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About Art Resources
(Closeup of Water lily pond, one of 18 views of the pond, 1899, Boston Museum of Fine Arts)
The Charles W. Chesnutt Library has a variety of books, periodicals and electronic resources on art-related subjects. The Library assigned call numbers of this material are based on the Library of Congress Call Number System and assigned Subject Headings.
Library of Congress Call Numbers and Selected Subject Headings
N = Fine Arts
| N = Visual Arts
NA = Architecture
NB = Sculpture
NC = Drawing. Design. Illustration
ND = Painting
NE = Print Media, Printing
NK = Decorative Arts, Applied Arts
NX = Arts in General
- The "N" classification designates the visual arts, including theory, philosophy, study and teaching, museums, galleries, exhibitions, history, general and specific art subjects, art as a profession and art studios.
- The "NA" classification designates works on architecture, including history, architecture as a profession, study and teaching, competitions, museums, criticism, drawing and design, special classes of buildings by materials, form and use, public buildings, religious architecture, domestic architecture, houses and dwellings, club houses, farm architecture, outbuildings, and city aesthetics and planning.
- The "NB" classification designates works on sculpture, including history, collective biographies, study and teaching, competitions, designs and techniques, restoration, special materials, mobiles, sculpture gardens, portrait sculpture, equestrian statutes, sculptural monuments, religious monuments and shrines, and sepulchral monuments.
- The "NC" classification designates works on drawing, design and illustration, including history, collective biographies, history of drawing, study and teaching, competitions, techniques, graphic art materials, conservation and restoration of drawings, illustrations, commercial art, advertising art, printed ephemera, pictorial humor, caricature, posters, greeting cards, postcards, invitations, book jackets, copying, and enlarging and reduction of drawings.
- The "ND" classification designates works on paintings, including history, study and teaching, the human figure, portraits, landscape painting, marine painting, animals, birds, sports, hunting, fishing, still life, flowers, fruit, trees, technique and materials, examination and conservation of painting, watercolor painting, mural painting, and, illuminating of manuscripts and books.
- The "NE" classification designates works on printing and print media, including printmaking and engraving, engraved portraits, self portraits, conservation and restoration of prints, collected works, history of printmaking, tradesmen's cards, study and teaching, competitions, equipment, wood engraving, Japanese prints, linoleum block prints, fish prints, potato prints, other materials used in relief printing, metal engraving, copper engraving, color prints, etching and aquatint, dry point, serigraphy, monotype printmaking, lithography, printing of engravings, copying art, and copying machine art.
- The "NK" classification designates works on decorative arts or applied arts, including history, arts and crafts movement, decoration and ornament, design, religious art, interior decoration, house decoration, history of special rooms, decorative painting, church decoration, furniture, rugs and carpets, tapestries, upholstery, drapery, wallpaper, other arts and industries, ceramics, costume, glass, glyptic arts, metalwork, textiles and woodwork.
- The "NX" classification designates works on arts in general, including study and teaching, research, competitions, exhibitions, history of the arts, special subjects, characters, persons and religious arts, patronage of the arts, administration of the arts, voluntarism in the arts, and arts centers and facilities.
To see the entire Library of Congress Music Classification Outline for Fine Arts, click on LC Fine Arts Classification.
The Library has Art Databases.
Print copies of current art periodicals and journals can be found in the periodicals area located on the first floor of the Library. The back files to these periodicals and journals are located on the first and second floor of the Library. See the Art Periodicals and Journals Page for print and electronic journal titles.
Art reference resources, such as dictionaries, directories, encyclopedias, handbooks, and indexes, are located in the Reference Department on the first floor of the Library.