George Henry Harris Papers

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George Henry Harris papers
Creator: Harris, George H. (George Henry), 1843-1893
Call Number: A.H31
Dates: 1859-1916
Physical Description: 2 boxes, 1 scrapbook
Language(s): Materials are in English
Repository: Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation, River Campus Libraries, University of Rochester

Table of Contents:

Biographical/Historical Note
Scope and Content
Subject(s)
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Access
Use
Citation
Content List
Collection Overview
Title: George Henry Harris papers
Creator: Harris, George H. (George Henry), 1843-1893
Call Number: A.H31
Dates: 1859-1916
Physical Description: 2 boxes, 1 scrapbook
Language(s): Materials are in English
Repository: Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation, River Campus Libraries, University of Rochester

Biographical/Historical Note
Mr. Harris, born in West Greece, NY in 1843, managed the Mortimer Reynolds properties for 16 years and was a student of nature and Indian lore.

George Henry Harris was born in West Greece in 1843, married Miss Julia E. Hughes in 1872. She was at that time principal of Rochester Public School 19. For sixteen years he was employed by Mortimer F. Reynolds having general charge of the Arcade and other Reynolds property. He organized the Rochester and Genesee Canoe Clubs, was an active member of Rochester Historical Society and American Association for the Advancement of Science. A descendant of some of the oldest pioneer families in the area, Harris was a student of the history of Indians and pioneer families of Genesee Valley.

He compiled two volumes of pioneer history and assisted (first 15 chapters) in writing of Peck's History of Rochester. His other works included a partial history of the Denonville Expedition of 1687, published in 1887; a paper, The Early History of Western New York, 1886; lectures on the aboriginal history of Victor and of Rush, 1869; a paper, Root Foods of the Seneca Indians, published in Proceedings of the Rochester Academy of Science, 1891; a lecture, Life and Letters of Baron La Hontan, 1892.

Harris died on October 5, 1893. He was survived by his wife and three daughters, Orient Dunham, Georgia Hughes, and M. Fidelia. Georgia died in January, 1899, Orient in March of the same year. Mrs. Julia E. (Hughes) Harris died February 7, 1934.

Scope and Content
Manuscripts of published and unpublished works of George Henry Harris including manuscripts (presumably an original and a revised draft) of his "Life of Horatio Jones."

Subject(s):
New York (State)
Indians of North America
Iroquois Indians
Manuscripts
Newspaper clippings
Harris, George H. (George Henry), 1843-1893
Jones, Horatio, 1763-1836
Historians
Authors, American
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Acquired before 1940.Access
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Content List
Box 1, Folder 1Scrapbook of clippings of "The Wilds of Canada" and handwritten addition to the article
Box 1, Folder 2Manuscript copy of lecture: "Aboriginal History of Irondequoit", 1886
Box 1, Folder 3Manuscript copy of: History of Creation, an Indian Myth
Box 1, Folder 4Copy of: "Bill Histed, Our Hired Man"
Box 1, Folder 5Manuscript copy of: "Autobiography of George Henry Harris"
Box 1, Folder 6Miscellaneous manuscripts
Box 1, Folder 7Manuscript copy of a sketch of the life of George Henry Harris, written by A.O. Bunnell, 1916
Box 1, Folder 8Diary of a trip along the Denonville route, 1887
Box 2, Folder 1-2Two drafts (probably an original and a revision) of "Life of Horatio Jones" by George Henry Harris, published by the Buffalo Historical Society, 1903
Volume 1Scrapbook
Includes: Newspaper clippings, including obituary notices, 1879-1899; letters and notes, 1889; printed copies of Notes on the Aboriginal Terminology of the Genesee River, 1892, the Bread Root of the Senecas, and memorial address to Harris; clippings from a Green Bay, Wisconsin newspaper



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