Chuck Berry Project Research Papers, 1958-1984 (S0196)

0.04 cubic feet, 8 folders, 2 audio tapes, 2 microfilm rolls

 Finding Aid

Kenn Thomas and UM-St. Louis history professor George Lipsitz began the Chuck Berry project in December 1981 to document the life and career of rock 'n' roll performer Chuck Berry, a native St. Louisan. The project collected oral histories, articles, and documents concerning Berry's life and career. The papers contain articles, interview features and newspaper clippings on Berry (including an index to other newspaper clippings in the morgue of the St. Louis Globe-Democrat, from 1958-1983), the transcript of Berry's trial for a 1959 arrest on a morals charge, two papers written by George Lipsitz in 1982 and 1983 and an article on Berry written by Kenn Thomas and published in St. Louis Magazine in 1982. The collection also includes oral history interviews with St. Louis guitarist Billy Peek, conducted by George Lipsitz in August 1982 (T-703) and Chuck Berry's daughter, Ingrid (T711), conducted by Kenn Thomas in April 1983.



Accessing Collections

This collection can be requested to view at State Historical Society of Missouri research centers. Appointments are strongly encouraged to ensure that requested materials are available at the time of your visit. Make an appointment using the research request form.

Language in Finding Aids

The State Historical Society of Missouri collects materials documenting all aspects of Missouri history. Some of our paper and digital collections as well as older finding aids may include harmful or outdated language and could be considered offensive. SHSMO does not censor its collections, but we endeavor to be accurate and inclusive in how we describe them.

We are committed to revising and updating our descriptive language; however, with thousands of finding aids, this is ongoing and will take time. When processing new collections, we will occasionally re-use language provided by creators and former owners of the collection because it provides important context about the materials or appears in the formal names of organizations or titles of materials in the collection. In all finding aids, archivists work to contextualize the contents of manuscript collections.