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Princeton artist file
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Princeton artist numbers


Candidates for this treatment include:

  • Individual artists
      Interpret this term broadly to include painters, sculptors, graphic artists, furniture designers, potters, glassmakers, illustrators, jewelry designers, textile designers, etc.
  • Individual architects
  • Individual corporate bodies (architectural firms, glass design firms, etc.)

Hints for recognizing works that fall into this category
  • Personal name in the 600 field. Often this name will be followed by the subdivision: --Exhibitions or --Catalogs. Usually this name will also appear in a 100 or 700 field and often in the title as well.

  • The LC call number will have two cutters with the first cutter being for the artist or architect.

    Classification for individual artist or architect works

    1. LC/PCC numbers are accepted as is for all locations.
    2. Member copy (with or without call numbers) and original cataloging follow these steps:
      Check the artist's name in the Princeton Artists File (PAF)
    • If found, use that number and add a second cutter and date, following these guidelines:
    • Exhibitions of works by a single artist: A4 + [date]

      [Check shelflist in Voyager to see if there are multiple exhibitions in one year, then add a suffix in alphabetical order to distinguish exhibitions with the same dates; e.g.

        ND237.W16$A4 2004
        ND237.W16$A4 2004b
        ND237.W16$A4 2004c

      Works that are not exhibitions: following the flow chart, add a 3 digit second cutter + [date]

      Flow Chart

    • If not found in the Artists file , check Voyager to make sure that a number has not already been assigned for the artists by doing a subject search on their name.
      • If a number is found in Voyager, use it assigning a cutter as described above.
      • If a number is not found in Voyager, check in LC's catalog. If no number is found there, assign a new number based on their primary genre (painting, sculpture, etc.). If their primary genre is not clear, assign a number in the N classification for individual artists from their country.

        Note: artists who are also known as musicians, actors, writers, etc. should receive an "N" number so art material won't be classified in M, P, J etc.