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Fruit of the vine

Although humanity’s fondness for wine is well documented, the history of the people who make wine is often hidden.

But a specialized archive at Cornell University Library preserves the history of grape growers and wine makers. It’s the only archive of its kind, dedicated to documenting the history of the production and consumption of wine in the United States.

The Library’s Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections established the Eastern Wine and Grape Archive (EWGA) in 1998. It features the original records and papers of several businesses and operates as a cooperative project between the library and the Frank A. Lee Library at the New York State Agricultural Experiment Station in Geneva.

Can’t get enough wine history? Read a recent write-up in the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle and listen to a WineFairy podcast with EWGA’s Evan Fay Earle.



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