Woodson Research Center, Rice University

Guide to the Frank L. Berry, Jr. family papers, 1876-2004 MS 564



creator Berry, Frank Lee (Jr.)
Title: Frank L. Berry, Jr. family papers
Dates: 1876-2004
Abstract: The collection documents the history of Frank Lee Berry, Jr. and his family. Included are photographs, correspondence, genealogical information, and family records.
Identification: MS 564
Quantity: 3.75 Cubic Feet (8 boxes)
Language: English
Language: Materials are in English.
Repository: Woodson Research Center, Rice University, Houston, Texas

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.


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.


Arrangement

The collection is arranged in four series: Photographs, Correspondence, Family records, and Oversize.

Restrictions

Conditions Governing Access

Materials are open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

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


Index Terms

Texas -- Houston
letters (correspondence)
genealogies (histories)
financial records
scrapbooks
photographs
Berry, Frank Lee (Jr.)

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Frank L. Berry, Jr. family papers, 1876-2004, MS 564, Woodson Research Center, Fondren Library, Rice University

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.


Detailed Description of the Collection

Series I: Photographs

Box Folder
1 1 Frank Lee Berry
2 Frank Lee Berry & others
3 Frank Berry house, Austin St. @ Anita, Houston, TX 1904
4 Louie Todd Berry (Mrs. Frank L.)
5 Louise Todd & others 1890s
6 Frank Lee Berry, Jr.
7 Frank L. Berry, Jr. & others
8 Louie Lee Berry
9 F.L. Berry children photo album
10 James Berry
11 James Berry house, Paxton, TX
12 Alice Berry
13 Myrtle Berry
14 Roston Berry
15 Berry family
16 Hallie Swift Todd
17 Hallie S. Todd & others
18 Louis Byrd Todd
19 Mrs. L.B. Todd
20 Mary Ann Durr Todd
21 Todd family
Box Folder
2 1 Durr family
2 Sallie Durr Archer
3 Alice Archer (Mrs. Chris Berg)
4 Elizabeth Archer (Mrs. Cannon)
5 Thomas Whitworth Archer
6 Alice, Elizabeth, Whit Archer 1898
7 Elizabeth & Philmer Archer 1901
8 Archer-Cannon family
9 Mary A. Durkee & grandchildren ca. 1912
10 Durkee house, Elizabeth St., Houston, TX
11 James Madison Cotton
12 James M. Cotton & others
13 James M. Cotton house, Rosalie & LaBranch, Houston, TX
14 James M. Cotton house, 1018 Travis & Lamar, Houston, TX
15 Lizzie Cotton (Mrs. J.M.)
16 Grandfather Cotton
17 Addie Cotton Munson
18 Houston Cotton
19 Steven Olin Cotton
20 Houston Cotton Munson
21 Cotton family cemetery plot, Glenwood Cemetery, Houston, TX
22 Nella Cochran
23 Owen L. Cochran
24 Owen L. Cochran Jr. 1888
25 Cochran family
Box Folder
3 1 Lizzie Schluter Torrans
2 Bessie Torrans
3 Tom Lee Torrans
4 Schluter family
5 Adams-Bell-Holt families
6 Heffner family
7 Lemmon family
8 O'Pry family
9 Rankin family
10 Crowley family
11-12 Friends
13 Berry house servants
14-15 Unknown
Box Folder
4 1 Houston school classes
2 Charlotte Baldwin Allen School
3 Kidd Key Finishing School for Girls, Sherman, TX
4 Fannin Elementary faculty 1966
5 Denton Cooley School faculty 1966
6 Houston Land & Trust Co., Main @ Fannin, Houston, TX
7 Berry-Stone Lumber Co. office, 1st National Bank Building, Main @ Franklin ca. 1917
8 Bering Hardware Store
9 Central Depot, Washington St., Houston, TX
10 Houses built by Uncle Jim Berry on Caroline St., Houston, TX
11 House-Austin, TX
12 Floods



Series II: Correspondence

Box Folder
5 1 Frank L. Berry 1900s-1930s
2 Louie Todd Berry 1900s-1979, n.d.
3 Death of Louie Todd Berry (Mrs. Frank L.) 1979-1980
4 Louie Lee Berry
5 Frank L. Berry Jr. 1920s-1990s
6 Cotton family 1903, 1930s, 1993, 2004
7 Todd family 1876, 1910s, n.d.
8 Berry family 1893, 1910s, 1920s-30s, n.d.
9 General 1910s-1970s



Series III: Family records

Box Folder
5 10 Berry family genealogy
11 Cemetery records
12 Obituaries
13 Wills
14 Memorial book, Louie Todd Berry
15 Memorial book, Hallie Swift Todd
Box Folder
6 1 Newsclips
2 Notes & writing
3 Schooling
4 Olympics 1936
5 Sheet music
6 Berry School
7 James Berry farm
8 Legal
9 Receipts
10 Stock certificates
11 Trip to England-Hallie S. Todd, Frank Berry, Alice A. Bell 1920
12 Mrs. Frank L. Berry
Frank L. Berry Jr.
Box Folder
6 13 General
14 Biographical
15 Recollections
16 Activities
17 Sketches
18 Schooling
Box Folder
7 1 Interior design notebook
2 Interior design model
3 World War II items removed from Weimar Museum 1945
4 Rice University Endowed Fund 2000



Series IV: Oversize

Box Folder
8 1-2 Memorabilia
3.75 Linear Feet
Preferred Citation
Frank L. Berry, Jr. Family Papers, MS 564, Woodson Research Center, Fondren Library, Rice University.
Conditions Governing Access
Materials are open for research.
3 Abstracts, Houston, TX
4 Frank L. Berry Jr. San Jacinto High School scrapbook 1936-39
5 James M. Cotton house, Rosalie & LaBranch, Houston, TX, interior views