Survey of the Christina Phelps Harris papers

Finding aid prepared by Beth Goder
Hoover Institution Archives
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Title: Christina Phelps Harris papers
Date (inclusive): 1914-1973
Collection Number: 79085
Contributing Institution: Hoover Institution Archives
Language of Material: English
Physical Description: 14 manuscript boxes, 1 oversize box (6.0 linear feet)
Abstract: Writings, correspondence, lecture notes, printed matter, and photographs, relating to political conditions in the twentieth-century Middle East, European intellectual history, and political science.
Physical Location: Hoover Institution Archives
Creator: Harris, Christina Phelps, 1902-

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Collection is open for research.
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Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Christina Phelps Harris papers, [Box number], Hoover Institution Archives.

Acquisition Information

Acquired by the Hoover Institution Archives in 1979.

Accruals

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Biographical Note

1902 Born in New York City, New York
1919-1920 Attended the Sorbonne in Paris
1920-1922 Attended Wellesley College
1925 A.B., History and Latin, Barnard College
1930 Ph.D., Modern European History, Columbia University
1930 Author, The Anglo-American Peace Movement in the Mid-Nineteenth Century
1930-1934 Traveled to Lebanon, Syria, and Egypt
1937 Author, The Syrian Desert: Caravans, Travel and Exploration
1938-1939 Instructor, Middle Eastern History, Extension Division, McGill University
1939-1942 Associate Professor in History and Assistant to the Dean, Barnard College
1942-1946 Associate Professor of History and College Dean, Bryn Mawr College
1943 Co-Author, This Age of Conflict: A Contemporary World History, 1914-1943
1944 Specialist on Syria and Lebanon, Division of Territorial Studies (wartime leave to U.S. Department of State)
1946-1947 Specialist, Arab World Division of Near Eastern Affairs, U.S. Department of State
1948-1957 Middle East Curator and Senior Research Fellow, Hoover Institution on War, Revolution and Peace
1951-1967 Professor, Stanford University
1957-1967 Departmental Editor of Near Eastern History, Encyclopaedia Britannica
1964 Author, Nationalism and Revolution in Egypt
1972 Death

Scope and Content of Collection

The Christina Phelps Harris papers include writings, correspondence, lecture notes, printed matter, and photographs related to political conditions in the twentieth-century Middle East, European intellectual history, and political science.
Harris was a historian, professor, and curator with a subject specialty in the Middle East. The bulk of the materials relate to her work for Stanford University, where she was a professor and curator of the Hoover Institution’s Middle East collection. The collection also includes her extensive research files, with typed notes on various writings related to the Middle East.
Although the collection is not arranged, thirteen series have been identified as part of a survey of the collection. The container listing can serve as a guide to the materials.

Subjects and Indexing Terms

Europe--History.
Middle East--Politics and government.
Political science.

Box 1

Biographical File, 1972, undated

Scope and Contents note

Includes clippings, encyclopedia entries, memorials, and correspondence. For portraits of Harris, see Oversize Materials (Box 14).
 

Correspondence, 1920s, 1960s

Scope and Contents note

Includes incoming and outgoing letters, correspondence related to research, cards, and photographs. Box 6 contains letters from an unidentified family member, dated 1922 and 1926. See also Hoover Institution and Stanford University File.
Box 6

Correspondence

Box 8

Correspondence

Box 12

Correspondence

 

Speeches and Writings, 1950s-1960s, undated

Scope and Contents note

Includes manuscripts, typescripts, notes, correspondence, and research materials. Includes early drafts of Nationalism and Revolution in Egypt.
Box 2

Speeches and Writings

Box 3

Speeches and Writings

Box 6

Speeches and Writings

Box 10

Speeches and Writings

Box 11

Speeches and Writings

Box 12

Speeches and Writings

Box 13

Speeches and Writings

Box 7

Speeches and Writings by David Harris, 1930s-1940s

Scope and Contents note

Includes speeches given to the Commonwealth Club by David Harris, husband of Christina Harris.
 

Writings by Others, 1950s, undated

Scope and Contents note

Includes typescripts of writings such as academic papers, many with a focus on the Middle East.
Box 2

Writings by Others

Box 6

Writings by Others

Box 11

Writings by Others

Box 13

Writings by Others

Box 4

Barnard College and Bryn Mawr College File, circa 1940s

Scope and Contents note

Includes one folder of exam materials.
 

Hoover Institution and Stanford University File, 1940s-1960s

Scope and Contents note

This file documents Harris’s work as a curator and professor. The file includes correspondence; lecture notes, outlines, and syllabi for courses Harris taught in the Political Science Department; bibliographies; Hoover Institution seminar materials; subject files containing clippings, excerpts of printed matter, and notes related to the Middle East; and printed matter such brochures, pamphlets, and newsletters. Box 7 has materials related to Howard Koch.
Box 1

Hoover Institution and Stanford University File

Box 2

Hoover Institution and Stanford University File

Box 4

Hoover Institution and Stanford University File

Box 5

Hoover Institution and Stanford University File

Box 6

Hoover Institution and Stanford University File

Box 7

Hoover Institution and Stanford University File

Box 8

Hoover Institution and Stanford University File

Box 11

Hoover Institution and Stanford University File

Box 12

Hoover Institution and Stanford University File

Box 13

Hoover Institution and Stanford University File

 

Research File, 1930s-1950s, undated

Scope and Contents note

Includes typed notes (with reference sources listed), outlines, bibliographies, and summaries of newspaper articles from sources such as the Mideast Mirror. Includes subject files on topics concerning the Middle East, and some outlines for lectures.
Box 1

Research File

Box 2

Research File

Box 3

Research File

Box 5

Research File

Box 6

Research File

Box 7

Research File

Box 8

Research File

Box 10

Research File

Box 11

Research File

Box 12

Research File

Box 13

Research File

Box 10

World War I File, 1910s, undated

Scope and Contents note

Includes posters, clippings, and printed matter produced during World War I.
Box 11

Microfilm

Scope and Contents note

Contains one film roll labeled “Tansu Ziya, Inonu, Cakmak ve Bayar’la… Duygu Basimevi, Istanbul, 1947.” Filmed at the request of Harris in 1954.
 

Photographs, 1910s-1920s, undated

Scope and Contents note

Includes photographic prints of Ypres, Belgium, and Paris France; commercially produced photographs and postcard booklets related to World War I; and a photo album of a trip to the Near East and Italy in 1926. See also Oversize Materials.
Box 9

Photographs

Box 11

Photographs

Box 15

Photographs

Box 15

Scrapbooks, circa 1916-1920

Scope and Contents note

Contains one scrapbook with correspondence, photographs, and printed matter related to Luis James Phelps, father of Christina Phelps Harris.
Box 14

Oversize Materials, 1920s-1950s, undated

Scope and Contents note

Includes photographs (including portraits of Christina Harris and others), and printed matter.