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A Guide to Creating Inclusive and Reparative Archival Description

This Libguide provides a space for us to share the Tulane University Libraries' Guide to Creating Inclusive and Reparative Archival Description.


Following up on our published Statement on Harmful and Non-Inclusive Language in Archival Description, we created these guidelines to assist archival work for employees at Tulane University Libraries in creating conscious, inclusive description within a framework of cultural humility (Tai, 2020). These guidelines are not meant to be authoritative. We acknowledge the evolving nature of language, identity, and of archival descriptive practices. We commit to staying informed and aware of developments in the field. The guidelines serve as a foundation to:

    • Mitigate harm caused by archival description

    • Create a positive framework for future finding aid creation and revision

    • Enhance the opportunity for community input and feedback

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