1C1.    Supply a title when there is no title in the chief source of information nor in any other source.  Devise a title in English with an attempt to make it distinctive, applying the following provisions.

For single items, devise a brief descriptive title, and enclose it in square brackets.

For collections, devise a brief descriptive title and record it without square brackets.  The descriptive statement may include the name of the creator, creating body, collector, or source.

Details of the content, nature, scope, context, motivation, arrangement, etc., of the material may be fully described in the note area.

1997 UPDATE:  Optionally, use "[Untitled]" rather than devise a descriptive title for uncaptioned or otherwise untitled single images.  If appropriate for further identification, include a brief description of the item in a note.  (See also 5B14).

1C2.    For documentary material, give the factual content as far as possible.  Include the following elements of information, as appropriate:

an identification of the main subject(s) depicted, i.e., persons, events, activities, and objects;

geographical location(s) depicted, if known and significant;

the date (including month and day, if desirable) or span dates of what is being depicted if different from the date of publication or execution (see also 2F and 2H).


1C3.    Use the most tersely descriptive phrasing of the subject(s) when devising a title for works for which the interest is in the individual artist and the aesthetic value of the work itself.


See also:

1.  Title and Statement of Responsibility Area