Guide to the Robert Preston Harriss Papers, 1913-1989
Journalist, arts critic and author of Baltimore, Maryland. Collection spans the years 1913-1989 and includes correspondence; autobiographical information on Harriss; clippings (including Harriss' writings); printed material (menus, programs, press releases, travel brochures, itineraries, and maps); biographical sketches of associates and artists; photographs and slides; ledgers containing articles and reviews on music, ballet, opera and the stage; tear sheets; and audiovisual material. Individuals sending letters or referred to in the materials include Gerald W. Johnson, Sara Mayfield, Lizette Woods Reese, August Mencken, H. L. Mencken, Robert Minford, Eugene Ormandy, Art Buchwald, and Harriss's sister, Ruth Tyson, among others.
- Collection Number
- Robert Preston Harriss papers
- Harriss, Robert Preston
- 10.4 Linear Feet, Approximately 7800 Items
- David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library
- Material in English
The Robert Preston Harriss Papers span the years 1913-1989 and consist of the following materials: professional and personal correspondence; an autobiography of Robert ("Robin") Preston Harriss and a description of his early life in Fayetteville and the Cape Fear Valley, N.C.; clippings (including his articles for the Baltimore Magazine and the Baltimore Sun); printed material (menus, programs, press releases, travel brochures, itineraries, and maps); biographical sketches of associates and artists; photographs and slides; ledgers containing articles and reviews on music, ballet, opera and the stage; tear sheets; audiovisual material, chiefly interviews of Harriss; and transcriptions of an interview of Harriss by Lawrence Angle. Includes material relating to Harriss' career as editor of the periodical Gardens, Houses, and People (1947-1957). A run of issues of Gardens, Houses, and People from the same years was transferred to Perkins Library's Periodicals Department at processing. Writings in the collection by Harriss also come from the Baltimore American, the Frederick News-Post, and the Baltimore News-American. Individuals with significant letters, significant amounts of correspondence, or referred to in other materials include Gerald W. Johnson, Sara Mayfield, August Mencken, H. L. Mencken (two boxes of material), Robert Minford, Eugene Ormandy, Lizette Woodworth Reese, and Harriss' sister, Ruth Tyson. Correspondence from his sister gives details on life in Fayetteville, N.C., including a description of the time period during World War I and the effects of the Spanish influenza epidemic. There are lesser amounts of materials on other individuals as well in the author subject files. One of Harriss' manuscript drafts is currently closed to access. Original recordings are closed to use; viewing or listening copies must be made before contents can be accessed.
Access to the Collection
Collection is open for research with the exception of a manuscript in Box 44, which is closed to use.
Researchers must register and agree to copyright and privacy laws before using this collection.
Original audiovisual materials are closed to patron use. Use copies must be made before contents can be accessed.
All or portions of this collection may be housed off-site in Duke University's Library Service Center. The library may require up to 48 hours to retrieve these materials for research use.
Please contact Research Services staff before visiting the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library to use this collection.
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How to Cite
[Identification of item], Robert Preston Harriss Papers, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University
Subject files on individuals contain mixed material, including correspondence.
[Original audiovisual materials are closed to patron use. Listening or viewing copies must be made before contents can be accessed for research.]
Consists mainly of tearsheets of Preston Harriss arts columns from various newspapers, chiefly the Baltimore News American and the Frederick News-Post.
[Processing Note: Oversize Box 6 is housed separately from the main body of Harriss oversize materials described in Boxes 45-56.]
[Processing Note; interfiled from Accession 9-15-89.]
- Oral History Collection: OH.8221 ROBERT PRESTON ("ROBIN")HARRISS (fl.1926-78) Baltimore Symphony Series, 1977. Interviewer: Alfred Kohnsky 1977; 1 p. 50 minutes. (Maryland Historical Society.)
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- Harriss, Robert Preston
- Johnson, Gerald W. (Gerald White), 1890-1980
- Minford, Robert
- Mayfield, Sara, 1905-
- Mencken, H. L. (Henry Louis), 1880-1956
- Mencken, August, 1889-1967
- Ormandy, Eugene, 1899-1985
- Reese, Lizette Woodworth, 1856-1935
- Tyson, Ruth
- Art critics -- Maryland
- Journalists -- Correspondence
- Journalists -- Maryland -- Baltimore
- Performing Arts -- United States -- Reviews
The Robert Preston Harriss Papers were received by the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library as a gift from 1973 to 1990.
Processed by Rubenstein Library staff; oversize material processed by Rebecca Evans, June 2012
Encoded by Ted Holt and Paula Jeannet, Nov. 2009; Rebecca Evans and Michael Shumate, June 2012
Accessions from 1973, 1976, 1978, 1979, 1981, 1983, 1985, and accessions 89-087 and 90-042 are described in this finding aid.
Some materials may not have been ordered and described beyond their original condition.