R. Sumi Matsumoto

Archival Experience


Merce Cunningham Trust

I am the Audiovisual Archivist for the Trust. My primary duty is to maintain the digital archive (Cantemo Portal DAMS) and the Dance Capsules. I help handle video requests, research rights, edit videos, and maintain the Trust's Vimeo site.


New York Public Library for the Performing Arts

I was a page in the Dance Division for nearly a year. I worked independently to measure, rehouse, and barcode about 1200 linear feet of scrapbooks in 3 months. While working remotely, I researched collection materials for various projects including education, remote access, and budgets. I also edited finding aids, rehoused collections, answered reference questions, performed basic mat repairs, and did basic cataloguing.


World Arts West

As a Dance/USA Fellow in Dance Archiving and Preservation, I worked with World Arts West. I created a relational database to store and organize the information in World Arts West's archives, focusing on maintaining unique cultural identities. Currently the database covers dance genres, companies, individual performers, dance works, performances, audition information, photographs, and videos. Working with data from 15 festivals, I populated the database with 438 dance works, 262 companies, over 5000 artists, and 455 performances.

Read more about my experiences working with World Arts West on my Dance/USA blog.


Jacob's Pillow Archives

During the summer of 2019, I worked as an Archives / Audience Engagement Intern at Jacob's Pillow. During my time there, I started to process a 14-box collection of materials donated by Kitty Cunningham, a dance enthusiast and critic. I surveyed the collection and wrote a processing plan. After approval of the plan, I arranged the materials and wrote folder-level descriptions. After arrangement, the collection was housed in lignin-free boxes.

I co-curated a mini-exhibit about historic, international dance artists at Jacob's Pillow, pulling materials from the photograph collection as well as the Ted Shawn/Jacob's Pillow Correspondence Collection. During the festival season, I acted as a reference librarian for patrons, research fellows, and dancers. I catalogued accessioned and newly created objects: primarily moving images, books, and programs.


Limón Institute Archives

I was a volunteer in the Limón Institute Archives for over a year. I edited and created DVD copies of moving images from master files to add to the viewing library. I also cross-referenced the moving images with program information to identify performers and performance dates. Additionally, I organized several boxes of unprocessed materials and catalogued performance programs.