New insights

Ever wonder what it would be like to know Berry’s famous founder? Well, we can’t quite offer you that (unless someone out there has access to a time machine), but the Martha Berry Digital Archive provides the next best thing. This new online resource is a freely available, collaborative, community driven project featuring more than 13,000 digital images of handwritten notes, typewritten letters, photographs and other documents dating from 1885 to 1941 that make up the Martha Berry Collection in the Berry College Archives. It was conceived by Dr. Stephanie Schlitz (92C) and developed in collaboration with students, faculty and staff at Berry as well as students and staff members at Penn State University and Bloomsburg University.

Together, these items reveal the real Martha Berry while also yielding new insights into history, language, culture and other related topics, including American politics, women’s issues, agriculture, education reform and family history. The beauty of this resource is that it is ever evolving, and with your help we can learn even more!

Get involved today by visiting the MBDA website and creating an editor’s account. This will allow you to take an active role in answering simple but important questions about document dates, authors, recipients and subjects, thus improving our understanding of each item’s historical and cultural significance. Whether you have a few minutes or a few hours, we welcome your contributions!

Look for more on the development of the MBDA in the Summer 2013 issue of Berry magazine.

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