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Descriptive inventory for the Leonidas H. Berry papers, 1879-1994

Leonidas H. Berry papers

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Descriptive inventory for the Leonidas H. Berry papers, 1879-1994

Prepared by Brandon Wuske, 2010; ed. by Sarah Dorpinghaus, 2010, and Rachel Juris, 2011.
  
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Chicago History Museum, Research Center
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Collection Overview +/-

Title: Leonidas H. Berry papers, 1879-1994 (inclusive)
Creator: Leonidas H. Berry
Dates: 1879-1994 (inclusive)
Accession number: 1985.0816
Bib number: 00065328
Call number: MSS Lot B
Size: 5.75 linear feet (11 boxes)
Language of material:Collection is written in English.

Provenance statement:

Materials were a gift of Leonidas H. Berry beginning in 1985 (accession #: 1985.0816 and others).

Terms governing use:

Copyright may be retained by the creators of items, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law, unless otherwise noted.

Restriction(s):

One folder in box 5 is closed until 2059 and has been removed to restricted storage.

Please cite this collection as:

Leonidas H. Berry papers (Chicago History Museum) plus a detailed description, date, and box/folder number of a specific item.

Additional Materials +/-

Related material:

Related materials at Chicago History Museum, Research Center, include Dr. Berry's family history published in 1981: "I wouldn't take nothin' for my journey : two centuries of an Afro-American minister's family."

Separated material:

One folder in box 5 is closed until 2059 and has been removed to restricted storage.

Collection Summary +/-

Biographical materials, correspondence, reports, published articles, newsletters, programs, newspaper clippings, photographs, scrapbooks, administrative documents, and other papers of Leonidas H. Berry, a Chicago African American gastroenterologist. The materials relate to various aspects of Berry's career, including the establishment and progress of his clinics for treatment of addiction to narcotics; his work at Provident Hospital (1935-1970), Michael Reese Hospital (ca. 1946), Cook County Hospital (ca. 1936); and his tenure as professor at the Cook County Graduate School of Medicine (1946-1976). Also present are documents pertaining to Berry's administration of the Cook County Physicians Association (ca. 1955), the National Medical Association (1965), and the Flying Black Medics (1970). Some materials pertain to Berry's family history and the African Methodist Episcopal Church, of which Berry was an active member.

Biographical/Historical Note +/-

Leonidas H. Berry was a prominent gastroenterologist who practiced at several Chicago hospitals including Provident Hospital and Michael Reese Hospital, where he was the first African American physician to join the hospital staff. Dr. Berry was also a professor at the Cook County Graduate School of Medicine (1946-1976). He co-developed the Eder-Berry biopsy gastroscope, published numerous articles on gastroenterology, and held positions in a number of medical organizations. He served as chairman of Mayor Richard J. Daley's health committee, president of the Cook County Physicians Association (ca. 1955), and president of the National Medical Association (1965). In addition, Dr. Berry served as an advisor on President Lyndon Johnson's national commission on heart disease, cancer, and stroke (ca.1964). As an advisor to the Illinois Department of Public Health, Dr. Berry helped establish four narcotics treatment facilities in Chicago and formulated the "Berry Plan" for narcotics treatment. He also established the Flying Black Medics (1970), a team of doctors and other medical professionals who provided medical care to the underserved African-American community in Cairo (Ill.). Dr. Berry resided in the Hyde Park neighborhood of Chicago and died Dec 4, 1995, at age 93.

Catalog Subject Headings +/-

Subjects:
African American clergy--Virginia
African American families--Virginia
African American physicians--Illinois--Chicago--20th century
African Americans--Illinois--Chicago--20th century
African Americans--Medical care
African Americans--Religion
Drug abuse--Treatment
Gastroenterologists--Illinois--Chicago--20th century
Gastroenterology
Persons:
Berry, Beulah Harris, 1879-1960
Berry, Leonidas H.--Archives
Berry, Llewellyn L. (Llewellyn Longfellow), 1876-1954
Family Names:
Berry Family
Organizations:
African Methodist Episcopal Church
Cook County Graduate School of Medicine (Chicago, Ill.)
Cook County Hospital (Chicago, Ill.)
Cook County Physicians Association (Ill.)
Illinois. Dept. of Public Health
Michael Reese Hospital
National Medical Association (U.S.)
Provident Hospital (Chicago, Ill.)
Wilberforce University
Genre/Form:
Articles
Correspondence
Newsletters
Newspaper clippings
Photographic prints
Programs (documents)
Reports
Scrapbooks
Geographic:
Chicago (Ill.)--Intellectual life--20th century
Chicago (Ill.)--Race relations--20th century

Organization and Arrangement of Collection +/-

The collection is arranged in six series.

Click on heading to view series description.

Series 1. Biographical materials, 1924-1994 (box 1-2)
Series 2. Gastroenterology and other medical materials, 1932-1993 (box 2-4)
Series 3. Hospital materials, 1930-1990 (box 4-5)
Series 4. Narcotics treatment materials, 1925-1968 (bulk 1950-1955) (box 5-8)
Series 5. Organization and committee files, 1940-1985 (box 8-9)
Series 6. Scrapbooks, 1879-1960 (box 10-11)

About This Finding Aid +/-

Creation: Finding aid encoded by Kathleen Lucas using Oxygen editor, 2015.
Language: Finding aid is written in English.
Other Finding Aids: Finding aid also submitted to Explore Chicago Collections portal.
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