Acknowledgment of Harmful Content

The Museum of Comparative Zoology (MCZ) community denounces all forms of racism, harassment, and discrimination and thrives to be an inclusive environment. We acknowledge the existence of harmful content within the collection data available on MCZbase and are committed to addressing this problem, including the presentation of racial and other derogatory language. Harmful content has been redacted when the change does not violate curatorial best practices. In some cases, the data must be preserved in its original form to retain authenticity and facilitate research. For example, collection records and their associated media may contain language that reflect historical place names or taxonomic identifications that are no longer acceptable or appropriate in an inclusive environment. This harmful content goes against the MCZ’s values but is provided as part of the historical record.