The Western Americana Collection is driven primarily by subject rather than by author. Therefore, topical subject headings in the catalog records are important.
The following is a list of special subject interests which should get traced if reflected in material being cataloged. For some of the entries I have supplied the commonly used tracings, and have included subfield codes to indicate if a tracing is commonly subdivided that way or is a subdivision itself.
California gold rush:
|z |x Discovery and explorationIndians of North America
Used in addition to specific tribe nameLouisiana Territory -- early history, discovery and exploration
Mills and mill-work |zMormons
North American Forts
The list below was culled from a list created during the Western Americana recon project. The rest of the entries on the original list can be found in LTLC.Photography (historical Western)
Trace Western photographers and photography studios mentioned as well as the actual producers of the photographsPictorial letterhead, esp. depicting cities or western scenes
|z Place |x Pictorial works.Railroads
Frontier and pioneer life |zPioneers |zUsed for social history collections concerning the settlement of frontier regions
Usually refers to someone who has pushed out beyond the area of established settlements, someone in a rural setting rather than an urban setting. We haven't linked the use of pioneer to the time before a territory becomes a state, because that isn't the best indicator. Have used Women--California instead of Women pioneers--California in the case of one woman in Stockton in the 1858. Too late to be considered a pioneer.Women in the West
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