Responsible Curation, Ethical Presentation, and Reparative Description: A Workshop on Handling Sensitive Materials in Archival and Digital Collections

Activity: Talk typesInvited talk


In recent years, there has been an increased interest in how the archival profession can remediate harmful language and inform users of sensitive content in their collections. While many archivists agree that there is a need for this work, insufficient official guidelines, practical tools, and real-world examples can render the work daunting and its implementation particularly challenging. In this workshop, we will explore various approaches to the thoughtful remediation of sensitive materials, both in archival and digital collections. We then examine materials from libraries and archives and discuss the ways in which archivists might apply these approaches to make materials more representative, equitable, and inclusive.
PeriodJan 27 2023
Held atSociety of Southwest Archivists, United States


  • diversity
  • equity
  • inclusion
  • DEIA
  • archives
  • description
  • reparative description
  • metadata
  • digital collections
  • ethics