Offensive Content Statement

The diverse nature of our information resources means that some content may not align with the current values of the University Libraries or The Ohio State University. Certain materials within our Digital Collections might be considered offensive due to differing historical norms. However, we believe in presenting accurate history, even if it contains sensitive elements. This approach showcases our commitment to transparency and accountability, integral to our organizational principles.

While we endeavor to maintain up-to-date and appropriate descriptions, the language within the content remains in its original form to provide an authentic experience similar to accessing physical collections. This consistency ensures users of our Digital Collections have a parallel encounter to those using our physical materials.

When offensive descriptive language was used, we make revisions. Additionally, when we come across offensive content from the original creators, we provide contextual information for a clearer understanding. Our dedication lies in both rectifying existing instances of harmful language and collaborating with the community to cultivate a fresh, inclusive linguistic landscape.

As you encounter language and content that raises concerns, we encourage you to notify us. We acknowledge that identifying every instance of problematic content is challenging, thus we value input from you and our researcher community. We're actively engaged in updating outdated harmful descriptions and developing appropriate language in conjunction with our users. For more information, contact