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Collection 428 Papers of Helen E. Berry

Identifier: CN 428

Scope and Contents

Oral history interview and prayer letters relating to the ministry of Helen Elizabeth Berry, missionary with the Conservative Baptist Foreign Mission Society in Taiwan from 1966-1990.

Series: Audio Tapes

Oral history interview with Helen E. Berry in which she describes her youth, family, conversion, call to be a missionary, education at Wheaton College, missionary work with the Conservative Baptist Foreign Mission Society in Taiwan, church planting, evangelism, Buddhism, superstitions, idolatry, her discipleship work among women, national leadership of the Taiwanese churches, "prayer mountains," church and state relations, the roles of single and married women missionaries, deputation, and retirement. The time period covered by the interviews is 1924 to 1990.

Helen Berry was interviewed by Paul Ericksen on January 23, 1990 at the Billy Graham Center Archives at Wheaton College, Wheaton, IL.

Series: Paper Records (Box List)

The prayer letters in this collection (folder 1-1) describe Berry's missionary work in Taiwan under the Conservative Baptist Foreign Mission Society between 1966 and 1990. There are no letters for the years 1972 to 1976. The topics covered in the prayer letters are similar to those described in the oral history interview.


  • Created: 1990

Conditions Governing Access

There are no restrictions on the use of this collection.

Biographical or Historical Information

Full Name: Helen Elizabeth Berry

Birth Date: October 5, 1924

Birth Place: Rangeley, Maine

Parents: Charles W. and Winifred Hinkley Berry

Siblings: Two brothers, one sister

Conversion: Around 1935

Marital Status: Single

Denominational Affiliation: Conservative Baptist


1942 Graduated from Rangeley High School

1942-1945 Providence Bible Institute (now Barrington College, Rhode Island)

1945-1949 Wheaton College; BA in History

1952 University of Maine--Farmington; BS in Education


1954-? Teacher at Morrison Academy, Nanto, Taiwan

1966 Church work, visitation, Tou Liu, Taiwan

1967-1971 Church work, visitation, Peikang, Taiwan

1972 Church work, visitation, Pingtung, Taiwan

1974 Church work, visitation, Tso Ying, Taiwan

1975-1985 Church work, visitation, New Life Baptist Church, Kaohsiung, Taiwan

1986-1989 Church work, visitation, Wu Chang Baptist Church, Kaohsiung, Taiwan


1 Box

3 Audio Tapes

Language of Materials


Accruals and Additions

The materials in this collection were given to the Billy Graham Center Archives by Helen Berry in January and July 1990.

Accession 90-13, 90-81

February 21, 1996

Janyce H. Nasgowitz

Collection 428 Papers of Helen E. Berry
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description
Roman Script

Repository Details

Part of the Evangelism & Missions Archives Repository

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Wheaton IL 60187 US