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Classification System

Warburg Institute Library Research Guide to the Classification System



All Action classmarks can be located in the FORMER PHOTO COLLECTION area ON THE FIRST FLOOR until Mar 2023

The bay locations have been temporarily removed from this online guide until the books are moved back to their permanent home on the 4th floor.

An up to date classmark location list is available on the 1st floor beside the double door entrance from the Image collections.


Please check the Building Updates page on the website for current situation


Classmark DH: Locations, Search & Principal areas of strength


  Society and culture

psychology (DA); anthropology (DL); folklore (DD); position of women (DN); history of music (DB); theatre (DE); festivals (DC); technology (DF); transport (DG); trade (DM); public opinion (DI); law (DK); sociology (DH); political theory (DP)


historiography (HA); world history (HR); Greek (HK, HGK), Roman (HP), Byzantine (HG); Slavonic and Eastern European (HGP); history of individual European countries: Italian (HN), Spanish (HL), French (HB), Belgian (HD), Dutch (HF), English (HM), American (HC), Scandinavian (HI), Swiss (HO), German (HE)


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Browse through holdings by entering a three letter classmark into the Classmark Search


Political history and historiography, especially of Italy and Germany. Cultural history, especially the survival of ancient cultural practices and their influence on later history, with sections of particular importance on the history of utopian thought and of handbooks giving political advice; medieval kingship; Renaissance political thought; the history of festivals and of banqueting (including cookbooks); Roman law in the Middle Ages and Renaissance.