Memorial Library (Berry College)

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For more than a century, Berry College has emphasized the importance of a comprehensive and balanced education that unites a challenging academic program with opportunities for meaningful work experience, spiritual and moral growth, and significant service to others. This commitment to providing a firsthand educational experience--expressed as "Head, Heart and Hands" by college founder Martha Berry--remains just as relevant today as it was when the institution was founded in 1902. Berry is an independent, coeducational college of approximately 2,100 students that offers undergraduate degree programs in the sciences, humanities, arts and social sciences, as well as undergraduate and master's level opportunities in business and teacher education. Students are encouraged to enrich their academic studies through participation in an on-campus work experience program, and more than 90 percent take advantage of this unique opportunity to gain valuable real-world experience prior to graduation. The Berry College Archives is located on the 2nd floor of Memorial Library on the Berry College campus.


Strengths:
2277 Martha Berry Hwy NW Mount Berry, GA 30149
Location:
(706) 232-5374

Collections

Name Description
Berry Family History Letters to and from Martha Berry, founder of Berry College, and members of her family, dating from 1885 to 1941.
Children's Writing in the Early 20th Century Letters written by schoolchildren to Martha Berry, founder of Berry College, between 1900 to 1941.
Daughters of the American Revolution Correspondence between Martha Berry, founder of Berry College, and members of Daughters of the American Revolution dating from 1918 to 1938
Emily Vanderbilt Hammond Series Correspondence between Berry College founder Martha Berry, and her friend, philanthropist Emily Vanderbilt Hammond, dating from 1926 to 1939
Handicrafts and Weaving Correspondence from 1927 to 1938 related to the creation and sale of quilts, scarves, baby blankets, and other artisanal goods created by students of the Berry Schools.
Henry and Clara Ford Series Photos, letters, and business documents dating from 1922 to 1939 from Martha Berry, Henry Ford, Clara Ford, E. G. Liebold, E. H. Hoge, and others, documenting important links between the Ford Motor Company and the growth and development of the Berry Schools.
Land Acquisition and the Berry Schools Correspondence dating from 1926 to 1929 belonging to Martha Berry related to land acquisition for the Berry Schools.
Letters of World War I Letters written in 1918 that show the effects of the War on the Berry Schools and on the country at large.
Lucille La Verne Series Correspondence dating from 1927 to 1928 to and from early twentieth-century film and stage actress Lucille La Verne, who earned fame as the voice of the Wicked Queen in Disney's original "Snow White," and who coordinated a benefit performance of the stage play "Sun-Up," donating proceeds to the Berry Schools.
Martha Berry Digital Archive Correspondence of American educator and founder of Berry College Martha Berry, dating from 1866 to 1999.
Oak Hill Estate and Gardens Dedicated to Oak Hill, the Greek revival home of the Berry family, this collection highlights correspondence dating from 1926 to 1930 centering on the estate's development and renovation as well as its Victorian gardens, which were designed by landscape architect Robert Cridland.
Southern Highlander Issues of the official Berry Schools magazine from 1903 to 1966 published by the Berry Schools in Mount Berry, Georgia, documenting the schools' history.
Southern Highlanders Correspondence and other materials dating from 1926 to 1929 that document how the history, culture, and people of Georgia were represented by the Berry Schools.
U.S. Presidents and the Berry Schools Photographs and text documents dating from 1900-1942 featuring five different United States presidents interacting with Martha Berry and the Berry Schools.