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Great Northern Brewers Club records

Guide to the Great Northern Brewers Club records
1980, 1987-2022

Collection number: HMC-1396.
Creator: Great Northern Brewers Club.
Title: Great Northern Brewers Club records.
Dates: 1980, 1987-2022.
Volume of collection: 2.8 cubic feet and 246 MB.
Language of materials: Materials in the collection are in English.
Collection summary: Records of an Anchorage organization that promotes beer education, homebrewing, and the responsible consumption of alcohol.

Organizational history:
The Great Northern Brewers Club (GNBC) is a nonprofit organization in Anchorage, Alaska dedicated to beer education and promoting the hobby of homebrewing and responsible alcohol consumption. Though a predecessor to the club, Alaska Fermenters, existed in 1980, GNBC was founded in 1987. At the time, Alaska State Statute prohibited brewing beer at home, and members of the club successfully lobbied the Alaska State Legislature to repeal the law. In 1995, GNBC filed paperwork with the State of Alaska to incorporate as a nonprofit. The club publishes a newsletter and holds monthly meetings, as well as sponsoring other social gatherings, educational opportunities, and homebrew competitions.

Collection description:
The collection includes copies of the club’s newsletters; one copy of the Alaskan Fermenters newsletter; materials used in a class on homebrewing; results of a membership survey; drafts of a letter to the Alaska State Legislature; subject files; photographs taken at GNBC events; and recipe books.

Arrangement: The collection is arranged by type of material.

Digitized copies: This collection has not been digitized. For information about obtaining digital copies, please contact Archives and Special Collections.

Digital materials: The digital contents of this collection are not available online. Access may only be provided on-site in the Archives research room. For more information about potential distance access to digital records, please contact Archives and Special Collections.

Rights note: Copyright to materials created by Great Northern Brewers Club is held by Great Northern Brewers Club with the Archives authorized to permit use on their behalf. Materials in the collection authored by other individuals or organizations may be subject to copyright not held by Great Northern Brewers Club or the Archives.

Preferred citation: Great Northern Brewers Club records, Archives and Special Collections, Consortium Library, University of Alaska Anchorage.

Works used in preparation of inventory:
Craig, John. “Twenty Years of Great Northern Brewings.” Great Northern Brewers Club. https://greatnorthernbrewers.org/history-lesson/

Separated materials: Selected publications not created by GNBC were removed from the collection and added to the Ephemera collection.

Acquisition note: The Great Northern Brewers Club signed a deposit agreement with the Archives in 2019, and the collection was transferred to the Archives in 2022. Additions to the collection continue to be transferred periodically.

Processing information: This collection was described by Gwen Higgins in 2022. Additional material was added to the collection in 2023.

Container list:

Box Description Date
Digital storage Articles of incorporation and bylaws 1995, 2020
1 Newsletters 1980, 1987-2001
4 Newsletters 2001-2007
Digital storage Newsletters 2007-2022
1 Keas/Roberts Homebrew Course materials undated
1 Membership survey report 1997
1-2 Subject files 1987-2009
2-3 Photographs 1989-2001
4 Recipe books 1992, 2000-2003


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