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Collection Development Policy Statement: Fine Arts Library Art Collection

Analysis of the Subject Field

A. Chronology of the subject: emphases/restrictions

Chronology generally includes the ancient but not the prehistoric world, beginning with the early ancient era (Minoan, Mycenean and Archaic Greek art). Works on the art of ancient Egypt, Sumer, Assyria etc. are not collected to a great extent, nor are works on cave paintings and other prehistoric rock art.

Selection extends from the ancient to the Imperial Roman, Early Christian and Byzantine, Carolingian, Ottoman And Romanesque, Gothic, Renaissance, Baroque, Neoclassical, Impressionist, and Postimpressionist periods to the movements of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries.

B. Languages of Resources Collected

Emphasis is on English language, followed by French, German and Italian, the traditional languages of the literature of art history. When a major work is published only in a foreign language, it will generally be selected. Translations of major works of which we have the original edition will be selected when possible given the perceived language abilities of the clientele. Works in non-Roman languages (Chinese, for example) will not be excluded if there is substantial visual information.

C. Geography of the subject: emphases/restrictions

Emphasis is on history of western art, but with growing attention to African, Asian, Latin American, Pacific and Native American art, reflective of an increasing curricular interest in "non-western" cultures. No geographic restrictions.

D. Format of the resources collected: No restrictions in format.  Images and associated data not available through licensed databases are typically collected, cataloged, and maintained by the Department of Art, Art History, and Design's Visual Resources Library, as part of the MSU MDID online image collection - see http://www.mdid.art.msu.edu   The addition of born digital and/or  research data is a potential step for this subject collection.  For guidelines see the Digital Research Data Collection Development Policy Statement (http://libguides.lib.msu.edu/c.php?g=139267) For possible depositories consult DataBib (http://databib.org)

E. Date of publication of resources collected: no restrictions, but emphasis will remain on current imprints.

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