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  • Nomenclature 4.0 for Museum Cataloging is an updated and expanded edition of Robert G. Chenhall’s system for classifying human-made objects, originally published in 1978. The Chenhall system is the standard cataloging tool for thousands of museums and historical organizations across the United States and Canada. For this fourth edition, hundreds of new terms have been […]

  • This article, by Ron Kley, offers recollections of a participant in the earliest developments of Nomenclature for Museum Cataloging. Kley remains actively involved in the evolution of that classification/lexicon project – with a retrospective look at antecedents dating back to Biblical times, and some speculation regarding the future course(s) of the initiative. Takeaway Messages  The Nomenclature […]

  • Robert G. Chenhall’s nomenclature for classifying man-made objects is the standard cataloging tool for thousands of museums and historical organizations across the United States and Canada. Nomenclature’s lexicon of object names, arranged hierarchically within functionally defined categories, has become a de facto standard within the community of history museums in North America.

  • Museums in Canada that are documenting their historical collections in English generally use one of two well-known classification systems: Nomenclature 3.0 (or the older Revised Nomenclature, or Classification System for Historical Collections and its updated online version, the Parks Canada Descriptive and Visual Dictionary of Objects Both are standards used by museums to classify their collections, and […]

  • This 90-minute audio PowerPoint presentation provides a historical overview of the Nomenclature classification system, as well as details about the structure, format, and conventions of Nomenclature 3.0, with a focus on changes from the previous version, Revised Nomenclature. Presenters have also included information on the format of the Nomenclature 3.0 book. (From a presentation at […]

  • This PDF from the AASLH Nomenclature Task Force offers a basic introduction to Nomenclature 3.0. It includes information on the structure, format, and conventions of Nomenclature 3.0. It also provides step-by step instructions for use, including: Basic cataloging and indexing Addition of object terms Cross-indexing of multipurpose or combination objects Cataloging object sets, components, containers, […]

  • In response to survey results and months of data gathering and research, this help manual from Sarah Kapellusch of the Nomenclature Committee and Brian Gomez of PastPerfect answers questions about converting to Nomenclature 3.0 in PastPerfect and walks you through a variety of cataloging scenarios using step-by-step instructions. It discusses what to expect during the […]

  • LISTEN: Download audio As museums turn to technology to share their collections, cataloging standards are more important than ever. Learn how the recently published Nomenclature 3.0 for Museum Cataloging is meeting this need. Panelists discuss Nomenclature’s new structure, format, conventions, and general use. Learn how the accompanying website and other supplementary materials can help museums […]

  • Nomenclature 3.0  is a much-expanded edition of Robert G. Chenhall’s system for classifying man-made objects, originally published in 1978. The Chenhall system is the standard cataloging tool for thousands of museums and historical organizations across the United States and Canada. In this third edition, three new hierarchical levels of terms allow for more precise definitions of […]

  • Having a digital version of a collections catalogue is more necessary now than ever. This Technical Leaflet provides a comprehensive outline of how to approach creating a digital collections catalogue, from choosing software to establishing a standard vocabulary. Though this leaflet was written in 2001, the presented process of computerizing collections records remains relevant for […]