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James Frank Harrison Family Collection

Identifier: aarl89-003

Scope and Content Note

The collection contains primarily correspondence between the family members and letters (5 hollinger boxes) addressed to James Harrison, Jr. from many individuals. James Harrison, Jr. had friends throughout the world and during the course of his lifetime he lived in many different places. He attended Haines Institute in Augusta, Georgia and later Howard University in Washington, D.C.. Correspondence exists as early as 1926 between him and his family. He maintained a correspondence with the Black philosopher, Alain Locke, during the 1930's and 40's and there are 2 boxes of correspondence from him.

Another series of material exists for Victor Partridge (1938-198?), son of Gladys Harrison. Material on Victor's college days at Lafayette College and his career as a school teacher in the Atlanta Public School system are present. Two scrapbooks exist documenting Dorothy Harrison Puckett's teaching career in Atlanta and her sorority work with Delta Sigma Theta. An additional scrapbook contains primarily postcards of Germany and Austria and another scrapbook contains newspaper clippings concerning Robert Harrison's tragic death from an automobile accident in 1952. One box of photographs exists.


  • 1922-1985


Restrictions on Use

There are no restrictions on research use of this collection.

Copyright Restrictions

Prior permission from the Research Library must be obtained in writing before any portion of this collection can be published or reproduced.

Historical Sketch

This collection contains primary material of the James Frank Harrison, Sr. family of LaGrange, Georgia. James Frank Harrison, Sr. (1885-1979) married Dorothy Lindsey Harrison (1891-1963) in 1909 and they lived in LaGrange, Georgia. The couple had 5 children: James Frank Harrison, Jr. (1910-1977); Nathaniel Harrison (b. 1912); Robert Harrison (d. 1952); Gladys Harrison Partridge Lee (1916?-1979); and Dorothy Harrison Puckett. James Harrison, Sr. was a postal worker in LaGrange. He and his wife were active members of Warren Temple United Methodist Church in LaGrange.


7.5 Cubic feet




The collection consists of papers of the James Frank Harrison family of LaGrange, Georgia from 1922-1985. The papers include correspondence, printed material, clippings, photographs, and ephemera. Much of the collection consists of personal correspondence between various family members including Dorothy Harrison, Gladys Harrison Partridge Lee, Victor Partridge, and James Harrison Sr. A large portion of the correspondence is addressed to James Frank Harrison Jr. including letters (1928-1943) from Alain Locke and letters (1935-1944) between Harrison, Jr. and Edith Fleetwood. The collection also contains materials documenting Victor Partridge's studies at Lafayette College and teaching career in the Atlanta public school system. Two scrapbooks pertain to Dorothy Harrison Puckett's teaching career in Atlanta and her work with the Delta Sigma Theta sorority.


  1. I. [Harrison Family].
  2. II. James Frank Harrison, Jr., 1922-1966.
  3. III. Dorothy Harrison Puckett, 1968
  4. IV. Gladys Harrison Partridge Lee and Victor Partridge (son), 1949-1985
  5. V. Printed Materials, 1928-2000
  6. VI. Photographs, 1958-1968
  7. VII. Scrapbooks
  8. VIII. Ephemera, 1921-1980

Processing Information

Processed Dec. 1994
Inventory of the James Frank Harrison Family Collection aarl89-003 aarl89-003
Finding aid prepared by Finding aid prepared by Auburn Avenue Research Library on African American Culture and History
2004 September 15
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Repository Details

Part of the Auburn Avenue Research Library on African-American Culture and History Repository

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Atlanta GA 30303