Definitions of the categories
The categories used to classify most artifacts held by the Canadian Museum of Civilization Corporation are based on the Parks Canada classification system (adapted from The Revised Nomenclature for Museum Cataloguing. A Revised and Expanded Version of Robert G. Chenhall's System for Classifying Man-Made Objects, by James R. Blackaby, Patricia Greeno, and The Nomenclature Committee; AASLH Press, 1988).
The category definitions given here are extracts, abridged and adapted, from the publication Canadian Parks Service Classification System for Historical Collections, Environment Canada, 1992, and revisions supplied by Rosemary Campbell, National Collections Manager, Parks Canada, reproduced with permission.
Not all of the categories, nor all of the examples given in each category, are represented in the Collections Storage space of the Virtual Museum.