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Dr. Harold Walter Hargis (1925-2015), a distinguished oral and maxillofacial surgeon, was born in Bluefield, West Virginia on June 11, 1925. His parents were Thomas and Mary Clare Hargis. Dr. Hargis made significant contributions to the field of dentistry.

He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II and subsequently pursued his education, earning a Bachelor of Science in Liberal Arts from Howard University in 1951 and a Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) from the same institution in 1955. During his time at Howard, he met his wife, Mary Frances Diggs, and joined the Omega Psi Phi fraternity.

After completing his education, Dr. Hargis returned to military service in the U.S. Army Dental Corps as a 1st Lieutenant. He participated in various residency programs and fellowships across the country, honing his skills as an oral surgeon.

Dr. Hargis dedicated his career to teaching and advancing the field of dentistry. He is credited with coining the term "orthognathic surgery" and received numerous honors and awards for his contributions. In his later years, he served as an Emeritus Professor at the UCLA School of Dentistry.

This collection of images, meticulously curated by Dr. Hargis himself, offers a glimpse into his time at Howard University during the early 1950s.

The Harold Hargis Photograph Collection is Moorland-Spingarn Research Center's (MSRC) inaugural digital-born collection acquired from a donor. The collection was donated to MSRC by Dr. Cherie Hargis, the daughter of Harold Walter Hargis, in 2021.

The collection consists of 774 images split into five series covering significant areas of interest, including Business, Church, Family Life, Howard University, and Politics. All materials in this collection are digitally accessible photographs depicting events experienced by Harold Hargis while residing in Washington, D.C., and attending Howard University. While the majority of the images are related to the University, such as sports, social gatherings, homecoming, Greek life, graduation, and campus life, numerous images also illustrate events occurring in Washington, D.C., including family, friends, business, everyday life, and politics.