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Clarence Lee Harris Papers


Collection Description:

The Clarence Lee Harris Papers date from approximately 1916 to 1997 and contain scrapbooks, clippings, correspondence, manuscripts, memorabilia, a photograph and printed materials. The materials relate to Harris' experiences of and opinions about the 1960 Woolworth sit-ins and his close tracking of civil rights and race-related topics in the United States for the next three decades.

The core of the collection is the ten scrapbooks Harris assembled, which contain materials dating from 1957 to 1990. The scrapbooks include newspaper and magazine articles, Harris' account of the sit-ins, his opinions about the effects of the sit-ins, and his comments on articles and books released about the sit-ins. Harris' correspondence includes letters to the editor and other correspondence regarding: an oral history interview; the disposition of the lunch counter seats involved in the sit-ins; finding a repository for Harris' collection; and Harris' desire to publish his life story. The manuscripts in this collection include Harris' draft recollections and opinions of the sit-ins and his notes, disagreements and reviews of work published by other authors about the sit-ins.

Items from this collection included in this project are selected news clippings from area newspapers concerning the 1960s sit-ins and other aspects of Greensboro race relations, along with Harris’s manuscripts containing his own recollections and opinions.

For more information on this collection, please consult the collection finding aid.

Repository: The University of North Carolina at Greensboro


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Item thumbnail image Racial tensions on rise, clergy say
Date: November 18, 1969
By: Susan Sawyers
From: Clarence Lee Harris Papers

This article by Susan Sawyers from the November 18, 1989, Greensboro News & Record, reports on the work of a clergy task force on race relations. The task force i...

Item thumbnail image Blind Strike May Drag On
Date: 1970
By: W. K. Lee , Jr.
From: Clarence Lee Harris Papers

In this Greensboro Daily News article, W.K. Lee Jr. reports on a strike by employees at the Industries of the Blind in Greensboro. Lee notes that only two of the fort...

Item thumbnail image 4 Lonely Blacks Woke A Nation: Decade Of Protest Began Here
Date: January 30, 1970
By: Jo Jones Spivey
From: Clarence Lee Harris Papers

In this January 30, 1970 Greensboro Record article, Jo Spivey recalls the February 1, 1960 sit-in at the Greensboro Woolworth store, orchestrated by North Carolina A...

Item thumbnail image South's Blacks' 1st Battle Was Here
Date: February 7, 1970
By: unknown
From: Clarence Lee Harris Papers

This brief article, published February 7, 1970, discusses the February 1, 1960 sit-in at the Greensboro Woolworth store, orchestrated by North Carolina A&T State University students David Richmond,...

Item thumbnail image Greensboro: Where The Movement Began
Date: June 1970
By: Edwin M. Yoder, Jr.
From: Clarence Lee Harris Papers

In this Greensboro Daily News article, Edwin Yoder Jr. reviews Miles Wolff Jr.'s book, Lunch At The Five & 10, about the February 1960 s...

Item thumbnail image New book on the historic sit-ins
Date: June 7, 1970
By: William D. Snider
From: Clarence Lee Harris Papers

In this June 7, 1970 Greensboro Daily News article, William Snider reviews Miles Wolff Jr.'s book, Lunch At The 5 & 10, about the Februa...

Item thumbnail image Ministers Forum Supports Strike by Blind Workers
Date: November 19, 1970
By: W. K. Lee , Jr.
From: Clarence Lee Harris Papers

In this November 19, 1970 Greensboro Daily News article, W. K. Lee Jr. reports on the Greensboro Ministers Pulpit Forum's support of the workers strike at Industries ...

Item thumbnail image Blacks, Young Becoming Church Leaders, Group Told
Date: November 23, 1970
By: Harvey Harris
From: Clarence Lee Harris Papers

In this November 23, 1970 Greensboro Daily News article, Harvey Harris reports on the increased involvement of blacks and youths in church leadership. Dr. Robert V. M...

Item thumbnail image Don't Buy: Have A Saving Christmas
Date: December 1970
By: unknown
From: Clarence Lee Harris Papers

This flier promotes a boycott of white-owned businesses by the black community in Greensboro. African Americans are encourage to patronize black-owned businesses whenever possible. The boycott was...

Item thumbnail image Wlll Greensboro now accept the test of change?
Date: May 20, 1971
By: Peter Robinson
From: Clarence Lee Harris Papers

In this May 20, 1971 guest column, Peter Robinson, then rector of St. Francis Episcopal Church, challenges Greensboro to overcome the paranoia associated with integration of the public schools. Rob...