At the University of Colorado, the "Swank/Jackson" classification system is used for state and foreign documents. As other classification systems do, this system arranges documents by issuing agency. All numbers follow the "nothing-before-something" shelving rule, so
|would be shelved before||4-R31W
|4-R31W||The number before the hyphen (1 through 50; interstate documents start with 61) designates the state. At the time the system was set up, there were forty-eight states; these were placed in alphabetical order and assigned a number, for example,||
|Usually, the next symbol is a hyphen (-) which separates a state name from the state agency responsible for the document, for example,||
|After the hyphen, the Cutter letter/number serves as a designator for the name of the agency. If letters follow the Cutter, this further subdivides the agency, for example,||
|If there is no hyphen (-) between the state number and the letter/number combination, the letter(s)/number represent a county or city (e.g. 4P26 is for Pasadena, California). These should be shelved after all that state's documents. (But don't fail to investigate all shelving possibilities).|
The second line of the call number describes the particular document. There are two elements separated by a colon (:).
The number before the colon (:) indicates that the document is part of a series
(any number 1 - 8);
or that it is a monograph, if the number is '9'.
See list at right.
After the colon (:) there is: a publication year;
a series volume number; (if the document is a periodical with volumes and numbers, the second element in the second line contains a slash (/) which separates volume from number information); or
|a Cutter based upon a keyword in a monograph's title. For example,||
Examples of state call numbers
4-H34 4 = California. -H43 = Department of Public Health. 5:19/2 California's Health, vol.19, no.2 1993 4-H34 4 = California. -H34 = Department of Public Health. 9:Ai7 Air Conservation In California (a monograph) 1971 9-Ed8 9 = State of Georgia; -Ed8 = Department of Education 1:895 1 = Annual Report; 895 = year, 1895
Until the mid 1980's, Colorado documents were also classified in this system, as 5's. (There is a title file index to these in the Government Publications Library office.)
States and their Swank-Jackson classification number
(in alphabetical order)
State Agencies of possible interest to social and family historians
Within each state be sure to look up the following state agencies for possible primary source information, or go to the Home page and use the established links to Issuing Bodies.
Other state agencies to keep in mind are the following: These are a combination of medical, registration, and/or examing boards.
|-Ar2.4||Architects Registration and Examing Board|
|-M46||Medical Registration and Examination|
|-N93||Nurses Registration and Examination|