Finding Patterns Where None Exist

Back when I did a lot of shelving in the stacks, helping patrons find books — I always knew where Henry James’ books were. It’s not because I’m a big Henry James’ fan…in truth I have no strong opinion of the guy; never read his books.

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Sorry, bro

But his LC call number was PS2112 (Okay that’s just for his selected works, but it’s where the Library of America editions went so it was pretty notable).

See, the call numbers assigned to LC don’t mean anything really — they give you an order to place things on the shelf, and often subclasses will follow a pattern — but it’s not like they carefully try to match numbers to categories.

“Oh we should put books on the American Revolution at E1776, that’d be cute.”

Yeah they don’t do that (it’s at E201-298).

So why 2112? I’m a Rush fan — a big Rush fan, and the number 2112 means something to us Rush…heads. Starmen? Analog kids? I’m not sure what they call Rush fans…

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Than these guys

But I’m one of ’em.

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Cleary less committed though

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here is a complete list of every call number that begins with 2112. For no particular reason.

B2112 – Philosophy (General)—Modern (1450/1600- )—By region or country—France—By period—18th century—Individual philosophers—Quesnay, François, 1694-1774—Collected works

BL2112 – Religions. Mythology. Rationalism—Religion—History and principles of religions—Asian. Oriental—By region or country—Southeast Asia—By region or country—Indonesia—General special

BQ2112 – Buddhism—Tripiṭaka. 大藏經. 三藏 (Canonical literature)—By version—Divisions not limited to a particular linguistic version—Sūtrapiṭaka. 經藏—Mahayana Buddhist sūtras. 大乘經典—Si shi er zhang jing. 四十二章經—Translations and adaptations (with or without original text)

BS2112 – The Bible—New Testament—Texts and versions—Modern texts and versions of the New Testament—Other modern European languages—Catalan—Texts. By date

CJ2112 – Numismatics—Coins—Medieval and modern—By region or country—America—Latin America—West Indies—Cuba—Museums. Collections. Exhibitions—Public—General works

CR2112 – Heraldry—Family heraldry—By region or country—Europe—Scandinavia—Norway—By period—Early and medieval

CT2112 – Biography—National biography—By region or country—Africa—East Africa—Dictionaries. Encyclopedias

DT2112 – History of Africa—South Africa—Local history and description—Free State. Vrystaat. Orange Free State. Oranje Vrystaat—History—By period—Early to 1854. Transorangia—General works

G2112 – Atlases—By region or country—Eastern Hemisphere. Eurasia, Africa, etc.—Europe—Former Soviet republics. Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (U.S.S.R.). Russia (Empire)—Regions, natural features, etc., A-Z

GT2112 – Manners and customs (General)—Costume. Dress. Fashion—Materials and articles of clothing. Details and accessories—Headgear—Veils

HB2112 – Economic theory. Demography—Demography. Population. Vital events—Population geography. Migration—By region or country—Asia—East Asia. Far East—Japan—Local, A-Z

HJ2112 – Public finance—Budget. Income and expenditure—By region or country—Europe—East Germany. Eastern Germany

HV2112 – Social pathology. Social and public welfare. Criminology—Protection, assistance and relief—Special classes—People with disabilities—Blind—By region or country—Other regions or countries—Asia—East Asia. Far East—Japan—Societies. Associations. Conferences

JF2112 –  Political institutions and public administration (General)—Public administration—Political parties—Organization. Party machinery. Campaign methods—Other topics, A-Z

JS2112 – Local government. Municipal government—Mexico—General—Other special, A-Z

(JX2112 – International law. Foreign relations. Diplomacy. International arbitration—International law—Treatises (History and theory)—Modern—1500-1713—Individual publicists—Loccenius—Collections and selections)  JX is an obsolete class, but this USED to exist

K2112 – Law in general. Comparative and uniform law. Jurisprudence—Comparative law. International uniform law—Courts. Procedure—Court organization and procedure—Congestion and delay

KD2112 – Law of England and Wales—Associations—Corporations. Juristic persons—Business corporations. Companies—Particular types of corporations or companies—Subsidiary and parent companies. Holding companies

KDZ2112 – America. North America—Individual countries—Bermuda—Commercial law—Maritime law—Carriage by sea. Maritime commercial law. Admiralty—Ocean bills of lading

KE2112 – Law of Canada—Regulation of industry, trade, and commerce. Occupational law—Transportation and communications—Road traffic. Automotive transportation—Traffic regulation and enforcement—General

KFC2112 – United States (Colorado)—Regulation of industry, trade, and commerce. Occupational law—Transportation and communication—Water transportation. Navigation and shipping—Harbors and ports

KFN2112 – United States (New Jersey)—Regulation of industry, trade, and commerce. Occupational law—Transportation and communication—Water transportation. Navigation and shipping—Harbors and ports

KFS2112 – United States (South Carolina)—Regulation of industry, trade, and commerce. Occupational law—Transportation and communication—Water transportation. Navigation and shipping—Harbors and ports

KFX2112 – United States (Cities)—Omaha to Paterson

KFZ2112 – United States (Northwest Territory)—Regulation of industry, trade, and commerce. Occupational law—Transportation and communication—Water transportation. Navigation and shipping—Harbors and ports

KGL2112 – West Indies: Bonaire—Commercial law—Maritime law—Carriage by sea. Maritime commercial law. Admiralty—Ocean bills of lading

KGP2112 – West Indies. Caribbean area: Dominica—Commercial law—Maritime law—Carriage by sea. Maritime commercial law. Admiralty—Ocean bills of lading

KGR2112 – West Indies. Caribbean area: Dutch Windward Islands (General)—Commercial law—Maritime law—Carriage by sea. Maritime commercial law. Admiralty—Ocean bills of lading

KGT2112 – West Indies. Caribbean area: Montserrat—Commercial law—Maritime law—Carriage by sea. Maritime commercial law. Admiralty—Ocean bills of lading

KGW2112 – West Indies. Caribbean area: Saint Christopher (Saint Kitts), Nevis, and Anguilla—Commercial law—Maritime law—Carriage by sea. Maritime commercial law. Admiralty—Ocean bills of lading

KJA2112 – Roman law—Sources—By period—Post-Justinian periods—Occident—Jurists’ law. Legistic—By period—16th to 18th centuries. Common law in Europe—By nationality—German—Individual jurists—Samuel Stryk, 1640-1710

KJC2112 – Regional comparative and uniform law (Europe)—Commercial law—Auctioneers. Auctions

KJV2112 – Law of France—Civil law. Droit civil—Security. Sûretés—General—National legislation. Federal legislation—Indexes and tables. Digests

KK2112 – Law of Germany—Commercial law. Handelsrecht—Commercial transactions. Handelsgeschäfte—Brokerage. Handelsmakler—Types of brokers, A-Z

KKB2112 – German states and provinces (A-Pr)—Bayreuth—Civil service

KKC2112 – German states and provinces (Ps-Z)—Schleswig-Holstein (State)—Economic law. Regulation of industry, trade, and commerce—Agriculture—Viticulture

KLA2112 – Eurasia: Russia, Soviet Union—General—Constitutional law—Constitutional history—By period—From ca. mid 19th century to Soviet constitution (1918)—Constitutional principles—Legitimacy

KLB2112 – Eurasia: Russia (Federation, 1992- )—General—Constitutional law—Constitutional history—By period—From ca. 1800 to most recent constitution—Constitutional principles—Legitimacy

KLP2112 – Eurasia: Ukraine (1919-1991)—General—Constitutional law—Constitutional history—By period—From ca. 1800 to most recent constitution—Constitutional principles—Legitimacy

KMH2112 – Asia (Middle East. Southwest Asia): Iran—General—Constitutional law—Constitutional history—By period—From ca. 1800 to most recent constitution—Constitutional principles—Legitimacy

KMJ2112 – Asia (Middle East. Southwest Asia): Iraq—General—Constitutional law—Constitutional history—By period—From ca. 1800 to most recent constitution—Constitutional principles—Legitimacy

KMK2112 – Asia (Middle East. Southwest Asia): Israel—General—Constitutional law—Individual and state—Human rights. Civil and political rights. Civic (socialist) duties—Freedom—Prohibition of slavery

KMT2112 – Asia (Middle East. Southwest Asia): Saudi Arabia—General—Constitutional law—Constitutional history—By period—From ca. 1800 to most recent constitution—Constitutional principles—Legitimacy

KMV2112 – Asia (Middle East. Southwest Asia): United Arab Emirates—General—Constitutional law—Constitutional history—By period—From ca. 1800 to most recent constitution—Constitutional principles—Legitimacy

KNF2112 – Asia (South Asia. Southeast Asia. East Asia): Afghanistan—General—Constitutional law—Constitutional history—By period—From ca. 1800 to most recent constitution—Constitutional principles—Legitimacy

KNG2112 – Asia (South Asia. Southeast Asia. East Asia): Bangladesh—General—Constitutional law—Individual and state—Human rights. Civil and political rights. Civic (socialist) duties—Freedom—Prohibition of slavery

KNL2112 – Asia (South Asia. Southeast Asia. East Asia): Burma—General—Constitutional law—Individual and state—Human rights. Civil and political rights. Civic (socialist) duties—Freedom—Prohibition of slavery

KNM2112 – Asia (South Asia. Southeast Asia. East Asia): Cambodia—General—Constitutional law—Constitutional history—By period—From ca. 1800 to most recent constitution—Constitutional principles—Legitimacy

KNN2112 – Asia (South Asia. Southeast Asia. East Asia): China—General—By period—1644 to 1949—Other topics—Constitutional law—Constitutional history—By period—From ca. 1800 to most recent constitution—Constitutional principles—Legitimacy

KNQ2112 – Asia (South Asia. Southeast Asia. East Asia): China (People’s Republic, 1949- ). 中华人民共和国—General—Constitutional law—Constitutional history—By period—From ca. 1800 to most recent constitution—Constitutional principles—Legitimacy

KNS2112 – Asia (South Asia. Southeast Asia. East Asia): India—General—Constitutional law—Individual and state—Human rights. Civil and political rights. Civic (socialist) duties—Freedom—Prohibition of slavery

KNW2112 – Asia (South Asia. Southeast Asia. East Asia): Indonesia—General—Constitutional law—Constitutional history—By period—From ca. 1800 to most recent constitution—Constitutional principles—Legitimacy

KNX2112 – Asia (South Asia. Southeast Asia. East Asia): Japan—General—Constitutional law—Constitutional history—By period—From ca. 1800 to most recent constitution—Constitutional principles—Legitimacy

KPA2112 – Asia (South Asia. Southeast Asia. East Asia): Korea. South Korea—General—Constitutional law—Constitutional history—By period—From ca. 1800 to most recent constitution—Constitutional principles—Legitimacy

KPC2112 – Asia (South Asia. Southeast Asia. East Asia): Democratic People’s Republic of Korea. North Korea—General—Constitutional law—Constitutional history—By period—From ca. 1800 to most recent constitution—Constitutional principles—Legitimacy

KPE2112 – Asia (South Asia. Southeast Asia. East Asia): Laos—General—Constitutional law—Constitutional history—By period—From ca. 1800 to most recent constitution—Constitutional principles—Legitimacy

KPG2112 – Asia (South Asia. Southeast Asia. East Asia): Malaysia—General—Constitutional law—Individual and state—Human rights. Civil and political rights. Civic (socialist) duties—Freedom—Prohibition of slavery

KPH2112 – Asia (South Asia. Southeast Asia. East Asia): Malaysia: States of East and West Malaysia (1957- ) (Part 2)—Sabah—Intellectual and industrial property—General

KPM2112 – Asia (South Asia. Southeast Asia. East Asia): Philippines—General—Constitutional law—Individual and state—Human rights. Civil and political rights. Civic (socialist) duties—Freedom—Prohibition of slavery

KPS2112 – Asia (South Asia. Southeast Asia. East Asia): Sri Lanka—General—Constitutional law—Individual and state—Human rights. Civil and political rights. Civic (socialist) duties—Freedom—Prohibition of slavery

KPT2112 – Asia (South Asia. Southeast Asia. East Asia): Thailand—General—Constitutional law—Constitutional history—By period—From ca. 1800 to most recent constitution—Constitutional principles—Legitimacy

KPV2112 – Asia (South Asia. Southeast Asia. East Asia): Vietnam—General—Constitutional law—Constitutional history—By period—From ca. 1800 to most recent constitution—Constitutional principles—Legitimacy

KQG2112 – Africa: Algeria—General—Constitutional law—Constitutional history—By period—From ca. 1800 to most recent constitution—Constitutional principles—Legitimacy

KQH2112 – Africa: Angola—General—Constitutional law—Constitutional history—By period—From ca. 1800 to most recent constitution—Constitutional principles—Legitimacy

KQW2112 – Africa: Cameroon—General—Constitutional law—Constitutional history—By period—From ca. 1800 to most recent constitution—Constitutional principles—Legitimacy

KRM2112 – Africa: Egypt—General—Constitutional law—Constitutional history—By period—From ca. 1800 to most recent constitution—Constitutional principles—Legitimacy

KRP2112 – Africa: Ethiopia—General—Constitutional law—Constitutional history—By period—From ca. 1800 to most recent constitution—Constitutional principles—Legitimacy

KRX2112 – Africa: Ghana—General—Constitutional law—Individual and state—Human rights. Civil and political rights. Civic (socialist) duties—Freedom—Prohibition of slavery

KSH2112 – Africa: Côte d’Ivoire—General—Constitutional law—Constitutional history—By period—From ca. 1800 to most recent constitution—Constitutional principles—Legitimacy

KSK2112 – Africa: Kenya—General—Constitutional law—Individual and state—Human rights. Civil and political rights. Civic (socialist) duties—Freedom—Prohibition of slavery

KSP2112 – Africa: Libya—General—Constitutional law—Constitutional history—By period—From ca. 1800 to most recent constitution—Constitutional principles—Legitimacy

KSW2112 – Africa: Morocco—General—Constitutional law—Constitutional history—By period—From ca. 1800 to most recent constitution—Constitutional principles—Legitimacy

KSX2112 – Africa: Mozambique—General—Constitutional law—Constitutional history—By period—From ca. 1800 to most recent constitution—Constitutional principles—Legitimacy

KSY2112 – Africa: Namibia—General—Constitutional law—Individual and state—Human rights. Civil and political rights. Civic (socialist) duties—Freedom—Prohibition of slavery

KTA2112 – Africa: Nigeria—General—Constitutional law—Individual and state—Human rights. Civil and political rights. Civic (socialist) duties—Freedom—Prohibition of slavery

KTG2112 – Africa: Senegal:—General—Constitutional law—Constitutional history—By period—From ca. 1800 to most recent constitution—Constitutional principles—Legitimacy

KTL2112 – Africa: South Africa, Republic of—General—Constitutional law—Constitutional history—By period—From ca. 1800 to most recent constitution—Constitutional principles—Legitimacy

KTQ2112 – Africa: Sudan—General—Constitutional law—Individual and state—Human rights. Civil and political rights. Civic (socialist) duties—Freedom—Prohibition of slavery

KTV2112 – Africa: Tunisia—General—Constitutional law—Constitutional history—By period—From ca. 1800 to most recent constitution—Constitutional principles—Legitimacy

KTX2112 – Africa: Congo (Democratic Republic)—General—Constitutional law—Constitutional history—By period—From ca. 1800 to most recent constitution—Constitutional principles—Legitimacy

KU2112 – Pacific area: Australia—General—Constitutional law—Individual and state—Human rights. Civil and political rights. Civic (socialist) duties—Freedom—Prohibition of slavery

KUQ2112 – Pacific area: New Zealand—General—Constitutional law—Individual and state—Human rights. Civil and political rights. Civic (socialist) duties—Freedom—Prohibition of slavery

KWL2112 – Pacific area: Pacific area jurisdictions: Solomon Islands—General—Intellectual and industrial property—General

KWT2112 – Pacific area: Pacific area jurisdictions: Wallis and Futuna Islands—General—Commercial law. Commercial transactions—Business associations—Cooperative societies—General

KZ2112 – Law of nations—Early/Medieval development to ca. 1900. Ius Naturae et Gentium—Publicists. Writers on public international law—To 18th century. By author or title—Loccenius, Johan, 1598-1677

LA2112 – History of education—By region or country—Australia and New Zealand—New South Wales—General works. Present situation, etc.

LB2112 – Theory and practice of education—Education and training of teachers and administrators—State teachers colleges. Normal schools. Teachers’ institutes—Europe—By region or country—Switzerland—General works

LC2112 – Special aspects of education—Education of special classes of persons—Women. Girls—History—By region or country—Europe—Greece—History and present situation—General

LD2112 – Individual institutions—United States—Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts—Administration—General. Official reports—President

LF2112 – Individual institutions—Continental Europe—France—Montpelier. Université—History—20th century

M2112 – Music—Vocal music—Sacred vocal music—One solo voice—Accompaniment of one instrument, keyboard instrument, and chordal instrument, or unaccompanied—Collections—One composer

N2112 – Visual arts—Art museums, galleries, etc.—Special countries and special museums—Europe—France—Other French galleries—Marseille—Musée Grobet-Labadié

PC2112 – Romance philology and languages—French—Language—Grammar—Textbooks—1950-

PE2112 – English philology and language—Linguistic geography. Dialects, etc.—Dialects of Scotland—Early Scotch (Scots) to ca. 1650—General works

PG2112 – Slavic. Baltic. Albanian—Russian—Language—Grammar—Textbooks—1950-

PH2112 – Uralic. Basque—Hungarian—Language—Grammar—Textbooks—2001-

PK2112 – Indo-Iranian philology and literature—Modern Indo-Aryan languages—Particular languages and dialects, A-Z—Hindi, Urdu, Hindustani literatures—Hindi, Hindustani literature—Local—Outside of India—Africa—Collections

PQ2112 – French literature—Modern French literature—Individual authors—18th century—Voltaire, François Marie Arouet de, 1694-1778—Biography and criticism—Iconography—Monuments

PR2112 – English literature—Anglo-Norman period. Early English. Middle English—Individual authors and works—Peblis, to the play

PS2112 – American literature—Individual authors—19th century—James, Henry—Selected works. Selections

PT2112 – German literature—Individual authors or works—1700-ca. 1860/70—Goethe, Johann Wolfgang von, 1749-1832—Biography and criticism—Biography—Personality, character, etc.—Character. Moral conduct—Special (not A-Z)

Z2112 – National bibliography—Europe—Austria—Literature (General)—By period—Early through 1800


 

I can’t stress this enough — this doesn’t mean anything.

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I did it anyway

 

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