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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 Barriers Fall
Date: May 29, 1971
By: Joseph H. Knox
From: Clarence Lee Harris Papers

In this May 29, 1971 Greensboro Daily News article, Joe Knox chronicles the efforts to desegregate Greensboro businesses starting with sit-ins at the Greensboro Woolw...

Item thumbnail image Racial Balance Busing
Date: October 1971
By: Clarence Harris
From: Clarence Lee Harris Papers
This handwritten letter to the editor by Clarence “Curly” Harris was written in response to an October 3, 1971 editorial in the Durham Morning Herald, entitl...
Item thumbnail image Sitters-In Invited to Return: Telecast To Commemorate Original Event
Date: February 1, 1973
By: Harvey Harris
From: Clarence Lee Harris Papers

In this February 1, 1973 Greensboro Daily News article, Harvey Harris reports on an upcoming ABC News telecast entitled, Whatever Happened to the Gre...

Item thumbnail image First Sit-In Participant Finally Gets Cherry Pie
Date: February 4, 1973
By: Harvey Harris
From: Clarence Lee Harris Papers

In this February 4, 1973 Greensboro Daily News article, Harvey Harris reports on how the four original participants of the 1960 sit-ins at the Greensboro Woolworth's ...

Item thumbnail image Mission: Survival Says A&T Speaker
Date: April 23, 1973
By: Anita Meyer
From: Clarence Lee Harris Papers

In this Greensboro Daily News article, Anita Meyer reports on a speech at North Carolina A&T University by Samuel Yette, then a contributor to ...

Item thumbnail image Many Blacks Are Bitter About Busing
Date: 1974
By: Joe McNulty
From: Clarence Lee Harris Papers

Greensboro Daily News reporter Joe McNulty spent three weeks interviewing black students and employees at Grimsley High School, a formerly all-white high school that ...

Item thumbnail image Strife at High School Leaves Scars: Many Blacks Don't Like Busing Either
Date: April 14, 1974
By: unknown
From: Clarence Lee Harris Papers

This April 14, 1974 Greensboro Daily News article quotes African American students about their experiences at the recently-integrated Grimsley High School. Many of th...

Item thumbnail image What Is Color of School Disruption?
Date: April 14, 1974
By: unknown
From: Clarence Lee Harris Papers

This April 14, 1974 Greensboro Daily News article was written in response to the March 8, 1974 disruption at the recently-integrated Grimsley High School in Greensbor...

Item thumbnail image Whites: "I Wasn't Prejudiced Before"
Date: April 14, 1974
By: unknown
From: Clarence Lee Harris Papers

In response to a March 8, 1974 racial disturbance at recently-integrated Grimsley High School in Greensboro, this unidentified Greensboro News & Record reporter i...

Item thumbnail image ‘Ordinary’ Events Triggered Violence: Damage, Both Human and Institutional, Was Considerable
Date: April 14, 1974
By: unknown
From: Clarence Lee Harris Papers

On March 8, 1974, recently integrated Grimsley High School in Greensboro was the site of a violent disturbance that ended with many students being sent home early. This April 14, 1974 ...