Subseries COLL-HAR - Joe Harris collection

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Joe Harris collection

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  • Source of title proper: Title of subseries based on provenance of contents as labeled by Doug Cox.

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  • ca. 1932 - [198-?] (Creation)
    Joe Harris

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ca. 3500 b&w photographs : ca. 250 prints 25cm x 20 cm and smaller ; ca. 600 51mm x 76mm negatives ; ca. 80 sheets 35mm negatives (equivalent to ca. 2000 images) ; ca. 30 contact print proof sheets (equivalent to ca. 700 images) + some descriptive annotations on envelopes, catalogue cards, and index sheets.
2 folders textual material and ephemera
2 brochures
1 map

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Joseph Gleason Harris (1910 July 6 - 1994 December 26) arrived in Penticton in 1917. At age 16 he was invited by Frank Richter, Jr., to the Richter Ranch in Keremeos, from which point he visited the Cathedral Mountains for the first time. This first visit left a lasting impression on him. Later, in 1939, Harris and Herb Clark of Keremeos launched a pack horse business which would take tourists to visit the Cathedrals. In 1944 he entered the ranching industry and in 1946 took over what was previously Ralph Overton’s ranch. This site was later home to Apex Mountain Guest Ranch. 1946 also saw the launch of a heavy equipment business.
Joe Harris and Margaret “Peggy” Burgess married 4 April 1945 and they made their home in Penticton. Together they raised seven children Mary (Smith), Ann (Van Niekerk), Eileen, Jane (Sullivan), Alice (Hancock), Dick, and Pat.

In addition to his business acumen, Joe Harris also had a mind and heart for civic engagement. Harris served as the chairman of the Central Welfare Committee for 15 years throughout the 1930s and 1940s, during a time when the social welfare safety net was much less robust than it is today. From 1950-1957, Harris also served as an alderman on the Penticton City Council. Harris was a member of the Penticton Hospital Board for 16 years and initiated a local volunteer search and rescue group. Harris, a seasoned outdoorsman, participated in many local rescues himself.

Harris was also instrumental in local heritage initiatives and worked as the curator of the R.N. Atkinson (Penticton) Museum from 1973-1984. His deep knowledge of the history of the area poised him to deliver educational lectures to various organizations and to serve as president of the Penticton branch of the Okanagan Historical Society for five years.

Harris was an avid photographer, and won many awards. His photographic record documents local places and events throughout the 1930s, 40s, and 50s.
Joe Harris was a close associate and valuable historical source for Doug Cox during his writing career.

Subseries consists of original photographs taken by Joe Harris as well as some pieces collected by Joe Harris and then subsequently transferred to the custody of Doug Cox.
Predominant photographic coverage relates to the Cathedral Mountains, south of Keremeos, BC, during the 1930s.
Ephemera includes souvenir materials from the Ellis Centennial Banquet (1966), 53rd Annual Convention of the Union of BC Municipalites (1956) and other community events attended by Joe Harris.
Map represents the terrain of the Cathedral Mountain range and documents proposed features for a park there.
Textual material include family tree, obituary, clippings, tear sheets, and notes.

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Doug Cox Interviews – Joe Harris
Clark Estate collection


Many negatives require rehousing to permanent archival-grade polypropylene sleeves.

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Created 2015-06-29 by Paige Hohmann

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Cox, D. (1995). Joseph G. Harris – 1910-1994. Okanagan History. Fifty-ninth report of the Okanagan Historical Society. pp. 148-158. Retrieved 2015-05-29.

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