Jack Berry papers
- Jack Berry papers
- Northwestern University, University Archives
- 7.5 Linear feet
- Language of Materials note
- The Jack Berry Papers collection is predominantly in English; materials also in African languages, especially Adangme, Creole, Ewe, Ga, Krio, Nzema, and Twi.
- Berry, Jack
Jack Berry was born in Leeds, England, on December 13, 1918. He obtained his B.A. in Classics at the University of Leeds in 1939 and his Ph.D. in Comparative Linguistics at the University of London in 1952. Berry taught at the University of London from 1946 to 1963 when he came to the United States. After brief periods at Michigan State University and Indiana University, Berry accepted an appointment at Northwestern University in 1964 as professor of African Languages and Linguistics. He held this position until his death on December 4, 1980, in Evanston, Illinois. At Northwestern Berry served as the director of the Program of Oriental and African Languages. In 1970 and 1971 he held visiting professorships at the University of Ghana and the University of the West Indies.
Scope and Contents note
The Jack Berry Papers consist of biographical materials, correspondence, reports, research files and publications related to Berry's work with African languages, especially Adangme, Creole, Ewe, Ga, Krio, Nzema, and Twi.
Processing Information note
This collection was surveyed as part of the Black Metropolis Research Consortium's Survey Initiative on 2010 March 1 by Lisa Calahan and Lauren Kalal.
Immediate Source of Acquisition note
The Jack Berry Papers were transferred to the Northwestern University Archives by Mohammed Eissa via Megan Traquair, Program of the African and Oriental Languages, on November 10, 1987 (Accession #87-244). The first addition to the Jack Berry Papers was received from the Anthropology Dept. on September 8, 1993 (Accession # 93-138). The second addition to the Jack Berry Papers was transferred to the Northwestern University Archives by the Linguistics Department on July 25, 1991 as Accession #91-121. The third addition to the Jack Berry Papers was separated from the papers of Astair Demoz, Department of Linguistics (Accession #99-116), and donated to the Northwestern University Archives on July 20, 1999, as Accession #99-137.