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 Recommended Tags

Below is a list of subject tags commonly used in our collection. They are divided into themes: People, Enslavement and Emancipation, Government and Law, Events, Finance,  Land and Land Development, Health, Ideals, Military, Printed Communication, Other, Places, Religion, and Social Movements. This is not a definitive list and contains recommendations for subject tags as used by previous catalog records. Download this as a pdf.

 

People: add these tags when referring to people who are described in the item *add names of individuals mentioned in the publications as (First Name Last Name)

  • African Americans
  • American Indians*(if possible, include the tribe’s name)
  • Anti-Federalists
  • Black Author
  • Black History
  • Children and Family
  • Enslaved people
  • Enslaver
  • Federalists
  • Freedmen
  • Freedom Seekers (also accepted, Runaway Slave, Escapee, Fugitive)
  • Freedperson
  • Freedwoman
  • Indentured Servant
  • Loyalist
  • Refugees
  • Woman Author
  • Women of the Founding Era
  • Women's History

Enslavement and Emancipation: add these tags when related to the Transatlantic Slave Trade

  • Chattel
  • Manumission
  • Slave Rebellion
  • Slavery
  • Slave Sale (also accepted: Slave Auction, Slave-for-Sale Advertisements)
  • Transatlantic Slave Trade

Government and Law

  • American Flag
  • Articles of Confederation
  • Bill of Rights
  • Congress
  • Constitution
  • Continental Congress
  • Election
  • Emancipation
  • Habeas Corpus
  • Inaugural Address
  • Inauguration
  • Neutrality
  • Oath
  • Pardon
  • Parole
  • Peace
  • Police
  • Politics
  • President
  • Ratification
  • Sedition
  • State Constitution
  • Statehood
  • Treason
  • Treaty
  • US Constitution
  • US Constitutional Amendment
  • US Constitutional Convention
  • Vice President

Events

  • Assassinations
  • Corruption
  • Court Martials and Courts of Inquiry
  • Crime
  • Death
  • Death penalty
  • Duel
  • Marriage
  • Massacre
  • Mobs and riots
  • Mutiny
  • Rebellion
  • Scandal

Finance

  • Banking
  • Business and Finance
  • Charity and Philanthropy
  • Coins and Currency
  • Commerce
  • Debt
  • Economics
  • Merchants and Trade
  • Mortgage
  • Taxes and Taxation

Land and Land Development

  • Agriculture and Animal Husbandry
  • Infrastructure
  • Land Transaction
  • Mill
  • Mining
  • Surveying

Health

  • Diet and Nutrition
  • Disease
  • Health and Medical
  • Injury or Wound
  • Personal Hygiene

Immigration and Migration

  • Immigration
  • Naturalization
  • Xenophobia
  • Birthright citizenship
  • Immigration laws
  • Emigration
  • Forced displacement

Ideals

  • Ethics
  • Liberty
  • Morality
  • Patriotism
  • Philosophy

Military

  • Ammunition
  • Artillery
  • Battle
  • Black Troops
  • Continental Army
  • Desertion
  • Fortification
  • Marines
  • Maritime
  • Military Camp
  • Military Decorations
  • Military Finance
  • Military History
  • Military Law
  • Military Mobilizations
  • Military Provisions
  • Military Receipts
  • Military
  • Revolutionary War
  • Military Substitute
  • Military Supplies
  • Military Uniforms
  • Militia Minutemen
  • Naval
  • Navy
  • Patriotism
  • Pensions
  • Prison Camp
  • Prisoner
  • Prisoner of War
  • Privateering
  • Propaganda
  • Recruitment
  • Revolutionary War
  • Valley Forge
  • Wartime Pillaging and Destruction

Printed communication

  • Correspondence
  • Petitions
  • Speeches

Other

  • Alcohol
  • Architecture
  • Art, Music, Theater, and Film
  • Engraving
  • Clothing and Accessories
  • Literature
  • Painting
  • Poetry
  • Publishing

Religion

  • Christianity
  • Church
  • Faith
  • Islam
  • Judaism
  • Mosque
  • Religious leader
  • Temple

Social movements

  • Education
  • Reform
  • Reform Movement
  • Suffrage