Reparative Description in Archives and Special Collections

Documentation about and for reparative description, and information about efforts to remediate metadata in the Archives and Special Collections Department of the University of Minnesota Libraries

Antiracism Work at the U of M Libraries

Dean of the Libraries, Lisa German, said, "Antiracism is a journey, as Ibram X. Kendi tells us in How to Be an Antiracist, and we commit to identifying and addressing the ways white supremacy manifests itself throughout all aspects of librarianship. We must be accountable for this work. Our U Office for Equity and Diversity says: We all share responsibility for equity and diversity — it’s everybody’s everyday work. We are committed to making this a priority for the University of Minnesota Libraries."

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UMN resources to guide reparative work

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Metadata and Description: Statement of Values and Principles
Statement providing a framework for University of Minnesota Libraries staff conducting this work

Archives and Special Collections collection guides language editing guidelines
Guidance on making and documenting changes to descriptive language in archival finding aids

Statement on historical language in archival description
This statement is linked from all pages in ArchivesSpace and is also the basis for harmful language notes that may be added to individual collection guides or archival objects within collection guides.

Harmful in digital repositories statement
This statement is linked in the footer of all pages in the University Libraries' UMedia digital repository.  Future plans are in place to incorporate the statement more prominently.

Last Updated: Jun 25, 2024 10:30 AM