Guide to the Berry Family Correspondence, 1911-1955

Summary Information

Title: Berry Family Correspondence, 1911-1955
Collection: AC.967
Extent: 0.5 linear feet (1 manuscript box)

The collection consists of correspondence between members of the Berry family of Smyth County, Virginia detailing the movements of various family members and their daily activities in southwestern Virginia and southern West Virginia. The bulk of the correspondence is from the collection of Ollie Berry Gilliam and includes letters between her sister, Lena, her mother, Susie, and her husband, Edward Gilliam. The material dates from 1911 to 1955.  

Creator: Berry Family

Biographical/Historical Note

The 1910 Census lists the Berry family as residing in the St. Clair's Bottom area of Smyth County, Virginia. The household was made up at that time of James W. Berry, his wife Susie Berry, and their children, Lena, Richard, Matthew, and Ollie. Ollie, the oldest daughter, eventually married Edward Gilliam and many of the letters are addressed to their home in Chilhowie, Virginia. Much of the correspondence pertains to Ollie, her husband, Edward, sister, Lena, and mother, Susie. 

Scope and Contents

The collection consists of handwritten letters between members of the Berry family of southwest Virginia. The materials date from 1911-1955. 


The letters are arranged chronologically. Undated materials are located at the end in folder 12.

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

The collection was purchased from Bookworm and Silverfish, January 2013.

Processing Information

Processed by Trevor McKenzie, December 2016.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], AC.967: Berry Family Correspondence, W. L. Eury Appalachian Collection, Appalachian State University, Boone, NC 28608.