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Originating Province (Origin)

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  • This field contains the name of the province where the object originated.


  1. This field may also contain the name of a Canadian territory, an American state, a British county, a Swiss canton, a French department, a Japanese prefecture or any other equivalent of the term "province."

    A painting from the French Alpes-Maritimes

     Object Namepainting
     Originating ContinentEurope
     Originating Country France
    Originating Province Alpes-Maritimes
  2. For better search results in your database, avoid using a large variety of terms; draw up an authority list and add names of provinces as necessary. See documentation tip No. 2 (in French only) for bibliographic references.
  3. This field is used in conjunction with the Originating Continent and Originating Country fields.

    A vase from Staffordshire county in England

     Object Namevase
     Originating ContinentEurope
     Originating Country United Kingdom, England
    Originating Province Staffordshire

Entry rules:

  1. Enter the full name of the province; do not use abbreviations.

    A fan from the state of Vermont, in the United States

     Object Name fan
     Originating ContinentNorth America
     Originating CountryUnited States
    Originating ProvinceVermont
     and not 
     Originating ProvinceVt
  2. If the name of the originating province 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 produced.

    A scraper from the eastern part of the Northwest Territories, now called Nunavut

     Object Name scraper
     Originating ContinentNorth America
     Originating Country Canada
    Originating ProvinceNunavut, Northwest Territories
  3. If you are unsure whether your information is correct, include a space and a question mark after the name of the province.
  4. This field may not contain more than one entry. © Société des musées du Québec