Statement on Updating Collections Description with Reparative Language
Apr 2, 2021
If you scroll to the bottom of any record in our online collection, you’ll notice a new paragraph addressing our commitment to writing image descriptions that are respectful to the individuals and communities who create, use, and are represented in them.
For a variety of reasons, visitors may encounter outdated, harmful, or offensive language in collections descriptions. We are always reviewing and revising these descriptions in a way that balances original context with an awareness of the effect of language used. We can remedy some issues quickly, but others require more systematic review and intervention.
Historic New England is committed to implementing reparative language descriptions for existing collections and creating respectful and inclusive language descriptions for new collections.
Help our collections services team
If you encounter language in our online collection that is harmful or offensive, or you find materials that would benefit from a content warning, please email us about it. We welcome your feedback.