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John Berry Papers

Finding Aid & Inventory

Captain John Berry (1798-1870) was an architect and builder. He built the original College's Wait Hall, some professors' homes at Wake Forest College, and other private and public buildings in North Carolina. This collection is comprised of materials collected by Henry S. Stroupe regarding Berry's career, including correspondence, news clippings, photocopies, and printed items.

Biographical and Historical Note

John Berry (1798-1870) was an architect and builder of the courthouse in Hillsborough, N.C., and the first building (Wait Hall) on the Wake Forest College campus.

Collection Overview

The collection includes "John Berry", and "John Berry: Builder of the first College Building" by Dr. Henry S. Stroupe; "John Berry of Hillsboro, North Carolina," by Eva Ingersoll Gatling; a list of important dates in Berry's life and works; obituary from Raleigh, N.C., Daily Sentinel, January 18, 1870; the inscription from a plaque in Berry's honor; Newsletter of the Hillsborough Historical Society; correspondence between Dr. Henry S. Stroupe and Mrs. Alfred G. Engstrom regarding a program in honor of Berry; a program of the plaque dedication ceremony honoring John Berry of Hillsborough; newspaper clippings; and three pamphlets on historic Hillsborough.

Collection Inventory

  • "Berry Buildings Are Monuments," newspaper article (1964 September 6) Box 1 Folder 2
  • Correspondence between Mary Claire Engstrom and Henry S. Stroupe (1964) Box 1 Folder 3
  • Hillsborough Historical Society, Inc., newsletter (1964 August) Box 1 Folder 5
  • Historic Hillsborough pamphlets (3) (1963-1964) Box 1 Folder 4
  • Historical Society to Unveil Plaque, Pays Honor to Builder and Old Courthouse (1964 September 3) Box 1 Folder 2
  • "John Berry: Builder of The First College Building," article (1965 February) Box 1 Folder 2
  • Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians entry on John Berry (1951) Box 1 Folder 5
  • N.C. Dictionary of Biography entry (circa 1964) Box 1 Folder 5
  • Obituary, photocopy (circa 1870) Box 1 Folder 5
  • Plaque Dedication Ceremony honoring John Berry of Hillsborough program (1964 September 11) Box 1 Folder 1
  • Plaque inscription photocopy (1964) Box 1 Folder 1
  • Stroupe's speech for Berry's Program and Plaque Dedication (circa 1964) Box 1 Folder 1
  • Timeline of Berry's Life (undated) Box 1 Folder 5

Summary Information

Z. Smith Reynolds Library Special Collections and Archives
John Berry Papers
Date [bulk]
Bulk, 1964
Date [inclusive]
0.21 linear feet  1 half-document box

Administrative Information

Publication Information
Z. Smith Reynolds Library Special Collections and Archives 2014
Conditions Governing Access Note
Collection is open for research. 
Copyright Notice
The nature of the WFU Z. Smith Reynolds Library Special Collections and Archives means that copyright or other information about restrictions may be difficult or even impossible to determine despite reasonable efforts. The Archives and Special Collections of ZSR Library claims only physical ownership of most materials. The materials from our collections are made available for use in research, teaching, and private study, pursuant to the U.S. Copyright Law. The user must assume full responsibility for any use of the materials, including but not limited to, infringement of copyright and publication rights of reproduced materials. Any materials used for academic research or otherwise should be fully credited with the source. 
Preferred Citation Note
John Berry Papers, MS5, Z. Smith Reynolds Library Special Collections and Archives, Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem, NC, USA. 

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