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Understanding Art/Photography Call Numbers: Books

A Helpful guide to the magic behind call numbers for library materials in the arts



N Fine Arts. Visual Arts
8551 Picture frames and framing -History
.I8   code for geography (Italy)
P69 code for author (Powell)
2010  publication date

NC Drawing
70    History of drawing
.H66 code for author (Holcomb)
2009 publication date


TR Photography
287 Photography Processing
.A63   code for author (Anchell)
2000 publication date

LC Call Number System for Books

 Books: Library of Congress Call Number System

The Baylor Libraries uses the call number system designed by the Library of Congress (LC) for all books about the arts. This LC classification system is constructed of several lines of "code":  the first line of the call number, consisting of a letter or letter combination, designates the subject classification

N     Fine Arts
T Technology (which includes subsections related to photography; arts and crafts;
and chemical technologies for photography, ceramics, textiles, etc.
For more detailed information on these areas, see tabs at top.)

The second line, consisting of a number, designates specific subclassification, such as books about restoration of sculpture, the history of drawing, printmaking and engraving, darkroom technique, etc.

The remaining lines of the call number use information about the publication (usually a code for the author or composer and maybe a title and publication date) and are used to put items in order on the shelf example

Breslin, James E.B. Mark Rothko: A Biography. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1993. Crouch Books  ND237.R725 B74 1993

ND designates the LC class (Fine Arts) and subclass (Painting)
237 subject classification (history) 
.R725   alpha-numeric code for the artist's last name (Mark Rothko) 
B74 alpha-numeric code for the the author's last name (James Breslin)
1993 date of publication 

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