Dorothy Judith Berry Archivist

Archiving to Open Doors

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Showing actor Danny Glover selections from the Richard E. Norman Collection at the Black Film Center/Archive

Showing actor Danny Glover selections from the Richard E. Norman Collection at the Black Film Center/Archive

Dorothy Judith Berry

I am the Digitization and Metadata Lead for Umbra Search African American History. I graduated from the Department of Folklore and Ethnomusicology and the School of Information and Library Science at Indiana University, and currently serve on the Diversity Committee of the Society of American Archivists. My work has focused on the intersections of information science and African American history, ranging from newspaper database research on the earliest mentions of African American concert music performances, to inventory design for the cosmetic kit of Hollywood's first Black woman makeup artist, to exhibit curation highlighting transatlantic art inspired by African American film.

Archival materials open the door to history in visceral and unfettered ways. I am committed to a career of expanding access to those materials through creative and innovative ways focusing on digital and physical methodologies that unite stakeholder communities with their often displaced heritages.