Guide to the Berry Schools, Mount Berry, Georgia, Papers, circa 1925-1927

Summary Information

Title: Berry Schools, Mount Berry, Georgia, Papers, circa 1925-1927
Collection: AC.1059
Extent: 0.01 linear feet (1 folder)

This Berry Schools collection contains several papers and informational pamphlets about the Berry Schools in Mount Berry, Georgia in 1927. All materials are in fair condition.

Creator: Berry, Martha

Biographical/Historical Note

The seeds of Berry College were planted in 1902, with the opening of the Boys' Industrial School, a boarding school for boys located approximately three miles north of Rome, Georgia. The school's creation was the result of the vision and devoted efforts of Martha Berry, the daughter of a prosperous local business owner, who had come to believe that education could provide a path from poverty for local children.

Martha Berry first became sensitive to the impoverished condition of many of the people who lived in the area's mountains when some young boys stumbled upon the private cabin retreat where she had gone to read her Bible. Martha was shocked to learn that the children attended neither church nor school and that they were unfamiliar with basic Bible stories. Her willingness to offer them rudimentary instruction soon developed into a Sunday school that attracted numerous children from neighboring families. She then established four day schools, but after these schools appeared ineffective Martha decided in 1902 to use the 83 acres that she had inherited from her father to found the Boys' Industrial School. Martha Berry passed away in 1942.

Scope and Contents

This collection contains an informational pamphlet for Berry Schools, a booklet, "The Story of Berry Schools", a letter from the Berry Schools to A.B. Rogan, and an article about the memorial plan for the Berry Schools. Also in this collection are a 1927 ticket stub for R.M. Rogan Co. Hardware, Farm Machinery, Fertilizer, Furniture and a note/list.


The collection is arranged in one folder.

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for use in the Dougherty Reading Room. An appointment for research is recommended. The Dougherty Reading Room is located on the 4th floor of Belk Library in Special Collections.

Acquisitions Information

This collection was purchased from L&T Respess in 2014. Accession number is AC.2014.057

Processing Information

Processed by by Anita Elliott in July 2015 with assistance from Claire Stamper.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], AC.1059: Berry Schools, Mount Berry, Georgia, Papers, W.L. Eury Appalachian Collection, Appalachian State University, Boone, North Carolina USA.