The Sonoma County Visionaries, Immigrants and Winemakers Collection draws from the Sonoma County Wine Library holdings. The collection includes images of historical interest of the Sonoma County wine industry from the 1870s through the 1990s. These images portray the wine makers and companies of Sonoma County, past and present. They document the immigrants and Utopians who founded the early wineries, wine families, the vineyards and wine production, promotional postcards, and the many varieties of wine created in Sonoma County.
Most photographic postcards and a selection of photographs were taken by commercial photographers and include captions. Many of the wine labels include vintage information. Items were selected from a wide range of wine-related collections comprising the Sonoma County Wine History Collection, housed in the Sonoma County Wine Library. Some may also be found in the library's online public access catalog. Consult the library for more information. The collection is part of the Sonoma County Local History & Culture.
California Local History Digital Resources Project (LHDRP) Project Information
These photographs and other images were initially assembled from the Sonoma County Library's Sonoma County Wine Library collections. The digitization project was part of the California Local History Digital Resources Project (LHDRP), a multi-year program supported by the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act, administered in California by the State Librarian. Leveraging the infrastructure of the California Digital Library (CDL) in partnership with Califa and Infopeople, the LHDRP explores a model to aggregate, preserve, and provide permanent public access to local history materials maintained by California cultural heritage institutions via a single statewide online access point. For more information, see the project website and the collection guide in the Online Archive of California (OAC).