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Dorothy Berry

Dorothy Berry

Dorothy Berry is the Digital Collections Program Manager at Houghton Library, where she oversees the digitization of thousands of manuscripts and rare books a year. Her research focuses on Black lives in the archives, with a drive to highlight African American stories that, though forgotten, have shaped our contemporary lives. She can be found on Twitter @dorothyjberry, or at

The cover of a music book for the musical "He's Up Against The Real Thing Now," starring Bert Williams and George Walker, 1898

When Black Celebrities Wore Blackface

A Black Bohemia flourished in New York before the Harlem Renaissance and with it a new type of self-determined, contradictory Black celebrity.