The Reparative Archival Description Working Group (RAD; previously the Reparative Archival Description Task Force) is charged by the Archival and Manuscript Description Committee (AMDECO) with creating recommendations regarding principles and practices for reparative archival description work. Reparative archival description aims to remediate or contextualize potentially outdated or harmful language used in archival description and to create archival description that is accurate, inclusive, and community-centered.
In its pilot project, RAD created reparative archival description recommendations and tested those recommendations by remediating Yale Library finding aids and catalog records on Japanese American incarceration during World War II.
RAD’s long term goals include developing guidelines for repositories about finding, remediating, and documenting instances of outdated or harmful language in archival description; improving access to Yale’s archival collections, by removing or contextualizing outdated or harmful language in archival description and access points; making archival description more transparent to researchers by documenting changes to description; developing public-facing documentation that details the scope and aim of the task force’s work; and exploring avenues for researchers to report archival description that contains outdated or harmful language.
The Reparative Archival Description Task Force was formed in November 2019 after AMDECO identified a need for legacy description remediation. Task force members identified a need to focus on the acknowledgement and repair of past harms caused by archival description, and took inspiration for its name from Lae'l Hughes-Watkins’ article, Moving Toward a Reparative Archive: A Roadmap for a Holistic Approach to Disrupting Homogenous Histories in Academic Repositories and Creating Inclusive Spaces for Marginalized Voices. The task force was re-charged as the Reparative Archival Description Working Group in 2021.
Bredbenner, Stephanie, Beinecke, 2019-present
Clemens, Alison, Manuscripts and Archives, 2019-present
Coggins, Jennifer, Manuscripts and Archives, 2021-present
Guérin, Sandrine, Beinecke, 2021-present
Hwang, Yoonha, Yale Center for British Art, 2021-present
Lehman, Monika, Beinecke, 2021-present
Peralta, Michelle, Manuscripts and Archives, 2021-present
Repp, Kevin, Beinecke, 2021-present
Spicher, Karen, Beinecke, 2019-present
Tai, Jessica, Beinecke; Chair, 2019-present
Wang, Hilary, Arts Library and Yale Center for British Art, 2021-present
Zorrilla Tessler, Camila, Manuscripts and Archives, 2021-present
Bredbenner, Stephanie, Beinecke, 2019- 2021
Clemens, Alison, Manuscripts and Archives, 2019-2021
Peebles, Catherine, Yale Center for British Art, 2019-2021
Spicher, Karen, Beinecke, 2019-2021
Tai, Jessica, Beinecke; Chair, 2019-2021
Thompson, Timothy, Technical Services, 2019-2021