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Papers of Harry Harris

Call Number: MS 29


This collection consists of notes on books, ornithology, travel, libraries, collected and kept by Harry Harris, a lifelong ornithologist who spent much of his life either in MIssouri or California.


  • approximately 1895-1951; also bibliographical information from 16th-20th centuries


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Biography of Harry Harris (1878-1954)

Harry Harris was born in Moberly, Missouri on April 17, 1878. After receiving his education at the University of Michigan and Washington College in St. Louis, Missouri, he worked as a commercial artist and then as a cashier in the Kasas City Post Office, when his father was postmaster for the city.

According to the Cooper Ornithological Club history, he moved to California around 1924. He served as curator of the library of vertebrate zoology at the California Institute of Technology at Pasadena.

Harris was interested in ornithology from an early age, demonstrated through his life membership in the American Ornithologists' Union. He was also a member of the Wilson Ornithological Club, the St. Louis Academy of Science, and the Cooper Ornithological Society, serving as the latter's president of the Southern Division and its business manager.

Harry Harris lived at the end of his life at Eagle Rock in the Ballona Creek watershed, part of Los Angeles, California. He was particularly interested in the California condor.


1 linear foot (2 document cases)

Physical Location

MS 29

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift, Mrs. Harry Harris, June 24, 1955.

Related Materials

Harris, Harry. Birds of the Kansas City Region. St. Louis, MO: 1919. Available at Spencer Research Library at Ellis Aves C579.

Harris, Harry. The Annals of Gymogyps to 1900. 1941? Available at Spencer Research Library at Ellis Aves D580.

Harris, Harry. Robert Ridgway with a Bibliography of His Published Writings and Fifty Illustrations. 1928? Available at Spencer Research Library at Ellis Aves D576.

Guide to the Harry Harris Collection
Papers of Harry Harris
Finding aid prepared by alh, October 2, 1973; revised by rwc, 2006. Finding aid encoded by skt, 2005.
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Papers of Harry Harris, Department of Special Collections, MS 29, Kenneth Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas

Repository Details

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

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