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Parker Berry collection

 Collection — Box: 1
Identifier: N109

Scope and Content Note

The collection consists of photographs of Parker Berry, of his buildings, including construction photos of the bank at Manlius, interior and exterior views of the Interstate National Bank and a house he designed in Princeton at age 16, views of the Chicago skyline taken from the Sullivan office in the Auditorium Tower (1910) and a photostat of a letter from Berry to his father (1912). There is also a letter from Roger W. Berry, brother of Parker Berry, to the chairman of the department of architecture at the University of Minnesota, dated 1961, regarding the gift of the collection to the department.


  • Creation: 1910-1961
  • Creation: (bulk 1910-1912)


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Restrictions on Access

Available for use in the Manuscripts Division reading room. Advance notice is requested.

Restrictions on Use

There are no restrictions on the use of materials in this collection. Copies can be requested if the condition of the originals warrants it.

Biographical Note

Parker Berry was born in Nebraska in 1888 and grew up in Princeton, Illinois. He was educated in the local public schools and studied architecture at the University of Illinois (1907-1908), then moved to Chicago where he entered the office of Louis H. Sullivan (1909). He remained with Sullivan for most of the rest of his life. Berry died of influenza in November 1918.

Building designs credited to Berry are the Adams Building (Algona, Iowa), the First State Bank of Manlius (Illinois), the Interstate National Bank (Chicago) and the Adeline Prouty Old Ladies Home (Princeton, Illinois).


0.5 Cubic Feet


Collection contains photographs of buildings designed by Parker Berry.

Physical Location


Additional Finding Aid

An unpublished finding aid with detailed contents is available in the Manuscripts Division.


The collection was donated to the Northwest Architectural Archives by Ralph Rapson, University of Minnesota School of Architecture, 1984. The collection was originally a gift to the School of Architecture by Roger Berry, brother of Parker Berry, in May 1961.

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