Scope and arrangement
The Leonidas H. Berry papers primarily document the medical career of this well-known gastroenterologist. Berry's curriculum vitae and World War II Army papers provide biographical information; however, material relating to his profession comprises the bulk of the collection. The collection is organized into four series: I. Personal Papers; II. Professional Papers and Activities; III. Writings; and IV. Black History.
There is correspondence (1980-1988), speeches and honors (1969-1980s), and some material on the National Medical Association. There are scattered files dealing with his work with the A.M.E. Church health program, Cook County Hospital, the Narcotic Clinic he helped establish, and others. The writing series includes some draft sketches and research files for his book, I Wouldn't Take Nothin' for My Journey, and correspondence dealing with the promotion and reaction to it. Included in this series is his textbook Gastrointestinal Pan-endoscopy and the manuscript of Clinical significance of Gastrointestinal endoscopy, an update for a series of pamphlets of which he was an editor. (The work was originally published in 1976, but Berry updated it and tried to get it published as a new edition in 1985 with no success.)