Maynooth University’s Special Collections & Archives aim to describe special collections and archival materials in an accurate and informative manner that is inclusive and respectful to the individuals and communities who create, use, and are represented in the collections we care for. Some of the materials in our holdings contain offensive, derogatory or harmful language. Our catalogue and/or archival descriptions may also include historical language of their time-periods that by today's standards may be considered racist, sexist, or otherwise harmful to racialised and marginalised populations.
We acknowledge that description is not neutral, nor are the individuals who create it, and what constitutes appropriate description varies with context, time, and the views of the description creator.
We are committed to updating and revising our descriptive language in relation to:
If you encounter language in finding aids, catalogue records of archival holdings, digitised collections, exhibitions, etc., that you find problematic, offensive or harmful, or if you have questions or concerns, we welcome your feedback. Please email email@example.com
This statement was adapted from those of Princeton University Library, Stanford Libraries, Temple University Libraries, UBC, U Waterloo & Simon Fraser University Library. It was (last updated) on 2023-03-30.