Statement on Offensive and Harmful Content in our Collections

Records held in libraries and archives may contain imagery and language that are potentially harmful and could be considered inappropriate or offensive in the context of today. These records continue to be an informative part of the historical record and serve to create a complete and complex view of the time period in which they were created. We attempt to balance the preservation of and access to this history with sensitivity to its presentation. The original descriptions, many of which were written decades ago, can provide important context, but can also demonstrate biases and prejudices.

Today, we strive to be inclusive and write historically accurate and respectful descriptions. We continually work with our partners and contributors to assess and update offensive or harmful content and descriptions. We also work to correct factual inaccuracies in a timely manner, as well as to continuously add more imagery and documents of subjects traditionally underrepresented in the visual and written narrative of history. For more information please contact Library Administration (

(Adapted from Getty Images’ Cultural Sensitivity - Archive - Getty Images)

Selection and Deaccessioning

The Library selects, acquires, manages and provides access to collections in many different formats to the extent that resources allow.  Library collections support curriculum-related instruction, extracurricular learning, and other campus and regional educational objectives.  In building its collections, the Library takes into account all the degrees and programs offered by the University at the undergraduate and graduate levels, along with the needs of the many individual courses and activities that comprise those programs and degrees.  In order to maintain a quality library collection for teaching and research, the Library has implemented a process whereby outdated, duplicated, mutilated, superseded or unneeded materials are withdrawn.