When Hugh Johnson, author of the ground-breaking World Atlas of Wine, decided to donate his archive of nearly 60 years of wine-book writing to the UC Davis Library in 2016, he explained that he had chosen UC Davis because, “It’s simply the greatest wine library in the world.”
Today, that wine library had a big day.
First, the library is honored to be the new home of the Wine Institute‘s organizational archives and rare book collection. Formed in 1934 following the repeal of Prohibition, Wine Institute remains the leading association for the California wine industry, leading public policy advocacy in all 50 states, federally and internationally on behalf of 1,000 California wineries and affiliated businesses that represent 81 percent of U.S. wine production and more than 90 percent of U.S. wine exports.
“The three most significant organizational archives covering the rise of California wine since Prohibition are those from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, the UC Davis Department of Viticulture and Enology, and Wine Institute,” said Axel Borg, the library’s wine subject specialist. “We had the government papers and the scientific research. Now we have the leading industry voice represented as well.”
The Wine Institute Records on the American Wine Industry are currently being cataloged by the library and will be available for public use by early summer.
Today we also welcome Jullianne Ballou, who begins her two-year appointment as our new wine writer collection fellow. Her position is supported by a generous gift to the library from Napa grape grower, winemaker, land preservationist and philanthropist Warren Winiarski, to help the library build the most comprehensive collection of wine writers’ works in the world. As the library’s Warren Winiarski Wine Writer Collection Fellow, Ballou will spearhead the Library’s growing wine writer program, and will be responsible for acquiring, managing, and promoting the wine writer collections.
A special collections professional with experience managing and publicizing the papers of well-known writers, Ballou comes to Davis from the Harry Ransom Center at the University of Texas at Austin, where she developed and managed the Gabriel García Márquez online archive.