Lovers of beer and history now have an easy way to support the
preservation of Oregon beer history. The Oregon Hops and Brewing Archives at Oregon
State University Libraries and Press has launched a crowd-funding campaign to
generate funds to expand their hops and brewing collection at OSU’s Valley
Library in Corvallis.
What exactly is the Oregon Hops and Brewing Archives? In 2013, the OSU Libraries
and Press' Special Collections and Archives Research Center established the
Oregon Hops and Brewing Archives (OHBA) to preserve the story of hop production
and the craft brewing movement in Oregon. OHBA is the first archive in the
United States dedicated to preserving and telling the intertwined story of hops
and beer. It is a project that documents all facets of the craft brewing
industry and unites the social and cultural aspects of brewing with the
sciences of OSU.
According to the archivist for OHBA, Tiah Edmunson-Morton, “We are really
proud of all the work we’ve already done highlighting OSU’s archival
collections, learning more about OSU’s talented scientists, hosting
researchers, working with the public, meeting with the community, and attending
a wonderfully wide variety of events and conferences.
“Now we’re launching an exciting crowd-funding campaign to help
support the work of OHBA,” continues Edmunson-Morton, “and we have high hopes
of meeting our $5,000 total by the end of October! We are reaching out to the people
who have supported us over the past two years and those who have a stake in
these industries — together we can do more.”
The Oregon Hops and Brewing Archives has been able to attract
state, national and international attention and been featured in publications
as varied as Draft Magazine and Library Journal, as well as on radio programs
such as “Think Out Loud” and “Beer Radio.”
about OHBA’s crowd-funding effort is available at https://create.osufoundation.org/project/934.