Harris-Redditt Family Papers

Manuscript Collection #1212

  • Descriptive Summary
     
    Title: Harris-Redditt Family Papers
    Creator: Kittrell, William B.
    Redditt, Nina Belle
    Atkins, Alison Hearne
    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: 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: 1.25 Cubic Feet, 3 archival boxes and 1 oversize folder, consisting of correspondence, photographs, photograph album, publications, photocopies, clippings, genealogical notes, minutes, and reports
  • Description
     

    The collection contains materials related to the Harris and Redditt families of Pitt County, North Carolina. Family history research on these families includes letters between family members, postcards, written records of the lineage of the Harris family dating back to 1676, newspaper articles on different members of the family, a marriage invitation, obituaries and photographs of family members. One postcard is a 1920s panoramic image of Evans (misspelled Evens) Street and Dickinson Avenue from Five Points in Greenville, N.C.

    The section on the Harris-Redditt house contains photographs (1920) of the house (formerly located at 635 Cotanche Street before being demolished in 1983 to make way for college student housing such as the Campus Towers) and of furniture inside the house which was donated to the State. Other documents include descriptions of the furniture, a newsletter from the Greenville Area Preservation Association mentioning an open house held in the Harris-Redditt house in an unsuccessful attempt to find someone to buy and move it, preservation reports, and an article on the Harris-Redditt house and the family's relation to Nathaniel Greene.

    The next few sections include correspondence (1987) related to establishing a Vietnam War Memorial in California, passes and identification cards from Nina Belle Harris's time in the Navy, photographs of the Harris and Redditt family members, and pictures of Cora Streeper as a Pan-American Airline stewardess and of her wedding to Harold P. Streeper. Other photographs pertain to the signing of the Armistice in Korea on July 27, 1953.

    This collection also contains copies of Southern Sidelights written by Reverend William Cox in 1942, autographed, and including a letter her wrote to Edward Harris in 1943, and Old Southern Songs of the Period of the Confederacy: The Dixie Trophy Collection: Compiled by Kate E. Staton of Tarboro, NC and published by Henry Staton in 1926.

    There is a photograph album which probably was compiled by Nina Belle Redditt during her travels while serving in the Navy. Many of the photographs are not identified, but some were taken in Malta (1948), Bainbridge, Maryland (1947), and of the Portrex War Exercise held in Puerto Rico (February-March 1950). Other images are of the USS Mount McKinley, the USS Taconic and unidentified ships.

    The final section includes reports and minutes of meetings between The United Nations Command (UNC) and the Korean People's Army/Chinese People's Volunteers (KPA/CPV) and the Democratic People's Republic of Korea from 1954-1963 over possible violations to the Armistice (ending the Korean War), and returning of prisoners from both sides; a publication describing the United Nations Command component of the Military Armistice Commission; and a soldier's booklet containing a compilation of farcical meetings of the Joint Duty Officer representing the United Nation Command and the Korean People's Army.

    The oversize folder includes a photograph of Co. 4555, U.S. Naval Training Station, Bainbridge, Maryland (February 4, 1944) and a photograph of Ship's Service Dance at Palm Garden (July 25, 1944).

  • Biographical / Historical Note
     

    George Edward Harris was born in Pitt County, NC, in 1866 to Joseph John Harris and Emily Langley Harris. He was married to Isabella "Belle" Augusta Hearne on 11 March 1891. The couple had two children, Nina Belle Harris (born 1 January 1892) and George Edward Harris Jr. (born 23 January 1902). George Harris passed away in 1922.

    Nina Belle Harris married Leonidas (Leon) Bryan Redditt (1896-1968) of Beaufort County, N.C., on 1 September 1920. The couple had two daughters, Cora Redditt, and Nina Belle Redditt. They were later divorced. Nina Belle Harris Redditt passed away on 28 December 1979.

    Nina Belle Redditt was born on 4 April 1923 in Lenoir County, NC. She attended Greenville city schools and Blackstone school for girls, East Carolina University and graduated from UNC-Chapel Hill with a B.A. She enlisted in the Navy and served in Boston, MA, Washington D.C., Raleigh, NC, Jacksonville, FL, Norfolk, VA, San Diego, CA, and Pearl Harbor, HI. She served for 31 years attaining the rank of Chief Petty Officer. After retirement from the Navy, she returned to Greenville and managed Rampage Inc., served on Pitt County Women's Commission, American Business Women's Association, and was a member of Christian Science Church of Greenville. She 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 Redditt passed away on 14 July 2005 and she is buried at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific in Hawaii.

    Cora Redditt Streeper was born in Pitt County. She attended Greenville city schools and Virginia Intermont College in Bristol, VA. After graduating, she began working as an airline stewardess with Pan-American Airlines. She worked there for eight years. Cora Redditt married Harold P. Streeper, a Navy carrier pilot. Due to his job as Naval aviator, they were stationed in multiple naval facilities. She was a member of the American Business Women's Association, Pirate Chapter, for 20 years. She also served as Chair for the Pitt County Women's commission and worked for the Coalition of Women's Leaders. Cora Redditt Streeper passed away on 16 July 2003.

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

  • Administrative Information
     
    Accessions Information

    March 3, 2014, 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: Southern Sidelights. Gift of Alison Hearne Atkins.

    June 6, 2017, (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, (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

    Processing Information

    Processing completed by Ryan Miranda and Martha Elmore on September 27, 2019.


Preliminary Inventory

Below is material taken from a preliminary inventory and represents content from the collection that is unprocessed.

  • Box 1
     
    Family Research & Genealogy, Photocopies of ca. 1890s Photographs - Concerns the Harris, Hearne, and Moore families of Pitt County, NC and the Redditt family of Beaufort County, NC, 1905-1998, undated
    Harris-Redditt House & Furniture Ephemera and Photographs - The house formerly stood on Cotanche Street adjacent to East Carolina University, Greenville, NC, 1920, 1975-1985, undated.
    Letters and Photos about a Vietnam War memorial in Sacramento, CA, 1987
    Photographs & Photo Post Cards - Includes photos of Cora Redditt Streeper, Harold P. Streeper, and Cora Boyd Redditt, among others. There are three post cards, two of which are dated February 1908, with photos of Nina Belle Harris and G.E. Harris Jr., 1908, undated
    Large Photographs (8x10) and photocopies of photographs - Includes photos of Cora Redditt Streeper, Harold P. Streeper, Nina Belle Harris, and Belle Hearne Harris, among others, 1962, undated
    Wedding Photo Album (Cora Redditt & Harold P. Streeper), undated
    Additional Wedding Photos (Cora Redditt & Harold P. Streeper), undated
  • 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 1
     
    Family Research & Genealogy, Photocopies of ca. 1890s Photographs - Concerns the Harris, Hearne, and Moore families of Pitt County, NC and the Redditt family of Beaufort County, NC, 1905-1998, undated
    Harris-Redditt House & Furniture Ephemera and Photographs - The house formerly stood on Cotanche Street adjacent to East Carolina University, Greenville, NC, 1920, 1975-1985, undated.
    Letters and Photos about a Vietnam War memorial in Sacramento, CA, 1987
    Photographs & Photo Post Cards - Includes photos of Cora Redditt Streeper, Harold P. Streeper, and Cora Boyd Redditt, among others. There are three post cards, two of which are dated February 1908, with photos of Nina Belle Harris and G.E. Harris Jr., 1908, undated
    Large Photographs (8x10) and photocopies of photographs - Includes photos of Cora Redditt Streeper, Harold P. Streeper, Nina Belle Harris, and Belle Hearne Harris, among others, 1962, undated
    Wedding Photo Album (Cora Redditt & Harold P. Streeper), undated
    Additional Wedding Photos (Cora Redditt & Harold P. Streeper), undated
  • 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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