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Unmuting Archival Silences

Content Warning: Encountering archival objects can be an emotional, embodied experience, especially since many materials contain a reflection of oppression and trauma experienced by marginalized individuals and communities.

Apart from the invisible biases produced through preservation practices, certain items in the collection of archival materials feature hate speech and racially-insensitive sentiments. Certain statements and images in these mini-collections may be disturbing to some viewers. Items containing sensitive content will feature a "Content Warning" in the description, should you wish to avoid examining these items closely.

Moreover, the description of an archival object is not always supplied by creators themselves and may not provide adequate description of these materials. We strongly recommend that anyone with additional information about an object, contact the Special Collections department.