Art History: Art/Arch Library

A library research guide that directs students to recommended and specialized online and print resources for their study of topics within Art History.

Katherine W. Dumke Fine Arts & Architecture Library

Who? What? Where?

The Katherine W. Dumke Fine Arts & Architecture Library is located on the second floor of the Marriott Library, east of the main stairs. Here you'll find the collected works of classical & modern composers, a selection of reference books spanning the performing and visual arts, computers and peripherals--keyboards, editing stations, scanners, etc.--for working on multimedia projects.

The focal point of our facility is the Fine Arts Showcase Collection, comprised unique, rare, and fragile materials (books, primarily) of interest to all arts patrons. We have artists books, international architecture magazines, boxed sets of Asian art books, oversized tomes on the history of costume design, catalog raisonnes for visual artists, graphic novels, turn-of-the-20th-century sheet music, and much more. We allow anyone to view Showcase items within the library, and some materials can be checked out for seven days.

The staff at the Fine Arts & Architecture Library is always ready to assist you with art history related questions and accessing the Showcase collection. You can easily find us at the Fine Arts Reference Desk, 9am-6pm, Monday through Friday -- or use the form on this page to email us.


The most recent print issues of journals and magazines covering art-related topics, criticism, and practice are available for browsing in the Fine Arts & Architecture Library. They are shelved by title and can be checked out for 7 days! Request OLDER print issues, which are stored in the Automated Retrieval Center (ARC) through the library catalog.


Fine Arts Materials in the Library

Library of Congress classification for Fine Arts:   N

  Visual Arts  (history, theory, aesthetics, speical subjects, art as a profession ...)

NA Architecture

NB Sculpture

NC Drawing, Design, Illustration

ND Painting

NE Print media

NK Decorative arts

NX Arts in General  (study and teaching, competitions, patronage, administration, art centers/facilities ...)

TR Photography

Call Numbers

Browsing the library shelves by call number ranges is another strategy for locating information on a topic; call numbers can help you get to the "right neighborhood" in the library stacks. The file attached here outlines the call numbers within N (Visual Arts) and TR (Photography).

How to read a call number:








The LC subclass ND is for Painting; 553 is within the range for History.

The D is called a "cutter" and in this case, it is referencing the subject of the book, Delacroix; read the 33 as .33 or a decimal; in other words, .D33 comes before .D250.

The J is another "cutter" and here it references the author.    

The J is another "cutter" and here it references the author.

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