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Descriptive Summary

Biographical note

Arrangement

Restrictions

Index Terms

Administrative Information

Description of Series

Personal Papers of Edwin Stafford Harrison

Series 2: Scouting, 1940 to 1980

Series 3: United Methodist Church (Houston, Texas)

Series 4: Sermons of Reverend Edwin S. Harrison, 1950 to 1978

Series 5: Scrapbook

Series 6: Photographs

Houston Public Library, Houston Metropolitan Research Center

Harrison Family Collection MSS.0182



Descriptive Summary

Creator Harrison, Edwin Stafford
Title: Harrison Family Collection
Dates: 1880-1980
Identification: MSS.0182
Quantity: 10.0 Linear feet, 8 document boxes
Language: Materials are in English.
Repository: Houston Metropolitan Research Center, Houston Public Library

Biographical note

Edwin Stafford Harrison was born in Houston in 1912. He graduated from Yates High School. At Prairie View A&M University, he lettered in track and tennis, and was voted All-American in football in 1933. He subsequently played semi-professional football in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

His sojourn in the Caribbean marked his last absence from Houston. Until his death forty-five years later in 1979, his interests and work in Houston involved him in an impressive range of activities. Mr. Harrison found strength in diversity and was a man who thrived on doing many things at the same time. From 1936 to 1941, he was a labor organizer for the CIO and an officer for its local division at Hughes Tool Company. He founded the Houston Colored Coaches and Officials Association in 1936 and served as its president. He was also a leader of the Third Ward Civic Club and an active member of the Harris County Democratic Party, which named him to its Executive Committee in 1977. Participation in these and many other organizations, such as the NAACP, Hester House and the Houston Negro Chamber of Commerce only supplemented Mr. Harrison's primary interests: the Boy Scouts of America and United Methodist Church.

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Arrangement

The collection is arranged chronologically and then by topic. Boxes 1 through 6 are documents related to Mr. Harrison's service to the Boy Scouts and the United Methodist Church. Boxes 7 and 8 are photocopied duplicates of the original Harrison photographs. Many are fully identified as to date, location and contents.
Personal Papers of Edwin Stafford Harrison
Scouting, 1940 to 1980
United Methodist Church (Houston, Texas)
Sermons, 1950 to 1978
Scrapbook
Photographs

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Restrictions

Access Restrictions

None.

Use Restrictions

Permission to publish or reproduce materials from the Harrison Family Collection must be obtained from the Houston Metropolitan Research Center or the appropriate copyright holder.

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Index Terms

Boy Scouts of America
Harrison family
Harrison, Edwin Stafford
United Methodist Church (Houston, Tex.)
African Americans--Texas--Houston
Boy Scouts--Texas
Civic leaders

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Harrison Family Collection. Houston Metropolitan Research Center, Houston Public Library.

Acquisition Information

Donated by: Mrs. Sylvia Harrison, April 23, 1981.

Digitized Material

A portion of this collection has been digitized and is available through the Houston Area Digital Archives. Please view the digitized material at: http://digital.houstonlibrary.org/cdm/singleitem/collection/images/id/1622/rec/9

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Detailed Description of the Collection

 

Personal Papers of Edwin Stafford Harrison

Box Folder
1 1 Membership Cards: Boy Scouts of America. 1939 to 1978
2 Membership Cards: YMCA. 1945 to 1950
3 Membership Card: American Camping Association. 1949
4 Membership Card: Hester House. 1958
5 Donation Certificate: Boy's Town. 1956
6 Membership Cards: Coaches and Official's Association of the Southwest. 1945 to 1950
7 Membership Cards: Houston Colored Officials Association. 1947 to 1949
8 Membership Cards: Houston Negro Chamber of Commerce. 1945 to 1958
9 Membership Cards: National Association for Advancement of Colored People. 1945 and 1967
10 Membership Cards: Third Ward Civic Club. 1946 to 1948
11 Membership Cards: Greater Third Ward Political and Development League. 1949 to 1950
12 Harris County Deputy Voter Registrar Card. 1976
13 Membership Card: Harris County Democratic Executive Committee. 1977
14 Methodist Minister's Courtesy Cards. 1965 to 1970
15 Harris County Hospital District Clergy Cards. 1978 to 1979
16 Membership Cards: Trinity East United Methodist Church. No date
17 Membership Cards: American Association of Group Workers. 1948 to 1951
18 Membership Cards: Free and Accepted Masons. 1954 to 1975
19 Membership Card: United Steelworkers of America, AFL-CIO, Local 2457, Hughes Tool Company. 1945
20 Membership Card: National Education Association. 1966 to 1967
21 United Fund Pledges. 1956, 1964, 1967
22 Selective Service Registration Card. 1945
23 Political material. 1970 to 1980
24 Athletic material. 1934 to 1945
25 Educational material. 1932 to 1963
26 Biographical material.
27 Miscellaneous material. 1907 to 1978

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Series 2: Scouting, 1940 to 1980

Box Folder
2 1 Boy Scouts of America. 1940s
2 Boy Scouts of America. 1950s
3 Boy Scouts of America. 1960 to 1962
4 Boy Scouts of America. 1963 to 1964
5 Boy Scouts of America. 1965 to 1969
6 Boy Scouts of America. 1970 to 1974
7 Boy Scouts of America. 1975 to 1980
8 Boy Scouts of America. No date.

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Series 3: United Methodist Church (Houston, Texas)

Box Folder
2 9 Church Material. 1910 to 1957
10 Church Material. 1960 to 1969
11 Church Material. 1971 to 1975
12 Church Material. 1976 to 1977
13 Church Material. 1978
14 Church Material. 1979 to 1980
15 Church Material. No date.

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Series 4: Sermons of Reverend Edwin S. Harrison, 1950 to 1978

Box Folder
3 1 Sermons, 1950
2 Sermons, 1950
3 Sermons, 1950
4 Sermons, 1950
5 Sermons, 1951 to 1954, and 1958
6 Sermons, 1964
7 Sermons, 1964
8 Sermons, 1965
9 Sermons, 1967 to 1968
10 Sermons, 1969
Box Folder
4 1 Sermons, 1970
2 Sermons, 1971
3 Sermons, 1972
4 Sermons, 1973
5 Sermons, 1974
6 Sermons, 1975
7 Sermons, 1976
8 Sermons, 1977
9 Sermons, 1978
Box Folder
5 1 Sermons, No date
2 Sermons, No date
3 Sermons, No date
4 Sermons, No date

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Series 5: Scrapbook

Box
6 Boy Scouts of America, Photographs and press clippings, 1940s to 1970s

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Series 6: Photographs

General note
Where photograph is identified, a description is given.
Box Number
7 MSS 182.1
MSS 182.2 Seven Black male actors/singers. circa. 1900
MSS 182.3 Black male guitar player. circa. 1890
MSS 182.4 Group of Black people including one woman, one man and 16 children. circa. 1890
MSS 182.5 Miss Louise Young, Jefferson, Texas. circa. 1923
MSS 182.6
MSS 182.7
MSS 182.8
MSS 182.9 August Constant and her sister Maryanne Constant, Harrisburg, Texas. circa. 1900
MSS 182.10 Polia Kansas Fonsworth, Jefferson, Texas. circa. 1879
MSS 182.11
MSS 182.12
MSS 182.13 Residence of Ernesting Constant Sims, Clay Street, Houston, Texas. circa. 1916
MSS 182.14
MSS 182.15
MSS 182.16
MSS 182.17
MSS 182.18
MSS 182.19 Woman in Shreveport, Louisiana. circa. 1890
MSS 182.20
MSS 182.21
MSS 182.22
MSS 182.23
MSS 182.24
MSS 182.25 Edwin Cole as an infant, Shreveport, Louisiana. circa. 1890
MSS 182.26 Cecile-Constant-Mandry Fonsworth, Houston, Texas. circa. 1895
MSS 182.27
MSS 182.28 Louise Young, Jefferson, Texas. circa. 1920
MSS 182.29
MSS 182.30
MSS 182.31
MSS 182.32 Cecil Lloyd Fonsworth, Houston, Texas. circa. 1908
MSS 182.33
MSS 182.34
MSS 182.35 Mabel Young, Jefferson, Texas. circa. 1917
MSS 182.36
MSS 182.37
MSS 182.38
MSS 182.39 Louise Young, Jefferson, Texas. circa. 1917
MSS 182.40 Dr. T. E. Speed, Jefferson, Texas. 1918
MSS 182.41
MSS 182.42 Mrs. P. O. Smith, Houston, Texas. circa. 1930
MSS 182.43
MSS 182.44
MSS 182.45 Emile Charles Fonsworth as an infant, Houston, Texas. 1897
MSS 182.46 Mrs. Ernestine Sims, Houston, Texas. circa. 1905
MSS 182.47 The children of Leon and Mariah Constant: Left to right, Frank Constant, Leon Constant, Jr., Laverne Constant and Ethel Constant, Houston, Texas. 1903
MSS 182.48 Elmira Ernestine Fonsworth Murphy, Houston, Texas. circa. 1903
MSS 182.49 Mrs. Ernestine Sims, Houston, Texas. circa. 1915
MSS 182.50 Mary Ann Mandry Stephens, Houston, Texas. circa. 1900
MSS 182.51
MSS 182.52 Ethel Constant and Polia Kansas Fonsworth, Houston, Texas. circa. 1899
MSS 182.53 Mary Louise Speed, Jefferson, Texas. circa. 1908
MSS 182.54 On right Mrs. Bulah Parrish, Houston, Texas. circa. 1914
MSS 182.55 Emile Charles Fonsworth, Houston, Texas. circa. 1906
MSS 182.56 Family portrait: Mable Young Speed (wife), Mary Louise Speed (daughter) and Dr. T. E. Speed, Jefferson, Texas. circa. 1906
MSS 182.57
MSS 182.58
MSS 182.59
MSS 182.60 Mary Ann Mandry Stephens, Houston, Texas. circa. 1905
MSS 182.61
MSS 182.62 Dog owned by Ernestine Mandry Sims, Houston, Texas. circa. 1905
MSS 182.63
MSS 182.64
MSS 182.65 Napoleon Bonapart McMillan a.k.a. Buddy, Houston, Texas. 1912
MSS 182.66
MSS 182.67 From left: Elmira Ernestine Fonsworth, Emile Constant Mandry, Josephine Fonsworth, Houston, Texas. circa. 1914
MSS 182.68
MSS 182.69 From left: Emile Constant Mandry, Josephine Fonsworth, Houston, Texas. circa. 1914
MSS 182.70 Elmira E. Fonsworth, Houston, Texas circa. 1908
MSS 182.71 Emile Constant Mandry, Houston, Texas circa. 1912
MSS 182.72 Elmira Fonsworth, Shreveport, Louisiana circa. 1920
MSS 182.73 Son of Frank Constant, Houston, Texas circa. 1918
MSS 182.74 Mrs. Mattie Edward and sons, Galveston, Texas circa. 1916
MSS 182.75
MSS 182.76 Mrs. Mary Ann Constant Mandry Stephens, Houston, Texas circa. 1895
MSS 182.77 Pearl Samuels and Cecile C. Fonsworth, Saulnier Street, Houston, Texas circa. 1923
MSS 182.78 Emile Charles Fonsworth and Odie Lee Ferrand 1928
MSS 182.79 Choir for Sexton Trinity Episcopal Church, later the United Methodist Church. Third man from left is Stafford Harrison. Travis Street, Houston, Texas 1910
MSS 182.80 Fifth grade class of Miss Pinkie Yates. Boy at front row center is Emile Charles Fonsworth. 4th Ward High School, Houston, Texas 1908
MSS 182.81 Mrs. Ernestine Mandry Sims. Houston, Texas circa. 1907
MSS 182.82
MSS 182.83
MSS 182.84
MSS 182.85
MSS 182.86
MSS 182.87
MSS 182.88
MSS 182.89
MSS 182.90
MSS 182.91
MSS 182.92
MSS 182.93
MSS 182.94 From left: Elisha Richardson, Jr. and LeRoy Smallwood circa. 1923
MSS 182.95
MSS 182.96
MSS 182.97
MSS 182.98 Meeting of teachers and educators at Carnegie Library, Houston. Front row, fourth from left William E. Miller; Front row, fifth from left James D. Ryan. Front row, seventh from left E. O. Smith. Second row, second from left Mr. Catchins. circa. 1926
MSS 182.99 Photograph returned to donor.
MSS 182.100 Photograph returned to donor.
MSS 182.101 Photograph returned to donor.
MSS 182.102 Polia Kansas Fonsworth and his daughter Elmira Ernestine Fonsworth circa. 1904
Box
8 MSS 183.103 to MSS 183.209

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