Guide to the Research Collections
Approximately 1,500 card entries in the Public Catalog refer to the subject "Museums" and its subdivisions, locating some 7,300 volumes in the collections; many of the entries are for multivolume periodical sets. This heading covers only the publications by or about general museums and does not include art galleries or other specialized museums. Institutions such as the Metropolitan Museum of Art are placed under the heading "Art--Collections," the American Museum of Natural History under "Natural History--Museums and Collections," and the Deutsches Museum von Meisterwerken der Naturwissenschaft und Technik in Munich under "Science--Museums." The collecting policy is comprehensive for all subject areas, including those not otherwise acquired in depth, such as zoology.
Museum publications collected by the library include administrative reports, general handbooks, and the publication series of the museums themselves. Holdings are strong but do not always include handbooks or guidebooks in the latest issue. The Art and Architecture Division, however, maintains an up-to-date collection of handbooks for the major art collections of the world. The varied collection of general museum publications includes, for example, those of the Bergens Museum (Norway), the Charleston Museum (South Carolina), the Federated Malay States Museum, the Manchester Museum (England), the New York State Museum, the Transvaal Museum, and many others. Files of serial publications or handbooks are by no means complete, but the representation is substantial.