Harris-Redditt Family Papers, ca. 1890s-2003

Manuscript Collection #1212

  • Descriptive Summary
     
    Title: Harris-Redditt Family Papers
    Creator: Redditt, Nina Belle , 1923-2005
    Repository: ECU Manuscript Collection
    Language: English
    Abstract: Papers (ca. 1890s-2003) of Nina Belle Redditt (1923-2005) and family of Greenville, Pitt County, N.C. Nina Belle Redditt, who served as a DKC officer in the U.S. Navy for 31 years, was the daughter of George Edward Harris, Sr., and Isabella “Belle” Augusta Hearne Harris. Included are scattered correspondence (1905-1907, 1930s-1950s, 1975), photographs and photocopies of photographs (1890s-1978), clippings (1950s-2003), and genealogical notes related to the Harris, Hearne and Moore families of Pitt County and the Redditt family of Beaufort County, N.C. Also included are two books: Old Southern Songs of the Period of the Confederacy, and Southern Sidelights by Rev. William E. Cox. Additional material relates to Nina Belle Redditt's Navy career and includes a photograph album (1947-1955) of service in Malta, Bainbridge, Maryland, and the Portrex war exercise in Puerto Rico; and photographs (1953) and documents (1956, 1963) related to the Korean War Military Armistice Agreement and the United Nations Command's involvement.
    Extent: 1.0 Cubic feet, 3 archival boxes and 1 oversize folder, consisting of correspondence, photographs, photograph album, publications, photocopies, clippings, and genealogical notes
  • Biographical / Historical Note
     

    Nina Belle Harris Redditt (1892-1979) was the daughter of George Edward Harris, Sr., and Isabella “Belle” Augusta Hearne Harris. In 1920, she married Leonidas “Leon” Bryan Redditt (1896-1968) of Beaufort Co., N.C., and they had children Cora Redditt Streeper, an airline stewardess with Pan-American Airlines for eight years, and Nina Belle Redditt, who served as a DKC officer in the U.S. Navy for 31 years. They were later divorced. Their daughter Nina Belle Redditt lived in the George Edward Harris, Sr., house formerly standing on Cotanche Street adjacent to East Carolina University campus in Greenville, Pitt County, N.C.

    Sources: North Carolina Death Records; Greenville, N.C., Daily Reflector obituaries; and Family Tree Maker.com.

  • Administrative Information
     
    Accessions Information

    March 3, 2014, (unprocessed) 0.5 cubic feet; Papers (ca. 1890s-2003) of Nina Belle Redditt (1923-2005) who lived in the George Edward Harris, Sr., house formerly standing on Cotanche Street adjacent to East Carolina University campus in Greenville, Pitt County, N.C. Nina Belle Harris Redditt (1892-1979) was the daughter of George Edward Harris, Sr., and Isabella “Belle” Augusta Hearne Harris. She married Leonidas “Leon” Bryan Redditt in 1920 and they had children Cora Redditt Streeper, an airline stewardess with Pan-American Airlines for eight years, and Nina Belle Redditt, who served as a DKC officer in the U.S. Navy for 31 years. Included are scattered correspondence (1905-1907, 1930s-1950s, 1975), photographs and photocopies of photographs (1890s-1978), clippings (1950s-2003), and genealogical notes related to the Harris, Hearne and Moore families of Pitt County and the Redditt family of Beaufort County, N.C. Also included are two books: Old Southern Songs of the Period of the Confederacy and Southern Sidelights. Gift of Alison Hearne Atkins.

    June 6, 2017, (unprocessed addition 1) 0.11 cubic feet; Addition includes a U.S. Navy Photo Log Photograph Album (with a fancy leather cover) from the estate of Nina Belle Redditt (1923-2005). A native of Greenville, N.C., she retired ca. 1977 after a 30-year career in the U.S. Navy. Her rank was DKC and she is buried in the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific in Honolulu, Hawaii. Her tombstone indicates service in Korea and Vietnam. There isn’t any identification as to whom the album belonged to, but dates found on some of the Navy photographs indicate coverage from 1947 to 1955. Many photographs are unidentified, although some were taken in Malta (1948), Bainbridge, Maryland (1947), and some in February and March 1950 document the Portrex war exercise in Puerto Rico. Gift of William B. Kittrell.

    June 7, 2017, (unprocessed addition 2) 0.45 cubic feet; Addition includes photographs of the 1953 signing of the Military Armistice Agreement in Korea, of Nina Belle Redditt, and other military individuals; an oil painting of Nina Belle Redditt done from a photograph; Redditt's ID cards and passes (1943-1952); a publication (1956) explaining the Korean War armistice agreement and the United Nations Command component; and 1963 reports for the United Nations Command's Joint Observer Team in Korea. Gift of William B. Kittrell.

    Acquisition Information

    Gift of Alison Hearne Atkins
    Gift of William B. Kittrell

    Access Restrictions

    No restrictions

    Copyright Notice

    Literary rights to specific documents are retained by the authors or their descendants in accordance with U.S. copyright law.

    Preferred Citation

    Harris-Redditt Family Papers (#1212), East Carolina Manuscript Collection, J. Y. Joyner Library, East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina, USA


Preliminary Inventory

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  • Box 2
     
    Leather Photo Frame with Photos, undated
    Southern Sidelights by Rev. William E. Cox with letter pasted to the inside cover from Cox to Edward Harris, 1942
    Old Southern Songs of the Period of the Confederacy: The Dixie Trophy Collection: Compiled by Kate E. Staton, Tarboro, NC by Henry Staton, 1926

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Preliminary Inventory

  • Box 2
     
    Leather Photo Frame with Photos, undated
    Southern Sidelights by Rev. William E. Cox with letter pasted to the inside cover from Cox to Edward Harris, 1942
    Old Southern Songs of the Period of the Confederacy: The Dixie Trophy Collection: Compiled by Kate E. Staton, Tarboro, NC by Henry Staton, 1926

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