A Guide to the Mabel Harris Papers, 1888-1945 Harris, Mabel Papers, 1888-1945 1945-5

A Guide to the Mabel Harris Papers, 1888-1945

A Collection in
Special Collections and Archives
Collection Number 1945-5


Johnston Memorial Library, Virginia State University

Special Collections and Archives
Johnston Memorial Library
P.O. Box 9406
Virginia State University
Petersburg, Virginia 23806
Phone: (804) 524-5749
Fax: (804) 524-6959
Email: ledwards@vsu.edu
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© 2002 By the Board of Visitors of Virginia State University.

Funding: Funded in part by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Processed by: Lucious Edwards Jr.

Special Collections and Archives, Johnston Memorial Library, Virginia State University
Collection number
Mabel Harris Papers, 1888-1945
Physical Characteristics
There are c. 200 items in this collection.
These materials were collected by the late Luther Porter Jackson in 1945.
This collection contains business, personal, and legal correspondence of the 1889 Normal Graduates of Virginia State University. Miss Harris taught in the public schools in Petersburg until her retirement.

Administrative Information


There are no restrictions to this collection.

Use Restrictions

There are no restrictions to this collection.

Preferred Citation

Mabel Harris Papers, 1888-1945, Accession #1945-5, Special Collections and Archives, Johnston Memorial Library, Virginia State University, Petersburg, VA.

Biographical/Historical Information

Mabel Harris was born in Petersburg, Virginia in 1867. Information about her early life is not well documented. She was at the Virginia Normal and Collegiate Institute (now Virginia State University) in 1886, taking a normal degree three years later. She began her career in the Petersburg Public School system in 1890. Miss Harris retired in 1931. She was very active in local church affairs and the Virginia State University Alumni Association. She was the first female to be appointed editor of the Alumni Journal for the University, in 1898.

Scope and Content Information

Most of the materials in this collection pertain to Miss Harris' uncle, the Reverend Mr. Henry Williams. There are a few items from friends, basically discussing personal business and/or inquiring as to her health and other activities. The materials are useful for local history, women's history and the history of education.


Series I. Correspondence
Series II. Legal Documents
Series III. Financial
Series IV. Tax Recepits
Series V. Writing
Series VI. Photographs
Series VII. Printed Material

Contents List

Series I. Correspondence 1888-1945

Letters and postcards, mostly personal, all incoming.

Arranged chronologically, from 1888-1945.

  • Folder 1
    General correspondence 1888-1894
  • Folder 2
    General Correspondence 1900-1906
  • Folder 3
    General Correspondence 1907-1908
  • Folder 4
    General Correspondence 1908-1910
  • Folder 5
    General Correspondence 1912-1928
  • Folder 6
    General Correspondence 1944-1945
Series II. Legal Documents 1889, 1895, 1896, 1899
Folder: 7

Teaching contracts for Petersburg Public Schools, 1880s-1890s

Series III. Financial n.d.
Folder: 8

This collection contains 3 documents: Savings Book for the Peoples Bank of Petersburg; an account of the holdings of the Old Dominion Investment Company; A true Reformer Insurance Policy.

Series IV. Tax Receipts n.d.
Folder: 9

City & state tax receipts

Series V. Writings n.d.
Folder: 9
Series VI. Photographs n.d.
Folder: 11

There are 2 photographs in this collection, one sent from a member of the Tenth United States Calvary (Buffalo Soldiers), stationed in Cuba.

Series VII. Printed n.d.
Folder: 12

One hand bill for Camilla Williams