Berry College

A History

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Pages: 256

Illustrations: 101 b&w photos

Trim size: 8.000in x 10.000in



Pub Date: 10/10/2005

ISBN: 9-780-8203-2758-7

List Price: $41.95

Berry College

A History

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Illustrated with more than a hundred photographs, this is the most detailed and comprehensive history to date of Berry College, located in northwest Georgia. Ranging from Berry's modest beginnings in 1902 as a trade school for rural Appalachian youth to its present-day standing among the Southeast's best liberal arts colleges, the book tells how Martha Berry's founding vision-to educate the head, the heart, and the hands-evolved to meet the challenges of each new generation. The photographs, many of them rarely seen before, capture happenings at Berry over its first century: preparations for the world wars, visits by renowned benefactors, student protests, expansions of campus facilities, and diverse aspects of daily life in and out of the classroom.

Parts of Berry's history have achieved legendary status-the story, for example, of how Martha Berry was inspired to start a school after visiting with poor mountain children in her log cabin. Ouida Dickey and Doyle Mathis separate myth from fact as they address Berry's traditions, controversies, and triumphs and relate important developments at Berry to wider events in Georgia and Appalachia.

As Berry graduates and career-long members of its faculty and staff, Dickey and Mathis themselves are part of the Berry tradition. Their meticulous research draws on a rich trove of documents to reveal a story that surpasses many of the familiar and beloved tales connected to the school. Berry's enviable standing-as a model for work-study colleges nationwide, as a place intimately tied to the cultural life of its region, as a choice recipient of philanthropy-makes this new book important to historians, scholars of higher education, and thousands of Berry students, faculty, and alumni.

The significant contribution of Berry College: A History is that it presents the detailed story of an understudied institution in an understudied institutional category-namely, small private liberal arts colleges in the South. The book also pays justifiable homage to an important figure, Martha Berry, and has a broader appeal to Appalachian studies.

—John R. Thelin, author of A History of American Higher Education

A great tribute to a great school. Martha Berry would be delighted.

—Joseph E. Dabney, James Beard Award-winning author of Smokehouse Ham, Spoon Bread, and Scuppernong Wine

This is an interesting historical account of Berry College and the opportunities and challenges of those who follow a true visionary.

—Kay Davis Dunn, PhD., Founding Executive Director, Fernbank Museum of Natural History

This is a splendid and attractive work . . . told with balance and perspective. Institutional successes and short-comings are dealt with frankly, but commitment to Berry's mission by successive generations of the college community has maintained and enhanced the motto and hallmark of a Berry education. For colleges considering the preparation of their own historical volume, Berry College: A History, provides an excellent model.

Georgia Historical Quarterly

A detailed narrative of the rise and progress of an important educational institution working and serving in Appalachia . . . This book is recommended for all Appalachian regional and higher education collections.

Appalachian Journal

This is the most detailed and comprehensive history to date of Berry College. . . . Their meticulous research draws on a rich trove of documents to reveal a story that surpasses many of the familiar and beloved tales connected to the school.

McCormick Messenger

The story of the rise of Berry College to national prominence is candidly told in this book. For those of us educated at Berry, it is a reminder of our good fortune. And for others, it is an example of a formula that works—an education of the head, the heart and the hands.

—Jerry C. Davis, President, College of the Ozarks


Lilla M. Hawes Award, Georgia Historical Society

About the Author/Editor

Ouida Dickey (Author)
OUIDA DICKEY retired in 1999 from her position as dean of Academic Services following forty-three years of service at Berry. She is president of the Berry Alumni Association.

Doyle Mathis (Author)
DOYLE MATHIS retired in 2000 from the position of provost following twenty-five years at Berry College.