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Subject Headings & Call Numbers
The arts are typically cataloged using the N call number at the root, with added letters and numbers to represent subdivisions.
The N section is divided by medium:
N- Visual Arts
NC- Drawing, Design, Illustrations
NE- Print Media
NK- Decorative Arts
NX- Arts in General
These broad categories are broken down further by time period, movement, subject or artist:
ND615- Painting-Italian Renaissance
ND553 M37- Matisse, Henri
N6465 I4- Impressionism
NK1700-2138- House Decoration, General, Special Rooms
NA190-1555.5- Architecture, History
NX440-632- History of the Arts
Some other call numbers that may be useful when thinking about art research:
PN1560-3300- Performing Arts, Drama, Theatre, Film
ML- Music History and Criticism
Each book in the online catalog also contains Library of Congress subject headings, which can help you locate books on a similar topic. Click on the subject heading in the online catalog to go to a list of books that share that subject heading. Some examples are:
Art and society
Art criticism United States history 20th century
Istanbul (Turkey) Buildings, structures, etc.
Illustration of books, Great Britain 19th century
The names of individual artists, works of art, museums or buildings are also included as subject headings: