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Title (Identification)

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  • This field contains the title given to the object.


  • This is the title most widely used within the institution or the original title given by the artist, maker or designer or a title given by the curator.

Entry rules:

  1. Enter the whole title; do not use abbreviations.

    Title Galacidalacidesoxiribunucleicacid (Homage to Crick and Watson)
     and not 
     Title Galacidala...
  2. Do not underline the title and do not put it in quotation marks, unless they are part of the title. Respect the original spelling. Do not use "sic," as it would be considered part of the title.

    A print whose title is marked on the composition

      Object Name print
    Title La véritable Guillotine ordinaere/Ha, le bon soutien pour la Liberté
      Cataloguer Remarks Title in old French
  3. "Untitled" can itself be a title, if this is what the artist named the piece.

      Object Name painting
      Artist/Maker McEwen, Jean
  4. If this object is a work of art and has no title, enter "No title." It may be assigned a title, however. If the artist is living, you may settle on a title with him or her. If the artist is deceased, the curator may choose a title, following appropriate research and with respect for the work.

    A drawing of a fish by Jean-Philippe Dallaire, untitled

      Object Namedrawing
      Artist/Maker Dallaire, Jean-Philippe
    TitleThe Fish
  5. If the object is not part of a fine art collection and no title has been assigned to it, leave this field blank.

      Object Namecandelabra
      Artist/Maker Amyot, Laurent
  6. A common object may have been designed and given a title by its artist or maker. If so, enter this information in this field.

      Object Name chair
      Artist/Maker Mies Van der Rohe, Ludwig
    Title Barcelona
  7. Capitalize all words except articles, conjunctions of fewer than four letters, and prepositions of fewer than four letters.1 For French titles, capitalize all words up to the first noun, if the title begins with a definite article or with a qualifying adjective or numeral; otherwise, capitalize the first word but not the following words.2

    Title Rain in the North Country
    Title The Wind Beneath My Wings
    Title La Jeune Fille à l'écharpe rouge
    Title Une jeune fille à l'écharpe rouge
  8. Proper names and personified names are naturally capitalized, in English and French titles.

    Title The Life of St. Francis of Assisi
    Title Le Loup et l'Agneau
  9. Even if some words appear all in capitals in the original title, capitalize only initial letters.
  10. In titles containing hyphenated compounds, always capitalize the first element. Capitalize the second element if it is a proper noun or proper adjective or if it is as important as the first element.

    Title A History of Eighteenth-Century Literature
  11. This field may not contain more than one entry.

  1. This rule and the following rules concern the use of capital letters in titles in English. They are based on The Canadian Style: A Guide to Writing and Editing. Toronto: Dundurn Press Limited in co-operation with Public Works and Government Services Canada, Translation Bureau, 1997.
  2. This rule and the following rule concern the use of capital letters in titles in French. These rules are based mainly on THOMAS, Adolphe V. Dictionnaire des difficultés de la langue française. Paris: Librairie Larousse, 1988, p. 407. © Société des musées du Québec