R. Sumi Matsumoto

MSLIS Portfolio, Class of 2021

About R. Sumi Matsumoto

MSLIS Candidate

As an information professional, I am interested in preserving legacy while increasing accessibility. My professional interests are specifically in dance archives and digital archives. The projects on this site were completed as part of my masters degree studies in Library and Information Science at Pratt Institute. These projects exemplify my interest in digital collections, dance-related archives, and information ethics. Through digitization, I hope to increase visibility and accessibility of archival material. Through artist archives, I hope to promote scholarship of performing arts.

I graduated from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor with a BFA in Dance and a minor in Computer Science. I became interested in pursuing a masters degree in Library and Information Science after volunteering in the Limón Institute Archives. I was intrigued by the balance of art and science necessary for archival work. I have worked at the Jerome Robbins Dance Division of the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts and the Jacob's Pillow Archives. I am currently the Audiovisual Archivist for the Merce Cunningham Trust and a Dance/USA Fellow in Dance Archiving and Preservation. Learn more about my professional experience in archives and dance on my personal website.