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NARRATIVE - Humanities

Field label
NARRATIVE
Field mnemonic
NAR
Field name
  • Narrative
  • Commentaires
Field definition
This field contains comments, stories, or contextual information about the object. Can include associated people, organizations, places, and events in the object's history, comments from an interpretive/curatorial perspective, text of a wall label, entry from a published catalogue, etc.
Status
Strongly recommended for uploading to Artefacts Canada.
Heading
DESCRIPTIVE 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). This field was added to Artefacts Canada in 2009 as a result of a recommendation by the CHIN Standards Working Groups.
Entry rules
Enter comments, stories, or contextual information about the object. Discuss some or all of the salient characteristics and historical significance of the object. Discuss the significance, function, or subject of the object. Enter information not already fully described in other fields. Use natural word order. Use complete sentences. List information in the order of importance, chronologically, or from general to specific, depending on which is appropriate for the particular work. If these ways of ordering do not apply, provide information in this order: what is the object (type, subject, style), who is responsible for it, where was it made, when was it made. Omit any of these if they are not significant, or if they are included in other fields. Use sentence case and capitalize proper names. Avoid abbreviations. Write the Narrative in the language of the catalogue record. Use diacritics as appropriate. All information that is in the Narrative and is required for retrieval should also be indexed in appropriate fields elsewhere in the record.
Cataloguers rules
For physical description of the object, see Description (DE).
Data type
alpha-numeric string
Examples
  • This radio was purchased for $38.50 from the Dupuis Frères summer 1948 catalogue.
  • George Smith said his grandfather used this as a leather hammer.
  • This harrow was introduced at the 1976 Saskatchewan Farm Progress Show.
  • Ce radio a été commandé dans le catalogue de l’été 1948 du magasin Dupuis et Frères.
  • Pierre Bélanger a affirmé que son grand-père s'en servait comme marteau.
Discipline
  • History
  • Ethnology
Source
  • History Task Force
  • Ethnology 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 247-251. Website: http://www.vraweb.org/ccoweb/cco/about.html (accessed 2013-10-28).
Field label (French)
COMMENTAIRES
Field mnemonic (French)
COM

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