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Robert King Harris papers

Creator:
Harris, Robert King, 1912-1980  Search this
Extent:
26.5 Linear feet
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Place:
North America
Date:
circa 1909-circa 1981
Scope and Contents:
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.

Please note that the collection contains images of human remains.

Please note that the contents of the collection and the language and terminology used reflect the context and culture of the time of its creation. As an historical document, its contents may be at odds with contemporary views and terminology and considered offensive today. The information within this collection does not reflect the views of the Smithsonian Institution or National Anthropological Archives, but is available in its original form to facilitate research.
Arrangement:
Collection is arranged into 13 series: (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.
Biographical Note:
By vocation, Robert (R.) 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.
Related Materials:
The National Anthropological Archives holds MS 1998-28 Catalog of artifact photographs and descriptions from the R.K. Harris collections.

The Human Studies Film Archives holds the Robert King Harris films (HSFA.1992.07).
Provenance:
Received from Mrs. Inus Marie Harris in 1983.
Restrictions:
Access to the Robert King Harris papers requires an appointment.
Rights:
Contact the repository for terms of use.
Topic:
Archaeology  Search this
Citation:
Robert King Harris papers, National Anthropological Archives, Smithsonian Institution
Identifier:
NAA.1983-27
Archival Repository:
National Anthropological Archives
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/nw3c7966d1e-f391-43b0-9ff7-6a942692f0eb
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-naa-1983-27

River Basin Surveys Papers

Editor:
Roberts, Frank Harold Hanna  Search this
Object Type:
Smithsonian staff publication
Year:
1958
Citation:
1958. "River Basin Surveys Papers." Bureau of American Ethnology Bulletin, 169, (9-14) 1–392.
Identifier:
89902
ISSN:
0082-8882
Data source:
Smithsonian Libraries and Archives
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:slasro_89902

Rimsherd

Collector:
Missouri River Basin Survey  Search this
Donor Name:
River Basin Survey  Search this
Length - Object:
12.2 cm
Width - Object:
10 cm
Culture:
Upper Republican Aspect  Search this
Object Type:
Sherd
Place:
Medicine Creek Reservoir, Frontier County, Nebraska, United States, North America
Accession Date:
18 Oct 1957
Topic:
Archaeology  Search this
Accession Number:
248669
USNM Number:
A535145-0
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Anthropology
Data Source:
NMNH - Anthropology Dept.
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/37d71e974-4697-42cb-90de-c5c1c86191e9
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmnhanthropology_8291142

Rimsherd

Collector:
Missouri River Basin Survey  Search this
Donor Name:
River Basin Survey  Search this
Length - Object:
11.2 cm
Width - Object:
7 cm
Culture:
Upper Republican Aspect  Search this
Object Type:
Sherd
Place:
Medicine Creek Reservoir, Frontier County, Nebraska, United States, North America
Accession Date:
18 Oct 1957
Topic:
Archaeology  Search this
Accession Number:
248669
USNM Number:
A535146-0
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Anthropology
Data Source:
NMNH - Anthropology Dept.
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/3e6db73db-14b9-4182-8103-40c6f3a9f72b
EDAN-URL:
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Rimsherds

Donor Name:
River Basin Survey  Search this
Maximum Length - Object:
17.5 cm
Culture:
Upper Republican Aspect  Search this
Object Type:
Sherd
Place:
Medicine Creek Reservoir, Frontier County, Nebraska, United States, North America
Accession Date:
18 Oct 1957
Topic:
Archaeology  Search this
Accession Number:
248669
USNM Number:
A535147-0
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Anthropology
Data Source:
NMNH - Anthropology Dept.
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/398977400-6146-44b0-baf0-aa93a9473756
EDAN-URL:
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Charcoal

Collector:
Missouri River Basin Survey  Search this
Donor Name:
River Basin Survey  Search this
Object Type:
Archaeobotanical
Place:
Medicine Creek Reservoir, Frontier County, Nebraska, United States, North America
Accession Date:
18 Oct 1957
Collection Date:
1947
Topic:
Archaeology  Search this
Accession Number:
248669
USNM Number:
A604978-0
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Anthropology
Data Source:
NMNH - Anthropology Dept.
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/3e6559288-a755-4545-9e65-f9bababf67c7
EDAN-URL:
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Charcoal

Collector:
Missouri River Basin Survey  Search this
Donor Name:
River Basin Survey  Search this
Object Type:
Archaeobotanical
Place:
Medicine Creek Reservoir, Frontier County, Nebraska, United States, North America
Accession Date:
18 Oct 1957
Collection Date:
1947
Topic:
Archaeology  Search this
Accession Number:
248669
USNM Number:
A604979-0
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Anthropology
Data Source:
NMNH - Anthropology Dept.
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/30ca7b1fc-eae0-4606-a40f-553903e2d821
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmnhanthropology_16860915

Charcoal

Collector:
Missouri River Basin Survey  Search this
Donor Name:
River Basin Survey  Search this
Object Type:
Archaeobotanical
Place:
Medicine Creek Reservoir, Frontier County, Nebraska, United States, North America
Accession Date:
18 Oct 1957
Collection Date:
1947
Topic:
Archaeology  Search this
Accession Number:
248669
USNM Number:
A604981-0
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Anthropology
Data Source:
NMNH - Anthropology Dept.
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/37c157511-9a72-4c2c-bea9-8a045b29e72c
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmnhanthropology_16860916

Charcoal

Collector:
Missouri River Basin Survey  Search this
Donor Name:
River Basin Survey  Search this
Object Type:
Archaeobotanical
Place:
Medicine Creek Reservoir, Frontier County, Nebraska, United States, North America
Accession Date:
18 Oct 1957
Collection Date:
1947
Topic:
Archaeology  Search this
Accession Number:
248669
USNM Number:
A604982-0
See more items in:
Anthropology
Data Source:
NMNH - Anthropology Dept.
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/3d9551a37-3a13-444e-b670-3b9f4bc2c2dd
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmnhanthropology_16860917

Charcoal

Collector:
Missouri River Basin Survey  Search this
Donor Name:
River Basin Survey  Search this
Object Type:
Archaeobotanical
Place:
Medicine Creek Reservoir, Frontier County, Nebraska, United States, North America
Accession Date:
18 Oct 1957
Collection Date:
1947
Topic:
Archaeology  Search this
Accession Number:
248669
USNM Number:
A604983-0
See more items in:
Anthropology
Data Source:
NMNH - Anthropology Dept.
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/3e9ae97ef-a21e-4573-9f78-26c6628f0198
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmnhanthropology_16860918

Charcoal

Collector:
Missouri River Basin Survey  Search this
Donor Name:
River Basin Survey  Search this
Object Type:
Archaeobotanical
Place:
Medicine Creek Reservoir, Frontier County, Nebraska, United States, North America
Accession Date:
18 Oct 1957
Collection Date:
1947
Topic:
Archaeology  Search this
Accession Number:
248669
USNM Number:
A604984-0
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Anthropology
Data Source:
NMNH - Anthropology Dept.
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/3abd4385c-ac7d-46d7-b489-9011f93925a0
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmnhanthropology_16860919

Wood

Collector:
Missouri River Basin Survey  Search this
Donor Name:
River Basin Survey  Search this
Object Type:
Archaeobotanical
Place:
Medicine Creek Reservoir, Frontier County, Nebraska, United States, North America
Accession Date:
18 Oct 1957
Collection Date:
1948
Topic:
Archaeology  Search this
Accession Number:
248669
USNM Number:
A604986-0
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Anthropology
Data Source:
NMNH - Anthropology Dept.
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/35513415b-cbf1-464e-9a38-99ba01d7ab2c
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmnhanthropology_16860920

Charcoal

Collector:
Missouri River Basin Survey  Search this
Donor Name:
River Basin Survey  Search this
Object Type:
Archaeobotanical
Place:
Medicine Creek Reservoir, Frontier County, Nebraska, United States, North America
Accession Date:
18 Oct 1957
Topic:
Archaeology  Search this
Accession Number:
248669
USNM Number:
A605002-0
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Anthropology
Data Source:
NMNH - Anthropology Dept.
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/328b08b29-1b9c-4097-8551-a5f386708fff
EDAN-URL:
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Charcoal

Collector:
Missouri River Basin Survey  Search this
Donor Name:
River Basin Survey  Search this
Object Type:
Archaeobotanical
Place:
Medicine Creek Reservoir, Frontier County, Nebraska, United States, North America
Accession Date:
18 Oct 1957
Topic:
Archaeology  Search this
Accession Number:
248669
USNM Number:
A605004-0
See more items in:
Anthropology
Data Source:
NMNH - Anthropology Dept.
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/3c01e64d7-e945-45a2-9ca2-364b65eca680
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmnhanthropology_16860922

Charcoal

Collector:
Missouri River Basin Survey  Search this
Donor Name:
River Basin Survey  Search this
Object Type:
Archaeobotanical
Place:
Medicine Creek Reservoir, Frontier County, Nebraska, United States, North America
Accession Date:
18 Oct 1957
Topic:
Archaeology  Search this
Accession Number:
248669
USNM Number:
A605005-0
See more items in:
Anthropology
Data Source:
NMNH - Anthropology Dept.
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/3b618fa4b-e8e5-40ef-886b-2800ad6412d0
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmnhanthropology_16860923

Charcoal

Collector:
Missouri River Basin Survey  Search this
Donor Name:
River Basin Survey  Search this
Object Type:
Archaeobotanical
Place:
Medicine Creek Reservoir, Frontier County, Nebraska, United States, North America
Accession Date:
18 Oct 1957
Topic:
Archaeology  Search this
Accession Number:
248669
USNM Number:
A605006-0
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Anthropology
Data Source:
NMNH - Anthropology Dept.
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/312b8549d-094a-4c73-9d55-52f228030841
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmnhanthropology_16860924

Charcoal

Collector:
Missouri River Basin Survey  Search this
Donor Name:
River Basin Survey  Search this
Object Type:
Archaeobotanical
Place:
Medicine Creek Reservoir, Frontier County, Nebraska, United States, North America
Accession Date:
18 Oct 1957
Topic:
Archaeology  Search this
Accession Number:
248669
USNM Number:
A605007-0
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Anthropology
Data Source:
NMNH - Anthropology Dept.
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/3367db06d-6d9b-4b08-bc66-9f28037c4944
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmnhanthropology_16860925

Charcoal

Collector:
Missouri River Basin Survey  Search this
Donor Name:
River Basin Survey  Search this
Object Type:
Archaeobotanical
Place:
Medicine Creek Reservoir, Frontier County, Nebraska, United States, North America
Accession Date:
18 Oct 1957
Topic:
Archaeology  Search this
Accession Number:
248669
USNM Number:
A605008-0
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Anthropology
Data Source:
NMNH - Anthropology Dept.
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/35589ebbb-b262-4ea3-8ace-4e0a32de6da0
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmnhanthropology_16860926

Charcoal

Collector:
Missouri River Basin Survey  Search this
Donor Name:
River Basin Survey  Search this
Object Type:
Archaeobotanical
Place:
Medicine Creek Reservoir, Frontier County, Nebraska, United States, North America
Accession Date:
18 Oct 1957
Topic:
Archaeology  Search this
Accession Number:
248669
USNM Number:
A605009-0
See more items in:
Anthropology
Data Source:
NMNH - Anthropology Dept.
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/31406b42a-94fd-49f3-bdb7-48d5450076a8
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmnhanthropology_16860927

Charcoal

Collector:
Missouri River Basin Survey  Search this
Donor Name:
River Basin Survey  Search this
Object Type:
Archaeobotanical
Place:
Medicine Creek Reservoir, Frontier County, Nebraska, United States, North America
Accession Date:
18 Oct 1957
Topic:
Archaeology  Search this
Accession Number:
248669
USNM Number:
A605010-0
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Anthropology
Data Source:
NMNH - Anthropology Dept.
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/3cca41042-aa13-40b2-99e5-62c245a7ce2c
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmnhanthropology_16860928

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