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Includes Art History, See also Fine Arts Audiovisal

I. Purpose:
To support teaching and research through the doctoral level in art history, and through the master's level in art education, studio art and design and studio acquisition activities of the Blanton Museum of Art. While concern for art-related materials is centered in the Art Department, faculty and students in various other University departments or programs, such as Architecture, Classics, Journalism, American Studies, Advertising, Archaeology, Education, and the various language and literature departments also have specific interests in one or more areas of art.

II. General Collection Guidelines
A. Languages: English is the primary language of collection, but works published in French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish are purchased in the original language when an English translation is not available. Books published in other languages are purchased selectively.

B. Chronological Guidelines: No limitations. Art history courses deal with all periods of art; no one historical period is emphasized.

C. Geographical Guidelines: No limitations. While art of the Americas (including the United Sates, Canada, and Latin America) and Western European Art (including Greek, Roman, and Egyptian) are emphasized, no geographical area is excluded. Art history courses are also taught in Islamic, Oriental, African, and Oceanic art. Guidelines for the purchase of publications on Latin American art are included in the Statement for the Benson Latin American Collection. Mexican American art is covered in the Statement for the Mexican American Library Program.

D. Treatment of Subject: Although scholarly treatments of a subject are emphasized, there is some variation in what is needed for art history and studio art:

  1. Art history: The materials needed for art history courses range from the primary and secondary sources necessary to sustain graduate instruction and advanced research, and from scholarly studies of the works of one particular artist or one particular work of art, to "picture books" consisting of quality reproductions of an artist's work, with little or no text. Some popular trade books on art are purchased for general interest.
  2. Studio art: Some "how to" books are purchased, including discussions of techniques for all media and materials. Selected juvenile titles are sometimes purchased for the study of illustrations or graphic work. Anatomy books are acquired very selectively.

E. Types of Material: Materials acquired include both general and subject encyclopedias, dictionaries, atlases, and directories; museum and gallery guides, and reports; and exhibition catalogs. An effort is made to collect catalogues raisonnˇs comprehensively. Visual reproductions, especially of notable collections or types of art works, are collected in microform and video disc format. Video cassettes, most particularly interviews of prominent artists, are also acquired. Video art is collected selectively. For details see the Fine Arts Audio-Visual statement. Photographic transparencies and original works of art are excluded from the collection.

F. Date of Publication: More current than retrospective books are acquired, but retrospective buying receives heavy emphasis due to the nature of the discipline and the gaps in the collection.

G. Other General Considerations: The Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center has several important collections of interest to art researchers, most particularly the Weinreb Architecture Collection, the Photography Collection, and the Parsons Collection.

In addition, original works of art can be found in the Blanton Museum of Art and in the Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center Iconography Collection.

The Art Department's Slide Collection contains over 500,000 slides. Undergraduate interests in art overlap particularly with those of architecture, such as in drawing, design and in fundamentals of architectural history. In addition, there are subjects outside of but directly related to art at both the graduate and undergraduate level; aesthetics (Philosophy Statement), history of books and printing (Library Science) and numismatics (History).

Architectural history is in the Architecture Statement, while advertising copy and design is in the Advertising Statement.

Guidelines for collecting in art education are in the Education statement.

III. Observations and Qualifications by Subject and LC Class:

Visual Arts N Fine Arts C [3] Art
Exception: Aesthetics N61-72 PCL - See Philosophy Statement
Exception: History of Classical Art N5603-5896 Classics C [3] Classics
Sculpture NB Fine Arts C [3] Art
Exception: Ancient Sculpture NB 90-120 Classics C [3] Classics
Drawing, Illustration NC Fine Arts C [3] Art
Printmaking and Engraving NE Fine Arts C [3] Art
Decorative Arts, Applied Arts, Decoration and Ornament NK 1-9955 Fine Arts B [2] Art
Exception: Interior Decoration NK 1700-3503 Arch C [3] Architecture- See Human Ecology Statement
Exception: Ceramics NK 3835-3850 Classics C [3] Classics
Exception: Vases NK 4623-4654 Classics C [3] Classics
Arts in General NX Fine Arts C [3] Art
Pottery and Ceramics TP 785-823 Fine Arts B [2] Art
Glass TP 845-873 Fine Arts B [2] Art
Textiles, Dyes TP 890-933 Fine Arts B [2] Art
Photography TR 640-685 Fine Arts - (2) Main B [2] - (2) A [1] Art
Jewelry and Metal Work TS 720-770 Fine Arts B [2] Art

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