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About This Collection

The Wine Photography Collection primarily draws from the Sonoma County Wine Library holdings, with additional contributions from the Sonoma County History & Genealogy Library. The collection includes images of historical interest of the Sonoma County wine industry from the 1870s through the present. These images portray the wine makers and companies of Sonoma County, past and present. They document the the early wineries, wine families and workers, the vineyards and wine production, 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. Some may also be found in the library online public access catalog. Consult the library for more information. Edward Gauer and Alan Hemphill tasting wine in the vineyard, Geyserville, Calif., 1987

Photographers in This Collection

While the vast majority of photographs in this collection were created by unknown photographers, a few photographers are well represented, including:

Maps and Streetview

The Google maps and Streetview images displayed below many of the Collection's images are based on the best information available in the records. In some cases, that information may be incorrect or Google was unable to interpret the address correctly (more than a few street names have changed over time and lots may have been renumbered). If you find an incorrect location for a particular image, we welcome corrections! Please use the comment feature at the bottom of the page and provide more accurate information if you have it. We verify the corrections and update our information.

Unknown Locations and Subjects

We also welcome information on unidentified locations and people in our collections -- unfortunately, we have many such images . If you know something more, leave a comment on this site or at our Flickr collection of unidentified images .

Other Sonoma County Image Resources

The Sonoma County Library holds many historic and current images of Sonoma County people, events and locations. While we are in the process of moving all digitized images to this site, a portion of the collection is still available only through our library catalog at this time. We will continue to add retrospective images as well as new materials, but until all existing images have been added, please also check the Library's catalogNorth Bay Digital Collections , in the Online Archive of California and the Library of Congress' American Memory .

Other Questions, Comments and Donations

We welcome your questions about materials in these collections and offers of donations of photographs or other materials related to Sonoma County history and life. For local history, contact  Katherine Rinehart at the Sonoma County History & Genealogy Library; for wine-related materials, please contact Megan Jones at the Sonoma County Wine Library.

Website questions may be directed to Geoffrey Skinner.

Use of the Images or Other Media on this Site

The Sonoma County Library makes no assertions as to ownership of any original copyrights to digitized images and can claim only physical ownership of the image(s) described in this records. However, these images are intended for Personal or Research use only. Any other kind of use, including, but not limited to commercial or scholarly publication in any medium or format, public exhibition, or use online or in a web site, may be subject to additional restrictions, including but, not limited to the copyrights held by parties other than the Library. USERS ARE SOLELY RESPONSIBLE for determining the existence of such rights and for obtaining any permissions and/or paying associated fees necessary for the proposed use. Preferred credit line is: Courtesy, the Sonoma County Library. Please see additional reproduction and reuse information at

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