»PAPERS, DATES:»1990-1998

5 linear inches»






The »papers (donor no. 472) were donated by »Venise Berry.


The »papers are open for research.


»Copyright has been transferred to the University of Iowa.



Jenny Meyer, 1998Your name, year».



Robert Jett, November 24, 1998. [BerryVenise.doc]



Venise Torriana Berry, author, journalist and educator, was born in 1956 to Jean and Virgil Berry and reared in Des Moines, Iowa.  In 1977, she received a bachelor’s degree with a double major in journalism and mass communication from the University of Iowa.  Two years later, she received her master’s degree in communication studies, also from the University of Iowa.  She earned her Ph.D. in Radio, Television and Film from the University of Texas in 1989.


Berry worked in various radio stations in Texas as a news reporter and director.  While in Texas, she taught mass communication and had administrative responsibilities at Huston-Tillotson College and served as an instructor of telecommunications at Texas Southern University.  In 1991, Berry returned to the University of Iowa to assume the position of assistant professor of journalism and mass communication.


Berry is the author of the novel So Good and co-editor of Mediated Messages and African-American Culture:  Contemporary Issues, both of which were published in 1996.  She is also the author of several articles pertaining to music and the media’s influence on black society.  In 1998, Berry received the Myers Center Award for the Study of Human Rights in North America for her work on Mediated Messages and African American Culture.  This national award is given annually to the best scholarship on the subject of intolerance in North America.


Berry has one daughter named Averi, born in the fall of 1996.


Scope and Content Note


            Begin text here:The» Venise Berry papers date from 1990» to 1998 and measure five» linear inches.  The »papers consist of biographical material, three books, manuscripts, newspaper clippings, publicity material and writings.


The biographical material consists of a copy of Berry’s resume dated 1997 and information printed from the home page that she maintains on the Internet.  The home page includes reviews of Berry’s books.


            The newspaper clippings include interviews with Berry and reviews of her books So Good and Mediated Messages and African-American Culture. Announcements of Berry’s readings are included in the publicity material.  The collection also includes articles written by Berry, which examine the effects that the media and rap music have on blacks.

            Copies of the hardcover and paperback versions of So Good and a version of Mediated Messages and African-American Culture are shelved in the printed works collection.



»consist he                                                                                                         Related Collections

Jean Berry papers.

            Jean Berry is Venise Berry’s mother.

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Box no.  Description

Box 1


Biographical material, 1997

Newspaper clippings, 1996-2004

Publicity, 1996-1997


Articles, 1990-1994

Book:  So Good

Manuscript, 1996 (2 folders)

Proofs (uncorrected), 1996

So Good (Penguin, 1996, hard cover) [shelved in printed works       collection]

So Good (Signet, 1997, paperback) [shelved in printed works         collection]

Book:  Mediated Messages and African-American Culture:                 Contemporary Issues  edited by Venise T. Berry and Carmen Manning-Miller (Sage Publications, 1996, paperback)      [shelved in printed works collection]