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Events, places, people (Identification)

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  • This field contains information on various aspects associated with the history of the object.


  1. Use this field to enter the names of events, places and people associated with the object.

    A 19th-century monstrance used at the Sainte-Victoire church

     Object Name monstrance
      Period 19th century
    Events, places, people Sainte-Victoire church
  2. N.B.: Do not confuse the Events, places, people field with the Narrative field. The Event, places, people field contains the names of event, places and people significant to the history of the object. The Narrative field contains comments, anecdotes and contextual information on the object.

    A tuque bearing an image of the Quebec Winter Carnival

     Object Nametuque
    Events, places, peopleQuebec Winter Carnival
      Narrative This tuque was purchased on Alphonse Marcoux's first visit to Quebec City.
  3. For better search results in your database, avoid using a large variety of terms; draw up an authority list and add keywords as necessary. Subdivide your list according to the events, places and people associated with the object.

Entry rules:

  1. Enter the full name of the event, place or person; do not use abbreviations.

    Events, places, peopleSecond World War
     and not 
     Events, places, people WWII
  2. For a person, enter the family name, comma, space and first name.

    A hockey stick used by Maurice Richard

     Object Namehockey stick
    Events, places, people Richard, Maurice
  3. Initials should be followed by periods.

    Events, places, peopleMacDonald, Georges L.
  4. Periods and commas should be followed by a space, unless they are followed by other punctuation.

    Events, places, people Roy, C. A.; Péloquin, Louise
  5. If a person has an honorific title, enter his or her family name, comma, space, first name, comma, space and the title.

    Events, places, peopleBilodeau, Michel, doctor
  6. This field may contain multiple entries separated by a semicolon followed by a space.

    A letter from Jean Talon while he was Intendant of New France

     Object Nameletter
    Events, places, people Talon, Jean; New France © Société des musées du Québec