The Gustavus Library is committed to fostering an inclusive and welcoming environment for all our patrons. We acknowledge that harmful and outdated language or terminology exists in our materials’ historical catalog records and finding aids (such as descriptions and inventories of collections), however much we strive to use appropriate, inclusive, and respectful language today.
Harmful or offensive language may appear for the following reasons:
We are dedicated to critically examining our descriptive practices. If you encounter any language that you consider to be harmful or offensive to yourself or others, please use this form to report it and suggest alternative language. Our library staff is engaged in an ongoing effort to revise the finding aids and descriptions to which we have access. We will contact the Library of Congress to request that changes be made whenever we come across items under their purview and will supplement our own descriptions with more respectful terms as necessary.
Click here to report harmful language: Harmful Language Report Form
Special thanks to the Black Women’s Suffrage Digital Collection, Emory University Libraries, and the Getty Research Institute, whose harmful-language and antiracist statements helped inform our own.