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Research resources for theatre courses offered at Jordan College of Fine Arts, Butler University, Indianapolis, IN.

What are LC Class Numbers and Subjects?

Items in the catalog are assigned Subject Headings in the catalog.  Subject Headings are meant to capture the most essential themes and content of the material (books, recordings, eResources, etc.).  When you search by subjects, you are able to find a smaller collection of items that share the same essential subject matter.  In catalog records, subjects are hyperlinked so that you can click on related subjects to browse related groups of items. You can also combine subjects in searches to get narrower results.


At Butler University, all of the libraries use the Library of Congress (LC) Classification System.  For those accustomed to the Dewey Decimal System, the LC System may look strange because it combines letters and numbers. Every LC call number begins with a letter or letters which designate the general subject of the material and knowing helpful classification numbers will help you browse the catalog and the stacks for related material.


A chart with a sample library of congress call number and explanations of how to interpret each part if you are browsing books in the stacks. Call numbers in the Library of Congress system are organized from general classification to more specific identifying information in each part. The sample call number is "PS3527 .E917 G7 1925 V.3." The first part, "PS3527," is the classification number. You read the letters in alphabetical order, so A comes before B, and P comes before PA, comes before PB.  PS would come between PR and PT.  The number is read in ascending numerical order.  One comes before two, which comes before three.  In this example, PS3527 would come between PS3526 and PS3528. The second part of the call number is the Cutter number.  These have a decimal point at the beginning, followed by an initial letter then a number.  Sometimes a call number can have two Cutter numbers, as our example does, ".E917" and "G7."  In both cases you would interpret the number as decimal numbers, so ".E917" would come between ".E91" and ".E92" and "G7" would come between "G69" and "G71." The third part of the call number is the publication date.  This is the year the book was published.  Editions of the same book, published in different years, are arranged in chronological order.  In our example, the book was published in 1925.  The last part of the call number is the enumeration. If a book has multiple volumes, parts, or copies, those are arranged in numerical order.  In our example, this is volume three, "V.3" which would be shelved between volumes 2 and 4.

LC Classification Numbers

Classifications for General Theatre Browsing:



Art of acting: PN2061 - PN2071


Costumes -- History/Description: GT500 - GT2289

Costumes -- Construction: TS 545-TT850

Hair, cosmetics: GT2290 - GT2341

Masks: GT1747+

Textile arts: NK8802 - NK8998

Make-up: PN2068+

Scene painting: ND2885 +

Electric devices; stage lighting: PN2091 .E4

Stage settings; scenery: PN2091 .S8

The stage and accessories: PN2085 - PN2901

Sound effects: PN2091 .S6

Architecture: NA+

Theatre History

Ancient theatre history: PN2131 - PN2145

Medieval theatre history: PN2152 - PN2160

Renaissance history: PN2171 - PN2171

Modern theatre history: PN2181 - PN2193

The Jewish Theatre: PN3035


Drama: PN1600 - PN3307

Play collections: PN 6110.5-PN6120

English literature-drama: PR621 - PR739

American literature-drama: PS330 - PS352

History of drama literature: PR 641-PR739


Various plays and videos relating to theatre: PN471 - PR5397

LC Classes for Browsing Shakespeare Resources:


PR 2199-3195 - English renaissance (1500-1640)

PR 3291-3785 - 17th and 18th centuries (1640-1770)


PR 2750 -Original quartos and facsimiles and reprints

PR 2750.A01-.A73 - Original editions

PR 2750.B01-.B73 - Facsimiles and reprints

PR 2751 - Collected works

PR 2752-2754 - Modern editions

PR 2761 - Comedies

PR 2762 - Histories

PR 2763 - Tragedies

PR 2892 - Concordances, dictionaries, indexes, quotations


PR 3001 - Philosophy

PR 3011-3012 - Religion

PR 3017 - Politics

PR 3034 - The arts: music, painting, theater, etc.

PR 3069.S45 - Sex role

LC Subject Headings



Black theater

Chamber theater

Children's plays

Community theater



Drama--History and criticism

Dramatic criticsm

Englihs drama--Restoration, 1660-1700--History and criticism

Experimental theater

Feminism and theater

Feminist theater

Fletcher, John, 1579-1625--Criticism and interpretation

Gay theater




Musical theater

Mysteries and musical plays

Repertory theater

Scene painting

Set designers

Shakespeare, William, 1554-1616--Comedies

Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616--Characters--Women

Stage lighting

Stage machinery

Stage props





Theater--Great Britain--History


Theater--Law and legislation

Theater--Moral and ethical aspects

Theater--Politicial aspects

Theater--Production and direction


Theater and society

Theater and the aged

Theater audiences

Theater critics

Theater curtains

Theater management

Theater of the absurd

Theater programs

theater rehearsals


Theaters--Sound effects

Teaters--Stage setting and scenery

Theatrical agents

Theatrical companies

Theatrical producers and directors

Theatrical publishing

Actors -- Great Britain -- Biography

Alexander, George, Sir, 1858-1918

Bernhardt, Sarah, 1844-1923

Betterton, Thomas, 1635?-1710

Bracegirdle, Anne, 1663?-1748

Congreve, William, 1670-1729

Dramatists, English--Early modern, 1500-1700--Biography--Dictionaries

English drama --Restoration, 1660-1700--Bio-bibliography--Dictionaries

English drama -- Restoration, 1660-1700 -- History and criticism

English drama--18th century

Etherege, George, 1635?-1691

French drama -- 17th century -- History and criticism

German drama--18th century--History and criticism

Irving, Henry, Sir, 1838-1905

Lessing, Gotthold Ephraim, 1729-1781

Saint James' Theatre (London, England)

Sturm und Drang movement

Theater--England--History--17th century

Theater--England -- London--18th century--History

Theater--France--History--19th century

Theeatrical managers--Great Britain--Biography

Vanbrugh, John, Sir, 1664-1726

Wycherley, William, 1640-1716

Aeschylus -- Criticism and interpretation

Aristophanes -- Criticism and interpretation

Aristophanes. Wasps

Behn, Aphra, 1640-1689 -- Criticism and interpretation

Congreve, William, 1670-1729

Corneille, Pierre, 1606-1684 -- Criticism and interpretation.

Dramatists, English--Early modern, 1500-1700--Biography--Dictionaries

English drama --Restoration, 1660-1700--Bio-bibliography--Dictionaries

English drama -- Restoration, 1660-1700 -- History and criticism

English drama--18th century

Euripides. Medea

French drama -- 17th century -- History and criticism

French literature -- 17th century -- History and criticism

Greek drama (Comedy) -- History and criticism

Greek drama (Tragedy)

Jonson, Ben, 1573?-1637 -- Political and social views

Kyd, Thomas, 1558-1594 -- Criticism and interpretation

London (England) -- Social life and customs -- 16th century

Marlowe, Christopher, 1564-1593

Mythology, Greek -- Drama

Politics and literature -- England -- History -- 16th century

Racine, Jean, 1639-1699 -- Criticism and interpretation

Theater--England--History--17th century

Theater -- England -- London -- History -- 16th century

Theater--England -- London--18th century--History

Theater--France--History--19th century

Theater--Moral and ethical aspects

Theater--Politicial aspects

Theater and society

Wycherley, William, 1640-1716

Aging in literature
Androgyny (Psychology) in literature
Dramatists, English - Early modern, 1500-1700 - Biography - History and criticism
Elizabeth I, Queen of England, 1533-1603 - Relations with authors
England - Civilization - 16th century
England - Intellectual life - 16th century
English drama - 17th century - History and criticism
English drama - Early modern and Elizabethan, 1500-1600 - History and criticism
English drama - Italian influences
Families - England - History - 16th century
Feminism in literature
Great Britain - History - Elizabeth, 1558-1603
Group identity in literature
Literature and society - England - History - 16th century
National characteristics in literature
Politics and literature - Great Britain - History - 16th century
Politics and literature - Great Britain - History - 17th century
Politics in literature
Religion and literature - England - History - 16th century
Sex role in the theater
Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616
Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616 - Characters - Women - Dictionaries
Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616 - Criticism and interpretation
Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616 - Film adaptations
Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616 - Knowledge - Economics
Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616 - Knowledge - Italy
Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616 - Macbeth
Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616 - Philosophy
Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616 - Political and social views
Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616 - Relations with literary patrons
Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616 - Religion
Sovereignty in literature
Theater and society - England - History - 16th century
Theater - England - History - 16th century
Transvestism in literature
Witchcraft - England - History - 16th century
Women - England - History - Renaissance, 1450-1600
Women in literature


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