Art & Architecture Library
Alex Ross: firstname.lastname@example.org
Peter Blank: email@example.com
Address: Art & Architecture Library, 102 Cummings Art Building, Stanford, CA 94305-2018
I. Programmatic Information
The Art & Architecture Library collection (hereinafter "Art Library") primarily supports work in the Art Department which offers over one hundred courses in all areas of art history except Islamic, Pre-Columbian, African, and Oceanic. Courses in these areas are occasionally taught by visiting faculty.
In addition to the purchase of material to support Art Department courses in art history and studio art, the Art Library serves the following departments and programs:
Classics Department - several courses in the history of Greek and Roman architecture.
Drama Department - several courses in costume design and history.
English Department - various courses concerned more or less deeply with the visual arts, e.g., a seminar on the relationship of literature and painting in America, a course on the Enlightenment conception of prison, a seminar on paleography.
Humanities Special Programs - various courses that treat aspects of the visual arts e.g., "The Arts and the Humanities," "Medieval Culture."
Graduate Program in Design - working jointly, the Departments of Art and Mechanical Engineering offer graduate degrees (M.F.A., M.S., A.M.) in product and visual design; the Art Library cooperates with the Engineering Library in providing specialized materials to support this program.
Stanford University Museum of Art - the Art Library actively supports the curatorial and educational mission of the Museum of Art and its curatorial staff.
There are also faculty and graduate students working in departments other than Art whose research interests are in the field of art history and are represented in the Art Library's collecting policy.
II. Coordination and Cooperative Information
Ongoing communication is maintained with other bibliographers and with colleagues at Berkeley (particularly the Art/Classics Graduate Service and the Environment Design Library) so there is no unnecessary duplication of materials, and so that Art Library clientele can be referred to other collections when necessary.
Specific areas of coordination with other SUL bibliographers are:
1. Although most material on the history of printing and the book arts in general goes to Special Collections, the following is collected by the Art Library: histories of book illustration and manuscript illumination; facsimiles of illuminated manuscripts (although catalogues of collections of illuminated manuscripts go to Special Collections); bibliographies of book illustration; histories of the graphic arts; studies of individual graphic artists, illustrators; illustration of early printed books; nineteenth century illustration in books; twentieth century book illustration.
2. Since much of the material that is excavated in the investigation of ancient sites--e.g. potsherds, fragments of sculpture, jewelry, coins, seals, architectural remains--is of interest mainly to art historians, a great deal of published work on the world's archaeological sites will be in the Art Library. However, publications concerning classical archaeological sites whose primary purpose is not to analyze or catalog art or architectural remains, but rather to shed light on contemporaneous history, religion, language, literature, etc., will be of interest primarily to historians and classicists and will be selected by the Classics Bibliographer for Green Library. The type of excavation report or analysis in which archaeological data is used to advance hypotheses and draw conclusions about the social, economic, and demographic history of "early man" will be of interest primarily to anthropologists and historians and will be selected by the Anthropology and History bibliographers for Green.
3. Material on art education is selected by the Education Bibliographer and shelved in Cubberley.
4. The art bibliographers participate in approval plans for U.S., British, Italian, French and German publications.
III. Subject and Language Modifiers
Geographical: The entire world, but primarily Europe, the U.S. and the Far East.
Chronological: From the beginnings of art in the Paleolithic Period to the present.
Language: Materials in Western European languages or Chinese and Japanese are most often purchased by the Art Library, but items in other languages are occasionally acquired to fill special needs. English translations of important works are purchased.
IV. Description of Material Collected
Types of Material and Format:
1. Surveys of the history of one or more of the visual arts of certain geographical areas and/or chronological periods.
2. Catalogs of works of art and/or architectural monuments: artists' oeuvre catalogs; museum and private collection catalogs; museum and gallery exhibition catalogs; auction catalogs; art dealer catalogs; inventories of architectural monuments or works of art; art and/or architecture oriented guidebooks; surveys of the works of certain schools of artists or architects; catalogs of architect's studies and plans.
3. Biographies of artists or architects.
4. Historical and/or analytical treatments of single works of art or architectural monuments.
5. Studies that use the evidence contained in the visual art of a place and/or period to draw conclusions about contemporaneous sociology, economics, politics, etc. These works are shelved in the Art Library, rather than STK, only if the primary focus is on the art itself.
6. Reports of the excavation of certain archaeological sites.
7. Critical editions of the writing of artists, art or architectural historians, aestheticians, or of documents important to the history of art.
8. Works on iconography.
9. Important works on urban design.
10. Works on art historical methodology or art historiography.
11. Important works on art theory and aesthetics.
12. Certain manuals of design or studio practice.
13. Non-traditional media: it is not uncommon for contemporary publications to now include videotape, microfiche, audio tape, or compact disc materials along with a text component. In addition, separate compact discs focusing on museum or artists collections are now being published.
14. Monographs (single or in series), periodicals, periodical indexes and abstracts, Festschriften, dissertations, conference proceedings, and bibliographies are collected. Hard copy is preferred.
Unbound study photographs of works of art are generally not collected by the Art Library, nor are original works of art. The purchase of slides is left to the Art Department's Slide Collection and to the Media Center of Meyer Library.
Publication Date: While emphasis is given the acquisition of current titles, the catalogs of about thirty antiquarian art book dealers and the several reprinters who specialize in art history are regularly checked for desiderata that will fill gaps in the present collection. Approximately 20% of the annual acquisitions budget is spent on retrospective material.
V. Conspectus of Field
Description of collecting levels:
5 = Intensive level - All available significant works are collected; the aim is exhaustiveness.
4 = Advanced research level - Supports doctoral and post-doctoral research with a high degree of adequacy. It includes the major published source materials required for dissertations and independent research, all important reference works and a wide selection of specialized monographs and other secondary literature as well as an extensive collection of journals. In addition to printed, microform, and online material, it may include manuscripts and other special materials, if appropriate.
3 = Study level - Intended to support undergraduate or graduate course work, or sustained independent study, i.e., which is adequate to maintain knowledge of a subject required for limited or generalized purposes of less than research intensity. It includes a wide range of basic monographs, complete collections of the works of important writers, selections from the works of secondary writers, a selection of representative journals, and the reference tools and fundamental bibliographical apparatus pertaining to the subject.
1, 2 = Basic levels - Describe a highly selective collection, including introductory, background and fundamental material and basic reference works, that serve to introduce and define the subject and to indicate the varieties of information available elsewhere. Can include major dictionaries and encyclopedias, selected editions of important works, historical surveys, important bibliographies, and a few major periodicals.
(In each pair of numbers, separated by a slash, that corresponds to a collecting area, the first number represents the present state of the collection in that area and the second indicates the current collecting level.)
Letter symbols that often accompany the collecting levels should be interpreted as follows:
Y = Vernacular collections (i.e., materials in the language of the area being collected).
F = Materials in selected foreign languages.
W = Materials in all languages.
VISUAL ARTS IN GENERAL
SPECIAL MUSEUMS, GALLERIES, ETC.
|Non-U.S. American Cities||3/3||N908-980|
|Other Asian Countries||4/4W||N3750|
|Australia, New Zealand||2/2||N3910-3980|
PREHISTORIC AND PRIMITIVE ART
|Primitive Art: General Works||2/3||N5311|
|Ancient Near East||3/3F||N5370-5560|
|Greek and Roman||4/4F||N5603-5896|
RENAISSANCE AND BAROQUE ART
|United States, Canada||4/4F||N6501-6549|
|United States, Canada||4/4F||N6501-6549|
|Austria/Hungary||3/3F Except Art Nouveau 4/4F||N6801-6822|
|United States, Canada||4/4F||N6501-6549|
|Italy||4/3F Except Futurism 4/4F||N6904-6910|
|Netherlands||4/3F Except De Stijl, Mondrian 4/4F||N6911-6925|
|Russia||3/3W Except Constructivism 4/4F||N6981-6973|
ISLAMIC AND ASIAN ART
|Southwest and Central Asia||2/2||N7260-7299|
|Australia, New Zealand||1/1||N7400-7408|
|Theory, Philosophy, Ethics||3/4F General Arts in STK; Visual Arts in ART||N61-72|
|Study and Teaching Shelved in Cubberley Education Library; except Bauhaus||3/4||N81-390|
|Art As A Profession||1/1||N8350-8356|
|Art Studios, Materials, Etc.||1/1||N8510-8553|
|Conservation and Restoration||1/1||N8554-8580|
|Economics of Art, Art Dealers||2/2||N8600-8675|
|Art and The State, Public Art||4/4F||N8700-9211|
|United States, Canada||4/4F||NA701-749|
|Architectural Design and Dwg||1/1||NA2700-2790|
|Architectural Details, Motives||1/2||NA2835-4050|
|Special Types of Buildings||3/3||NA4100-8480|
|Landscape Architecture||3/3F Confined to the history of garden design||SB|
|United States, Canada||4/4F||NB205-249|
|Eastern Europe||1/1 Except early Modernist period 3/3F||NB512-534, NB88 1-955|
|Southwestern & Central Asia||2/2||NB1011-1032|
|Australia, New Zealand||2/2||NB1100-1114|
DRAWING, DESIGN, AND ILLUSTRATION
|History of Drawing||4/4F||NC50-376|
|Conserv and Restor'n of Dwgs||1/1||NC930|
|Illustrat'n, Book Illustrat'n||2/2F||NC960-996|
|Commercial Art, Advertis'g Art||1/1||NC997-1003|
|Caricature, Pictorial Humor||3/3F||NC1280|
|United States, Canada||4/4F Especially Western North Am art & artists||ND201-238|
|Russia||3/2Y Except Constructivism, Malevich 4/4F||ND681-699|
|Spain, Portugal||4/4F Especially Picasso||ND801-833|
|Eastern Europe||1/1 Except early Modernist period 3/3F||ND875-953|
|Southwestern and Central Asia||2/2||ND955-999|
|Australia, New Zealand||1/1||ND1100-1107|
|Illumination of Bks and Mss||4/4F||ND2890-3416|
|Printing and Engraving||4/4F||NE1-978|
|Wood Engraving, Woodcuts||4/4F||NE1000-1352|
|Etching and Aquatint||4/4F||NE1940-2230|
|Printing of Engravings||4/4F||NE2800-2890|
|Decorat'n and Ornam't, Design||4/4F||NK1160-1678|
|Interior Dec- Furniture||2/2||NK2200-2750|
|Interior Dec- Rugs & Carpets||2/1||NK2775|
|Interior Dec- Tapestries||3/2F||NK2995-3089|
|Ivory and Ivory Carving||2/2||NK5800-5998|
|Other Decorative Arts||2/2|
|Photography: Hist & Technique||4/4F History: Photography as an art form||TR|
|Numismatics||2/2F Except Classical 3/3F||CJ|