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CLASSIFICATION - Humanities

Field label
CLASSIFICATION
Field mnemonic
CLSN
Field name
  • Classification
  • Classification de l'objet
Field definition
This field contains the super-category for the object.
Status
Strongly recommended for uploading to Artefacts Canada.
Heading
IDENTIFICATION 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 super-category. Multiple entries are allowed. Follow precisely the headings of the classification system you are using. Use of an established classification system is encouraged, but if you are developing your own categories, use the singular form where the term refers to a broad type. Uncertain data should be followed by space and "?".
Cataloguers rules
If only one level of classification is needed, it is preferable to use Category (CTGY). If two levels are needed, it is preferable to use Category (CTGY) and Sub-category (SCAT). If three levels are needed, it is preferable to use Category (CTGY), Sub-category (SCAT) and Group (GRP).
Data type
alpha-numeric string
Examples
  • functional object
  • art object
  • maquette ?
  • objet de fabrication artisanale
Authority list
• The Revised Nomenclature for Museum Cataloging: A Revised and Expanded Version of Robert G. Chenhall's System for Classifying Man-Made Objects. Altamira Press, 1995. • Nomenclature 3.0 for Museum Cataloging: Third Edition of Robert G. Chenhall’s System for Classifying Man Made Objects. American Association for State and Local History Nomenclature Committee, 2010. • Parks Canada Classification System for Historical Collections, 1992. • Parks Canada. Look and Learn: Descriptive and Visual Dictionary of Objects Website: http://www.pro.rcip-chin.gc.ca/bd-dl/dvp-pvd-eng.jsp (accessed 2010-03-05). • Société des Musées Québécois, The Info-Muse classification system for ethnology, history and historical archaeology museums. In Documenting Your Collections: Info-Muse Network Documentation Guide. Website: http://www.smq.qc.ca/publicsspec/guidesel/doccoll/en/classificationethno/index.htm (accessed 2010-03-05) • Société des Musées Québécois, The Info-Muse classification system for fine arts and decorative arts museums. In Documenting Your Collections: Info-Muse Network Documentation Guide. Website: http://www.smq.qc.ca/publicsspec/guidesel/doccoll/en/classificationarts/index.htm (accessed 2010-03-05).
Discipline
  • Multidiscipline
Source
  • Canadian Museum of Civilization
  • 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 238-239. Website: http://www.vraweb.org/ccoweb/cco/about.html (accessed 2013-10-28).
Field label (French)
CLASSIFICATION DE L'OBJET
Field mnemonic (French)
CLOB

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