Texas/Dallas History and Archives Division, Dallas Public Library

Katharine Harris WW1 Collection

Overview of the Collection

Creator: Harris, Katharine
Title: Katharine Harris WW1 Collection
Dates: 1918-1919; 1921
Accession No.: MA08-6
Quantity: 1 cubic feet
Language: The records are in English.
Repository: Texas/Dallas History & Archives, Dallas Public Library 1515 Young St Dallas, TX 75201

Biographical Note

Katharine Harris was born on May 18, 1904 on Twelfth Street in Oak Cliff. She graduated from Oak Cliff High School as valedictorian in 1921 and later graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in music in violin from Southern Methodist University. Katharine was very active in the music scene in Dallas. She taught violin at several Oak Cliff elementary schools, was active in Mu Phi Epsilon, Dallas Music Teachers' Association and the Elmer Scott Chamber Music series, forerunner of the Dallas Chamber Music Society. She also helped organize a local WPA orchestra offering free concerts at the Dallas Museum of Art. Ms. Harris married Dr. Penn Riddle in 1927, and during their marriage produced two daughters. Katharine Harris Riddle passed away December 10, 2005.

Scope and Contents

This collection consist of two main subjects, Katharine Harris' collection of World War One materials, with a specific focus on the Red Cross, and Ms. Harris' materials from her time spent at Oak Cliff High School in 1921. Her parents were very active in the Red Cross movement in Dallas. Her mother, Mrs. W.A.V. Harris, was an authorized member soliciting subscriptions and working in the Bureau of Canteen Services. As a young girl of 13 in 1917, her parent's active participation in relief efforts encouraged Katharine to collect a variety of materials relating to the First World War, from buttons, news clippings, to Red Cross pamphlets and publications. Many of these materials are described by Harris. Also included in the collection is a scrapbook of her senior year at Oak Cliff High in 1921, from which she would graduate as valedictorian.

Index Terms

This record series is indexed under the following controlled access subject terms.
Harris, Katharine
Red Cross
Oak Cliff High School
Family Names:
Dallas (Tex.)
World War I - Dallas
Katharine Harris WW1 Collection

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

MA08-6 Katharine Harris WW1 Collection, Texas/Dallas History & Archives Division, Dallas Public Library

Processing Information

Processed by Bryan McKinney

Detailed Description of the Collection

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1 1 Register

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1 2 Biographical Sketch

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1 3 Stationary - Blewett &Blewett - Denton, TX 1899

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1 4 Mrs. W.A.V. Harris Red Cross Items (2) - Identification Card and Bureau of Canteen Services transfer document ca. 1919

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1 5 Red Cross Items - Dallas (2) - Red Cross Telegraph - 2nd War Fund Campaign and Blank Subscription From

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1 6 National (2) - "Miss Marie Van Gastel, Belgian Red Cross Nurse" and "Victory Edition, 1919" National War Gardens Commission

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1 7 Red Cross Service Flag and Newspaper Clipping 1919

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1 8 Dallas Liberty Loan Campaign, Pershing's Pledge. Blank Form. September 25, 1918

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1 9 Dallas Fire Alarm Pamphlet - Dorsey Company 1912

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1 10 Graduating Exercises - Oak Cliff High School June 3, 1921

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1 11 The Women's Committee for the Dallas Symphony Orchestra March 15, 1938

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1 12 Pearl Smith, District Clerk 1942

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1 13 Photograph - Katharine Harris, around 13 years of age 1917

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1 14 Photograph - Katharine Harris, around 12 years of age 1916

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1 15 Photograph - Katharine Harris - Baccalaureate Dress 1921

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1 Notepad assembled by Katharine Harris - includes clippings, red cross buttons (4), liberty loan buttons (5), and W.S.S. buttons (2). All items include a description.

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1 17 Scrapbook - Oak Cliff High School, Katharine Harris. Clippings concerning the First World War. ca. 1917

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1 18 Scrapbook - Black - Photographs and Clippings from Oak Cliff High School. 1921