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Art & Cultural Heritage Law Research Guide: Books

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Library of Congress Art History Call Numbers & Subject Classifications

Browsing a library's collection in person is one way to find books on subjects.  Libraries using the Library of Congress classification system will have many general materials on cultural property and related topics located under the call numbers K3791 and CC135.  Materials focusing on a specific jurisdiction will be located with the other legal materials for that jurisdiction.  For example, materials focusing on the United States will largely be clustered in the KF4288-KF4310 call number range.

You can find what the abbreviations stand for here.


CC --- Archaeology

N --- Fine arts

N 5300-7429 --- Art History
NA --- Architecture
NB --- Sculpture
NC --- Drawing. Design. Illustration
ND --- Painting
NE --- Print media
NK --- Decorative arts
NX --- Arts in general
TR --- Photography
TT --- Handicrafts, Arts and Crafts

Libraries using the LOC classification system will also use LOC subject headings to help you identify all of the library's holdings on a particular topics.  Some subject headings that may be useful include:

  • Antiquities - Collection and Preservation
  • Art - Provenance
  • Cultural Property
  • Cultural Property - Protection
  • Cultural Property - Repatriation
  • Cultural Property - [geographic subdivision] (e.g., Cultural Property - Peru)
  • Historic Preservation
  • Law and Art
  • Museums - Collection Management

For a full list of subject headings that can relate to your specific area of interest, see the official Library of Congress Authorities.  You can search with keywords or browse the entire list of subject headings.

Some Titles on General Subject

Art & Copyright Law

Online Treatises

It can be helpful to aggregate these sources in a favorites list to search across all of them at once.

WestLaw Treatises


Bloomberg Law Treatises

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