O R E G O N S T A T E U N I V E R S I T Y
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Hopping to It
by Tiah Edmunson-Morton, OHBA Project Lead
ook locally and you’ll see an upsurge in new brewer-
ies, a healthy hops market, and an ever increasing
number of people interested in learning about hops
and craft brewing in Oregon. More than just an enthusiasm
for what is happening in the present, there is an excitement to
connecting Oregon farmers, researchers, and brewers to those
who came before. For those of us in the business of preserv-
ing and promoting history, we see an engaged community
and research potential.
OSU Libraries and Press is known for innovative, creative,
and collaborative projects. Building on our unique collections
and the university’s strong science and agricultural research,
the Special Collections & Archives Research Center has
established the Oregon Hops & Brewing Archives (OHBA)
to help tell, preserve, and provide access to the story of hops
production and the craft brewing industry in our state. It’s
a collecting initiative, documentary history, and community
archiving project that has the potential to cut across the
agricultural, scientific, farm labor, and cultural components of
hops and brewing history.
We’ve already started work to survey and scan items in
our own collections, due in part to some engaged student
assistants, but we’re also actively looking at opportunities to
add new archival collections to make this a robust archive for
research. We look forward to the adventure of collaborating
with new partners, discovering collections, and sharing sto-
Interested in keeping brewing history alive? Visit our web-
(top) The OHBA collection includes items from the recent past.
In Praise of Ale; or, Songs, Ballads, Epigrams, & Anecdotes relating
to Beer, Malt, and Hops; with some Curious Particulars Concerning Ale-wives and
Brewers, Drinking-clubs and Customs. Collected and Arranged by W. T. Marchant
a 1888 publication in the rare book collection.
(left) Author at the historic recipe cooking event in The Valley Library on October
24, 2013 where staff prepared and sampled recipes with beer or beer ingredients.