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The Browser’s Guide to Visual Arts

in the Arts and Humanities Library

As with most American libraries, organizes books and bound volumes of magazines by the Library of Congress Classification System.  The following table can give you a general sense of where most of the visual arts books and magazines are.  Note the many exceptions at the end of the table.  As you can see, the medium is an important part of the organization.  Unfortunately, this means that books on a versatile artist might be in many different places: under painting, drawing, prints, etc.  Browsing can be a fine way to get a sense of how much is available, to make interesting discoveries, and simply to relax.  However, it is usually not a very effective way to find a specific book, article, or picture.  Please always ask at the Arts and Humanities Music and Media Center, 2nd Floor West Pattee if you are not finding what you want by browsing.  Otherwise…browse all you like.  While you are browsing, notice that you may turn on lights in the Pattee Stacks.  They are on timers and shut off automatically.


The Visual Arts
Topic Classification Numbers General Location at University Park
     
The Visual Arts in More Than One Medium  N1-9999 3rd Floor West Pattee
General Art Magazines N1-25 3rd Floor West Pattee
Art Education N81-390 3rd Floor West Pattee
Visual Arts By Historical Periods N5300-7418 3rd Floor West Pattee
Art Museums N390-5290 3rd Floor West Pattee
Art History by Periods N5300-6349 3rd Floor West Pattee
Modern (19th & 20th-century) Art N6350-6499 3rd Floor West Pattee
Art & Artists by Countries (U.S. = 6505-6538) N6500-7407 3rd Floor West Pattee
Subjects and Symbols or Art N7560-8300 3rd Floor West Pattee
Art Business, Collecting, Patronage N8350-9095 3rd Floor West Pattee
     
Architecture NA1-9500 Pattee Stacks Level 1A, 2 & Architecture Library 

(Most architecture before 1850 is in Pattee.  Architecture & landscape after 1850 is in the Architecture Library.)

 

Visual Arts Continued...
Topic Classification Numbers General Location
Sculpture NB1-1953 Pattee Stacks Level 2

General Sculpture Magazines & Collections

NB1-59 Pattee Stacks Level 2

Sculpture by Historical Periods

NB60-199 Pattee Stacks Level 2

Sculpture & Sculptors by Countries (U.S. = 200-250)

NB200-615 Pattee Stacks Level 2

Sculpture by Materials

NB1202-1271 Pattee Stacks Level 2

Forms & Subjects of Sculpture

NB1272-1953 Pattee Stacks Level 2

Drawing, Illustration, & Design
Topic Classification Numbers General Location at University Park
Drawing, Illustration, & Design (Graphic Arts) NC1-1860 Pattee Stacks Level 2

Graphic Arts Magazines and Collections

NC1-45

Pattee Stacks Level 2

Graphic Arts by Historical Periods

NC50-99

Pattee Stacks Level 2

Graphic Arts & Artists by Countries (U.S.= 103-140)

NC101-377

Pattee Stacks Level 2

Graphic Arts by Subjects or Form

NC760-825

Pattee Stacks Level 2

Graphic Arts by Materials & Techniques

NC845-950 Pattee Stacks Level 2

Illustration

NC953-996 Pattee Stacks Level 2

Advertising Art (many graphic design mags)

NC997-1284 Pattee Stacks Level 2

Master Drawings

NC1005-1260 Pattee Stacks Level 2

Caricature, Comics, & Animation

NC1280-1800 Pattee Stacks Level 2

Posters, etc.

NC1801-1860 Pattee Stacks Level 2

 

Painting
Topic Classification Numbers General Location at University Park
Painting ND1-1469 Pattee Stacks Level 2

Painting by Historical Periods

ND49-196 Pattee Stacks Level 2

Painting & Painters by Countries (U.S.= 203-239)

ND201-1113 Pattee Stacks Level 2

Painting Appreciation, Instruction & Technique

ND1115-1263 Pattee Stacks Level 2

Figural and Portrait Painting

ND1288-1338 Pattee Stacks Level 2

Landscape Painting

ND1340-1369 Pattee Stacks Level 2

Still Life Painting

ND1390-1399 Pattee Stacks Level 2

Other Subjects of Painting

ND1390-1469 Pattee Stacks Level 2

Prints
Topic Classification Numbers General Location at University Park
Prints NE1-3003 Pattee Stacks Level 2

General Prints Magazines & Collections

NE1-265 Pattee Stacks Level 2

History of Printmaking

NE400-499 Pattee Stacks Level 2

Prints & Printmakers by Countries (U.S.=503-540)

NE500-795 Pattee Stacks Level 2

Special Subjects of Prints

NE800-966 Pattee Stacks Level 2

Prints by Techniques

NE1000-3003 Pattee Stacks Level 2

Decorative and Applied Arts
Topic Classification Numbers General Location at University Park
Decorative and Applied Arts NK1-9956 Pattee Stacks Level 2

General Decorative Arts Magazines and Collections

NK1-599 Pattee Stacks Level 2

History of the Decorative Arts

NK600-1499 Pattee Stacks Level 2

Design Theory

NK1500-1520 Pattee Stacks Level 2

Design Motifs, Elements & Subjects

NK1530-1699 Pattee Stacks Level 2

Interior Decoration and Furnishings

NK1700-3497 Pattee Stacks Level 2

Ceramics

NK3700-4698 Pattee Stacks Level 2

Glass, Gems & Ivory

NK5100-5999 Pattee Stacks Level 2

Metalwork

NK6400-8460 Pattee Stacks Level 2

Textiles

NK8800-9506 Pattee Stacks Level 2

Wood

NK9600-9956 Pattee Stacks Level 2

Visual Arts and Other Fields
Topic Classification Numbers General Location at University Park
The Visual Arts in Relation to Other Fields NX1-820 Pattee Stacks Level 2

General Arts Magazines, etc.

NX1-129 Pattee Stacks Level 2

The Arts by Related Subjects (Psychology, etc.)

NX165-280 Pattee Stacks Level 2

The Arts in Education

NX280-411 Pattee Stacks Level 2

History of the Arts by Periods, Places & Movements

NX440-499 Pattee Stacks Level 2

The Arts by Countries

NX500-599 Pattee Stacks Level 2

Subjects of the Arts (Death, etc.)

NX600-699 Pattee Stacks Level 2

Patronage and Management of the Arts

NX700-820 Pattee Stacks Level 2
     
Some Graphic Novels and Comics PN6720-6790 Pattee Stacks Level 2A

Photography
Topic Classification Numbers General Location at University Park
Photography TR1-1050 3rd Floor West Pattee

General Photography Magazines & Collections

TR1-12 3rd Floor West Pattee

History of Photography & Photographers

TR15-145 3rd Floor West Pattee

Technology and Techniques of Photography

TR146-623 3rd Floor West Pattee

Artistic Photography & Photographers

TR624-688 3rd Floor West Pattee

Commercial & Scientific Photography

TR690-819 3rd Floor West Pattee

Photojournalism

TR820-821 3rd Floor West Pattee

Cinematography & Video Production

TR845-1050 3rd Floor West Pattee
     
Handicrafts TT1-985 Paterno Library – 3rd Floor

(Similar to the categories under Decorative Arts but with a hobby or commercial orientation.)

Exceptions

· Current issues of art magazines are shelved near the Music and Media Center, 2nd Floor West Pattee.

· Reserve books are removed from the regular shelves and placed at the Commons Services Desk (1st Floor Central Pattee) at the request of teachers so that all students in a class can use them.

· Reference books (those intended for quick look-up information) are shelved on 206 West Pattee.

· Rare, valuable, or fragile books may be in closed stacks behind the desk at the Music and Media Center or in Special Collections.

· Videos and audio recordings are in closed stacks behind the desk at the Music and Media Center. 

· Many books, magazines, and some videos are shelved in off-campus storage buildings.

· Many books useful to the visual arts may receive classification numbers that are not on this list.  For example, books on health hazards for artists or the business aspects of art may shelve elsewhere.  Performance art and audio works sometimes classify with theatre or music, etc. etc.


At times they might look busy to you, but everyone who works in the library is eager to help you find what you want.  Please ask.  And enjoy your browsing.

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