Special Collections/University Archives

Wine and Viticulture


Hannon Library's nearly 1,600 books and many journals about wine, enology, and viticulture are valuable resources for students, researchers, and local vineyards and winemakers. Rare wine books are housed in Special Collections.

Dr. Will Brown of Ashland purchased the Bern Ramey Wine Library of 371 books in 2003. The collection, compiled by Ramey over four decades in the California wine industry, contains many rare, first-editions. Brown also donated the wine book collection of Martin Baptiste and many additional books.

The Sarah Powell Tribute Fund was established in 2004 to honor Powell, a master winemaker at Foris Vineyards in Cave Junction from 1991 until 2001. She was founder and winemaker at RoxyAnn Winery in Medford from 2002 until her death in 2004. The funds are used to acquire wine books and periodicals.

In 2012 a new project was undertaken to collect wine labels, photographs, and other materials that document the history of the wine production in Southern Oregon. These contributions are preserved physically in Special Collections and/or added to our growing digital collection, Wine of Southern Oregon.

Our book and journal collections, as well as the digital collection, continue to grow through the generosity of the Rogue Valley wine makers and growers, organizations, and many individuals.


Physical resources:

  • Willard L. Brown papers / 2.5 linear ft.

    The collection contains reports, documents, photographs, and miscellanea generously compiled by Willard Brown. The materials concern area vineyards, wineries, and individuals connected to Southern Oregon's wine industry. These materials document the important history and culture of grape growing and wine production in Southern Oregon. Willard L. Brown papers Finding Aid.

Digital resources:



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