Washington University in St. Louis
Collection Development Policy
Date revised: February 2014
Subject Librarian: Deborah Katz
1. General purpose:
The primary purpose of the collection is to support the teaching and research of the Department of Classics faculty and M.A. students, as well as undergraduate philosophy majors and minors. Due to the interdisciplinary nature of classics, the collection is of interest to those individuals also working in philosophy, religion, Jewish studies, art history, performing arts and history of science, technology & medicine.
2. Subjects excluded:
Classics depends on the Art & Architecture librarians to collect Greco-Roman Archeology, Architecture, and Art. The Performing Arts librarian also purchases works related to Greek drama and music.
3. Overlap with other collections or subjects:
There is subject overlap with:
4. Languages included and excluded:
5. Geographical limitations:
The core regions of the Greco-Roman world are Greece, Cyprus, Italy, the Iberian Peninsula, Asia Minor, Syria, Egypt, and areas now called Tunisia and Libya. The periphery regions are also of interest and they include but are not limited to the British Isles, German lands, the Caucasus Mountains, and the Persian Gulf.
6. Chronological limits:
1250 BCE - 1476CE
7. Retrospective acquisition:
Upon the arrival of new chair, Tim Moore, in 2010 the dean of Arts and Sciences and the University Librarian funded the purchase of a significant number of single monographs, monographic series, and reference works to fill large gaps in the collection.
8. Types of material collected and excluded:
9. Other factors to consider:
10. Subjects and Collecting Levels:
Collecting level is Research and Undergraduate (Choice Reviews categories)