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Descriptive and Visual Dictionary of Objects

The Descriptive and Visual Dictionary of Objects The Descriptive and Visual Dictionary of Objects
© Parks Canada

By Rosemary Campbell, National Collections Manager, Ottawa, with the assistance of Gynette Tremblay, Ethno linguist, Quebec City.

The Descriptive and Visual Dictionary of Objects was conceived in English and French as part of a national project managed by Louise Bernard, Rosemary Campbell, Richard Gauthier and Rodger McNicoll. This new publication, which is designed to educate people about Canadian material culture, includes descriptions and illustrations of objects conserved and presented in national historic sites. The project was prepared by Parks Canada teams in Ontario and Quebec with the assistance of academics and professionals in the field.

The first volume of the dictionary includes 2,000 entries, 600 illustrations and over 3,000 terms. It shows everyday objects from the past to the present, ranging from heating to hairdressing, including furniture, clothing, household items, toiletries and more, all classified according to Parks Canada's Classification System for Historical Collections.

Drawing on linguistics principle to define ethnological collections, this dictionary provides an innovative reference for the casually curious and specialists alike. It is also an invaluable tool for the identification and cataloguing of objects which reflect our rich Canadian heritage. Volume one is the first volume in a series that is sure to appeal to anyone with an interest in history, ethnology, culture, and historical objects.

A dictionary for historical object aficionados and ethnology enthusiasts!

The publication is available from:

Parks Canada Publications Service,
Heritage Presentation and Public Education Branch
25 Eddy Street, 6th Floor
Hull, Quebec
K1A 0M5

(819) 994-2566

or from:

Les publications du Québec
P.O. Box 1005
Québec, Quebec
G1K 7B5
Tel.: (418) 643-5150 or 1 800 463-2100
Fax: (418) 643-6177 or 1 800 561-3479