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Marks
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Edition
Facture
Orientation/
Arrangement
Physical
Description
Condition/
Examination History
Conservation/
Treatment History
Subject Matter
Context
Descriptive Note
Critical Responses
Related Works
Current Location
Copyright/
Restrictions
Ownership/
Collecting History
Exhibition/Loan History
Cataloging History
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Related Textual References
Person/Corporate Body Authority
Place/Location
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Generic Concept Authority
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Cataloging Examples
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Categories for the Description of Works of Art
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Overview of Categories 


List of Categories

CDWA: CORE CATEGORIES

FOR THE OBJECT, ARCHITECTURE, OR GROUP

Catalog Level
Object/Work Type
Classification Term
Title or Name
Measurements Description
Materials and Techniques Description
Creator Description
Creator Identity
Creator Role
Creation Date
   Earliest Date
   Latest Date
Subject Matter
Current Location Repository Name/Geographic Location
Current Repository Numbers

FOR RELATED TEXTUAL REFERENCES AUTHORITY
Brief Citation
Full Citation

FOR CREATOR IDENTIFICATION AUTHORITY
Name
Source
Display Biography
Birth Date
Death Date
Nationality/Culture/Race
Life Roles

FOR PLACE/LOCATION AUTHORITY
Place Name
Source
Place Type
Broader Context

FOR GENERIC CONCEPT AUTHORITY
Term
Source
Broader Context
Scope Note
Source

FOR SUBJECT AUTHORITY
Subject Name
Source
Broader Context



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CDWA: FULL LIST OF CATEGORIES


1. OBJECT/WORK
1.1. Catalog Level
1.2. Object/Work Type
1.3. Object/Work Type Date
1.3.1. Earliest Date
1.3.2. Latest Date
1.4. Components/Parts
1.4.1 Components Quantity
1.4.2 Components Type
1.5. Remarks
1.6. Citations
1.6.1. Page

2. CLASSIFICATION
2.1. Classification Term
2.2. Remarks
2.3. Citations
2.3.1. Page

3. TITLES OR NAMES
3.1. Title Text
3.2. Title Type
3.3. Preference
3.4. Title Language
3.5. Title Date
3.5.1. Earliest Date
3.5.2. Latest Date
3.6. Remarks
3.7. Citations
3.7.1. Page

4. CREATION
4.1. Creator Description
4.1.1. Creator Extent
4.1.2. Qualifier
4.1.3. Creator Identity
4.1.4. Creator Role
4.1.5. Creator Statement
4.2. Creation Date
4.2.1. Earliest Date
4.2.2. Latest Date
4.2.3. Date Qualifier
4.3. Creation Place/Original Location
4.3.1. Place Qualifier
4.4. Object/Work Culture
4.5. Commissioner
4.5.1. Commissioner Role
4.5.2. Commission Date
4.5.2.1. Earliest Date
4.5.2.2. Latest Date
4.5.3. Commission Place
4.5.4. Commission Cost
4.6. Creation Numbers
4.6.1. Number Type
4.7. Remarks
4.8. Citations
4.8.1. Page

5. STYLES/PERIODS/GROUPS/ MOVEMENTS
5.1. Styles/Periods Description
5.2. Styles/Periods Indexing Terms
5.2.1. Term Qualifier
5.3. Remarks
5.4. Citations
5.4.1. Page

6. MEASUREMENTS
6.1. Dimensions Description
6.2. Dimensions Type
6.3. Dimensions Value
6.4. Dimensions Unit
6.5. Dimensions Extent
6.6. Scale Type
6.7. Dimensions Qualifier
6.8. Dimensions Date
6.8.1. Earliest Date
6.8.2. Latest Date
6.9. Shape
6.10. Format/Size
6.11. Remarks
6.12. Citations
6.12.1. Page

7. MATERIALS/TECHNIQUES
7.1. Materials/Techniques Description
7.2. Materials/Techniques Flag
7.3. Materials/Techniques Extent
7.4. Materials/Techniques Role
7.5. Materials/Techniques Name
7.6. Material Color
7.7. Material Source Place
7.8. Watermarks
7.8.1. Watermark Identification
7.8.2. Watermark Date
7.8.2.1. Earliest Date
7.8.2.2. Latest Date
7.9. Performance Actions
7.10. Remarks
7.11. Citations
7.11.1. Page

8. INSCRIPTIONS/MARKS
8.1. Inscription Transcription or Description
8.2. Inscription Type
8.3. Inscription Author
8.4. Inscription Location
8.5. Inscription Language
8.6. Typeface/ Letterform
8.7. Mark Identification
8.8. Inscription Date
8.8.1. Earliest Date
8.8.2. Latest Date
8.9. Remarks
8.10. Citations
8.10.1. Page

9. STATE
9.1. State Description
9.2. State Identification
9.3. Known States
9.4. Remarks
9.5. Citations
9.5.1. Page

10. EDITION
10.1. Edition Description
10.2. Edition Number or Name
10.3. Impression Number
10.4. Edition Size
10.5. Remarks
10.6. Citations
10.6.1. Page

11. FACTURE
11.1. Facture Description
11.2. Remarks
11.3. Citations
11.3.1. Page

12. ORIENTATION/ARRANGEMENT
12.1. Orientation/Arrangement Description
12.2. Orientation Indexing Terms
12.3. Remarks
12.4. Citations
12.4.1. Page

13. PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION
13.1. Physical Appearance
13.2. Physical Description Indexing Terms
13.3. Remarks
13.4. Citations
13.4.1. Page

14. CONDITION/EXAMINATION HISTORY
14.1. Condition/Examination Description
14.2. Examination Type
14.3. Examination Agent
14.4. Examination Date
14.4.1. Earliest Date
14.4.2. Latest Date
14.5. Examination Place
14.6. Remarks
14.7. Citations
14.7.1. Page

15. CONSERVATION/TREATMENT HISTORY
15.1. Conservation/Treatment Description
15.2. Treatment Type
15.3. Treatment Agent
15.4. Treatment Date
15.4.1. Earliest Date
15.4.2. Latest Date
15.5. Treatment Place
15.6. Remarks
15.7. Citations
15.7.1. Page

16. SUBJECT MATTER
16.1. Subject Display
16.2. General Subject Terms
16.2.1.General Subject Type
16.2.2. General Subject Extent
16.2. Specific Subject Terms
16.3.1.Specific Subject Type
16.3.2. Specific Subject Extent
16.4. Outside Iconography Term
16.4.1.Outside Iconography Code
16.4.1.Outside Iconography Source
16.5. Subject Interpretive History
16.6. Remarks
16.7. Citations
16.7.1. Page

17. CONTEXT
17.1. Historical/Cultural Events
17.1.1. Event Type
17.1.2. Event Identification
17.1.3. Event Date
17.1.3.1. Earliest Date
17.1.3.2. Latest Date
17.1.4. Event Place
17.1.5. Event Agent
17.1.5.1. Agent Role
17.1.6. Contextual Cost or Value
17.2. Architectural Context
17.2.1. Building/Site Context
17.2.2. Part/Placement Context
17.2.3. Architectural Context Date
17.2.3.1. Earliest Date
17.2.3.2. Latest Date
17.3. Archeological Context
17.3.1. Discovery/Excavation Place
17.3.2. Excavation Site Sector
17.3.3. Excavator
17.3.4. Discovery/Excavation Date
17.3.4.1. Earliest Date
17.3.4.2. Latest Date
17.4. Historical Location Context
17.4.1. Historical Location Place
17.4.2. Historial Location Date
17.4.2.1. Earliest Date
17.4.2.2. Latest Date
17.5. Remarks
17.6. Citations
17.6.1. Page

18. DESCRIPTIVE NOTE
18.1. Descriptive Note Text
18.2. Remarks
18.3. Citations
18.3.1. Page

19. CRITICAL RESPONSES
19.1. Critical Comment
19.2. Comment Document Type
19.3. Comment Author
19.4. Comment Date
19.4.1. Earliest Date
19.4.2. Latest Date
19.5. Comment Circumstances
19.6. Remarks
19.7. Citations
19.7.1. Page

20. RELATED WORKS
20.1. Related Work Label/Identification
20.1.1. Work Relationship Type
20.1.2. Work Relationship Date
20.1.2.1. Earliest Date
20.1.2.2. Latest Date
20.2. Work Broader Context
20.2.1. Historical Flag
20.2.2. Broader Context Date
20.2.2.1. Earliest Date
20.2.2.2. Latest Date
20.2.3. Hierarchical Relationship Type
20.3. Relationship Number
20.4. Remarks
20.5. Citations
20.5.1. Page

21. CURRENT LOCATION
21.1. Current Location Description
21.2. Current Repository /Geographic Location
21.3. Current Repository Numbers
21.3.1. Number Type
21.4. Gallery/Shelf Location
21.5. Current Credit Line
21.6. Object/Work Label/Identification
21.7. Remarks
21.8. Citations
21.8.1. Page

22. COPYRIGHT/RESTRICTIONS
22.1. Copyright Statement
22.2. Copyright Holder Name
22.3. Copyright Place
22.4. Copyright Date
22.4.1. Earliest Date
22.4.2. Latest Date
22.5. Remarks
22.6. Citations
22.6.1. Page


23. OWNERSHIP/COLLECTING HISTORY
23.1. Provenance Description
23.2. Transfer Mode
23.3. Cost or Value
23.4. Legal Status
23.5. Owner/Agent
23.5.1. Owner/Agent Role
23.6. Ownership Place
23.7. Ownership Date
23.7.1. Earliest Date
23.7.2. Latest Date
23.8. Owner's Numbers
23.8.1. Number Type
23.9. Owner's Credit Line
23.10. Remarks
23.11. Citations
23.11.1. Page

24. EXHIBITION/LOAN HISTORY
24.1. Exhibition/Loan Description
24.2. Exhibition Title or Name
24.3. Exhibition Type
24.4. Exhibition Curator
24.5. Exhibition Organizer
24.6. Exhibition Sponsor
24.7. Exhibition Venue
24.7.1. Venue Name/Place
24.7.2. Venue Date
24.7.2.1. Earliest Date
24.7.2.2. Latest Date
24.8. Exhibition Object Number
24.8.1. Number Type
24.9. Exhibition Object/Work Label/Identification
24.10. Remarks
24.11. Citations
24.11.1. Page

25. CATALOGING HISTORY
25.1. Cataloging Institution
25.2. Cataloger Name
25.3. Cataloger Action
25.4. Area of Record Affected
25.5. Cataloging Date
25.5.1. Earliest Date
25.5.2. Latest Date
25.6. Remarks
25.7. Object/Work Record ID

26. RELATED VISUAL DOCUMENTATION
[references to Object/Work]
26.1. Image References
26.1.1. Image to Work Relationship Type

[Image Authority information]
26.2. Image Label/Identification
26.2.1. Image Catalog Level
26.2.2. Image Type
26.2.3. Image Title/Name
26.2.3.1 Image Title Type
26.2.4. Image Measurements
26.2.4.1. Dimensions Type
26.2.4.2. Dimensions Value
26.2.4.3. Dimensions Unit
26.2.5. Image Format
26.2.6. Image Date
26.2.6.1. Earliest Date
26.2.6.2. Latest Date
26.2.7. Image Color
26.2.8. Works Depicted
26.2.9. Image View Description
26.2.9.1. View Type
26.2.9.2. View Subject
26.2.9.2.1. View Subject Indexing Terms
26.2.9.3. View Date
26.2.9.3.1. Earliest Date
26.2.9.3.2. Latest Date
26.2.10. Image Maker/Agent
26.2.10.1. Image Maker Role
26.2.10.2. Image Maker Extent
26.2.11. Image Repository
26.2.11.1. Image Repository Numbers
26.2.11.1.1. Number Type
26.2.12. Image Copyright/Restrictions
26.2.12.1. Image Copyright Holder
26.2.12.1.1. Image Copyright Holder's Numbers
26.2.12.1.1.1. Number Type
26.2.12.2. Image Copyright Date
26.2.12.2.1. Earliest Date
26.2.12.2.2. Latest Date
26.2.13. Image Source
26.2.13.1. Image Source Number
26.2.13.1.1. Number Type
26.2.14. Related Image
26.2.14.1. Image Relationship Type
26.2.14.2. Image Relationship Number
26.2.14.3. Image Relationship Date
26.2.14.3.1. Earliest Date
26.2.14.3.2. Latest Date
26.2.15. Image Broader Context
26.2.16. Remarks
26.2.17. Citations
26.2.17.1. Page
26.2.18. Image Authority Record ID

27. RELATED TEXTUAL REFERENCES
27.1. Citations for Sources
27.1.1. Page
27.1.2. Work Cited or Illustrated
27.1.3. Cited Object/Work Number
27.1.3.1. Number Type

[Citations Authority information]
27.2. Source Brief Citation
27.2.1. Source Type
27.2.2. Source Full Citation
27.2.2.1. Source Title
27.2.2.2. Source Broader Title
27.2.2.3. Source Author
27.2.2.4. Source Editor/Compiler
27.2.2.5. Source Publication Place
27.2.2.6. Source Publisher
27.2.2.7. Source Publication Year
27.2.2.8. Source Edition Statement
27.2.3. Remarks
27.2.4. Citations Authority Record ID

28. PERSON/CORPORATE BODY AUTHORITY
28.1. Person Authority Record Type
28.2. Person/Corporate Body Name
28.2.1. Preference
28.2.2. Name Type
28.2.3. Name Qualifier
28.2.4. Name Language
28.2.5. Historical Flag
28.2.6. Display Name Flag
28.2.7. Other Name Flags
28.2.8. Name Source
28.2.8.1. Page
28.2.9. Name Date
28.2.9.1. Earliest Date
28.2.9.2. Latest Date
28.3. Display Biography
28.4. Birth Date
28.5. Death Date
28.6. Birth Place
28.7. Death Place
28.8. Person Nationality/Culture/Race
28.8.1. Preference
28.8.2. Nationality/Culture Type
28.9. Gender
28.10. Life Roles
28.10.1. Preference
28.10.2. Role Date
28.10.2.1. Earliest Date
28.10.2.2. Latest Date
28.11. Person/Corporate Body Event
28.11.1. Event Date
28.11.1.1. Earliest Date
28.11.1.2. Latest Date
28.11.2. Event Place
28.12. Related Person/Corporate Body
28.12.1. Person Relationship Type
28.12.2. Person Relationship Date
28.12.2.1. Earliest Date
28.12.2.2. Latest Date
28.13. Person/Corporate Body Broader Context
28.13.1. Broader Context Date
28.13.1.1. Earliest Date
28.13.1.2. Latest Date
28.14. Person/Corporate Body Label/Identification
28.15. Person/Corporate Body Descriptive Note
28.15.1. Note Source
28.15.1.1. Page
28.16. Remarks
28.17. Citations
28.17.1. Page
28.18. Person Authority Record ID

29. PLACE/LOCATION AUTHORITY
29.1. Place/Location Authority Record Type
29.2. Place Name
29.2.1. Preference
29.2.2. Name Type
29.2.3. Name Qualifier
29.2.4. Name Language
29.2.5. Historical Flag
29.2.6. Display Name Flag
29.2.7. Other Name Flags
29.2.8. Name Source
29.2.8.1. Page
29.2.9. Name Date
29.2.9.1. Earliest Date
29.2.9.2. Latest Date
29.3. Geographic Coordinates
29.4. Place Types
29.4.1. Preference
29.4.2. Place Type Date
29.4.2.1. Earliest Date
29.4.2.2. Latest Date
29.5. Related Places
29.5.1. Place Relationship Type
29.5.2. Place Relationship Date
29.5.2.1. Earliest Date
29.5.2.2. Latest Date
29.6. Place Broader Context
29.6.1. Broader Context Date
29.6.1.1. Earliest Date
29.6.1.2. Latest Date
29.7. Place/Location Label/Identification
29.8. Place/Location Descriptive Note
29.8.1. Note Source
29.8.1.1. Page
29.9. Remarks
29.10. Citations
29.10.1. Page
29.11. Place Authority Record ID

30. GENERIC CONCEPT AUTHORITY
30.1. Concept Authority Record Type
30.2. Concept Term
30.2.1. Term Qualifier
30.2.2. Preference
30.2.3.Concept Language
30.2.4. Historical Flag
30.2.5. Term Source
30.2.5.1. Page
30.2.6. Term Type
30.2.7. Term Date
30.2.7.1. Earliest Date
30.2.7.2. Latest Date
30.3. Related Generic Concepts
30.3.1. Concept Relationship Type
30.3.2. Concept Relationship Date
30.3.2.1. Earliest Date
30.3.2.2. Latest Date
30.4. Concept Broader Context
30.4.1. Broader Context Date
30.4.1.1. Earliest Date
30.4.1.2. Latest Date
30.5. Generic Concept Label/Identification
30.6. Concept Scope Note
30.6.1. Note Source
30.6.1.1. Page
30.7. Remarks
30.8. Citations
30.8.1. Page
30.9. Concept Authority Record ID

31. SUBJECT AUTHORITY
31.1. Subject Authority Record Type
31.2. Subject Name
31.2.1. Preference
31.2.2. Name Type
31.2.3. Name Qualifier
31.2.4. Name Language
31.2.5. Historical Flag
31.2.6. Display Name Flag
31.2.7. Other Name Flags
31.2.8. Name Source
31.2.8.1. Page
31.2.9. Name Date
31.2.9.1. Earliest Date
31.2.9.2. Latest Date
31.3. Subject Date
31.3.1. Earliest Date
31.3.2. Latest Date
31.4. Subject Roles/Attributes
31.4.1. Preference
31.4.2. Role Date
31.4.2.1. Earliest Date
31.4.2.2. Latest Date
31.5. Related Subject
31.5.1. Subject Relationship Type
31.5.2. Subject Relationship Date
31.5.2.1. Earliest Date
31.5.2.2. Latest Date
31.6. Subject Broader Context
31.6.1. Broader Context Date
31.6.1.1. Earliest Date
31.6.1.2. Latest Date
31.7. Related Place/Location
31.7.1. Place Relationship Type
31.8. Related Person/Corporate Body
31.8.1. Person Relationship Type
31.9. Related Generic Concept
31.9.1. Concept Relationship Type
31.10. Subject Label/Identification
31.11. Subject Descriptive Note
31.11.1. Note Source
31.11.1.1. Page
31.12. Remarks
31.13. Citations
31.13.1. Page
31.14. Subject Authority Record ID


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Template of Categories

Each category and subcategory has been arranged using a consistent template.


For each category


DEFINITION


Overall definition of the category


SUBCATEGORIES


A list of the subcategories within the present category


DISCUSSION


A discussion of the issues surrounding the category


For each subcategory


DEFINITION


Definition for the particular subcategory


EXAMPLES


Examples of the data that could populate this subcategory


DISCUSSION and GUIDELINES


A discussion of the issues surrounding the subcategory and guidelines for the content and sources of information for each field.


TERMINOLOGY/FORMAT


Applicable controlled vocabularies other resources and advice on how the data should be formatted


RELATED CATEGORIES and ACCESS


Subcategories that may be related and ways in which researchers might wish to retrieve the information




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Revised 9 April 2014