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Rencher Nicholas Harris papers, 1851-1980 and undated, bulk 1926-1965

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Title:Rencher Nicholas Harris papers, 1851-1980 and undated, bulk 1926-1965

Papers of Durham, North Carolina civic leader Rencher Nicholas Harris, the first African American city councilman in Durham, and the first African American man to sit on the Durham County Board of Education; Harris' service to Durham spanned the period following the Brown school desegregation decision of 1954 and continued throughout the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s. The collection spans the years from 1851 to 1980, with the bulk dating from 1926 to 1965, and consists mainly of clippings, correspondence, legal papers, photographs, printed materials, journals and diaries, scrapbooks, oversize maps, and reports. Most of the materials relate to Harris' work in political and educational affairs in Durham, North Carolina in the 1950s and early 1960s as a member of the City Council and the School Board, with emphasis on school desegregation, civil rights, and race relations in Durham. Also represented is Harris' business career in banking, insurance, and real estate, his role as an official of the Bankers' Fire Insurance Company, and his civic activities, including leadership roles in the NAACP, Lincoln Hospital, and North Carolina Mutual Insurance, and Mechanics and Farmers Bank, all serving African Americans in Durham. Some biographical materials, family papers, and correspondence also relate to his wife, Plassie Williams Harris. The collection is part of the John Hope Franklin Research Center for African and African American History and Culture at Duke University.

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Subjects:Lincoln Hospital (Durham, N.C.) | National Association for the Advancement of Colored People | African American businesspeople--North Carolina--Durham | African American politicians--North Carolina--Durham | African Americans--Economic conditions | African Americans--North Carolina--Durham | African Americans--History | African Americans--Social conditions | Banks and banking--North Carolina--Durham | Civil rights movements--Southern States | Education--North Carolina--Durham | Insurance companies--North Carolina--Durham | Municipal government--North Carolina--Durham | Public schools--North Carolina--Durham | Durham (N.C.)--Race relations--Political aspects | Real estate business--North Carolina--Durham | Segregation in education--North Carolina--Durham | School integration--North Carolina--Durham | Segregation in education--United States | School integration--United States | Durham (N.C.)--Commerce | Durham (N.C.)--History | Durham (N.C.)--Politics and government | Race relations | Durham (N.C.)--Race relations
Institution:Duke University Libraries
Contributors:David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library
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Persistent Link to Item:http://library.duke.edu/rubenstein/findingaids/harrisrencher/