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Art Law

SIA New York Library Guide

This guide is a starting point for finding Art Law resources in the SIA New York library. The navigation menu to the left will allow you to explore this guide.  Please note, this is not an exhaustive list.

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Art Law & Cultural Heritage Law



Keyword Search Tips

Selected examples of subject search terms to use in Summon or in the library catalog. Terms can all be modified by place names, e.g., Art--Collectors and collecting--United States

  • Search by Subject Term in Summon:
  • Search by Subject in the library catalog:
    • Select Advanced Search and type your subject terms in the Subject field
Example Subject Search Terms
Antiquities -- Collection and preservation -- Moral and ethical aspects Artists' Contracts -- United States
Appropriation (Art) Art objects -- Valuation -- United States
Archaeological thefts Auctions 
Archaeology--Moral and ethical aspects Censorship 
Architects--Legal status, laws, etc. Copyright -- Art -- United States
Art -- Collectors and Collecting  Copyright -- Art -- United States -- Cases.
Art -- Expertising Cultural Property -- Protection
Art -- Forgeries. Cultural Property--Protection--International Law
Art -- Moral and ethical aspects. Fair Use (Copyright)
Art dealers -- Legal status, laws, etc.  Law and art -- United States -- Cases
Art insurance -- Congresses. Museums -- Law and legislation
Architects -- Legal status, laws, etc.  Public art -- Law and legislation -- United States. 
Artists -- Legal status, laws, etc. Theater -- Law and Legislation
Artists' contracts  Video recordings -- Fair Use (Copyright)


Keywords can describe the type of material you are searching for.  Terms can all be modified by type when conducting a subject search, e.g., Copyright -- United States -- Cases.  

You can conduction subject searches in library catalogs, Worldcat and in Summon's Advanced Search, e.g.,  Copyright -- United States -- Cases

Example keywords by item type
Administrative decisions Law for laypersons
Administrative regulations Law reviews
Attorneys general's opinions Legal forms
Bar journals Legal instruments
Casebooks Legal maxims
Citators Legislative histories
Claims Legislative materials
Codes (Jewish law) Loose-leaf services
Codices (Law) Military regulations
Concordats Model acts
Consilia Official gazettes
Constitutional convention materials Orders in council
Constitutions Privileges and immunities
Court decisions and opinions Proclamations
Court rules Records and briefs
Courtroom art Repertories (Law)
Customary laws Resolutions (Law)
Dockets Responsa (Jewish law)
Executive orders Restatements of the law
Hornbooks (Law) Statutes and codes
Indulgences (Canon law) Town laws, Medieval
Intergovernmental agreements Travaux préparatoires (Treaties)
Judicial statistics Treaties
Jury instructions Trial and arbitral proceedings
Law commentaries Uniform laws
Law digests Year books (English law reports)


Browse library call numbers

Browse the KF section of the library for art and law.  Selected specific subjects by call number are listed on the following tabs. These are browseable in any library that uses the Library of Congress Classification System.


Other relevant call number ranges:

  • AM (museums, collectors and collecting)
  • CC (Antiquities and archeology) 
  • E-F (U.S. history, historic preservation)
  • K (law)
  • KF (law, United States)
  • N (visual arts)



Art Law by Subject -- Classification


Antiquities, Collection and preservation -- CC135 (27)
Antiquities, Collection and preservation, Moral and ethical aspects DF275-277
Appropriation (Art) -- KF4987.A67
Archaeology -- CC65 -175
Architects--Legal status, laws, etc. -- KF2925.3; NA150.C9
Art, Collectors and collecting in United States -- N5215
Art, Collectors and collecting, Case studies -- N8383
Art, Collectors and Collecting -- N5200
Art, Expertising -- N8558
Art, Expertising, Congresses -- N8558 
Art, Forgeries -- N8790
Art, Forgeries, Economic aspects -- N7113.D3
Art, Forgeries, Handbooks, manuals, etc -- N8790
Art, Moral and ethical aspects -- N72.E8
Art and state, United States -- KF27
Art insurance -- HG9970.F5 
Art objects, Valuation, United States -- KF27
Art, Protection -- N463; N8750
Art, Reproduction -- N8580 
Art thefts -- N8795
Artists, Legal status, laws, etc., United States -- KF390.A7
Artists, Legal status, laws, etc., Canada -- KE3968
Artists, Legal status, laws, etc., Germany -- KK3288.A76 
Artists' contracts,United States -- KF4290; KF390.A7
Artists' contracts, United States, Popular works -- KF2932.Z9
Auctions HF5476 


Buildings, War damage, In art -- N8257


Art Law by Subject -- Classification

Censorship -- Z657; Z659; K4285
Collectors and collecting -- NK1125
Copyright -- K1420.5 
Copyright, Art -- K1460; K1461
Copyright, Art, United States -- KF3050; KF27; KF26 
Copyright, Photographs -- K1472
Copyright and electronic data processing -- K1447.15 - K1420.5

Cultural property, Protection -- CC135; N8750
Cultural property,Protection (International law) -- K3791

Fair use (Copyright) -- K1420.5 - K1447.15; K1485 (2)
Federal aid to the arts,United States -- NX735; KF27 

Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945), Reparations -- D804.3 - D819

Art Law by Subject -- Classification


Intellectual property -- K7550-7582 

Law and art -- K3778

Museums, Law and legislation -- K3788
Museums -- AM

Performance art, History -- NX512.A54
Photocopying, Fair use (Copyright) -- K1447.15
Public domain (Copyright law) -- K1401​
Restitution -- K920; K5534

Theater, Law and legislation, United States -- KF1377; KF4296

Video recordings,Fair use (Copyright),United States -- KF26-27; KF3030.4

World War, 1939-1945--Claims -- JX5326; KK7642; D819.G3 - D819.G85
World War, 1939-1945, Destruction and pillage --D810.D6 

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