Museums in Canada that are documenting their historical collections in English generally use one of two well-known classification systems:

Both are standards used by museums to classify their collections, and to identify precise and consistent names for objects.

But how can a museum choose between these systems?

Can museums use both?  What are their relative strengths?

What are their main differences and similarities?

This paper provides an overview and comparison of these two North American standards, and guide museums in their choice.

Download (PDF, 762KB)