Joseph Harris Papers

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Joseph Harris Papers
Creator: Harris, Joseph, 1828-1892
Call Number: D.208
Dates: 1847-1908
Physical Description: 3 boxes
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
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Content List
Collection Overview
Title: Joseph Harris Papers
Creator: Harris, Joseph, 1828-1892
Call Number: D.208
Dates: 1847-1908
Physical Description: 3 boxes
Language(s): Materials are in English
Repository: Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation, River Campus Libraries, University of Rochester

Biographical/Historical Note
Joseph Harris was the editor for the agricultural journal The Genesee Farmer in the 1860s. Approximately 500 letters in the collection were written to him during the time he held this position. The majority of the correspondence of this time consisted of requests and payments for advertising space in The Genesee Farmer. Most of the requests contained the copy of the advertisement. These letters give an interesting insight to the agricultural and nursery history of that era.

Sarah Ann Mathews went to school as a young woman in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Her correspondence from family and friends begins at this time in the 1840s and continues until after her marriage in 1862. Her correspondence comes from mainly various cities in New York and Pennsylvania. Out of the nearly 90 letters in this collection that were written to her, the majority of them are undated.

Her father, Selah Mathews (1807-1861) was a well known lawyer in Rochester during the mid 1800s. His papers in the collection include: his diplomas and licenses, his will, some personal correspondence, as well as mementos from his 1860 tour of Europe. There is also a copy of the will of his wife, Mary Mathews (1806-1881). The collection also contains calling cards of various people, presumably friends and acquaintances of the Mathews family, as well as several copies of Selah Mathews' card. In addition there are photographs of individuals and postcards and pictures of Shawbury, Shropshire, England (c. 1908).

Biographical information: Dictionary of American Biography, 1932, vol. 8, p. 315-316.

Scope and Content
The Harris Papers are a collection of letters, photographs, and papers spanning the mid to late 1800s of the Harris and Mathews families, both prominent families of Rochester, New York. The collection centers around the 1860-1877 business correspondence of Joseph Harris (1828-1892), and the 1840s through 1860s personal correspondence of his wife, Sarah Ann Mathews Harris (1833- ). In addition there are also the letters and papers of Sarah Harris' parents, Selah and Mary Pitkin Mathews.

New York (State)
Nurseries (Horticulture)
Harris, Joseph, 1828-1892
Harris, Sarah Ann Mathews, 1833-
Mathews, Selah, 1807-1861
Mathews, Mary Pitkin, 1806-1881
Immediate Source of Acquisition
The Harris Papers were the gift of a descendant of Joseph Harris, Mrs. Richard Bennett in July 1982.Access
The Joseph Harris Papers is open for research use. Researchers are advised to contact Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation prior to visiting. Upon arrival, researchers will also be asked to fill out a registration form and provide photo identification.Use
Reproductions are made upon request but can be subject to restrictions. Permission to publish materials from the collection must currently be requested. Please note that some materials may be copyrighted or restricted. It is the researcher's obligation to determine and satisfy copyright or other case restrictions when publishing or otherwise distributing materials found in the collections. For more information contact rarebks@library.rochester.eduCitation
[Item title, item date], Joseph Harris Papers, D.208, Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation, River Campus Libraries, University of Rochester
Administrative Information
Author: Finding aid prepared by Rare Books and Special Collections staff
Publisher: Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation, River Campus Libraries, University of Rochester
Rush Rhees Library
Second Floor, Room 225
Rochester, NY 14627-0055

Content List
Box 1, Folder 1Mr. and Mrs. Selah Mathews, correspondence, 1860-1864
Box 1, Folder 2Sarah Mathews, correspondence from family and friends, 1847-1860
Box 1, Folder 3Sarah Mathews, correspondence, undated, circa 1847-60
Box 1, Folder 4Sarah Mathews, correspondence from Emily Peck, 1849-50, mostly undated
Box 1, Folder 5Sarah Mathews, correspondence from parents and Joseph Harris, undated
Box 1, Folder 6Harris family, correspondence, miscellaneous, undated
Box 1, Folder 7Joseph Harris, correspondence to wife, 1879
Box 1, Folder 8Letter fragments to Mr. and Mrs. Harris
Box 1, Folder 9Diaries of Joseph Harris, 1861, 1864
Box 1, Folder 10Mary Mathews Harris Weber application to the Colonial Dames (Harris' daughter)
Box 1, Folder 11Mary Mathews family pedigree
Box 1, Folder 12Biography of General Vincent Mathews, uncle of Sarah Mathews
Box 1, Folder 13Selah Mathews, 1860 tour of Europe: passport, bills, mementos
Box 1, Folder 14Selah Mathews, licenses
Box 1, Folder 15Selah and Mary Mathews' wills, information of Mt. Hope Cemetery family plot
Box 1, Folder 16Mary Mathews, memorial cards
Box 1, Folder 17Mathews family, miscellaneous, undated
Box 2, Folder 1Mathews/Harris family, miscellaneous calling cards
Box 2, Folder 2Pictures, postcards: Shawbury, Shropshire, England, circa 1908
Box 2, Folder 3Photographs: portraits
Box 2, Folder 4Ladies dress pattern: "Harper's Bazaar", 1871
Box 2, Folder 5Harris family: legal and financial papers
Box 2, Folder 6Joseph Harris, business correspondence, 1859-1862
Box 2, Folder 7Joseph Harris, business correspondence, January-June 1863
Box 2, Folder 8Joseph Harris, business correspondence, July-October 1863
Box 2, Folder 9Joseph Harris, business correspondence, November-December 1863
Box 2, Folder 10Joseph Harris, business correspondence, January-March 1864
Box 2, Folder 11Joseph Harris, business correspondence, April-May 1864
Box 2, Folder 12Joseph Harris, business correspondence, June-August 1864
Box 2, Folder 13Joseph Harris, business correspondence, September-October 1864
Box 3, Folder 1Joseph Harris, business correspondence, November-December 1864
Box 3, Folder 2Joseph Harris, business correspondence, January-March 1865
Box 3, Folder 3Joseph Harris, business correspondence, April-May 1865
Box 3, Folder 4Joseph Harris, business correspondence, June-July 1865
Box 3, Folder 5Joseph Harris, business correspondence, August-September 1865
Box 3, Folder 6Joseph Harris, business correspondence, October-December 1865
Box 3, Folder 7Joseph Harris, business correspondence, 1866-1877
Box 3, Folder 8Bills, letters from collection agency to Joseph Harris, 1863-1864
Box 3, Folder 9Advertisements, in order of publication dates
Box 3, Folder 10Advertisements, undated
Box 3, Folder 11Bills to Joseph Harris, 1860-1889
Box 3, Folder 12Copies of Babbitonian penmanship
Box 3, Folder 13Newspaper article on Moreton Farm, 1877

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