Collection Development Policy for Classics

Objectives: The collection is designed to support the teaching and research needs of the Classics departments of the Claremont Colleges. The classics collection includes materials concerning all known aspects of the life of the people of the Mediterranean world until the reign of Justinian (ca 500 A.D.) and complements those parts of related major library collections, including art, archaeology, anthropology, philosophy, religion, history, and literature.

Programs offered: B.A. Pitzer, Pomona, and Scripps colleges offer a coordinated program in Classics.

Subjects and collecting levels: The collection should provide the very best primary texts available as well as a wide variety of secondary sources on the literature and civilization of the Classical period. Because Classics comprises so many facets of life and knowledge of the period, both general and specific books on history, literature, art, religion, philosophy, and archaeology are collected as well as an extensive collection of periodicals and serials. Because an undergraduate major in Classics requires such advanced language ability, the collection is maintained at the beginning research level, including fundamental works of scholarship in the field, journals, and sufficient monographic material-both historical and current-to support teaching and research through the Master's level.

Books and journals in Classics can be found in three libraries in Claremont: Honnold/Mudd, Denison, and the Claremont School of Theology Library. Every attempt is made to avoid duplication between these three locations, except for books being used extensively for a particular class, books needed for reserve, and the most basic texts and works of scholarship. While the Classics collection does support selected portions of other subject areas, these subjects also augment the Classics Collection. This is especially true in philosophy, religion, and art history.

Types of materials collected: Monographs and serials are collected. Printed, microform, and electronic materials are collected. Videotapes are collected when requested by faculty to support instruction. Generally excluded are motion pictures and sound recordings, although specific items may occasionally be acquired for instructional purposes.

Funds: There are CUC funds for purchasing materials: books (91CL firm orders, 92CL approvals), journals (93CL), standing orders (94CL), and electronic resources (97CL).

Languages: Major emphasis is placed on English language materials, French, German, Latin, and a moderate amount of Italian. While most of the collection is in these languages, some modern Greek is collected for research purposes. Publications in other languages may need to be acquired when the desired material is not available in English.

Geographical emphasis: Materials are collected covering the Mediterranean world, including the Near East and Egypt. All other areas are excluded.

Chronological limits: Materials covering the classical period, from the Mycenean era to the reign of Justinian, are collected. Some emphasis is also placed on the early civilizations of Crete, Palestine, and Mesopotamia.

Last updated: 7/28/2011 5:11:34 PM