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Africana Studies: Call numbers

A guide to support research in the areas of Africana Studies.


Books in the Library are arranged by call number, primarily using the Library of Congress (LC) classification system.  Below are some examples of LC class numbers (generally the first two parts of a book’s call number) that may be useful for locating books and videos related to Africana studies. If you need a hand, please Ask a Librarian

DT 1-3415 -- History of Africa
E 185 -- United States – African American History
G 2445-2739 -- Geography – Africa
HC 800-1085 -- Economic history & conditions – Africa
JQ 1870-3981 -- Political institutions & public administration – Africa          
KQ-KTZ -- Law of Africa
LG 401-681 -- Educational institutions – Africa
M 1831-1838 -- Music – History & Criticism – Africa
N 7380-7392.5 -- Art, African
PL 8000-8844 -- African languages and literature
PN 841 -- Black literature
PN 849.A35-A3552 -- Literary  history – Africa
PR 9340-9348.2 -- African literature (English)     

A note about Black literature: many works of English-language literature are classified in the PRs for English literature or the PSs for American literature and there is no further breakdown beyond geography, historical period, and form of work, e.g. poetry vs prose. Rather than browse through those large sections of the book stacks, use of the library catalog OneSearch is recommended to find a good call number first, then go browse.