University Libraries Statement on Historic Yearbooks in Digital Collections

Feb. 15, 2019

Recent conversations about racially-charged content in historic issues of college yearbooks has been in the national media for the past week. The University Libraries, after consultation with experts and University Administration in 2010, issued a Historical Context Statement to go along with every issue of the Baylor “Roundup” available online in our Digital Collections. The statement reads:

"The Baylor University Libraries strive to make our digital collection resources available and useful to our faculty, staff, students, alumni, researchers, and the general public.

Through our Web sites, the Libraries offer broad public access to a wide range of information, including historical materials that may contain offensive language or negative stereotypes.

Such materials must be viewed in the context of the relevant time period. Baylor University does not endorse the views expressed in such materials."

Baylor University president Linda A. Livingstone, PhD, addressed this issue further in an email release to Baylor faculty, staff and students on February 15, which you can read here.

If you have any questions regarding this policy or our Digital Collections, please contact university_libraries@baylor.edu.