Statement on Socially Conscious Cataloging and Archival Descriptions

The Utah Historical Society is conducting a review of the descriptions and terminology of our archives and special collections catalog. We are working to update outdated descriptions and headings of works within the collections to better represent all Utahns. The review includes content used to describe a work, rather than features inherent to the specific work or its context. Professional terminology such as Library of Congress Subject Headings and Name Authorities can be slow to change, yet are integral to our alignment with national and international standards and findability. When such are not yet updated, local subject headings may be added to better represent current and respectful language.

We invite patron participation to increase the lens and request that if you see language or interpretation that may need to be expanded upon, to please submit the instance(s) and proposed corrections for internal review and consideration.

We thank you for your participation, patience, and understanding as we undertake this important project.

Michele Elnicky
Librarian / Historical Collections Specialist
Utah Historical Society