If you want to study the American South, you go to Chapel Hill. If you want to study gravestones, you go to Amherst. African American history, however, is easily perceived as under-collected. While there are some online guides to African American archival collections, there is no centralized or authoritative source, especially when it comes to smaller, less researched collections.
Dorothy Berry is the digitization and metadata lead for Umbra Search African American History at the University of Minnesota. Her work has focused on the intersections of information science and African American history and has included research on nineteenth-century Black performing arts in the digital archives, exhibit creation for the Black Film Center/Archive and the Archives of African American Music and Culture, object conservation for the National Museum of African American History and Culture Smithsonian, and digital resource creation for the Ozarks Afro-American History Museum.