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Frank L. Berry, Jr. family papers

 Collection
Identifier: MS 564
Finding aid note: Stored offsite at the Library Service Center and require 24-hour notice for retrieval. Please contact the Woodson Research Center at 713-348-2586 or woodson@rice.edu for more information.

Scope and Contents

The collection documents the history of Frank Lee Berry, Jr. and his family. Included are photographs, correspondence, genealogical information, and family records.

Dates

  • 1876-2004

Creator

Conditions Governing Access

Materials are open for research.

Conditions Governing Access

Stored offsite at the Library Service Center and require 24-hour notice for retrieval. Please contact the Woodson Research Center at 713-348-2586 or woodson@rice.edu for more information.

Conditions Governing Use

Permission to publish from the Frank Lee Berry, Jr. Family Papers must be obtained from the Woodson Research Center, Fondren Library.

Biographical Note

Frank Lee Berry, Jr., son of Frank Lee Berry and Louie Todd Berry, was born in Houston's South End on June 15, 1921. He graduated from San Jacinto High School in 1939 and the University of Houston in 1943. His military service included serving in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in Germany during 1945-46. He was an interior designer for more than 50 years, serving both AID and ASID at local, state, and national levels and was elected a fellow in the American Institute of Interior Designers in 1972. Berry died April 15, 2004 in Houston and is buried at Brookside Memorial Park.

Berry was a third generation Houstonian and his parents, Frank Lee Berry and Louie Todd Berry, were prominent early Houstonians. Berry's grandfather, James Berry, moved to Texas from Kentucky in 1836 to fight in the Battle of San Jacinto as a First Lieutenant in the Republic of Texas' army. In 1840 James Berry moved to northern Harris County near Greens Bayou. He served as Justice of the Peace (1840-53) and Treasurer of Harris County from 1854 to 1857, Civilian Director for Harris County during the Civil War (1861-65), and as a county school commissioner until his death in 1876. Both Berry Road and Berry Elementary School were named in his honor. Berry Cemetery, on the site of the original Berry family home, has been incorporated into the current Brookside Memorial Park.

Extent

3.75 Linear Feet ( (8 boxes))

Language of Materials

English

Overview

The collection documents the history of Frank Lee Berry, Jr. and his family. Included are photographs, correspondence, genealogical information, and family records.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

This collection was donated by the Heritage Society at Sam Houston Park [Houston, TX] via the estate of Frank Lee Berry, Jr., Oct. 12, 2010.
Title
Guide to the Frank L. Berry, Jr. family papers, 1876-2004
Status
Unprocessed Addenda
Date
2011
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin
Language of description note
English

Repository Details

Part of the Woodson Research Center, Rice University, Houston, Texas Repository

Contact:
Fondren Library MS-44, Rice University
6100 Main St.
Houston Texas 77005 USA