George L. Berry: A Pathfinder


George L. Berry, president of the International Printing Pressmen and Assistants’ Union (IPPAU) for 41 years, led a distinguished career and life. Included in this pathfinder are sources that provide insight and clues into his life, especially his union career, his political career, and topics related to Pressmen’s Home in Hawkins County , Tennessee . This was Berry ’s self-sufficient community that housed an international printer’s technical school, sanitarium, church, hotel, and other buildings.

Introductory Text: 

Petro, Sylvester. The Kingsport Strike. New Rochelle , NY : Arlington House. ASU APP COLL STACKS: HD5325 .P92 1963 .K53.Chapter 4, “The Unions’ Side of the Story,” features a section entitled George L. Berry: An American Original (pages 53-58).

Library of Congress Subject Headings: 
  • Hawkins County ( Tenn. ) -- Genealogy -- Sources
  • Hawkins County ( Tenn. ) -- History
  • Hawkins County ( Tenn. ) -- Pictorial Works
  • International Printing Pressmen and Assistants’ Union of North America
  • Kingsport Press, Kingsport , Tenn
  • Kingsport Press Strike, Kingsport , Tenn. , 1963- Pressmen’s Home ( Tenn. )
  • Printers -- Appalachian Region
  • Printers -- United States
  • Printing
  • Printing, Practical
  • Printing Industry -- United States
  • Printing -- Tennessee -- History
  • Tennessee -- History -- Periodicals
  • Tennessee Printing History
  • Trade-Unions -- Printing Industry
  • Working Class -- United States
Library of Congress Call Numbers: 
  • F436 .H78 HD8066
  • F436 .M5 HD8073
  • F442.1 .E53 Z231 .M65
  • F444 .K5 W65 Z243 .U6
  • HD5325 .P92 Z244.6 .U5 B34
  • HD8055 .C75

Baker, Elizabeth Faulkner. Printers and Technology: A History of the International Printing Pressmen and Assistants’ Union . New York : Columbia University Press. 545 pages. ASU APP COLL STACKS: Z120 .B16 1957.

Hawkins County Picture Album. Rogersville , TN : Hawkins County Bicentennial Committee and the John Rowan Studio, 1976. 165 pages. ASU APP COLL STACKS: F443 .H37 H37.

Mooney, Jack. Printers in Appalachia: The International Printing Pressmen and Assistants’ Union of North America 1907-1967. Bowling Green , OH : Bowling Green State University Popular Press. 193 pages. ASU APP COLL STACKS: Z231 .M65 1993.

Price, Henry R. Hawkins County , Tennessee : A Pictorial History. Virginia Beach , VA : Donning Co. , 1996. ASU APP COLL STACKS: (in cataloging).

Guides, Encyclopedias, and Dictionaries: 

An Encyclopedia of East Tennessee . Jim Stokely and Jeff D. Johnson, eds. Oak Ridge , TN : Children’s Museum of Oak Ridge , 1981. ASU APP COLL STACKS: F442.1 .E53.

IPP & AU 31st Year Book: Dedicated to the Art of Printing By The International Printing Pressmen & Assistants’ Union of North America 1889 : 1920. Pressmen’s Home, TN: Technical Trade School , 1920. (Given out at the “Twenty-Eighth Convention held at Pressmen’s Home Tennessee, October Fourth to Ninth, Nineteen Hundred and Twenty”). Photocopy of original: ASU APP COLL STACKS: (to be catalogued).

Abstracts and Indices: 

The New York Times Index. New York : The New York Times Company. Bound, 1937 to present. ASU REFERENCE: AI21 .N452x. References to George L. Berry can be found in these years: 1919--under PRINTERS’ Strike; 1921--under INTERNATL Printing Pressmen and Asst’s Union; 1947--under BERRY, George L.; 1948 and 1949--under PRINTING Pressmen’s & Assistants Union of North America, International (AFL).

Falk, Byron A. Jr. and Valerie R. Falk. Personal Name Index to “The New York Times Index,” 1851-1974. Succasunna , NJ : Roxbury Data Interface, 1976-1983. v.1-22, 1851-1974. ASU REFERENCE: AI21 .N453. Important references can be found under-- Berry , George L.


Newsweek. June 6, 1949 issue. ASU PERIODICALS.

The following articles are from the Tennessee Historical Quarterly. Nashville , Tennessee Historical Society. v. 22, 1963 to present. ASU PERIODICALS:

Mooney, Jack. “The Establishment and Operation of the Technical Training School of the International Printing Pressmen and Assistants’ Union in Tennessee , 1911-1967.” Summer 1989 issue.

_____. “The Sanitorium of the International Printing Pressmen and Assistants’ Union of North America, 1910-1961, at Pressmen’s Home, Tennessee .” Fall 1989 issue.

Spencer, Thomas T. “Printer and Politician: The Political Career of George L. Berry, 1907-1948.” Fall 1997 issue.

Other Sources: 

Transcripts of oral histories (to be donated to the W.L. Eury Appalachian Collection by the compiler at a later date).

Compiled by: 

Compiler: Alice Diane Price, 14 December 1998