Arts & Recreation (700)

General Comments
The purpose of this collection is to describe and provide information about the critical appraisal, techniques, and materials of the fine, decorative, performing, and recreational arts. The 700s range widely through diverse subjects: civic and landscape art, architecture, plastic arts and sculpture, drawing and decorative arts, painting, printmaking, photography, music, and recreational and performing arts. There are numerous categories within each of these large groups. The major collections in the 700s are the 740s (with its considerable handwork emphasis) and the 790s (with its sports emphasis). Painting and music are also significantly represented. The collection has a western culture emphasis, with a more narrow U.S. focus in architecture, music, and the recreational and performing arts. Because of their unusually large size, a number of 700 sources are shelved in the library's oversize collection. This collection is heavily influenced by electronic sources.

Development Plan
  • 700 Fine and decorative arts. Works on major Western artists and movements and the philosophy of art are maintained. More emphasis is given to instructional sources than to considerations of styles, movements, and artists.
  • 710 Civic and landscape art. Maintained is a small collection emphasizing plants and landscape structures; civic art sources, which are now collected minimally, require development.
  • 720 Architecture. An American emphasis, with focus on house plans, home restoration, and historic homes is maintained. Works concerning specific architects and periods are not developed.
  • 730 Plastic arts and sculpture. A focus on instructional sources, some woodcarving emphasis, and guides and price books for coins are developed and maintained. Some art metalwork information is also developed.
  • 740 Drawing and decorative arts. Needlework and handwork sources with instructions and pattern books are developed and maintained. General folk art sources are developed and maintained. Also developed and maintained are works on interior design and furniture restoration techniques as well as collectibles sources with background information and price books for three-dimensional art such as coins, glass, furniture, etc.
  • 750 Painting. Works on different painting techniques are developed and maintained. Works emphasizing important figures and schools in Western painting are developed and maintained. Included also is a selective representation of current U.S. painters as reputation/impact dictates. Art of non-Western cultures is developed as important sources emerge. Color theory sources need future development.
  • 760 Printmaking and prints. A small collection emphasizing printmaking techniques and stamp collecting is maintained. Popular culture print subjects (e.g., sports cards, posters) are developed as reputable sources may indicate.
  • 770 Photography. Sources with an emphasis on basic technique, procedure, equipment are maintained. Works covering the technical nature of special processes are not collected. Holographic art sources need future development.
  • 780 Music. A collection with an emphasis on secular, popular, and vocal music is maintained with a focus on Western music, particularly that of the United States. Sources on rock, jazz, and country styles and artists are developed and maintained. A small collection of sources on musicals is developed. The existing historical European music collection (discussions of style, composers, musical forms, etc.) is developed when excellent new sources appear. Works on music theory, elements of music, and music from non-Western cultures need future development. No score or individual sheet music is collected; however, some compilations of sheet music are developed and maintained.
  • 790 Recreational and performing arts.
    • Sports and games are catalogued under recreational arts. A collection covering many varieties of games is maintained. Card games, word and math puzzles, board games, billiards, magic tricks are representative of this collection. Rule books and game technique sources are developed as needed. No crossword puzzle books or other fill-in- the-blank puzzle books are collected. A collection covering a large variety of sports (athletic and outdoor sports, aquatic and air sports, and equestrian sports) is maintained. Heavily developed and maintained are the areas of baseball, football, basketball, and ice hockey (rules, techniques, teams and individual players, record books, etc.). Sport sources for women and youth are developed and maintained. Instruction sources in various sports need future development.
    • The performing arts collection focuses heavily on the U.S. arts with emphasis on motion picture and television sources that present popular representations of specific genres and eras. Works which focus on particular films, programs, and important figures are developed and maintained. Instructional sources on motion picture making and art video recording need future development. A collection of stage presentation sources is maintained. Works on other performing arts are developed and maintained in small integral collections: circuses, radio, puppetry, pageantry, and animal performances (some emphasis given to rodeo).
Influencing Factors
Purchases and buying patterns are determined in large part by:
  • electronic/Internet sources availability.
  • new works.
  • budget constraints.
  • circulation statistics.
  • patron requests.
  • present and potential relevance to the community.
  • shelf space.
  • Baseball and needlework and handwork collections are weeded to retain a reasonable size.
  • Price guides and other dated collecting sources are weeded every two to three years (more current sources are in the reference collection).