nunn--who had over the years found Harris a powerful behind the scenes political ally. Much of the correspondence includes letters of appreciation from this network for Harris's assistance in legal matters, political advice, and letters of introduction and recommendation. There are letters to Harris from such noted national and state politicians as Ellis Arnall, Sam Nunn, and Zell Miller. Harris's unofficial role as "kingmaker" is further revealed in the scrapbook material and in the oral histories described above.

Roy V. Harris's vehement opposition to racial integration and Civil Rights initiatives of the 1950s and 1960s and his distrust and dissatisfaction with liberal politicians and their policies is well represented in the collection. Scrapbooks from 1956 to1969 focus on Harris's efforts as a member of the Board of Regents to prevent integration of the University System, particularly his alma mater, The University of Georgia. Harris's central role in the activities of the Citizens Council of America, an organization dedicated to "States' Rights & Racial Integrity," is detailed in scrapbook materials, correspondence, oral history material, and photographs. Of special interest in this regard is a complete collection of The Citizen, the publishing organ of the Citizens Council of America, for the years 1975-1983. Also of interest are clippings in the General Series, which explicate Harris's position on his support of Ed McIntyre, a black man for mayor of the city of Augusta. Oral histories offer Harris's own recollections of his attitudes and actions during the Civil Rights era. Harris's dissatisfaction with Jimmy Carter and many of the policies of Carter's presidential administration are mentioned in correspondence.

Harris's personal life--his family, his school years, and his military career-- is well represented by the oral history materials and by the clippings from the late 1970s which sum up Harris's long career in Georgia politics.

Materials represented include correspondence, newspaper clippings (individual items and items mounted chronologically in scrapbooks), printed materials, audiocassettes and videotapes, transcripts, certificates and commendations, and photographs.

Organization and Arrangement

The the Roy V. Harris Papers are arranged into five series: I. General Files, II. The Citizen, III. Scrapbooks, IV. Photographs, and V. Audiovisual materials. Series arrangement is chronological. Scrapbooks have been microfilmed.

All audiocassette interviews have accompanying transcripts. Subject analyses for most interviews follow this finding aid. Videotape of several hours of interview with Harris conducted by WAGT-TV of Augusta is available for viewing. A release form is required for any use of the videotape material.


Administrative Information and Restrictions

Access Restrictions

Completion of a release form is required for any use of the WAGT-TV videotape material.

Preferred Citation

Roy Vincent Harris Papers, Richard B. Russell Library for Political Research and Studies, University of Georgia Libraries, Athens, Georgia.

Processing Notes

In most cases, loose newsprint materials have been replaced with photocopies and/or housed in lignin-free enclosures. Scrapbook material has been microfilmed. All photographs have been relocated to the photographs file.

User Restrictions

Library acts as “fair use” reproduction agent.

Copyright Information

Before material from collections at the Richard B. Russell Library may be quoted in print, or otherwise reproduced, in whole or in part, in any publication, permission must be obtained from (1) the owner of the physical property, and (2) the holder of the copyright. It is the particular responsibility of the researcher to obtain both sets of permissions. Persons wishing to quote from materials in the Russell Library collection should consult the Director. Reproduction of any item must contain a complete citation to the original.

Finding Aid Publication

Finding aid prepared by Russell staff, 2000.

Migrated to the EAD version 1.0 and updated to reflect suggestions from EAD Application Guidelines by Sheila McAlister, 2000.


Related Materials

Access Points

Augusta (Ga.)--Politics and government--1951-
Citizen (Jackson, Miss.)
Civil rights--Georgia.
Education--Georgia.
Georgia--Politics and government--1951-
Georgia. General Assembly. House of Representatives.
Governors--Georgia--Election--1946.
Interviews.
Legislators--Georgia.
Long, Huey Pierce, 1893-1935.
Medical College of Georgia.
Periodicals.
Photographs.
Segregation--Georgia.
Sound recordings.
University System of Georgia. Board of Regents.
Video recordings.
Watson, Thomas E. (Thomas Edward), 1856-1922.

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Series Descriptions and Folder Listing

 

I.General, 1931-1983

Extent: 2.0 boxes
Extent: (.75 linear feet)
Scope and Content: The General Files consist of correspondence from 1976 to 1983 with colleagues, clients, and acquaintances including V. I. P. letters from state and national figures; clippings and supplemental editions of newspapers, local Augusta campaign materials; miscellaneous materials which include correspondence, commendations from the Georgia legislature, newsclippings, and a biographical sketch. Researchers may locate information delineating Harris's negative attitude towards Jimmy Carter and his administration references to Harris's political career, and his stance on Civil Rights issues. Researchers will also find a broad spectrum of political figures represented in the correspondence.



A. Correspondence

BoxFolder
11Correspondence, 1982-1983
12Correspondence, 1980-1981
13Correspondence, 1979
14Correspondence, 1978
15Correspondence, 1976-1977



B.Clippings

BoxFolder
21Clippings, 1970-1982



C. Miscellaneous

BoxFolder
22Miscellaneous, 1931-1983
 

II. The Citizen

Extent: 2.0 boxes
Extent: (.75 linear feet)
Scope and Content: The Citizen files consist of copies of the journal, The Citizen, published by the Citizens Council of America, an organization formed in the mid 1950s to support "States' Rights & Racial Integrity." Roy V. Harris was a frequent and featured contributor to this publication. A complete set of issues spanning the years 1975-1983 is available.
BoxFolder
31The Citizen, 1982-1983
32The Citizen, 1981
33The Citizen, 1980
34The Citizen, 1979
BoxFolder
41The Citizen, 1978
42The Citizen, 1977
43The Citizen, 1976
44The Citizen, 1975
 

III. Scrapbooks

Extent: 2.0 boxes
Extent: (3 linear feet)
Scope and Content: The scrapbook files consist of clippings from Georgia newspapers that detail significant events in Georgia politics. In most of the articles, Harris and/or his position is either mentioned or highlighted. Excellent coverage of the efforts by Ellis Arnall to amend the constitution to enable him to succeed himself, the two-governor controversy, the revocation of the poll tax, and the fight to end the all white Democratic primary is included in the 1945 and 1946 scrapbooks. Coverage of the Citizens Council's efforts to impede integration of schools and other Civil Rights initiatives is thoroughly covered from 1956 to 1969.
Box
OS 1Scrapbook [microfilmed reel #1], 1965 November - 1969 November
OS 1Scrapbook [microfilmed reel #1], 1960 November - 1965 June
OS 1Scrapbook [microfilmed reel #1], 1956 March - 1960 November
Box
OS 2Scrapbook [microfilmed reel #1], 1946
OS 2Scrapbook [microfilmed reel #1], 1945
 

IV. Photographs

Extent: 45.0 images
Scope and Content:
BoxFolder
5RVH-PF-01.01-02Harris and Lonnie Pope in front of Lonnie Pope’s oleander bush, June 1953.
Extent: 12.4cm x 9cm b/w print and duplicate
5RVH-PF-01.03Harris and a man seated at a table “downstairs” at Lonnie Pope’s beach cottage, June 1953.
Extent: 12.4cm x 9cm b/w print
5RVH-PF-02Seven men seated at a table on the occasion of Randall Evans Jr.’s Christmas party. Harris is on the left between two men wearing glasses, 1971 December 6.
Extent: 25.4cm x 20.4cm b/w print
5RVH-PF-03.01-02Harris at the lectern speaking to the Garden City Lions Club, January 1974.
Extent: 20.4cm x 25.4cm b/w print and duplicate
5RVH-PF-04.01University of Georgia Blue Key Society Award Ceremony. Left to right, front row: Ellis Arnall, Griffin Bell, and Roy Harris. Left to right, back row: Blue Key Society members and Jasper Dorsey, 1980.
Extent: 17.75cm x 12.6cm b/w print
5RVH-PF-04.02Harris speaks at lectern during Blue Key Awards Ceremony. Ellis Arnall looks on, 1980.
Extent: 18.1cm x 12.5cm b/w print
5RVH-PF-05Harris with suitcase in hand, speaking into a microphone with a crowd of men in suits behind him (possibly the GA Assembly), circa 1946.
Extent: 12.2cm x 19.8 cm b/w print and negative
5RVH-PF-06.01 Harris at the lectern speaking at the Georgia Democratic Party Convention, Macon, 1946.
Extent: 20.4cm x 25.4cm b/w print.
5RVH-PF-06.02Close up view of Harris at the lectern speaking at the Georgia Democratic Party Convention, Macon, GA, 1946.
Extent: 20.4cm x 25.3cm b/w print.
5RVH-PF-06.03Harris reaches to shake Georgia Democratic Party Convention Chair, James S. Peters’ hand. Peters is kneeling down from the stage, 1946.
Extent: 25.2cm x 20.4cm b/w print.
5RVH-PF-07Harris (right) chats with W. S. Howland (left), Atlanta Bureau Chief, Time, 1946 August 9.
Extent: 19.8cm x 23.1cm b/w print and negative
5RVH-PF-08Harris gestures to Governor Marvin Griffin, circa 1950s.
Extent: 25.4cm x 20.7cm b/w print.
5RVH-PF-09Guests at Hamp. McWhorter and Sam Hewlitt birthday party. Right to left: H. Crawford Pilcher, Hamp. McWhorter, Sam Hewlitt, Roy V. Harris, circa 1950s.
Extent: 25.4cm x 20.4cm b/w print.
5RVH-PF-10.01-.03Roy V. Harris poses in front of map, circa 1950s.
Extent: 12.7cm x 17.6cm b/w print, negative, and two duplicates.
5RVH-PF-10.11Harris surrounded by guests at Herman Talmadge inauguration party, circa 1950.
Extent: 25.4cm x 26 b/w print and negative
5RVH-PF-12Harris speaks from the lectern with Governor Marvin Grifffin to the right of him and with master of ceremonies, James C. Davis who is to the right of Griffin. These men are identified below the image in ink. Above the image inscribed is “Compliments of Marvin Griffin-1956”, 1956.
Extent: 25.4cm x 20.6cm b/w print.
5RVH-PF-13Harris speaking to a crowd in Thomson, Georgia on behalf of Ernest [negative] Vandiver’s campaign for governor. Ernest and Betty Vandiver are to the left of the lectern, 1958.
Extent: 25.3cm x 20.5cm b/w print and b/w negative
5RVH-PF-14Ernest and Betty Vandiver, Harris looking downward with a cigar all facing the camera and two unidentified men with their backs to the camera (man on left appears to be holding a camera and may with the press. This was taking during Vandiver’s 1958 campaign, 1958.
Extent: 25.4cm x 20.4cm b/w print
5RVH-PF-15Roy V. Harris mullet fishing at midnight at Lonnie Pope’s place, 1959.
Extent: 9cm x 8.8cm b/w print
5RVH-PF-16Roy V. Harris as witness before the Sibley School Commission Hearing in Washington, Georgia, 1959
5RVH-PF-17Portrait of Lonnie Pope with inscription: “To my loyal friend, Roy Harris, who has dedicated his life to a just and righteous cause and may good health and long life be his--Lonnie Pope, 10, 59”
Extent: 20.2cm x 25.2cm b/w print.
5RVH-PF-18.01Group of men: Hugh D. Busbia, Roy V. Harris, John C. Bell, Sen. Herman Talmadge, W. R. Loflin (hidden), M. J. Padgett, Sheriff Jas. Plunkett, John Tobin, E. A. Sheehan, Harry Bell Jr. stand in front of a Delta Jet, 1959 October 12.
Extent: 17.2 cm x 12.9cm b/w print
5RVH-PF-18.02Group of men, Roy V. Harris is on the left facing Senator Herman Talmadge, M.J. Padgett, Hugh D. Busbia, and E. A. Sheehan in front of Delta jet, 1959 October 12.
Extent: 17.2 cm x 12.9cm b/w print
5RVH-PF-18.03Group of men including Roy V. Harris and Senator Herman Talmadge in front of Delta Jet, 1959 October 12
5RVH-PF-19Portrait of George Downs, unsuccessful gubernatorial candidate in Florida. With inscription: “To my friend Roy V. Harris/Best regards--George A. Downs/ 2639 Alamo/ Winter Park, Florida”, 1960.
Extent: 22.2cm x 26.9cm b/w print
5RVH-PF-20Harris, Governor and Mrs. Carl Sanders pose after Sanders announced that he would not seek Senator Richard Russell’s senate seat. Harris is at center, 1966 March 30.
Extent: 26cm x 20.3cm b/w print
5RVH-PF-21Harris and classmates pose at the reunion of the class of 1917 of The University of Georgia. Harris is on the first row, third from left, 1967.
Extent: 24.6cm x 20.5cm b/w print and negative
5RVH-PF-22Annual leadership conference of Citizens Councils of America (C. C. A.). From left to right: former governor Prentice Cooper, TN; Dr. Revilo P. Oliver, Professor of Classical Philology at the University of Illinois, the featured speaker; Dr. J. Park McCallie, McCallie School, Chattanooga; Dr. Medford Evans C. C. A. Field Director for TN; and Harris, C.C. A. President, 1966 January 7-8.
Extent: b/w print
5RVH-PF-23Harris addresses delegates from lectern at Citizens Council of America Leadership Conference, at their opening session, Chattanooga, TN, 1966 January 7-8.
Extent: 25.4cm x 20.7 b/w print
5RVH-PF-24Group of men at tables at Randall Evans dinner party at Thomson, Georgia. Harris sits facing the camera at the table in the foreground of the image. There are three men to the left of him (one is partially cut off by the frame and two men are to the right of him), 1966 December 5.
Extent: 25.4cm x 20.5cm b/w print
5RVH-PF-25.01Harris takes oath of office to serve as member of the Board of Regents, Governor Lester Maddox looks on, 1967 February 22.
Extent: 15.4cm x 20.4cm b/w print and negative
5RVH-PF-25.02Harris reaches to shake Lester Maddox’s hand after taking oath of office for the Board of Regents, 1967 February 22.
Extent: 15.4cm x 20.4cm b/w print
5RVH-PF-25.03-04Harris takes oath of office, Lester Maddox looks on, 1967 February 22.
Extent: 20.6cm x 25.4cm b/w print and duplicate
5RVH-PF-26.01Harris at Citizens Council of America meeting (15th). Harris stands at the podium with guests seated in front in the foreground of the image, circa 1970.
Extent: 25.4cm x 20.5cm b/w print
5RVH-PF-26.02Harris wearing glasses posed next to Citizens Council of America lectern with C.C.A. insignia mounted on the front, circa 1970.
Extent: 20.7cm x 25.4cm b/w print
5RVH-PF-26.03Landscape view of guests at Citizens Council of America banquet . Lectern is located in right quadrant of image, Harris is located to the right of the lectern, circa 1970.
Extent: 25.4cm x 20.6cm b/w print
5RVH-PF-26.04A view of the guests at the Citizens Council of America banquet, the head table with podium is not visible, circa 1970.
Extent: 25.4cm x 20.6cm b/w print
5RVH-PF-26.05Harris behind Citizens Council of America lectern posing, similar composition as RVHPF01.02, circa 1970.
Extent: 20.6cm x 25.6cm. b/w print
5RVH-PF-26.06Landscape view of Harris and guests at head table of Citizen Council Banquet. Lester Maddox is seated at the right of Harris, circa 1970.
Extent: 25.5cm x 20.6cm. b/w print
5RVH-PF-27.01Portrait of Roy V. Harris. Harris poses behind a chair. Poor quality exposure, color print with fingerprints on image surface, circa 1960.
Extent: 12.7cm x 17.7cm
5RVH-PF-27.02Portrait of Roy V. Harris. Harris poses at a table with the fingers of his hands loosely clasped. Poor quality exposure, color print with fingerprints on image surface, circa 1960.
Extent: 12.7cm x 17.7cm
5RVH-PF-27.03Portrait of Roy V. Harris. Harris poses at a table with one hand atop the other. Poor quality exposure, color print with fingerprints on image surface, circa 1960.
Extent: 12.7cm x 17.7cm
5RVH-PF-28Randall Evans dinner. Roy V. Harris sits on the right with two gentlemen adjacent to him. One man has his back to the camera and the other man faces the camera and sits to Hariss’s right, circa 1968.
Extent: 20.2 cm x 25.4 cm. Color print
5RVH-PF-29Roy V. Harris and unidentified guests at the head table of a banquet, possibly in Augusta, circa 1972.
Extent: 25.4 cm x 20.2 cm. Color print
5RVH-PF-30.01Roy V. Harris visits the Georgia state capitol to receive a commendation. Harris poses with unidentified bald man, 1977.
Extent: 20.2 cm x 25.4cm. Color print
5RVH-PF-30.02Roy V. Harris visits the Georgia state capitol to receive a commendation. Harris poses center front with representatives and personnel. On Harris’s immediate left is Bob Beckham, Representative District 89, 1977.
Extent: 20.2 cm x 25.4cm. Color print
5RVH-PF-30.03-04Roy V. Harris visits the Georgia State Capitol to receive a commendation. Harris gets a hearty handshake from an unidentifed representative while two men look on, 1977.
Extent: 20.2 cm x 25.4cm. Color print and duplicate
5RVH-PF-30.05Roy V. Harris visits the Georgia State Capitol to receive a commendation. Roy poses with Jimmy Lester on his left, and Roy Allgood on his right, 1977.
Extent: 20.2 cm x 25.4cm. Color print
5RVH-PF-30.06Roy V. Harris visits the Georgia State Capitol to receive a commendation. Roy poses with Jimmy Lester on his left, and Roy Allgood on his right, 1977.
Extent: 20.2 cm x 25.4cm. Color print
5RVH-PF-31.01Roy V. Harris and “Bill” Harrold at their respective offices, possibly their law firm in Augusta, Georgia. In this image Harris sits behind his desk, circa 1980.
Extent: 11.2 cm x 8.8 cm. Color snapshot
5RVH-PF-31.02Roy V. Harris and “Bill” Harrold at their respective offices, possibly their law firm in Augusta, Georgia. In this image “Bill” Harrold sits behind his desk, circa 1980.
Extent: 11.2 cm x 8.8 cm. Color snapshot
5RVH-PF-32First school house in Glascock County, Georgia, the county in which Roy V. Harris was born, undated.
Extent: 12.8 cm x 10.2 cm. Black and white snapshot
5RVH-PF-33.01-02Portrait of Roy V. Harris made for the Demosthenian Society, University of Georgia, circa 1940s.
Extent: 25.4 cm x 20.2 cm. Black and white print and duplicate
5RVH-PF-34.01-02Roy V. Harris in the hallway of the Herman Talmadge for governor campaign headquarters in Fulton County, Georgia, 1948.
Extent: 25.4 cm x 20.2cm. Black and white print and negative
5RVH-PF-35.01Roy V. Harris pictured along with other members of the Board of Regents in a display. Harris served as a regent from 1951-1973. Image of Roy V. Harris is in the bottom left corner, circa late 1940s.
Extent: 16.1 cm. x 24.1 cm. Black and white print
5RVH-PF-35.02Roy V. Harris pictured along with other members of the Board of Regents in a display. Harris served as a regent from 1951-1973. Another related display of the Board of Regents in the shape of the UGA arch. Harris’s image is the same used in 35.01 but is located second from the bottom on the left post of the “arch”, circa late 1940s
Extent: 19.4 cm x 24.2 cm. Black and white print
5RVH-PF-35.03Roy V. Harris pictured along with other members of the Board of Regents in a display. Harris served as a regent from 1951-1973. Another related display of the Board of Regents also in the shape of the University of Georgia arch with a live unidentified man posing next to it. Harris’s image (the same used in 35.01 and 35.02) is located at a jaunty angle on the right “arch”, circa late 1940s.
Extent: 19.4 cm x 24.2 cm. Black and white print
5RVH-PF-36Left to right: Roy V. Harris, local politicos from Polk County(?), circa 1950.
Extent: 25 cm x 20 cm. Black and white print
5RVH-PF-37Roy V. Harris addresses group of men around a banquet table, circa 1950.
Extent: 12 cm x 9 cm. black and white print
5RVH-PF-38Dinner at Continuing Education Center, University of Georgia in honor of Governor Griffin for making the construction of a Science Center possible. Bob Stephens, Roy V. Harris, Harry (Carey?) Williams, someone in the legislature, Bo Callaway, Bill Griffin, Marvin Griffin, O.C. Aderhold on right, circa 1952.
Extent: 24.1 cm. x 19.2 cm. Black and white print
5RVH-PF-39.01Roy V. Harris with Governor Herman Talmadge during a visit of Senator James “Jimmy” Byrnes of South Carolina and Senator Edgar Brown, unnamed friend, and children of Governor Talmadge. Left to right: Gov. Herman Talmadge, Senator Edgar Brown, Roy V. Harris, and Senator “Jimmy” Byrnes. Ed Friend, photographer.
Extent: 24 cm x 19.1 cm. Black and white print
5RVH-PF-39.02Roy V. Harris with Governor Herman Talmadge during a visit of Senator James “Jimmy” Byrnes of South Carolina and Senator Edgar Brown, unnamed friend, and children of Governor Talmadge. Roy V. Harris sits with one of Herman Talmadge’s children on his lap and the other child resting on the arm of the chair. An unidentified man stands behind them. Ed Friend, photographer, 1952.
Extent: 24.2 cm x 19.2 cm. Black and white print
5RVH-PF-39.03Roy V. Harris with Governor Herman Talmadge during a visit of Senator James “Jimmy” Byrnes of South Carolina and Senator Edgar Brown, unnamed friend, and children of Governor Talmadge. Roy V. Harris stands at left with “Jimmy” Byrnes seated at right. Ed Friend, photographer, 1952.
Extent: 24.2 cm x 19.2 cm. Black and white print
5RVH-PF-40Roy V. Harris and Matthew McWhorter in an open boat piloted by an unidentified man, circa 1960.
Extent: 24.2 cm x 19.1 cm. Black and white print
5RVH-PF-41Roy V. Harris seated next to Herman Talmadge at a banquet table. Other unidentified men are also seated at the table, circa 1960.
Extent: 9 cm x 11.6cm. Black and white print
5RVH-PF-42Portrait of Roy V. Harris, circa 1965.
Extent: 9 cm x 11.4 cm. Black and white print
5RVH-PF-43Roy V. Harris stands on the steps of a building in Augusta, Georgia during the Augusta Bus Strike.Morgan Fitz, photographer, circa 1967.
Extent: 19.5 cm x 24.2 cm. Black and white print
5RVH-PF-44Roy V. Harris with unidentified men on his right and one unidentified man on his immediate left and Hilary Mangum on his far left. Photo bears inscription: “To Whitely, With kind regards, Edward ? Corwin (?) 10/22/67” [The date provided with the inscription refers to a later period than the date when the individuals posed for the picture], 1967.
Extent: 24.7 cm x 19.6 cm. Black and white print
5RVH-PF-45Candid portrait of Roy V. Harris, circa 1975.
Extent: 20.1 cm x 13.2 cm. Black and white print
5RVH-PF-46.01-02Portrait of Roy V. Harris posed with book in hands, circa 1975.
Extent: 10.2 cm x 12.7 cm. Black and white print
BoxFolder
EM 1RVH-EM-546-01Roy Harris at age 16 months Access Online
EM 1RVH-EM-546-02Ray and Roy Harris as children Access Online
EM 1RVH-EM-546-03J. R. Harris and family, circa 1905 Access Online
EM 1RVH-EM-546-04Roy Harris birth house in Glascock County, GA Access Online
EM 1RVH-EM-546-05House in Wrens, GA, where Roy Harris lived from age 12 until he left to attend the University of Georgia Access Online
EM 1RVH-EM-546-06Roy Harris high school debate team, circa 1915 Access Online
EM 1RVH-EM-546-07Roy Harris class picture University of Georgia, 1917 Access Online
EM 1RVH-EM-546-08Roy Harris U.S. Army, 1918 Access Online
EM 1RVH-EM-546-09Roy Harris in the Army, 1918 Access Online
EM 1RVH-EM-546-10Roy Harris, circa 1935 Access Online
EM 1RVH-EM-546-11Roy Harris GA Legislature, circa 1937 Access Online
EM 1RVH-EM-546-12Mary, Roy, Jr., and Roy Harris, circa 1937 Access Online
EM 1RVH-EM-546-13House in Augusta, GA, where he lived from about 1940 until his death in 1985 Access Online
EM 1RVH-EM-546-14J. R. Harris and family, circa 1950 Access Online
EM 1RVH-EM-546-15Roy Harris and Roy, Jr. in Piper Super Cub 1953 after Roy, Jr. received commercial pilot’s license Access Online
EM 1RVH-EM-546-16Roy Harris and Snuffy Smith during the Augusta bus strike on the day that Striking Drivers followed Mary Harris and a friend, and shot at their car, 1953 Access Online
EM 1RVH-EM-546-17Roy Harris, Roy, Jr. and Senator Herman Talmadge Access Online
EM 1RVH-EM-546-18Four generations of Harris’s: Roy V. Harris, Jr., J.R. Harris holding great granddaughter Cathy, and Roy Harris, circa 1961 Access Online
EM 1RVH-EM-546-19Mary and Roy Harris, 1966 Access Online
EM 1RVH-EM-546-20Mary and Roy Harris watching football from the president’s box Access Online
EM 1RVH-EM-546-21Georgia House of Representatives Speakers Reunion, 1974 Access Online
EM 1RVH-EM-546-22Roy Harris with Lester Maddox Access Online
EM 1RVH-EM-546-23Roy Harris with Maddox and George Wallace Access Online
EM 1RVH-EM-546-24Roy Harris and Mico, 1980s Access Online
EM 1RVH-EM-546-25Roy Harris, 1980s Access Online