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Collection Overview

Title: Walter Berry papers, 1885-1927Add to your cart.

ID: 1/1/MSS 199

Primary Creator: Berry, Walter, (1859-1927)

Extent: 3.0 Boxes

Arrangement: Organized into six series: (1) Personal Papers, (2) Correspondence, (3) Notebooks, (4) Scrapbooks, (5) Published Works, (6) Photographs and postcards.

Subjects: Berry, Walter, 1859-1927, Wharton, Edith, 1862-1937

Forms of Material: Berry, Walter, 1859-1927 - Correspondence, Correspondence., Manuscripts for publication., Postcards, Scrapbooks, Wharton, Edith, 1862-1937 - Correspondence, Writings.

Languages: English, French

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The collection of lawyer and arts patron, Walter Berry, spans the years 1885-1927 and consists primarily of notebooks, scrapbooks, photographs, postcards, and copies of some of his published works.  Notebooks and scrapbooks comprise the bulk of the collection. Many are undated and written in French; those that have been dated span the years 1913 to 1927.  Of note in the collection are a postcard tentatively identified as having been written by Edith Wharton, and a handwritten manuscript identified as copies of two short poems by her.

Biographical Note

Walter Van Rensselaer Berry was born to Nathaniel and Catherine (nee Van Rensselaer) Berry in July, 1859 in Paris, France.  The Berrys lived a few years in Paris, then returned to Albany, New York.  Berry graduated from Harvard in 1881; he began studying law in 1883, and opened a law office specializing in international law in Washington, D.C. in 1885.  From 1908 to 1911 he was a judge at the International Tribunal in Cairo, Egypt, but resigned due to poor health.  From 1916 to 1923 he was president of the American Chamber of Commerce in Paris. Although a life-long bachelor, Walter Berry was a companion of many writers and artists, including Marcel Proust and Caresse and Harry Crosby.  He had an especially close friendship with American novelist Edith Wharton. Suffering from poor health all his life, Berry died October 12, 1927.

Subject/Index Terms

Berry, Walter, 1859-1927
Wharton, Edith, 1862-1937

Administrative Information

Repository: Southern Illinois University Special Collections Research Center

Access Restrictions: Unrestricted access.

Use Restrictions: To quote in print, or otherwise reproduce in whole or in part in any publication, including on the World Wide Web, any material from this collection, the researcher must obtain permissions from (1) the owner of the physical property and (2) the holder of the copyright. Persons wishing to quote from this collection should consult Special Collections Research Center to determine copyright holders for information in this collection. Reproduction of any item must contain the complete citation to the original.

Preferred Citation: [Item], Walter Berry papers, Special Collections Research Center, Southern Illinois University Carbondale.


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Folder 1: Personal PapersAdd to your cart.

Passport and visas: 1926

Codicil to Will: June 20, 1927

Copies of picture of iron wedding ring

Clipping of coat of arms of Stephen Van Rensselaer

Certificate of Ordination to the Legion of Honor

Legion of Honor booklet

Invitation to dinner with King of Egypt: 1927

Business card of Edmond Rostand

Newspaper clipping: Warren Harding on Woodrow Wilson

Folder 2: Creative WritingsAdd to your cart.

Poem (?) manuscript in French

Pages 51 through 56 of Poems by Oscar Wilde

Personal notes in French

Manuscript of title page for "La Securita de la France . . ."

Pages 2 through 10 of manuscript essay on French poetry

Ford Madox Ford poem ""At the End of a Phase" in Edith Wharton's handwriting

Folder 3: CorrespondenceAdd to your cart.

Professional letters, in French: 1904, 1906, 1908, 1912, 1918

Letters, in French: 1902, 1920, 1927

Letters, in English

1851

1859 (from Nathaniel to Laura on birth of Walter)

1906 (from C. E. Norton - 2 letters)

1909 (from Jusseraud?)

undated (Friday, November 12.  From Remach?)

Folder 4: NotebooksAdd to your cart.

Dated Notebooks, c.1885-1927

Brown notebook, c. 1885 to 1908 from loose sheet with address of his law practice at 416 5th Street

"My Notes," notes in French with newsclippings, 1913.

Thin blue notebook, 1919.

"Gallia," notes in French with newspaper clippings, 1921.

Blue/black notebook, notes in French with new clippings, 1921.

Folder 5: NotebooksAdd to your cart.

Blue notebook, notes in French with newspaper clippings 1921-1922.

Large notebook, General notes and quotations with newspaper clippings, 1923

"Burlington,"  financial ledger, 1926-1927


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