Documenting Your Collections
Info-Muse Network Documentation Guide

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User (Origin)

Field to be used with an authority listField used for science and technology collectionsSociété des musées québécois Info-Muse database field


  • This field contains the name or company name of the user of the object.


  • The user corresponds to the name of the public or private organization that used the object, or of the person who used it.

Entry rules:

  1. Enter the name of the organization or company, without inverting it.

    User Compagnie Rolland
     and not 
     User Rolland, Compagnie
  2. Enter the name of the company as it was officially known when the object was used. Enter the acronym if it is the name the company is best known by, followed by the full name in parentheses.

    User IBM (International Business Machines)
  3. Do not use your own translation when you enter the name of a company.

    User Banque nationale de Paris
     and not 
     User National Bank of Paris
  4. When the name of the company exists in several languages, including English or French, enter the name of the user in the language used to document your collections, regardless of what is marked on the object.

    User Canadian General Electric Company Limited
     and not 
     User La compagnie Générale Électrique du Canada limitée
  5. When the user is a person, enter the family name, comma, space and first name.

    UserLefebvre, Pierre-Paul
  6. Initials should be followed by periods.

    UserMacDonald, Georges L.
  7. Periods and commas should be followed by a space, unless they are followed by other punctuation.

    User Roy, C. A.; Péloquin, Louise
  8. If an individual has an honorific title, enter his or her family name, comma, space, first name, comma, space and the title.

    UserBilodeau, Michel, doctor
  9. If you are unsure whether your information is correct, include a space and a question mark after the user's name.
  10. This field may contain multiple entries separated by a semicolon followed by a space. The list should begin with the most recent user.

    A meter was used by Southern Canada Power from May 12, 1958 to September 23, 1964 and then by Shawinigan Water and Power from September 24, 1964 to December 6, 1966

     Object Namemeter
    User Shawinigan Water and Power; Southern Canada Power
      Service Begin Date 1964-09-24; 1958-05-12
      Service End Date1966-12-06; 1964-09-23 © Société des musées du Québec