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Collection Development Policy Statement: Classical Studies

Analysis of the Subject Field

A. Chronology of the Subject: Emphases/Restrictions

Generally, collection parameters for Classical Studies at Michigan State University extend from the beginnings of civilization in the ancient (mostly western) world up to approximately 500 CE (Common Era), excluding the early Latin Medieval period and the Latin Fathers of the Christian Church. That is, emphasis is on the following areas:

Archaeology: Roman and Hellenistic

History: Italy until 711 CE

France until 5th century CE

Spain until 5th century CE

East through Justinian (565 CE)

Literature: West: through 3d century Roman authors

East: through 6th century Greek authors

B. Languages of Resources Collected: Exclusions / Emphases

Materials are acquired in all languages. Creative literature is always acquired in the original languages, and English translations of important authors are obtained as well. Secondary studies may be in English, German and French, and to a lesser extent, Italian. Spanish is little collected. Slavic materials are largely in translation, as are sources in other non-Roman alphabets including Egyptian hieroglyphics, cuneiform, and Semitic languages.

C. Geography of the Subject: Emphases/Restrictions

Primary interest is restricted to the widest borders of the Greco-Roman world, with emphasis on the Mediterranean basin.

D. Format of the Resources Collected: Restrictions, if any

Included are monographs and serials, works of reference (including indices verborum), maps; microforms when conventional forms are unavailable, important sets and series, and festschrifts. Proceedings of associations and conferences are selectively acquired. All new editions of texts in series are collected, although “school” text editions are acquired selectively. The following are not collected: theses and dissertations, “informal” publications such as pre-prints or offprints, typescripts, and materials suitable for Special Collections that is, rare and/or valuable manuscripts or editions. Non-print materials such as audiovisual materials, for instance videotapes and sound recordings are collected as funds allow. An effort is being made to keep the collections up-to-date with the judicious addition of electronic materials. Collection of such items is also dependent on faculty curricular and research needs.

E. Data:

Adding research data is always a potential step for this subject collection. For MSU Library guidelines regarding data see  http://libguides.lib.msu.edu/c.php?g=139267. For possible depositories consult Simmons College Graduate School of Library and Information Science List of Data Repositories and re3data.org registry of research data repositories.

F. Date of Publication of Resources Collected: Emphases, if any

None. The entire world of classical discourse is acceptable.

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