Creator: Harris, Henry T., fl. 1889-1916.
Collection number: 4360
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Abstract: Correspondence, sermons, memoirs, financial records, and other papers of the Henry T. and Mary Ann Harris family of Urbanna, Va., documenting the lives of a southern African-American family at the turn of the century. The majority of the material is correspondence and sermons of Henry T. and Mary Ann Harris, both actively involved in the Baptist Church. Henry Harris’s correspondence concerns his work as a Baptist minister and book dealer; his wife’s correspondence reflects her work with women’s missionary groups and a home for elderly blacks. Of particular significance is a set of sermons by Mary Ann Harris (fl. 1889-1929). The sermons deal with missionary work, the role of women, and the importance of raising children properly.
Repository: Southern Historical Collection
Collection Highlights: Correspondence and sermons of the Harrises, an African-American couple active in the Baptist Church. Henry Harris materials relate primarily to his activities as a Baptist minister and book dealer, while Mary Ann Harris’s papers concern her activities with women’s missionary groups and a home for elderly African Americans. The sermons, written by Mary Ann Harris, pertain to missionary work, women’s roles in the black community, and child- raising (1889-1929).