Archives for Black Lives in Philadelphia (A4BLiP) Anti-Racist Description Resources

Archives for Black Lives in Philadelphia Anti-Racist Description Resources is a descriptive standard that offers metadata recommendations for archival professionals to address racist, particularly anti-Black, archival description, in order to assist archivists who handle collections about, by, and for people of the Black diaspora that are often held at predominantly white institutions. The recommendations are grouped into seven categories: Voice and Style; Community Collaboration and Expanding Audiences; Auditing Legacy Description and Reparative Processing; Handling Racist Folder Titles and Creator-Sourced Description; Describing Slavery Records; Subjects and Classification; and Transparency. The Resources also includes an extensive and annotated bibliography of referenced sources, gathering the work of archivists and librarians theorizing and practicing anti-oppressive description.

Maintained by the Archives for Black Lives in Philadelphia (A4BLiP) Anti-Racist Description Working Group.

SAA Council Approval/Endorsement Date: 
August 2022

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