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I. Purpose:
To support both research and teaching through the doctoral level in theoretical and observational astronomy. Interest in these areas is concentrated in the Department of Astronomy, but materials on various aspects of astronomy may also be of interest to other fields of pure and applied science, e.g. aerospace engineering, physics, geology.

The University of Texas Libraries, through the Physics-Mathematics-Astronomy (P-M-A) Library, coordinates its efforts with the Astronomy Department's Peridier Library and McDonald Observatory Library to accomplish this purpose. This statement reflects the collecting activities of the P-M-A Library only.

II. General Collection Guidelines:
A. Languages: English is the primary language of collection, with a limited number of journals in French, German, and Russian. Works originally published in other languages will ordinarily be acquired only in English translation. Textbooks and popular works are acquired only in English.

B. Chronological Guidelines: Emphasis is primarily on the twentieth century and current scholarship.

C. Geographical Guidelines: Not applicable.

D. Treatment of Subject: Popular works and lower-division textbooks are acquired selectively. Upper-division textbooks are acquired more broadly. At the research level, priority is given to the journal literature.

E. Types of Material: Atlases and catalogs (of stars, galaxies, radio-sources and other astronomical phenomena) are collected. Publications of the IAU (International Astronomical Union) are actively selected. Technical reports, government documents, theses, dissertations and observatory publications are generally excluded.

F. Date of Publication: Primarily the last ten years, although some earlier works may be acquired.

G. Other General Considerations: At the research level, Peridier focuses more intensely on collecting monographs and conference proceedings while P-M-A focuses on the journal literature. McDonald Observatory Library, located in Fort Davis is a working collection for researchers involved in observational astronomy. Both Peridier and McDonald collect observatory publications and technical reports. P-M-A supports the undergraduate program.

The History of Science collection in the Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center also contains materials relating to the history of astronomy.

For materials on space probes and artificial satellites, See the Engineering Statement.

III. Observations and Qualifications by Subject and LC Class:

Subject LC Class Location CDP [NCIP] Collection Level Bibliographer
General Astronomy: See Footnote 1 QB 1-139 PMA C [3] Astronomy
Practical and Spherical Astronomy: See Footnote 2 QB 140-237 PMA B [2] Astronomy
Geodesy: See Footnote 3 QB 275-343 PMA B [2] Astronomy
Theoretical Astronomy and Celestial Mechanics: See Footnote 4 QB 349-421 PMA C [3] Astronomy
Astrophysics: See Footnote 5 QB 460-466 PMA C [3] Astronomy
Non-Optical Methods: See Footnote 6 QB 468-480 PMA C [3] Astronomy
Astro Solar System: See Footnote 7 QB 495-579 PMA C [3] Astronomy
Lunar & Planetary Geology QB 580-701 Geology C [3] Geology
Comets: See Footnote 8 QB 717-792 PMA C [3] Astronomy
Stars: See Footnote 9 QB 799-903 PMA C [3] Astronomy
Cosmogony and Cosmology QB 980-991 PMA C [3] Astronomy

Footnote 1:
Includes star catalogs/atlases/charts, history, and biography.

Footnote 2:
Includes longitude and latitude, time, and observation correction/reduction.

Footnote 3:
Includes gravitation.

Footnote 4:
Includes planetary and lunar theory, and satellites.

Footnote 5:
Includes solar physics, stellar atmospheres, nebulae and interstellar matter, and general relativity.

Footnote 6:
Includes radio, infrared and radar astronomy.

Footnote 7:
Includes universe, space, sun, and eclipses.

Footnote 8:
Includes meteors and meteorites.

Footnote 9:
Includes novae, supernovae, quasars, plasars, clusters, galaxies, nebulae, and stellar spectroscopy.

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