Carrie Berry papers
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Carrie Berry papers

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Kenan Research Center at the Atlanta History Center. 130 West Paces Ferry Road, Atlanta, GA 30305. 404.814.4040.
Creator: Berry, Carrie, b. 1854
Title: Carrie Berry papers
Dates: 1864-1874; 1897
Quantity: 4.0 Item(s)
Identification: ahc.MSS29f

Biographical/Historical Note

Carrie Mabry Berry Crumley (1854-1921) was born in Atlanta, Georgia on August 3, 1854 to Harriet Key Berry and Maxwell Rufus Berry. She had three sisters, Fannie, Zuie, and Maggie, and one brother, Maxwell R. Berry, Jr. In February 1875, she married William Macon Crumley, and they later had three children, Charles Locke, Zulette, and William Gregg. She died in May 1921.

Scope and Content Note

This collection contains four items including an original diary kept by Carrie Berry from 1864-1866; an original diary kept by her from 1868-1874; a friendship book published in 1870, which is titled Mental Photographs an Album for Confessions or Tastes, Habits, and Convictions; and a letter written to Carrie Berry and Blanche Hardin from Clement A. Evans dated 2 February 1872, which was written while Carrie was a student at the North Georgia Female Academy. In the diary kept from 1864-1866, Carrie gives a child’s account of the siege, occupation and burning of Atlanta. Specifically, she describes the shelling of her home and neighborhood; the experience of hiding in her cellar during the shelling of the city; as well as various household/family activities such as knitting, cooking, cleaning, and taking care of her younger siblings. She also writes about her school and teachers and church-related activities. In the diary kept from 1868-1874, Carrie writes about attending school, where she studied History, Latin, Philosophy, Algebra, Rhetoric and participated in reading societies. She also describes attending Sunday school and church service at Wesley Chapel, along with more mundane activities such as cooking, cleaning, quilting, rug-making, dress-making and visiting friends and the dentist. In addition, she describes elaborate family dinners and Christmas traditions. The diary also includes several hand-written poems. The friendship book lists the “tastes and characteristics” of individuals and includes some photographs. Some individuals mentioned in this book include: Carrie Berry, Nannie Colquit, C.R Bilbro, W.G. Robinson, Jr., and Zuelette Crumley. The 1872 letter to Carrie Berry and Blanche Hardin is Clement A. Evans’ acknowledgement of her election to the Mnemosynean Literary Society.

Index Terms

American diaries
Atlanta Campaign, 1864
Berry, Carrie, b. 1854
United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865--Personal narratives
Wesley Chapel (Atlanta, Ga.)

General Notes

America's Turning Point: Documenting the Civil War Experience in Georgia received support from a Digitizing Historical Records grant awarded to the Atlanta History Center, Georgia Historical Society, Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, and the Digital Library of Georgia by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.

Administrative Information

Other Formats

Typed transcriptions of original diary contained in folder 1

Preferred Citation

[identification of item(s)], Carrie Berry papers, MSS 29F, Kenan Research Center, Atlanta History Center.

Acquisition Information

Gift of Dan Franklin, 1970 (1970.232)

Processing Information

Collection reprocessed in 2007


Restrictions on Access

This collection is open for research.

Restrictions on Use

Unpublished manuscripts are protected by copyright. All requests to publish, quote, or reproduce must be submitted through the Kenan Research Center.

Container List



1Transcription, 1864 Aug 1 to 1866 Jan 26 View online.


2Letter and Memory Album [Originals], 1872 Feb 2, 1871 View online.


3Diaries [Original], 1864-1874 View online.