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Canadian Imprints: Subject/Genre Thesaurus

When more than one broad subject term describes the content of the imprint, the most appropriate term will be included in the Broad Subject field and any others will be included in the Subject/Genre Terms field. The Subject/Genre Terms field may include additional subject and genre terms as well as personal names, corporate names, or place names which describe the content of the imprint.

This Subject/Genre Thesaurus includes terms in the Broad Subject authority list, indicated here with (BT/NT/RT) after the entry. When included, term definitions are italicized. For each of the subject and genre terms, associated terms are denoted as:

Broad term: BT
Narrow term: NT
Related term: RT

A

Aboriginals
Use Native Peoples
Accounting
Use Bookkeeping
Acts
Written ordinances of a parliament or other legislative body
BT: Legislation, Government Printing
RT: Bills, Constitution, Laws, Orders in Council
Addresses
Used for Speeches
RT: Sermons
Advertisements
Used for advertising
RT: Commerce
Advertising
Use Advertisements
Affidavits
Written statements confirmed by oath
BT: Legal Documents
Agriculture
Used for Farming
NT: Grain
RT: Horticulture, Land and Settlement
Alcoholic beverages
Use Food and Beverages
Almanacs
RT: Annuals, Calendars
American Revolution (1775-1783)
BT: Wars and Battles
Animals
RT: Horse Racing, Hunting
Annuals
RT: Almanacs
Arithmetic
Use Mathematics
Army
BT: Military
RT: Militia, Navy, Wars and Battles
Astronomy
BT: Science
Atlases
RT: Maps
Auctions
RT: Catalogues
Autobiographies
Used for Memoirs
RT: Biographies, Diaries, Personal Narratives

B

Banks and Banking
RT: Commerce, Finance
Battles
Use Wars and Battles
Benevolent Societies
BT: Societies
RT: Bible and Tract Societies
Bible and Tract Societies
BT: Societies
RT: Benevolent Societies
Bible
Passages, quotations, citations
BT: Religion
NT: Psalms
Bills of Exchange
Written order to pay a sum of money on a given date
BT: Printed Forms and Blanks
RT: Commerce
Bills of Lading
BT: Printed Forms and Blanks
RT: Commerce, Shipping
Bills of Sale
BT: Printed Forms and Blanks
RT: Commerce, Deeds of Sale, Receipts
Bills
Proposals for legislation
BT: Government Printing, Legislation
RT: Acts, Constitutions, Laws
Biographies
RT: Autobiographies
Blacks
RT: Slavery
Blank Books
Use Printed Forms and Blanks
Bonds
Sums of money as guarantees
Book prospectuses
Use Prospectuses
Bookkeeping
Used for Accounting
RT: Tables and Ready-reckoners
Booksellers
RT: Catalogues, Printing, Publishing, Reading
Boundaries
Bridges
BT: Transportation
RT: Roads
Briefs
Summaries of the facts of cases
Broadsides
By-laws
Use Regulations

C

Calendars
RT: Almanacs
Canals
BT: Transportation
RT: Shipping
Caricatures
Use Cartoons
Carrier's Addresses
BT: Newspapers
Cartoons
Used for Caricatures
RT: Satire
Catalogues
RT: Auctions, Booksellers, Libraries, Horticulture
Catechisms
BT: Religion
RT: Textbooks
Census
RT: Statistics
Certificates
Formal Documents attesting to a fact
BT: Legal Documents
Charters
Written grants of rights, constitutions
Children
Used for Orphans
RT: Children's Literature, Education, Schools
Children's Literature
RT: Children
Churches
Circular Letters
Letters presented for distribution to a large number of people
Cities and Towns
Used for Towns
RT: Streets
Citizenship
RT: Emigration and Immigration
Clergy
BT: Religion
RT: Clergy Reserves
Clergy Reserves
BT: Land and Settlement
RT: Clergy
Colleges
Use Universities and Colleges
Colonies
Use Colonization
Colonization
Establishment of a colony or settlement
RT: Emigration and Immigration
Commerce
Commercial establishments and activities, e.g., buying, selling
NT: Currency, Prices and Rates
RT: Banks and Banking, Bills of Exchange, Bills of Lading, Bills of Sale, Economics, Finance
Commissioners of the Peace
Concerts
RT: Dance, Music, Theatre
Confessions
Admissions of crime
BT: Crime
RT: Prisoners and Prisons, Trials
Congresses
Formal meetings
Constitutions
BT: Legislation, Government Printing
RT: Acts, Bills, Laws, Orders in Council
Cookbooks
BT: Food and Beverages
RT: Handbooks and Manuals, Domestic Science
Correspondence
Official communications from heads of state or government, See also Letters
Courts
RT: Crime, Justices of the Peace, Trials
Crime
Used for Criminals
NT: Confessions, Courts, Police, Prisoners and Prisons, Reward Notices, Trials
Criminals
Use Crime
Crown Lands
BT: Land and Settlement
RT: Land Grants
Currency
Used for Money
BT: Commerce
Customs and Tariffs
Used for Tariffs
BT: Trade
RT: Shipping

D

Dance
RT: Concerts, Music, Theatre
Deeds of Sale
BT: Legal Documents
RT: Bills of Sale, Land Titles, Mortgages
Devotional Literature
Works of private piety, service books
BT: Religion
Diaries
RT: Autobiographies, Letters, Personal Narratives
Dictionaries
RT: Encyclopedias, Glossaries, Language, Phrase Books
Directories
Discovery and Exploration
Use Exploration
Disease
Use Health and Medicine
Domestic Science
RT: Cookbooks, Social Life
Drama
Use Theatre
Duelling

E

Economics (BT)
Material prosperity of a region; economic aspects of an industry; production and distribution of wealth
RT: Commerce, Finance, Trade
Education (BT)
NT: Schools, Teaching, Textbooks, Universities and Colleges
RT: Children
Elections
Used for Poll Books, Voting
Embargo
BT: Trade
RT: Foreign Relations
Emigrants
Use Emigration and Immigration
Emigration and Immigration
Used for Emigrants, Immigrants
RT: Citizenship, Colonization
Encyclopaedias
RT: Dictionaries
Essays
Estate Inventories
Etiquette
BT: Social Life
RT: Self Improvement
Executive Council
Use Legislature
Exhibitions
Exploration
Used for Discovery and Exploration
RT: Routes, Travel and Description, Voyageurs

F

Farming
Use Agriculture
Fenians
BT: Societies
RT: Wars and Battles
Feudalism
Use Seigneurial System
Fiction
RT: Plays, Poetry
Finance
Management of public money
Used for Public Expenditures, Public Finance
RT: Banks and Banking, Commerce, Economics
Fire Departments
Used for Fire Societies
RT: Fires
Fire Societies
Use Fire Departments
Fires
RT: Fire Departments
First Nations
Use Native Peoples
Fishing
Used for Whaling
RT: Hunting
Floods
RT: Lakes, Rivers
Folklore
Use Legends
Food and Beverages
Used for Alcoholic Beverages
NT: Cookbooks
RT: Domestic Science
Foreign Relations
Relations between states
RT: Boundaries, Customs and Tariffs, Embargo, Trade, Treaties
Forms
Use Printed Forms and Blanks
Formularies
A collection of set forms for religious use
Freemasons
French Revolution (1789-1792)
BT: Wars and Battles
Funerals
Fur Trade
RT: Hunting, Routes, Voyageurs

G

Geography
BT: Science
Geology
BT: Science
RT: Minerals and Mining
Glossaries
RT: Dictionaries, Language, Phrasebooks
Government Printing
Official publications
NT: Acts, Bills, Constitutions, Journals, Laws, Orders in Council
Grain
BT: Agriculture
Grammar
Use Grammars
Grammars
Used for Grammar
BT: Textbooks
RT: Language, Readers, Spellers
Guidebooks
BT: Travel and Description
RT: Tourism

H

Handbills
RT: Playbills
Handbooks and Manuals
Used for Instruction Books
RT: Cookbooks, Tables and Ready-reckoners
Harbours
Use Ports
Health and Medicine
Used for Disease, Medicine
Heraldry
History
Home economics
Use Domestic Science
Horse Racing
RT: Animals, Sports
Horticulture
Used for Plants
RT: Agriculture
House of Assembly
Use Legislature
Hunting
RT: Animals, Fishing, Fur Trade
Hymns
BT: Music, Religion
RT: Songs

I

Icebergs
Illustrated Books
Used for Pictorial Works
Immigrants
Use Emigration and Immigration
Indentures
Official documents pertaining to employment or land ownership
RT: Labour
Indians
Use Native Peoples
Indigenous Peoples
Use Native Peoples
Institutions
Use Societies
Instruction Books
Use Handbooks and Manuals
Insurance
Invitations
BT: Printed Forms and Blanks

J

Jails
Use Prisoners and Prisons
Journals
Journals of the Councils and House
Daily records of government proceedings
BT: Government Printing
Justice (BT)
Law and its administration
RT: Crime
Justices of the Peace
Local public officials appointed to hear minor cases, take oaths, etc.
RT: Courts, Magistrates

L

Labour
Used for Workers
RT: Indentures
Lakes
RT: Floods, Rivers, Navigation, Shipping
Land and Settlement
NT: Clergy Reserves, Crown Lands, Land Grants, Land Titles, Seigneurial System
RT: Agriculture, Property, Surveys and Surveying
Land Grants
BT: Land and Settlement
RT: Crown Lands, Land Titles
Land Titles
BT: Land and Settlement
RT: Deeds of Sale, Land Grants, Leases, Mortgages
Languages (BT)
RT: Dictionaries, Glossaries, Grammars, Phrase Books
Laws
A body of rules; the statute and common law
BT: Government Printing, Legislation
RT: Acts, Bills, Constitutions, Orders in Council
Learned institutions and societies
Use Societies
Leases
BT: Legal Documents
RT: Land Titles, Mortgages
Legal Documents
NT: Affidavits, Certificates, Deeds of Sale, Leases, Licences and Permits, Mortgages, Power of Attorney, Warrants
RT: Laws
Legends
Used for Folklore, Mythology
Legislation
The process of making laws; laws or a series of laws
NT: Acts, Bills, Constitutions, Laws, Orders in Council
RT: Government Printing, Legislature, Orders
Legislative Council
Use Legislature
Legislature
Legislative body: to 1840 made up of appointed Legislative Council and elected House of Assembly
Used for Executive Council, House of Assembly, Legislative Council, Parliament. RT: Government Printing
Letters
Correspondence between non-public figures
RT: Correspondence, Diaries
Libraries
RT: Catalogues, Mechanics' Institutes, Reading
Licences and Permits
Used for Permits
BT: Legal Documents, Printed Forms and Blanks
Lighthouses
RT: Navigation
Lists
Use Registers
Literature and the Arts (BT)
Liturgy
Public worship in accordance with a prescribed form
BT: Religion
Lotteries
A scheme to raise money by selling numbered tickets
Loyalists
Lumber
Use Timber

M

Magazines
RT: Newspapers
Magistrates
Officials conducting courts for minor cases
RT: Justices of the Peace
Manuals
Use Handbooks and Manuals
Maps
RT: Atlases, Navigation, Nautical Charts, Routes
Marriage
Mathematics
Used for Arithmetic
Mechanics' Institutes
BT: Societies
RT: Libraries
Medicine
Use Health and Medicine
Memoirs
Use Autobiographies
Military
Military affairs, officers, operations, and orders
NT: Army, Militia, Navy, Sailors
RT: Wars and Battles
Militia
BT: Military
RT: Army, Wars and Battles
Minerals and Mining
Used for Mines
Mines
Use Minerals and Mining
Mission Work
Used for Missionaries
Missionaries
Use Mission Work
Monarchy
Money
Use Currency
Mortgages
BT: Legal Documents
RT: Deeds of Sale, Land Titles, Leases
Music
NT: Hymns, Songs
RT: Concerts, Dance, Theatre
Mythology
Use Legends

N

Native peoples
Used for Aboriginals, First Nations, Indians, Indigenous Peoples
Nautical Charts
BT: Navigation
RT: Maps, Pilots and Pilotage, Ships
Navigation
NT: Nautical Charts, Pilots and Pilotage, Steam Navigation
RT: Lakes, Lighthouses, Maps, Navy, Pilots and Pilotage, Routes, Shipping, Ships, Signals and Signalling
Navy
Naval art and science, naval operations and officers
BT: Military
RT: Army, Militia, Navigation, Sailors, Wars and Battles
Newspaper and magazine prospectuses
Use Prospectuses
Newspapers
NT: Carrier's Addresses
RT: Magazines
Notaries
Notices
Sheets bearing an announcement

O

Oaths
Solemn declarations (often naming God) of truth
Orange Order
BT: Societies
Orders in Council
Administrative orders formally issued by the sovereign or the sovereign's representative
BT: Government Printing, Legislation
RT: Acts, Bills, Constitutions, Laws
Orders
Command, direction, instruction
RT: Legislation
Orphans
Use Children

P

Parliament
Use Legislature
Pastoral Letters
BT: Religion
Peace Treaties
Use Treaties
Permits
Use Licences and Permits
Personal Narratives
First-person account of connected events in order of happening
RT: Autobiographies, Diaries
Petitions
A formal, written request, especially one signed by many people
Philosophy
Phrase Books
RT: Dictionaries, Glossaries, Language
Pictorial works
Use Illustrated Books
Pilots and Pilotage
BT: Navigation
RT: Nautical Charts, Rivers, Routes, Ships, Signals and Signalling
Plants
Use Horticulture
RT: Agriculture, Grain
Playbills
RT: Handbills, Plays, Theatre
Plays
Dramatic pieces for the stage
BT: Theatre
RT: Fiction
Poetry
RT: Fiction, Satire
Police
BT: Crime
RT: Prisoners and Prisons
Political Literature
Public opinion on government affairs
Used for Public Opinion
RT: Politics, Satire
Politics
RT: Government Printing, Political Literature
Poll Books
Use Elections
Poor
Use Poverty
Portraits
RT: Cartoons, Illustrated Books
Ports
Used for Harbours
RT: Shipping, Ships, Signals and Signalling
Postal Service
Poverty
Used for Poor
Power of Attorney
BT: Legal Documents
Prayer Books
BT: Religion
Prices and Rates
BT: Commerce
Primers
BT: Textbooks
RT: Readers, Spellers
Printed Forms and Blanks
Used for Blank Books
NT: Bills of Exchange, Bills of Lading, Bills of Sale, Invitations, Licences and Permits, Receipts, Tickets
Printers
Use Printing
Printing
Used for Printers
RT: Booksellers, Publishing
Prisoners and Prisons
Used for Jails
BT: Crime
RT: Confessions, Police, Trials
Proclamations
Public or official declarations
Property
Something owned
RT: Land and Settlement
Prospectuses
Used for Book Prospectuses, Newspaper and Magazine Prospectuses
Psalms
BT: Bible, Religion
Public Expenditures
Use Finance
Public Finance
Use Finance
Public Opinion
Use Political Literature
Publishers
Use Publishing
Publishing
Used for Publishers
RT: Booksellers, Printing, Reading

R

Railways
BT: Transportation
RT: Shipping
Readers
BT: Textbooks
RT: Grammars, Primers, Spellers
Reading
RT: Booksellers, Libraries, Publishing
Ready-reckoners
Use Tables and Ready-reckoners
Rebellions (1837-1838)
BT: Wars and Battles
Receipts
BT: Printed Forms and Blanks
RT: Bills of Sale
Registers
Official lists or records
Used for Lists
Regulations
Rules, a subordinative form of legislation
Used for By-laws, Rules and Regulations
Religion
Relating to a system of faith or worship; religious figures, feasts, ceremonies, days, churches, denominations, members
NT: Bible, Catechisms, Clergy, Hymns, Liturgy, Pastoral Letters, Prayer Books, Psalms, Sermons
Reports
A description or summary of events
Reward Notices
BT: Crime
Rhetoric
Rivers
RT: Floods, Lakes, Navigation, Pilots and Pilotage, Shipping
Roads
BT: Transportation
RT: Bridges, Routes, Streets
Routes
BT: Transportation
RT: Exploration, Fur Trade, Maps, Roads, Shipping, Streets, Voyageurs
Rules and Regulations
Use Regulations

S

Sailors
BT: Navy
RT: Ships
Satire
RT: Cartoons, Poetry, Political Literature
Schoolbooks
Use Textbooks
Schools
BT: Education
RT: Children, Teaching, Textbooks, Universities and Colleges
Science (BT)
NT: Geography, Geology, Astronomy
RT: Technology
Scottish
Seigneurial System
Used for Feudalism
BT: Land and Settlement
Self-improvement
RT: Etiquette
Sermons
BT: Religion
RT: Addresses
Shipping
BT: Transportation
RT: Canals, Customs and Tariffs, Lakes, Navigation, Ports, Railways, Rivers, Ships, Steam Navigation, Routes
Ships
BT: Transportation
NT: Shipwrecks
RT: Navigation, Ports, Sailors, Shipping, Signals and Signalling, Steam Navigation
Shipwrecks
BT: Ships
Signal Books
Use Signals and Signalling
Signals and Signalling
Used for Signal Books
RT: Navigation, Ports, Ships
Slavery
RT: Blacks
Social Life
NT: Etiquette
RT: Domestic Science
Societies
Used for Institutions
NT: Benevolent Societies, Bible and Tract Societies, Fenians, Freemasons, Mechanics' Institutes, Orange Order
Songs
BT: Music
RT: Hymns
Speeches
Use Addresses
Spellers
BT: Textbooks
RT: Grammars, Primers, Readers
Sports
RT: Horse Racing
Statistics
RT: Census
Steam Navigation
BT: Navigation, Transportation
RT: Lakes, Rivers, Shipping, Ships
Streets
RT: Roads, Routes, Cities and Towns
Surveys and Surveying
RT: Land and Settlement

T

Tables and Ready-reckoners
Used for Ready-reckoners
RT: Bookeeping, Handbooks and Manuals
Tariffs
Use Customs and Tariffs
Taxes
Teaching
BT: Education
RT: Schools, Textbooks, Universities and Colleges
Technology
NT: Agriculture
RT: Science
Temperance
RT: Food and Beverages
Textbooks
Used for Schoolbooks
BT: Education
NT: Grammars, Primers, Readers, Spellers
RT: Schools, Teaching, Universities and Colleges
Theatre
Forms of entertainment performed in front of an audience
NT: Plays
RT: Concerts, Dance, Music
Tickets
BT: Printed Forms and Blanks
Timber
Used for Lumber
Tourism
RT: Guidebooks, Travel and Description
Towns
Use Cities and Towns
Trade
NT: Customs and Tariffs, Embargoes
RT: Economics, Treaties
Transportation (BT)
NT: Bridges, Canals, Railways, Roads, Routes, Shipping, Ships, Steam Navigation
RT: Navigation
Travel and Description
NT: Guidebooks
RT: Exploration, Tourism
Treaties
Agreements between states, formally concluded and ratified
Used for Peace Treaties
RT: Trade, Wars and Battles
Treatises
Trials
BT: Crime
RT: Confessions, Courts, Prisoners and Prisons

U

Universities and Colleges
BT: Education
RT: Schools, Teaching, Textbooks

V

Voting
Use Elections
Voyages
Use Exploration
Voyageurs
RT: Exploration, Fur Trade, Routes

W

War of 1812
BT: Wars and Battles
Warrants
Written authorizations
BT: Legal Documents
Wars and Battles
NT: American Revolution, French Revolution, Rebellions (1837-1838), War of 1812
RT: Army, Fenians, Military, Navy, Treaties
Whaling
Use Fishing
Workers
Use Labour