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    Robert King Harris Papers 1940s-1970s
     
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    Creator: 
    Harris, Robert King, 1912-1980
    Title: 
    Robert King Harris Papers 1940s-1970s
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    Robert King Harris Papers 1940s-1970s
    Phy. Description: 
    ca. 12 linear feet
    Bio / His Notes: 
    By vocation, Robert King Harris was a locomotive engineer who worked for the Texas Pacific Railroad Company. By avocation, he was an archeologist, an amateur, in the finest sense of the word, with a long-time scientific interest in the work. Harris first developed an interest in archeology as a young boy scout in his native Dallas, Texas. During the 1930s, he became a member of the Texas Archaeological and Paleontological Society and also began to meet informally with other amateur archeologists in Dallas. In 1940, he was one of the founders of the Dallas Archaeological Society and served that organization for many years as the editor of its publication The Record. In 1939-1941, he was a curator at the Hall of State Museum of the Dallas Historical Society; and in 1966, after his retirement, he assumed duties as the curator of collections of the Department of Anthropology at Southern Methodist University. For many years, he was also an active participant with the series of Caddoan Conferences. In these activities and his archeological work, Harris worked closely with his wife, Inus Marie Harris.
    As an archeologist, Harris carried out many archeological surveys in Texas and nearby Oklahoma, Arkansas, and Louisiana. In 1941, under the sponsorship of the Dallas Archaeological Society, he was field foreman of an excavation of burial sites below White Rock Spillway in Dallas County and an excavation of another burial site at the Ragland site on the East Fork of the Trinity River. Again, in 1946, he was field foreman for the excavation of a house site at Bulter Hole site in Collin County, Texas. In 1948-1949, he assisted with the Smithsonian Institution River Basin Survey's work in Whitney, Lavon, and Garza-Little Elm reservoirs. In 1954, he joined Wilson W. Crook in test excavations at the Louis Obschner site near Seagoville and, in 1956, at the well-known Lewisville site in Denton County. He also participated in 1959 in excavations at the Branch site in Lavon Reservoir and, in 1960, directed excavations of a shelter at the Kyle site and the Pearson site in the Iron Bridge Reservoir. In 1962, he worked at the Gilbert site in Rains County, and in 1963, led a survey of Forney Reservoir. In 1965, he was involved in excavations at Glenn Hill site in the same reservoir. In the 1960s and 1970s, Harris also carried out studies of artifacts relating to French trade with Caddoan Indians. Harris was also interested in the travels of early explorers in northeastern Texas including Francisco de Soto and Benard de la Harpe.
    Summary: 
    The material of the collection relates to a large collection of archeological specimens which Harris began in 1924 and developed into a 100,000-piece amassment. The collection, ranging in time from the paleo-American to the historic, in part represents Harris's own field work but also incorporates material of other workers. It includes material from Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana, Mississippi, Arkansas, Alabama, New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Colorado, and Montana. It also includes pieces from Bolivia, Central America, Mexico, and Korea. The material is now among the holdings of the Department of Anthropology of Natural History and is managed by the department's processing lab.
    Correspondents include Robert Eugene Bell, Jay C. Blaine, Katy Caver, Claire C. Davison, Robert O. Fay, Dan L. Flores, Jon L. Gibson, Vance Haynes, Lawrence H. Head, Robert Fleming Heizer, Thomas R. Hester, Marsha F. Jackson, Jerome Jacobson, Dan Jank, William K. Jones, Morton B. King, Alex Dony Krieger, Truett Latimer, Robert K. Liu, John Ludwickson, William S. Marmaduke, Roger McVay, K. R. Morgan, Dan F. Morse, Hermes Nye, Dorris L. Olds, Gregory Perino, Stephen Schmidt, Dan Scurlock, S. Alan Skinner, Len Slesick, Robert Lloyd Stephenson, Byron Sudbury, Helen Hornbeck Tanner, Lonn W. Taylor, Ted Thygesen, Marvin E. Tong, Jr., Clarence H. Webb, Mildred Mott Wedel, Frank A. Weir, Fred Wendorf, James H. Word, and Don G. Wyckoff. The collection includes some material about the family of Inus Marie Harris and their early days in Texas.
    Organization: 
    (1) Biographical material, papers about the Harris collection, and personal material; (2) correspondence, ca. 1964 1979; (3) alphabetical subject file; (4) manuscripts (by Harris and other authors); (5) Texas archeological survey sheets in notebooks; (6) loose survey sheets; (7) miscellaneous notes; (8) sound recordings; (9) printed and processed material; (10) Clem family papers (concerning its early days in Texas); (11) railroad material; (12) cartographic material (archeological, historical, modern maps of Texas, maps of Texas counties (many annotated to show archeological sites), Texas geological maps, miscellaneous maps outside Texas, United States Geological Survey maps, United States Geological Survey and United States Army Corps of Engineer maps annotated to show archeological sites, maps of dams and reservoirs, aerial photographs of a section of Red River; (13) photographs and illustrations Collection
    Finding aids: 
    Draft container list
    Cite as: 
    Robert King Harris Papers, National Anthropological Archives, Smithsonian Institution
    Culture: 
    Caddo -- trade
    Geog. Location: 
    Ragland site, Dallas County, Texas
    Butler Hole site, Collin County, Texas
    Collin County, Texas
    Whitney Reservoir, Texas
    Lavon Reservoir, Texas
    Garza-Little Elm Reservoir, Texas
    Louis Obschner site, Seagoville, Texas
    White Rock Spillway, Dallas County, Texas
    Dallas County, Texas
    Texas -- archeology
    Oklahoma -- archeology
    Louisiana -- archeology
    Mississippi -- archeology
    Arkansas -- archeology
    Alabama -- archeology
    New York (State) -- archeology
    Pennsylvania -- archeology
    Ohio -- archeology
    Colorado -- archeology
    Montana -- archeology
    Bolivia -- archeology
    Central America -- archeology
    Mexico -- archeology
    Korea -- archeology
    Lewisville site, Denton County, Texas
    Branch site, Lavon Reservoir, Texas
    Kyle site, Iron Bridge Reservoir, Texas
    Iron Bridge Reservoir, Texas
    Pearson site, Iron Bridge Reservoir, Texas
    Gilbert site, Rains County, Texas
    Rains County, Texas
    Forney Reservoir, Texas
    Glen Hill site, Forney Reservoir, Texas
    France -- trade
    Subject-Topical: 
    Trade -- French-Caddo
    Archeology -- Texas
    Archeology -- Oklahoma
    Archeology -- Louisiana
    Archeology -- Mississippi
    Archeology -- Arkansas
    Archeology -- Alabama
    Archeology -- New York
    Archeology -- Pennsylvania
    Archeology -- Ohio
    Archeology -- Colorado
    Archeology -- Montana
    Archeology -- Bolivia
    Archeology -- Central America
    Archeology -- Mexico
    Archeology -- Korea
    Subject-Name: 
    De Soto, Francisco
    de la Harpe, Benard
    Texas Archaeological and Paleontological Society
    Dallas Archaeological Society
    Caddoan Conference
    Form / Genre: 
    Photographs
    Maps
    Notes
    Correspondence -- 1930-1950
    Manuscripts for publication
    Illustrations
    Family papers
    Biographies
    Sound recordings
    Repository Loc: 
    National Anthropological Archives, Smithsonian Museum Support Center, Suitland, Maryland
    Co-Creator: 
    Bell, Robert Eugene correspondent
    Blaine, Jay C. correspondent
    Caver, Katy correspondent
    Davison, Claire C. correspondent
    Fay, Robert O. correspondent
    Flores, Dan L. correspondent
    Gibson, Jon L. correspondent
    Haynes, Vance correspondent
    Head, Lawrence H. correspondent
    Heizer, Robert Fleming 1915-1979 correspondent
    Hester, Thomas R. correspondent
    Jackson, Marsha F. correspondent
    Jacobson, Jerome correspondent
    Jank, Dan correspondent
    Jones, William K. correspondent
    King, Morton B. correspondent
    Krieger, Alex Dony correspondent
    Latimer, Truett correspondent
    Liu, Robert K. correspondent
    Ludwickson, John correspondent
    Marmaduke, William S. correspondent
    McVay, Roger correspondent
    Morgan, K. R. correspondent
    Morse, Dan F. correspondent
    Nye, Hermes correspondent
    Olds, Dorris L. correspondent
    Perino, Gregory correspondent
    Schmidt, Stephen correspondent
    Scurlock, Dan correspondent
    Skinner, S. Alan correspondent
    Slesick, Len correspondent
    Stephenson, Robert Lloyd correspondent
    Sudbury, Byron correspondent
    Tanner, Helen Hornbeck correspondent
    Taylor, Lonn W. correspondent
    Thygesen, Ted correspondent
    Tong, Marvin E. Jr correspondent
    Webb, Clarence H. correspondent
    Wedel, Mildred Mott correspondent
    Weir, Frank A. correspondent
    Wendorf, Fred correspondent
    Word, James H. correspondent
    Wyckoff, Don G. correspondent
    Harris, Inus Marie
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