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Originating City (Origin)

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


  1. 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.
  2. This field is used in conjunction with the Originating Continent, Originating Country and Originating Province fields.

    A jug from Montpelier, in the state of Vermont, United States

     Object Name jug
     Originating ContinentNorth America
     Originating Country United States
     Originating ProvinceVermont
    Originating City Montpelier

Entry rules:

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

    An bottle from Los Angeles, in the United States

     Object Name bottle
     Originating ContinentNorth America
     Originating CountryUnited States
     Originating ProvinceCalifornia
    Originating CityLos Angeles
     and not 
     Originating City L. A.
  2. If the name of the originating city has changed, first enter its current name, followed by a comma and a space, then the former name of the city.

    A projectile point dating from 1645, found on the Pointe-à-Callière site in Montreal

     Site NamePointe-à-Callière
     Object Name projectile point
     End Date1645
     Originating Country Canada, New France
     Originating ProvinceQuebec
    Originating City Montreal, 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.

    A piece of lace from Calvados, probably from the city of Bayeux

     Object Namepiece of lace
     Originating Country France
     Originating ProvinceCalvados
    Originating CityBayeux ?
  4. This field may not contain more than one entry. © Société des musées du Québec