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CULTURE - Humanities

Field label
CULTURE
Field mnemonic
CU
Field name
  • Culture
  • Culture
Field definition
This field identifies the culture associated with the object based on its social/geographic origin, and contains the primary information on culture.
Status
Strongly recommended for uploading to Artefacts Canada. Required field for uploading to Artefacts Canada for data contributed to Artefacts Canada as part of a CHIN-funded project (e.g. VMC).
Heading
ETHNOLOGICAL FIELDS
Comments
Edits were made to this field in May 2010. Data entry rules were made more precise, and harmonized with those recommended in Cataloging Cultural Objects: A Guide to Describing Cultural Works and Their Images. By Murtha Baca, Patricia Harpring, Elisa Lanzi, Linda McRae, and Ann Whiteside. Visual Resources Association. Chicago: American Library Association, 2006. Website: http://www.vrafoundation.org/ccoweb/index.htm (accessed 2010-03-05).
Entry rules
Enter the name of the culture. Multiple entries are allowed. Generally use the adjectival form of a proper noun for a culture, region, nation, or continent. In rare cases, when there is no commonly used adjectival form, use the noun form (for example, Asia Minor). Capitalize terms for culture and nationality. Avoid abbreviations. Use terms in the language of the catalogue record, except in cases where no exact English-language equivalent exists. Use diacritics as required. When in doubt about which specific culture or nationality produced a work, chose a broader concept about which you are certain. Uncertain data should be followed by space and "?".
Cataloguers rules
This field is the main cultural identifier and should always be entered, even if no other cultural fields are used. See also, Cultural Context (CUC), Geographic Cultural Area (GCUD), Culture Original (CUO), and Cultural Identifier (CUI).
Data type
alpha-numeric string
Examples
  • Canadian
  • Chinese
  • Mexican
  • Babylonian
  • Inuit
  • Cree
  • Chipewyan
  • Late Woodland
  • Pre-Columbian
  • French ?
  • canadienne
  • chinoise
  • mexicaine
  • babylonienne
  • inuit
  • cree
  • Chipewyan
  • sylvicole supérieur
  • pré-colombien
  • français ?
Authority list
Art & Architecture Thesaurus (AAT). J. Paul Getty Trust. Website: http://www.getty.edu/research/conducting_research/vocabularies/aat (accessed 2010-03-05). The Styles and Periods Hierarchy is especially relevant for this field.
Discipline
  • Multidiscipline
Source
  • Archaeology (Specimens) Task Force
  • Cataloging Cultural Objects: A Guide to Describing Cultural Works and Their Images. By Murtha Baca, Patricia Harpring, Elisa Lanzi, Linda McRae, and Ann Whiteside. Visual Resources Association. Chicago: American Library Association, 2006. Pages 164-166. Website: http://www.vraweb.org/ccoweb/cco/about.html (accessed 2013-10-28).
Field label (French)
CULTURE
Field mnemonic (French)
CU

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