Collection Policies

ART COLLECTION DEVELOPMENT POLICY

Purpose
General Collection Guidelines
Subject Divisions
Collecting Codes
 
 PURPOSE

The purpose is to support teaching and research up to and including the masterís level in Studio Art and the masterís level in Art History as part of the Master of Art - Humanities major. A MA/MFA program in visual studies is offered jointly by Old Dominion University and Norfolk State University and utilizes the resources of both universities. Other programs having an interest in one or more areas of art are computer science, history, humanities, philosophy, theatre, womenís studies, and urban studies. Related collection development policies would be in history, humanities and philosophy. The growth and development goals of this collection policy are to bring the collection at least to the listed collection levels.

GENERAL COLLECTION GUIDELINES

Languages: English is the primary language of the collection but books published in French, German, Italian, Latin, and Spanish are purchased in the original language when English translation is not available. Books published in other languages are purchased selectively.

Chronological Guidelines: No limitations.

Geographical Guidelines: No limitations. While art of the Americas and Western European art (including Greek, Roman, and Egyptian) are emphasized, no geographical area is excluded.

Treatment of Subject: Although scholarly treatments of a subject are emphasized, there is some variation in what is needed for Art Studio and Art History:

Types of Materials: These include monographs and serial publications, both general and subject encyclopedias, dictionaries, atlases, and directories; museum and gallery guides and reports; and exhibition catalogs from museum, galleries, or private collections. Out of print ordering is minimal and is done if the title would receive frequent use or support faculty research. Videos, slides, microformats, software and CD-ROMs are collected selectively if especially supportive of the curriculum.

Date of Publication: Emphasis is on current books, but retrospective buying is important, especially in art history.

Other General Considerations:

SUBJECT DIVISIONS

FINE ARTS:
Design: Fundamentals, principles, elements, ornament, decorative motifs, styles.
Media: Includes drawing, painting, sculpture, prints and printmaking.
Iconography: Art of representation by pictures or images; the description or study of portraiture or representation.
History and Criticism of Art: Development and critical appraisal of works in all media, all styles and movements, and all geographical areas. History and criticism of architecture.

DECORATIVE AND APPLIED ARTS:
Crafts: Includes fibers, metalsmith and jewelry.
Graphic Arts: Typography, design, books and publishing, illustration, color, computer animation, computer imaging, video.
Photography: Fundamentals, photojournalism, photographic printmaking.

ART EDUCATION:
Art Education: Elementary, middle, and secondary art education.

MUSEUMS, GALLERIES, PRIVATE COLLECTIONS:
Museums, Galleries, Private Collections: Includes restoration and conservation, guides, catalogs of collections.
 

Collecting Codes
key to collecting codes
 
LC CLASS SUBJECT DESCRIPTORS COLLECTION CODE COMMENTS
AM Museums, Collectors 
& Collecting
lb  
B Philosophy, Religion lb  
LB1139, 
1140, 1187
Art Education 2a  
N1-9165 Visual Arts (General) 3b Emphasis in history of art, art criticism, and religious art
NA1-9428 Architecture 3b Emphasis on history of architecture
NB1-1952 Sculpture 3b  
NC1-1850 Drawing, Design, Graphic arts 3b Emphasis on drawing technique, Old masters, graphic design
ND25-3416 Painting 3b  
NEl-2890 Print media 3b  
NK1-9955 Decorative arts, Applied arts 3  
NX1-820 Arts in general 3  
QC495 Color 3b  
TR1-1050 Photography 3b  
TT1-926 Handicrafts, Arts and crafts 3a  
Z116ó 276 Printing, bookbinding 3a  
 

December 1994
Bibliographer: Lynda Erickson