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Beryl Bergquist papers

Collection number: ahc.MSS1240

Scope and Contents

This collection contains materials relating to the professional organizations to which Beryl Bergquist was affiliated. The bulk of materials are administrative files of the Society of International Business Fellows and planning papers for the Atlanta Sports Carnival, organized by Atlanta Leukemia Research, Inc. Included are biographies of the presidents of the organizations, correspondence, finances, meeting minutes, travel notes, membership rosters, and her membership application and certification. There are also programs and newsletters pertaining to Bergquist's immigration work. Additionally, there is a booklet highlighting homes and architecture in the Tuxedo Park neighborhood and Valley Road area of Atlanta, Georgia.


  • 1977-2017, undated


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Unpublished manuscripts are protected by copyright.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

Biographical / Historical

Beryl Bergquist (1949- ), known as Beryl B. Farris during her married years, was born to Vincent Finval Bergquist (1913-?) and Helen Dodd Buck Bergquist (1919-?) in Columbus, Georgia, where she was raised. Bergquist graduated from Sweet Briar College in Sweet Briar, Virginia, with a Bachelor of Science in Mathematical Physics in 1971. She then lived in Norfolk, Virginia, before moving to Gaeta, Italy, for two years. After earning her law degree from Emory University School of Law in 1977, she opened her own law practice, Beryl B. Farris Immigration and Customs Law. Bergquist also completed a short course in international business at the London Business School as a member of the 1987 class of the Society of International Business Fellows. In 1985, she was elected president of the Emory Law School Alumni Association and was named a distinguished alumna for Sweet Briar College. Bergquist won a federal court case that recognized engineering as an appropriate profession for prospective immigrants and compelled the Immigration and Naturalization Service to grant a professional visa to her client. In addition, she wrote legislation that required issuance of Georgia birth certificates to foreign-born adoptive children where they could choose to list their birth country or the United States.


0.417 linear ft. (one document case)




This collection is arranged alphabetically by titles supplied by staff.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift, 2021

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Processing Information

This collection was processed in 2023.

Beryl Bergquist papers
Sara Matthews
January 2023
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Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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Repository Details

Part of the Kenan Research Center at Atlanta History Center Repository

130 West Paces Ferry Road
Atlanta GA 30305