MARMIA staff aims to use respectful and inclusive language to describe the archival materials in our collections. Users may encounter harmful language and content that were written by the creator(s), and may be inaccurate or use outdated and/or offensive language. We acknowledge that language, social norms, and archival best practices change, and that language that was once considered acceptable may no longer be appropriate. We acknowledge that these descriptions reflect power imbalances between archival professionals and the people represented in the materials. When we discover unacceptable descriptions, we will update them by removing language that could be harmful to users or is offensive to the people being described. In an effort to show transparency and preserve historical context, we will note on the record if descriptions were changed because this context helps the understanding of the era, attitudes, and opinions of their creators. We recognize that terminology evolves over time and that efforts to create respectful and inclusive description must be iterative and ongoing.

Please be aware that the majority of our transcripts are speech-to-text generated and have not been edited. We apologize for any errors that may be problematic and are aiming to have all transcripts edited.

Please contact us if you encounter problematic description by filling out our Feedback Form for Harmful Language and Content in Records. Revisions may include providing additional context and/or replacing problematic terminology. We will respond to your feedback and communicate any action we will take to update the language.

Last updated: May 2023