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Lee Library Adds to Winery History Resources Online

New York State section of 1937 list

Today Cornell’s Frank A. Lee Library posted online approximately 50 years’ worth of US Government publications documenting winery history and growth in America.  The Bonded Winery Lists are a collection of state by state lists of bonded wineries, bonded wine storerooms, bonded public storerooms, bonded field warehouses, and bonded wine cellars authorized to operate in the United States.  These are public domain documents produced by the government and published by various departments and agencies over the years.  Historians have found the lists helpful in sorting out which wineries were operating during a particular time period or in figuring out relative age of various wineries within a region. 

These documents were obtained in microfiche from the Alcohol & Tobacco Tax & Trade Bureau (TTB) by author Hudson Cattell who then donated them to Lee Library.  In 2011 they were digitized in order to increase accessibility.  At first the digitized content was not in a useable order.  In 2012 the files were examined, the contents rearranged chronologically and then edited together and OCRed.  The collection is now available from Cornell’s eCommons, which is an online repository committed to preserving digital material and keeping it accessible.  This is a first step in making these files openly available online.  At some point a more polished delivery interface may be launched but for now we felt it important to simply get them out there for people to use.

This collection of the Bonded Winery Lists covers approximately 1936-1988 with a few gaps here and there.  It is the largest collection of this title extant, in fact there are currently no known holdings which are complete.  Although there may be no surviving copies of some issues, it is hoped that missing volumes will still turn up.  In fact the Lee Library is indebted to the St. Helena Public Library (Saint Helena CA) for lending us their copy of the 1988 issue which we scanned and included here.   

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