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Papers of Julia V. (Richards) Harris

Call Number: RH MS 1179


The Julia V. (Richards) Harris Papers are those of a longtime Kansas resident, focusing on Alpha Kappa Alpha (AKA) and specifically the sorority's Mu Omega Chapter of Kansas City, Kansas. The collection also provides information about Harris' mother, Julia C. Richards, and there are a large number of items focusing on Lillian Orme, a fellow AKA-Mu Omega member.


  • Creation: 1919 - 2008


Conditions Governing Access

No access restrictions.

Conditions Governing Use

Spencer Library staff may determine use restrictions dependent on the physical condition of manuscript materials.

Biography of Julia V. (Richards) Harris

Julia Violetta Richards was born in Sedalia, Missouri to David Forest Richards (1896-1985) and Julia Christina (Diggs) Richards (1898-2004). She graduated from Sedalia's Hubbard High School and in 1947 from the University of Kansas with a Bachelor of Science degree in Education. While at the University, Richards was a member of a number of organizations, including Alpha Kappa Alpha, and remained active in the sorority's Mu Omega chapter. In 1948, Julia V. Richards married Robert C. Harris, Jr. (circa 1923-2000). The couple had one son, Brian Christopher Harris.


1.75 Linear Feet (5 document cases + 3 oversize boxes, 2 oversize folders)

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Scope and Contents

The Julia V. (Richards) Harris collection dates from 1940 to 2013 and is arranged in two series, Papers and Photographs. Folder arrangement is alphabetical in two separate runs based upon when collection materials were received.

Photographs from the collection are located at RH MS-P 1179 and RH MS-P 1256. Oversize materials can be found at RH MS Q311, RH MS R275, RH MS Q354, and RH MS R320.

The majority of the addition located at RH MS 1256 relates to Harris' mother, Julia Christina (Diggs) Richards. In these materials, Mrs. Richards is noted both as Julia C. Richards and Christina D. Richards. For the sake of consistency in labeling, Julia C. Richards has been used for this collection.

Physical Location

RH MS 1179

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RH MS 1256

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RH MS-P 1179

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RH MS-P 1256

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RH MS Q311

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RH MS Q354

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RH MS R275

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RH MS R320

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gifts, Julia Violetta Harris, 2008, 2012, 2013, 2014.

Related Materials

Lillian T. Orme Collection , Kansas Collection, RH MS 585, Kenneth Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas Libraries

Guide to the Julia V. Harris collection
Papers of Julia V. (Richards) Harris
Finding aid prepared by mbw, 2010; revised by mbw, 2012; revised by sen, 2013; revised by awo, 2014.
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Support for the processing of this Collection was provided by the Dana and Sue Anderson African American Collecting Program Endowment Fund.
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Julia V. Harris Collection, Kansas Collection, RH MS 1179, Kenneth Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas Libraries

Repository Details

Part of the University of Kansas. Kenneth Spencer Research Library Repository

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