In the case of books, documents, and publications, the title is the
published name. For other objects, title refers to the name of the
object. It should be noted that a number of objects in the Collection
The Lincoln Collection contains a wide variety of types of objects,
therefore a wide variety of “makers” populate the
Creator / Author data field. Some types of Creator / Author entries
include individual or multiple authors and artists, organizations,
publishing houses, photography studios, government agencies, and
If you know the exact identification number of an object in the
Collection, you can enter it into either the simple search box or in the
“Object ID #” field here in the advanced search tool. If
it’s not entered exactly as it appears in the data record, you may
see multiple results.
For books, documents, and publications, this refers to the city of
publication. For other objects, it refers to the place where the object
Refers to the primary materials that an object is composed of, such as
wood, metal, silver, cloth, etc. (Books, documents, serials, and other
paper publications are categorized under “paper,” which make
up the majority of the Collection.)
The description field contains the long description and provenance (if
it exists) of an object. It provides the most comprehensive, descriptive
background of an object.
This field can be useful when you know one piece of information about an
object, such as author name or part of a title, that you’ve already
entered into the corresponding field, but you still want to provide
another keyword to better limit or focus your search results.
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This refers to the year that an object was created or published. The
Lincoln Collection contains objects spanning four centuries
(1700s – 2000s).
ISBN is the International Standard Book Number used to identify
books. ISSN is the International Standard Serial Number used to
identify periodicals. (Note that books published prior to 1970 do
not have ISBNs.)
Series refers to the name of a group of items, each with its own
title, also bearing a collective title for the group as a whole.
For publications and books, the publisher field contains the name of
the publisher(s), and often the year of publication as well as the
city / cities of publication.