POSTS FROM ‘Nomenclature’

  • 28 Within Nomenclature 4.0 there are a few variations on the term “Model,” which falls under the classification of Documentary Artifacts, sub-class Other Documents. Most of the variation of the terms fall under this same umbrella as a secondary term such as “Model, Patent” or “Model, Topographic.” But is there a time when a model […]

  • When Nomenclature was first written it was designed to represent objects that are man-made. So, how do natural history collections fall into this lexicon? Well, the answer is up to your individual institution. The Nomenclature Task Force has had a lengthy discussion about natural history specimens and determined that, for the purposes of the current […]

  • Shortly after Nomenclature 4.0 was released, a colleague of mine John Neill, Riley County Historical Museum contacted me through social media asking, “Not sure if I’m surprised or not- or disappointed or not- to not find ‘Koozie’ in Nomenclature 4.” My first response was to suggest “Holder, Beverage” or “Holder, Insulated Beverage.” As I asked some follow-up […]

  • We received a query from Diane Kester at the Wayne County Historical Association & Museum in Goldsboro, North Carolina: What do you suggest for old permanent machine? Here’s what we have.    Paul Bourcier, editor of Nomenclature 3.0 and Nomenclature 4.0 answered: That would fall under Machine, Permanent Wave – a primary term under the sub-class, Hair Care Objects (see Nomenclature […]

  • Lynne Sylvester of the Winter Garden Heritage Foundation in Florida has posed this question: I have to catalog an Abstract of Title and do not know what the correct object name is.  Can you please help me or provide guidance on where I could find the correct terms? Paul Bourcier, editor of Nomenclature 4.0 and chair of the AASLH […]

  • If you are using PastPerfect 5 to catalog your museum collections, you might be a little intimidated by all of the fields available for the data entry of object names. Using the PastPerfect Field Descriptions found online on PastPerfect’s website, here is a quick reference for how you might choose to use some or all of […]

  • For those of you who purchased Nomenclature 4.0 you’ll be receiving a surprise in the mail in the near future, or perhaps you’ve already received it and have it sitting on your desk. As the Nomenclature Task Force continues to work on, expand, and improve future revisions for Nomenclature, we thought it an opportune moment […]

  • One of the great benefits of Nomenclature 4.0 is that it corrects the errors that we found after Nomenclature 3.0 was published. But, wouldn’t you know it, new errors had a habit of creeping in. The new edition has been out for six months now, and we’ve only found three errors so far: “Loom, Weight” (pp. […]

  • New Nomenclature 4.0 users that are familiar with Revised Nomenclature or Nomenclature 3.0 will notice a change in the naming of the hierarchical levels within the classification system. Whereas previous versions of Nomenclature referred to the three hierarchical levels as “Category,” “Classification,” and “Sub-classification,” Nomenclature 4.0 refers to “Category,” “Class,” and “Sub-Class.” This change was made […]

  • Today’s world is increasingly inundated with new models of mobile devices. This increase of various technological devices prompted the Nomenclature Task Force to think about the terminology for multi-functional mobile devices. Nomenclature 3.0 provided somewhat sufficient terms in Category 6: Tools & Equipment for Communication yet lacked the seemingly appropriate terminology for these types of […]