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Use City (Origin)

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  • This field contains the name of the city, town, village or municipality where the object was used.


  1. N.B.: Do not confuse the Use City field with the Originating City field. The Use City field indicates the name of the city where the object was used, whereas the Originating City field indicates the name of the city where the object was produced.

    A dress made in the Côte-d'Or Department, in Dijon, France, and used in Baton Rouge, Louisiana

     Object Name dress
     Originating ContinentEurope
     Originating Country France
     Originating ProvinceCôte-d'Or
     Originating CityDijon
     Use ContinentNorth America
     Use Country United States
     Use ProvinceLouisiana
    Use CityBaton Rouge
  2. For better search results in your database, avoid using a large variety of terms; draw up an authority list and add names of cities as necessary. See documentation tip No. 2 (in French only) for bibliographic references.
  3. This field is used in conjunction with the Use Continent, Use Country and Use Province fields.

    A tablecloth used in Genoa

     Object Name tablecloth
     Use ContinentEurope
     Use CountryItaly
     Use ProvinceLiguria
    Use CityGenoa

Entry rules:

  1. Enter the full name of the city, town, village or municipality; do not use abbreviations.

    Use City Santa Monica
     and not 
     Use City St. Monica
  2. If the name of the use city has changed, first enter its current name, followed by a comma and a space, then the name that applied at the time the object was used.

    A scraper used in Ville-Marie, dating from 1690

     Object Name scraper
     End Date 1690
     Use ContinentNorth America
     Use Country Canada, New France
     Use Province Quebec
    Use CityMontreal, Ville-Marie
  3. If you are unsure whether your information is correct, include a space and a question mark after the name of the city.
  4. This field may contain several entries, since an object may have been used in more than one city over the years—for instance if it belonged to someone who moved from city to city. The names of the cities should then be entered in chronological order, beginning with the most recent. Entries should be separated by a semicolon followed by a space.

    A carpet made in Turkey, for export, then used in Rome and later Toronto

     Object Name carpet
     Originating ContinentAsia
     Originating Country Turkey
     Use ContinentNorth America; Europe
     Use Country Canada; Italy
     Use ProvinceOntario; Latium
    Use City Toronto; Rome © Société des musées du Québec