Scope and Content
Title: Henry Harris Papers,
Date (inclusive): 1926-1938
Collection number: MSS 38-1
Creator: Harris, Henry, 1874-1938
Extent: 6 boxes; 1 portfolio
University of California, San Francisco. Library. Archives and Special Collections.
San Francisco, California 94143-0840
Shelf location: For current information on the location of these
materials, please consult the Library's online catalog.
Collection is open for research.
[Identification of item], Henry Harris Papers, MSS 38-1, Archives & Special
Collections, UCSF Library & CKM
Henry Harris was born in Olympia, Washington, on October 27, 1874. He was a member of
Stanford University's "Pioneer Class" which graduated in 1895, and went immediately into
his medical training at Johns Hopkins Medical School and Hospital. Following a
postgraduate period of study in European clinics, he came to San Francisco to establish
himself in general practice. He taught medicine at Cooper College (Stanford), and also
lectured on the history of medicine at the University of California Medical School. Dr.
Harris authored many medical articles, but is chiefly known for his book California's
Medical Story, published in 1932. Following the publication of this book, Dr. Harris was
made an honorary member of the San Francisco County Medical Society; as the first
librarian of that organization, he also established the beginnings of the Society's
historical archives. Dr. Harris became active in the cause of Zionism in 1920. He served
as president of the San Francisco Zionist District for three years, and continued to be
prominently identified with that work until his death in 1938.
Scope and Content
Includes manuscripts, typescripts for Dr. Harris' book, California's Medical Story
(1938), and on medical history in California, and musical compositions. The latter are
songs, some orchestrated, with words by Harris and others: Louis B. Jacobs, S.M. Brenner,
Edward M. Hulme, J. Wilson Shiels A more detailed list of contents is found in Box 1,