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Sonoma Heritage Collections Theme Guide

Each item in the Sonoma Heritage Collections has been assigned one of twenty-two themes to help users find similar items that would be harder to gather together through the use of a regular topical search. The themes are available on the home and search results pages for both the entire Sonoma Heritage Collections and each individual collection; the number in parenthesis following the topic indicates how many items in the collection have been assigned the particular theme.

Please note that in the table below, the " Topics Covered " column illustrates key topics, but is not exhaustive. Use the " Subject (Topical) " dropdown button on the search results pages to view and choose narrower topics within a theme. Note also that the links on each topic search the entire Sonoma Heritage Collections.

Sonoma Heritage Collections Theme

Topics Covered

Agriculture, Rural Life and Fisheries

Farms/farming/homesteading

Crops/fields/orchards, including hops

Harvesting

Dairy/poultry

Everyday life, families and children on farms, ranches and in rural areas

Commercial fishing

Note: wine-related items entered under: Wine and winemaking

Animals

Animals dominate the image

Art and Architecture

House/building architectural drawings

Architectural details or focus on architectural aspects

Fine arts – paintings, drawings, prints, sculpture

Studio portrait photography

Business and Industry

Main street/central business districts

Individual stores and businesses

Factories

Power plants

Cities, Towns and Settlements

Streetscapes

City views/birdseye views

Individual buildings, including homes (with a focus on historical rather than architectural aspects)

Historic settlements, including Spanish, Mexican and Russian settlements

Everyday life, families and children in towns

Communication

Newspapers/newsletters

Advertisements

Diaries/journals

Letters

Public Safety, Law and Crime

Police officers/sheriffs/state police

The legal system/judges/lawyers

Jails/prisons

Posses/criminals

Fire departments

Paramedics

Structure fires

Education and Culture

Teachers/students

Elementary schools/high schools

Colleges and universities

School buildings

Campus/school grounds

Libraries/museums/cultural institutions/historical societies

Archaeology/archaeological excavations

Environment

Forests/beaches/rivers/lakes

State parks/regional parks/city parks/trails

Landscape/nature photographs

Dams/flood control channels/earthworks

Landfills

Prominent Sonoma County Residents

Individuals recognized for their achievements:

Luther Burbank

Jack London

Charles Schulz

Levi Leipheimer

et al.

Health and Medicine

Hospitals/clinics/health resorts

Doctors/nurses

Public health issues

Vaccinations/inoculations

Labor

Workers/employees

Strikes

Occupations (except where covered elsewhere)

Logging and Mining

Logging/Loggers/Sawmills

Logging trains/Mining trains

Lumber industry

Mines and mineral industry/Quarries

Native Americans

Individuals and group portraits

Reservations, rancherias, villages and houses

Clothing and dress

Politics and Government

Soldiers/veterans/veterans homes

Political candidates

Political rallies

Courthouses

City, county, state and federal office buildings

Military bases

Portraits

Formal and informal Individual and group portraits

Religion

Churches/congregations

Baptisms/confirmations/Sunday school

Weddings/funerals

Church socials/picnics/church suppers

Social Issues and Associations

Immigration/U.S. citizenship

Civil Rights/GLBT issues/Women's Movement

WPA/CCC

Drinking/temperance/prohibition

Fraternal/social organizations

Sports and Recreation

Team and individual sports

Hobbies/recreation activities

Parades/carnivals

Holidays

County fairs/Sonoma County Fair/Sonoma-Marin Fair/Cloverdale Citrus Fair

Amusement parks/recreational resorts

Theaters/stage companies/motion pictures/stage performances

Musical groups/music performances

Transportation

Airplanes/automobiles/trains/streetcars

Boats used for transportation (vs. recreation, commercial fishing))

Horse and buggy/carts/wagons

Roads/railroads/bridges/airports

Transportation construction and infrastructure

Weather and Natural Disasters

Forest fires

Earthquakes

Droughts

Floods

Storm damage from windstorms

Snowstorms

Wine and Winemaking

Wine and winemaking

Wineries

Winemakers

Vineyards

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