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Summary "Art & Architecture Thesaurus (AAT)"

Created by the J.Paul Getty Trust, the AAT is a thesaurus of terms used in the cataloguing and indexing of art, architecture, artifactual, and archival materials. In addition to broader, narrower, and related terms, it contains cross references, alternative terms, French equivalent terms, UK English equivalent terms, source information, and history and scope notes in a thesaurus format. The AAT was developed from numerous existing terminologies, and includes the vocabulary from the Revised Nomenclature, which is widely used in Canadian museums.

CHIN has contributed approximately 2600 French terms to the AAT; these are now visible within the AAT as French language equivalents for the most common terms. This bilingual version of the AAT is used to assist with searches in CHIN's Artefacts Canada:Humanities database and in the Virtual Museum of Canada.

CHIN recommends the use of the AAT for museums with broad humanities collections. Terminology found within the AAT would be appropriate for use in multiple fields of the Artefacts Canada: Humanities database. The AAT includes some French terminology, but the database interface is available only in English.
Institution / Organization: 
Submitted By: 
Canadian Heritage Information Network (CHIN)
Date Submitted: 
Collections Management > Standards
Standards and Best Practices
Field of expertise: 
Collections Management
Standards Type: 
CHIN Core Standards
Vocabulary & Classification
Art & Visual Resources
History & Ethnology
Vocabulary Control: 
Creator Role
Materials & Techniques
Object Naming & Classification
Time Periods & Styles