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CONTENTdm Cookbook: Contributor

3. Contributor

This is field is optional.

sample of elements that show on each field page

Yes. Enter each contributor in the same field, separated by a semicolon and a space.

Field Name Contributor
DC Mapping Contributor
Search Yes
Hide No
Vocabulary Yes. Choose “Use a controlled vocabulary from another field or collection”.
Definition The person(s) or organization(s) that made significant intellectual contributions to the resource but whose contribution is secondary to any entity already specified in a Creator element

Use for photographic studios (the photographer would be considered the Creator).

Do not use "Unknown"--just leave the field blank.

Use the correct form of the name when available in Library of Congress Authorities.

If an authoritative version of a name is not available, create one:

  • Invert personal names (as much as is known of Last name, First name, Middle name or initial, Birth and/or death date(s)).
  • Do not use honorifics, titles, or nicknames unless it is necessary to disambiguate (e.g., the first name of the person is unknown). Otherwise, these alternate forms of names (such as “Buddy” Jones; Reverend Murrell; Dr. Reed) may be used in the Description field but not as the authoritative version in this or the Creator or People Pictured OR People Discussed fields.
  • Enter corporate names in full, direct form.
  • Add these new names, plus those you have researched in the established authority files, to the shared controlled vocabulary file “People.”

The function of a contributor may be included in parentheses after the name. Use the Relator Terms


Caufield & Shook (photographer)

Royal Photo Co. (photographer)

Standard Oil Company of New Jersey (sponsor)

Template Yes. If the same contributor was responsible for the entire collection, use the Template Creator to input the data once for all records
Nickname contri

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