Revisiting ablist language

Dynamic Archives: naming and identification takes recent examples in oral history, American history and Chinese history to illustrate how descriptive practice in archives and special collections change with the times, but also in response to challenges to historically exclusionary and white, patriarchal supremacist practices that obscure many lived experiences. This exhibition also demonstrates how improved descriptive practices can improve the researcher experience and enhance discovery.

Exhibition overview

Lippman letter donating oral history interviews with “retardation” experts | Leopold Lippmann Collection, formerly “The Retarded Children Collection”