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History of Art

A guide to basic research in History of Art at the University of Michigan.

Finding Books

Library of Congress Classifications

A great way to find books is to visit the Fine Arts Library and browse the stacks. To look for books related to a specific subject area you may want to look for a certain Library of Congress Classification. A few broad classifications can be found below.


Call numbers that begin with these letters signify books that are related to these art topics:

N - Visual Art in General

NA - Architecture

NB - Sculpture

NC - Drawing

ND - Painting

NE - Graphic Arts

NK - Decorative Arts

NX - Art Theory


The following classifications may also be of interest:

GT - Costume

SB - Landscape Architecture and Gardening

TR - Photography


For more help understanding Library of Congress Classifications visit the LC Call Numbers Research Guide.

Interlibary Loan

If you are unable to find the book you need on Library Catalog Search try requesting it through Interlibrary Loan. Interlibrary Loan obtains items that are not available at the University of Michigan Library for the study and research of the University's patrons, including: books, dissertations, and microforms, copies of periodical articles or short sections of books.

General Art History Books

The following books are general art history titles. They are a good starting point for research and general reference.