Vida Agnes Harris graduated from Kansas State Agricultural College in 1914. She was a member of the Alpha Beta Literary Society, the Inter-Society Council and the YWCA. She taught English, drawing and history at Covert High School, KS, 1918, later earning her Master's degree from the University of Chicago and studying at the University of Mexico, the Chicago Art Institute, and the University of Colorado. Harris joined the KSAC staff as an Associate Professor of Art in 1924. She took a sabbatical leave, 1939-1940, and a leave of absence, 1951-1952, to teach at the Holman Institute in Agra, India under the Fulbright program. In 1963, she retired with emeritus professor status.
Sources of information:
History Index. Harris, Vida
K-Stater, June 1963, pg 12
Graduates database, 1867-1952
The Vida A. Harris Papers contain personal items and materials associated with her years as a Kansas State University faculty member. The papers span the years 1915-1970 and contain diaries, correspondence, art works, literary works, financial documents and recipes. There are three diaries: 1. European painting tour, Metropolitan Art School, Michel Jacobs, director, 1930; 2. India (Fulbright recipient), 1951; 3. Mexico, ND. The major portion of the collection contains works of art, including water colors, silk screens, woodcuts, pencil, pen and ink, and lithographs.
1 document box. Register. Acc. No. U 96.02