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Hyku Cookbook: Creator

Recipes for metadata entry for UofL Digital Collections


This field is mandatory if available. It should be used whenever name(s) associated with the creation of the resource are known. If no names are known, leave the field blank.

field elements
Repeatable Yes. Enter each creator in the same field, separated by a semicolon and a space.
Hyku term creator
Search Yes
Hide No
Vocabulary Yes
Definition An entity primarily responsible for creating the intellectual content of the object, such as artists or photographers.

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 people_represented or contributor fields.

Hewett, Ainslie, 1880-1963

Lowdermilk, Susan

Webb, Todd

Thomas, Jean, 1881-1982

Potter, R. G. (Richard Gilbert)

Homans, Benjamin, 1765-1823

McCullough, Albert B.; Gilbert, Creighton