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A Guide to Art & Design Resources

A guide to research in Art and Design resources

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N Visual arts

NA Architecture

NB Sculpture

NC Drawing. Design. Illustration

ND Painting

NE Print media

NK Decorative arts

NX Arts in general

SB Plant Culture (Landscape Architecture)

TR Photography

GT, TT - Fashion

GT500-2370                Costume. Dress. Fashion

TT490-695                  Clothing manufacture. Dressmaking. Tailoring

N Visual arts

N1-58                          General

N61-72                        Theory. Philosophy. Aesthetics of the visual arts

N81-390                      Study and Teaching. Research

N400-3990                  Art Museums, galleries, etc.

N4390-5098                Exhibitions

N5198-5299                Private Collections and Collectors

N5300-7418                History

N7420-7525.8             General Works

N7560-8266                Special Subjects of art

N8350-8356                Art as a profession. Artists

N8510-8553                Art studios, materials, etc.

N8554-8585                Examination and conservation of works of art

N8600-8675                Economics of Art

N8700-9165                Art and the state. Public art

NA Architecture

NA1-60                       Architecture and the state

NA190-1555.5            History

NA1995                      Architecture as a profession

NA2000-2320             Study and teaching. Research

NA2335-2360             Competitions

NA2400-2460             Museums. Exhibitions

NA2500-2599             General works

NA 2599.5-2599.9      Architectural criticism

NA2695-2793             Architectural drawing and design

NA2835-4050             Details and decoration

NA4100-8480             Special classes of buildings (material, form, use)

NA9000-9428             Aesthetics of cities. City planning and beautifying

NB Sculpture

NB1-50                      General

NB60-1115                 History, including collective biography

NB1120-1133             Study and teaching

NB1134-1134.4          Competitions

NB1135-1150             General works

NB1160-1195             Designs and technique

NB1199-1200             Restoration of sculptures

NB1203-1270             Special materials

NB1272-1291             Mobiles, color, sculpture gardens, etc.

NB1293-1310             Portrait sculpture

NB1312-1313             Equestrian statues

NB1330-1685             Sculptural monuments

NB1750-1793             Religious monuments and shrines

NB1800-1880             Sepulchral monuments

NB1910-1952             Special subjects

NC Drawing. Design. Illustration

NC1-45                       General, including collective biography

NC50-266                   History of drawing

NC390-670                 Study and teaching

NC673-677                 Competitions

NC703-725                 General works

NC730-758                 Technique

NC760-825                 Special subjects

NC845-915                 Graphic art materials

NC930                        Conservation and restoration of drawings

NC 950-(996)              Illustration

NC997-1003               Commercial art. Advertising art

NC1280-1284             Printed ephemera. Imagerie populaire

NC1300-1766             Pictorial humor, caricature, etc.

NC1800-1850             Posters

NC1860-1896             Greeting cards, postcards, invitations, book jackets, etc.

NC1920-1940             Copying, enlarging, and reduction of drawings

ND Painting

ND25-(48)                 General

ND49-813                  History

ND1115-1120             Study and teaching

ND1130-1156             General works

ND1288-1460             Special subjects

ND1290-1293             Human figure

ND1300-1337             Portraits

ND1340-1367             Landscape painting

ND1370-1375             Marine painting

ND1380-1383             Animals. Birds

ND1385-1388             Sports. Hunting, fishing, etc.

ND1390-1393             Still life

ND1400-1403             Flowers. Fruit.Trees

ND1410-1460             Other subjects

ND1470-1625             Technique and materials

ND1630-1662             Examination and conservation of paintings

ND1700-2495             Watercolor painting

ND2550-2733             Mural painting

ND2889-3416             Illuminating of manuscripts and books

NE Print media

NE1-978                    Printmaking and engraving

NE1-90                      General

NE 218-(330)             Engraved portraits. Self-portraits

NE380                        Conservation and restoration of prints

NE390-395                 Collected works

NE400-773                 History of printmaking

NE830-898                 General works

NE951-962                 Special subjects

NE965-965.3              Tradesmen's cards

NE970-973                 Study and teaching

NE975-975.4              Competitions

NE977-978                 Equipment

NE1000-1352              Wood engraving

NE1000-1027                         General

NE1030-1196.3                       History

NE1220-1233                         General works

NE1310-1326.5                      Japanese prints

NE1330-1336                         Linoleum block prints

NE1340                                  Fish prints

NE1344-1345                         Potato prints

NE1350-1352                         Other materials used in relief printing

NE1400-1879              Metal engraving

NE1400-1422                           General

NE1620-1630                           General works

NE1634-1749                           History

NE1750-1775                           Copper engraving

NE1850-1879                           Color prints

NE1940-2232.5            Etching and aquatint

NE1940-1975                           General

NE1980-2055.5                         History

NE2120-2140                            General works

NE2141-2149                            Special subjects

NE2220-2225                            Dry point

NE2236-2240.6          Serigraphy

NE2242-2246             Monotype (Printmaking)

NE2250-2570             Lithography

NE2685-2685.8          Lumiprints

NE2690                      Engraving on glass

NE2800-2880             Printing of engravings

NE3000-3002             Copying art.Copying machine art

NK Decorative arts

NK1-570                     General

NK600-806                 History

NK1135-1149.5          Arts and crafts movement

NK1160-1590             Decoration and ornament

NK1648-1678             Religious art

NK1700-2195             Interior decoration. House decoration

NK2200-2750             Furniture

NK2775-2898             Rugs and carpets

NK2975-3049             Tapestries

NK3175-3296.3          Upholstery. Drapery

NK3375-3496.3          Wallpapers

NK3600-(9990)          Other arts and art industries

NK3700-4695                     Ceramics

NK4700-4890                     Costume

NK5100-5440                     Glass

NK5500-6060                     Glyptic arts

NK6400-8459                     Metalwork

NK8800-9505.5                  Textiles

NK9600-9955                     Woodwork

NX Arts in general

NX1-260                     General

NX280-410                 Study and teaching.Research

NX411-415                 Competitions

NX420-430                 Exhibitions

NX440-632                 History of the arts

NX650-694                 Special subjects, characters, persons, religious arts, etc.

NX700-750                 Patronage of the arts

NX760-770                 Administration of the arts

NX775-777                 Voluntarism in the arts

NX798-820                 Arts centers and facilities

SB Plant Culture (Landscape Architecture)

SB1-1110                    Plant culture

SB39                           Horticultural voyages, etc.

SB71-87                      History

SB107-109                  Economic botany

SB109.7-111                Methods for special areas   

SB112                          Irrigation farming

SB113.2-118.46           Seeds. Seed technology

SB118.48-118.75         Nurseries. Nursery industry

SB119-124                  Propagation Including breeding, selection, grafting, air layering

SB125                         Training and pruning

SB126                         Artificial light gardening

SB126.5-126.57          Hydroponics. Soilless agriculture

SB127                         Forcing

SB128                         Growth regulators

SB129-130                  Harvesting, curing, storage

SB169-172.5               Tree crops

SB175-177                  Food crops

SB183-317                  Field crops  

SB317.5-319.864         Horticulture.Horticultural crops

SB320-353.5                Vegetables

SB354-402                   Fruit and fruit culture

SB403-450.87              Flowers and flower culture.Ornamental plants

SB450.9-467.8             Gardens and gardening

SB469-(476.4)              Landscape gardening. Landscape architecture

SB481-486                   Parks and public reservations   

SB599-990.5                Pests and diseases

SB992-998                   Economic zoology applied to crops. Agricultural zoology  

TR Photography

TR250-265                  Cameras

TR287-500                  Photographic processing. Darkroom technique

TR504-508                  Transparencies. Diapositives

TR510-545                  Color photography

TR550-581                  Studio and laboratory

TR590-620                  Lighting

TR624-835                  Applied photography (artistic, commerical, medical)

TR845-899                  Cinematography. Motion pictures

TR925-1050                Photomechanical processes