The Joseph E. Harris papers contain materials from all periods of Dr. Harris' career. They reflect the full scope of his participation in the work of the universities at which he taught, and the organizations and conferences in which he participated. Materials related to Dr. Harris' personal and family life are present only incidentally.
The Joseph E. Harris papers are arranged into thirteen series:
Biography. Autobiographical sketches, personal photographs, passports, curricula vitae, interviews, and similar materials. Because this series was originally located elsewhere in this list, the box and folder numbers assigned to these materials are out of sequence
Universities at which Harris taught. This series includes writings by Harris dealing with the business of each university. Important information found throughout this series involves consideration of the place of African and African American studies in the university curriculum. The materials for Howard University contain substantial information on relations with other African universities, with a concentration on schools in South Africa
Organizations and projects in which Harris participated. There are two sub-series: those organizations and projects for which there is a substantial amount of material, and those for which the available materials fit into a single folder. This series includes writings by Harris (such as proposals) related to particular organizations and projects
Conferences and events. Three major conferences organized by Harris are described first, followed by a chronological listing of other conferences and events. Papers presented at conferences (by Harris, and others), and associated materials such as photographs and recordings, are listed with each conference
Writings. Harris' published writings, as well as presentations and other writings that achieved at least the state of a typescript. This series includes materials related to Harris' books (drafts, materials collected, etc.), and briefer writings that are not directly related to a particular university, organization or event.
Manuscripts. Manuscript materials (including diaries and appointment books) that could not easily be associated with items in the Writings series. Because of their nature or the context in which they were discovered, this series includes some manuscript materials not by Harris
Italo-Ethiopian Crisis; Ethiopia. A significant body of materials related to the activities of the Ethiopian Research Council and similar organizations active in the 1930s. (The Ethiopian Research Council reappeared in the 1990s.) An important portion of this series is a large body of original correspondence; but the series also includes copies of archival documents, and publications. Most of these materials were collected during research for Harris' book African-American reactions to war in Ethiopia, 1936-1941
General correspondence. Correspondence not included in any other series
Other topics. Other areas of interest to Harris, and categories of material that did not fit into any other series
Writings by others. These are chiefly in not-yet-published form, including some papers presented at conferences that Harris did not attend
Audio-visual materials. Recordings, photographs, computer disks, and other non-paper materials that could not be included in any other series
Research materials. Photocopies, offprints, printouts of web pages, and newspaper clippings
Restricted materials. Materials that are not at present available for consultation; chiefly graded student papers and information related to job applications. Additional restricted materials connected to particular organizations are listed with the corresponding organization, but are likewise not at present available for consultation