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Historic Papers of U of I Graduate Documenting the History of Beer and Brewing in Idaho Now Available

September 23, 2019

Library Special Collections recently finished rehousing and organizing the Herman W. Ronnenberg papers. Ronnenberg was a U of I graduate and long-time resident of Troy who devoted himself to researching and documenting the history of beer and brewing in Idaho. The bulk of materials are subject files pertaining to various beer, alcohol and other topics, as well as manuscript drafts for several of Ronnenberg's publications.

Subject files in this collection pertain primarily to brewers and breweries, but also include a few other subjects, such as archaeology, Native American history, American history, Idahoan history, European and Asian brewing history, and environmental issues.

Materials consist mostly of photocopies from historic newspapers, but also include photographs, slides, printouts of genealogical website searches and other items collected from brewery visits. The earliest dated materials in the collection are photocopies of newspapers from the 19th and early 20th centuries.

The finding aid is now available on Archives West.

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