Reparative Archival Description Task Force (RAD)
The Reparative Archival Description Task Force (RAD) is charged by the Archival and Manuscript Description Committee with creating draft recommendations regarding principles and practices for reparative archival description work. Reparative archival description aims to remediate or contextualize potentially problematic or harmful language used in archival description and to create archival description that is accurate, inclusive, and community-centered.
In its pilot project, RAD will create reparative archival description recommendations and will test those recommendations by remediating Yale 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 harmful language in archival description; improving access to Yale’s archival collections, both via improved descriptive access points and via improved appropriateness of descriptive terminology (i.e. removing or contextualizing harmful language); 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 harmful language.