Statements on Archival Content and Description
Statement on Content
These archival materials may contain scenes of violence or offensive language and imagery. While Special Collections does not endorse this content, we have made these items available to the public for purposes of transparency and research. In particular, we hope they provide evidence and context for understanding and examining war and violence and the long history of racism, sexism, anti-Semitism, genocide, and other forms of intolerance, discrimination, and hate.
Statement on Archival Description
While archivists seek to retain creators’ descriptions to preserve the context of records and allow critical historical assessment, we acknowledge that some language may be offensive. We try always to note our descriptive practices in our finding aids, such as putting notes by archivists in square brackets and letting researchers know when original folder titles were retained. Nevertheless, some finding aids created years ago and some creators’ descriptions present in collections may contain offensive language. We are reviewing our finding aids, but in the meantime, please contact us with any concerns about description and descriptive practices.