Guide to the American Wine Documentation Project

Summary
Collection ID:
NMAH.AC.0817
Creators:
National Museum of American History (U.S.)
Dates:
1976-2005
bulk 1996-2001
Languages:
English
Collection is in English.
Physical Description:
3 Cubic feet
Repository:

Scope and Contents
Scope and Contents
The collection is divided into six series. It includes mostly printed materials and interviews, and dates from approximately 1976 to 2005. There are wine-related event materials, interview transcripts and audiotapes, printed material and histories from people and institutions representing a wide spectrum of the wine business. Wine-related objects, such vineyard and winery tools, are stored with the Museum's artifact collections; documentary materials are held in the Archives Center. Materials from each special event are organized into separate series, which contain records generated at the events and interviews. Series one contains the Red, White and American records, series two the collectors event, and series three the wine writers event. Interviews conducted independently of these events are included in series four. All of the interviews have been partially transcribed and include an abstract and various forms of audiotapes and discs. Series five is composed of printed materials that relate to both specific individuals in the wine business and to more general American wine topics. Most of this material consists of photocopies of original articles. There are also files with materials by and about specific wine writers, such as Anthony Dias Blue, William Heinz, and Dick Rosano. Series five also contains an original telex of George Taber's article about the 1976 Paris Tasting. Series six consists of visual materials, including two landscape photographs of an vineyard in Oregon and two videotaped documentaries on Napa.

Arrangement
Arrangement
The collection is arranged into six series.
Series 1:
Series 2:

Biographical / Historical
Biographical / Historical
The American Wine History Project began in 1996 with the intention to document the history of American winemaking, mainly for the post-1950 period. While the project includes winemaking areas around the country, the focus has been on northern and central California. The Project explores the convergence of craft, culture, science, technology, and the environment in modern American winemaking. In conjunction with the project, the Smithsonian held a 2-day symposium, "Red, White and American," with a small accompanying exhibition, entitled, "Doubtless as Good: Jefferson's Dream for American Wine Fulfilled," in 1996 and began gathering objects and other documentation.
Since 1997, National Museum of American History staff members have traveled to California to conduct interviews, take photographs and video footage, and gather materials for the Smithsonian collection from grape growers, winemakers, winery owners, and others important to the business, including wine writers and chefs. Some of the materials were generated from events in Napa, such as the collectors and wine writers events, that were held specifically for the purpose of adding documentation to the Smithsonian project. The documentation project is on-going so materials will continue to be added to the collection.

Administration
Processing Information
Processed by Cindy Ott, 2002 and John Fleckner, 2015
Author
Cindy Ott and John Fleckner
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Some of the materials were generated by the Smithsonian Institution, such as those in series 1 through 3. Others were given by separate donors between 1996 and 2002.

Using the Collection
Preferred Citation
American Wine Documentation Project, 1976-2002, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
Conditions Governing Access
Collection is open for research.
Conditions Governing Use
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.

Custodial History
Custodial History
A project conducted by the National Museum of American History, 1996-2002, to document the growth and development of the American wine industry. Done in conjunction with a symposium held at the Museum in 1996 entitled "Red, White and American".

Keywords
Keywords table of terms and types.
Keyword Terms Keyword Types
Videotapes -- 1990-2000 Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Wine and wine making Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Print advertising Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Programs -- 1980-2000 Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Interviews -- 1980-2000 Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Audiotapes -- 1990-2000 Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Photographs -- 1950-2000 Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Wine industry Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Red, White, and American (symposium, Washington, D.C. 1996). Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid

Repository Contact
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
P.O. Box 37012
Suite 1100, MRC 601
Washington, D.C. 20013-7012
archivescenter@si.edu
http://americanhistory.si.edu/archives