Biography LCCS Training Sessions OSU Aug. 2007 Classifying Biographies General rule: Class biographical works with the topic most closely identified with the biographee(s) Biographies may be individual or collective Use special biography numbers if provided (most common in D (History), N (Art/Architecture), and P (Literature)) Classifying Biographies – 2 CT (General Biography) is only for works on individuals not identified with a specific topic or an individual’s several careers Example: CT948.K37 A3 1990 Tomorrow will be better : a true story of love and one family's triumph over the horrors of World War II / Zdena Kapral. Tucson : Harbinger House, c1990. Travel Accounts and Family Biographies Do not treat travel accounts as biographical or autobiographical unless 50% or more is devoted to personal details of the life of the traveler Class biographies of the members of one family as individual biography (unless there is a special provision in schedule) Example: TA140.R7 S4 1931 The Roeblings : a century of engineers, bridge-builders and industrialists : the story of three generations of an illustrious family, 1831-1931, by Hamilton Schuyler. Engineering (General). Civil engineering (General)-- Biography--Individual, A-Z [TA140] Individuals with Multi-faceted Careers If work emphasizes one career, class with that topic Examples: Albert Schweitzer as musician: ML Leonardo da Vinci as scientist: Q If work discusses several careers, class with topic most closely associated with biographee Example: Da Vinci: N6923 (artists) General Class Numbers vs. Biography Class Numbers Biography captions appear in broad disciplines throughout LCCS: Engineering (General). Civil engineering (General)-- Biography TA139-140 Biography Engineering (General). Civil engineering (General)-- Surveying--Biography TA532-533 Biography General Class Numbers vs. Biography Class Numbers (cont.) Narrower topics often do not have a biography number Classification in general class numbers is different from biography class numbers Form of Biography Caption Biography Collective Individual, A-Z Use collective biography for works discussing 2+ individuals if a discrete section on each Use individual biography for works on the life of one person, including autobiography Biography Table Works in biography numbers are further subarranged according to an individual biography table [Some schedules (D, N, P) provide their own tables] Biography Table - 2 .x Cutter for the individual .xA2 Collected works. By date .xA25 Selected works. Selections. By date Including quotations .xA3 Autobiography, diaries, etc. By date .xA4 Letters. By date .xA5 Speeches, essays, and lectures. By date Including interviews .xA6-Z Biography and criticism Including criticism of selected works, quotations, autobiography, letters, speeches, etc. Example 1 Example 2 QA29.B2 A3 1864a Passages from the life of a philosopher / Charles Babbage. QA29.B2 H91 1982 Charles Babbage, pioneer of the computer / Anthony Hyman. Example 3 QA29.R3 A4 1995 Ramanujan : letters and commentary / Bruce C. Berndt and Robert A. Rankin. 1995. Ramanujan Aiyangar, Srinivasa, 1887-1920 -- Correspondence. General Classes Where there is no explicit number for biography… 1. File all works about a person after all works by that person 2. Assign the same 1st Cutter to all biographies about a person and a 2nd Cutter for the main entry General Classes Example 1 TS245 Powder metallurgy processes and manufactures TS245.S65 J64 2005 John Smith, king of powder metallurgists / Bob Johnson. General Classes Example 2 TS886.5.C45 Manufactures--Wood technology. Lumber-- Wood products. Furniture--Furniture--Special types of furniture, A-Z--Chairs TS886.5.C45 N683 2005 A place to sit : a biography of Petr Novak, chair craftsman / Jan Cermak.
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