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Oregon Hop Growers Association Records, 1895-2004View associated digital content.

Predominant Dates: 1955-2004

The Oregon Hop Growers Association Records document the administration of the OHGA and its various activities, including outreach events and the collection of statistical information about hop production in the United States and abroad.

The general membership meeting minutes have been digitized: Oregon Hop Growers Association Meeting Minutes, 1955-1970; Oregon Hop Growers Association Meeting Minutes 1971-1983; Oregon Hop Growers Association Meeting Minutes 1984-1993.

All of the photographs and slides have been digitized and are available in Oregon Digital.

The videos have been digitized and are available online: Oregon Hop Commission Historical Footage, John O' Connell, Hop Growers of America conference presentation, Hops farming operations.

Extent: 3.0 cubic feet
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Scope and Content Notes
Biographical / Historical Notes
Statement on Access: Collection is open for research.
Preferred Citation: Oregon Hop Growers Association Records (MSS OHGA), Oregon State University Special Collections and Archives Research Center, Corvallis, Oregon.
Acquisition Note: The collection was donated by Nancy Sites of the Oregon Hop Commission in 2014.
Acquired: 2014.
Languages of Materials

Container List

Series 1: Administrative, 1915-2004 Add to Shelf

Series 1 contains financial records (e.g. meal and event receipts, accounting ledgers, long distance phone records, dues notices, operational expenses), information on marketing orders, the crop production registrar from the pacific northwest states, articles of incorporation, correspondence, and general membership and board meeting minutes. Also included are the articles of incorporation and by-laws from 1955 to 1984.

The general membership meeting minutes have been digitized: Oregon Hop Growers Association Meeting Minutes, 1955-1970 Oregon Hop Growers Association Meeting Minutes 1971-1983 Oregon Hop Growers Association Meeting Minutes 1984-1993.

Sub-Series 1: Office files, 1915-2003 Add to Shelf
Box-Folder 1.01: Oregon Hop Commission promotional materials, 1977-1982 Add to Shelf
Research materials, correspondence, articles, meeting minutes, reports, hops history, cartoons.
Box-Folder 1.02: Membership and crop information, 1915-1966 Add to Shelf
Copy of 1915 sharebonds, dues information, membership lists, correspondence, meeting announcements, information about hops commodity commissions.
Box-Folder 1.03: Office files, 1994-1995 Add to Shelf
Correspondence, dues, voting, program information, promotional materials.
Box-Folder 1.04: American Hop Museum Toppenish, WA, 1993-2000 Add to Shelf
Informational and fundraiser materials.
Box-Folder 1.05: Office files, 1996-1997 Add to Shelf
Correspondence, meeting announcements, articles, fact sheets on labor disputes.
Box-Folder 1.06: Office files, 1998 Add to Shelf
Meeting agendas, memos, event planning, fact sheets regarding powdery mildew, correspondence.
Box-Folder 1.07: Office files, 1999-2000 Add to Shelf
Correspondence, meeting announcements, recruitment for Hop Growers of America director, advertising and event sponsorship.
Box-Folder 1.08: Office files, 2001-2003 Add to Shelf
Correspondence, meeting announcements, advertising, event sponsorship.
Box-Folder 1.09: AG-PAC, 1987-2000 Add to Shelf
Meeting agendas, fact sheets, correspondence, fundraising, governance documents, event sponsorship.
Box-Folder 1.10: Agriculture legislative agenda conference, 1988 Add to Shelf
Conference packet.
Box-Folder 1.11: Crosby farm soil analysis, 1958-1959 Add to Shelf
Soil testing, fertilizer recommendations.
Box-Folder 1.12: United States Hops administrative committee, 1969-1986 Add to Shelf
Market surveys, domestic and international market analysis, conference reports, statistics.
Box-Folder 1.13: Oregon hops, 1975-1994 Add to Shelf
Pamphlets, articles, hop research, history of industry, fact sheets on production and analysis, statistics.
Box-Folder 1.14: United States hops statistics, 1969-2001 Add to Shelf
Production and export information.
Box-Folder 4.01: Articles of Incorporation and By-Laws, 1955-1984 Add to Shelf
Original documents and revisions.
Box-Folder 4.02: Crop Production Register, 1949 Add to Shelf
Oregon, Washington, Idaho, and California.
Sub-Series 2: Marketing order, 1961-2002 Add to Shelf
Box-Folder 1.15: Marketing order, 1961 Add to Shelf
Drafts, proposal.
Box-Folder 1.16: Marketing order: USDA proposed amendment, 1984 Add to Shelf
Box-Folder 1.17: Marketing Order, 1985-1994 Add to Shelf
Research materials for 1994 marketing order, correspondence, notes, meeting agendas.
Box-Folder 1.18: Marketing order, 2002 Add to Shelf
Research and advocacy materials.
Sub-Series 3: Member meetings, 1959-1997 Add to Shelf
Box-Folder 1.19: Minutes: board and general meetings, 1955-1962 Add to Shelf
Box-Folder 1.20: Minutes: general meeting, 1962-1970 Add to Shelf
Box-Folder 1.21: Minutes: board meeting, 1962-1969 Add to Shelf
Box-Folder 1.22: Minutes: general meeting, 1971-1983 Add to Shelf
Hand & typewritten notes, meeting handouts.
Box-Folder 1.23: Minutes: general meeting, 1984-1993 Add to Shelf
OHGA & OHC meeting minutes, hand written notes, presentation material.
Box-Folder 1.24: Meeting notices and information, 1981-1987 Add to Shelf
Meeting announcements, news clippings; correspondence regarding events, prospects and funding requests.
Box-Folder 1.25: Minutes: general meeting, 1991-1997 Add to Shelf
Not complete.
Sub-Series 4: Financial, 1954-1997 Add to Shelf
Box-Folder 1.26: Report of examination, 1956-1966 Add to Shelf
Annual accounts review and financial reconciliation from accountants.
Box-Folder 1.27: Receipt and record books, 1954-1961 Add to Shelf
Check book, pay books, ledger.
Box-Folder 1.28: Receipt books, 1958-1965 Add to Shelf
Box-Folder 2.01: Annual financial records, 1954-1959 Add to Shelf
Box-Folder 2.02: Annual financial records, 1960-1961 Add to Shelf
Box-Folder 2.03: Annual financial records, 1962-1963 Add to Shelf
Box-Folder 2.04: Annual financial records, 1964-1967 Add to Shelf
Box-Folder 2.05: Annual financial records, 1968-1980 Add to Shelf
Box-Folder 2.06: Annual financial records, 1991-1997 Add to Shelf
Sub-Series 5: Member dues, 1957-2004 Add to Shelf
Box-Folder 2.07: Dues reports and reminders, 1957-1963 Add to Shelf
Box-Folder 2.08: Dues reports and reminders, 1965-1985 Add to Shelf
Box-Folder 2.09: Dues forms, 1994 Add to Shelf
Box-Folder 2.10: Dues forms, 1995 Add to Shelf
Box-Folder 2.11: Dues forms, 1996 Add to Shelf
Box-Folder 2.12: Dues forms, 1997 Add to Shelf
Box-Folder 2.13: Dues forms, 1998 Add to Shelf
Box-Folder 2.14: Dues forms, 1999 Add to Shelf
Box-Folder 2.15: Dues forms, 2000 Add to Shelf
Box-Folder 2.16: Dues forms, 2001-2002 Add to Shelf
Box-Folder 2.17: Dues forms, 2003-2004 Add to Shelf
Series 2: Events, 1904-2004 Add to Shelf
Series 2 contains materials related to events such as the annual Christmas Breakfast, Hop Field Day, and other group tours of farms. Specifically, this includes planning documents, receipts, tour itineraries, and correspondence.
Box-Folder 2.18: International hop growers conference, 1998 Add to Shelf
Correspondence, receipts, planning documents, tour information.
Box-Folder 2.19: German hop growers tour, 1984 Add to Shelf
Box-Folder 2.20: Bridgeport Brewing Company hop bike tour, 1994 Add to Shelf
Box-Folder 2.21: Legislative tour, 2003 Add to Shelf
Box-Folder 2.22: Christmas breakfast, 1984-2004 Add to Shelf
Correspondence, program fliers, receipts.
Box-Folder 3.01: Hop field day, 1958-1983 Add to Shelf
Correspondence, planning notes, announcements, event itineraries.
Box-Folder 3.02: Hop field day, 1979 Add to Shelf
Planning documents.
Box-Folder 3.03: Hop field day, 1983 Add to Shelf
Planning documents, correspondence.
Box-Folder 3.04: Hop field day, 1904-1985 Add to Shelf
Correspondence, event itinerary, receipts.
Box-Folder 3.05: Hop field day, 1986-1987 Add to Shelf
Announcements, receipts.
Box-Folder 3.06: Hop field day, 1988-1989 Add to Shelf
Planning documents.
Box-Folder 3.07: Hop field day, 1993-1997 Add to Shelf
Planning notes & documents, correspondence, event itineraries, receipts, news clippings.
Box-Folder 3.08: Hop field day, 1998-2000 Add to Shelf
Mailing lists, correspondence, event announcements, budget information, copies of thank you notes for participants.
Box-Folder 3.09: Hop field day, 2001-2004 Add to Shelf
Event planning documents, receipts, correspondence, thank you notes to participants, mailing lists, golf tournament.
Series 3: Photographs and videos, 1930-2000 Add to Shelf

Series 3 contains photographs and videos of fields and farming operations; specifically stringing, irrigation, dusting or spraying, harvest, processing and baling, and visitors for Hop Field Day. Included are pictures from the 1930s of Seavey, Horst, and Wigrich Ranches and growers, equipment, fields from the 1970s (identified locations), as well as more contemporary pictures from the late 1990s and early 2000s showing OSU scientists conducting research in fields and Anheuser-Busch hop test plots. The videos include a group interview with growers, footage of fields, and industry presentations.

All of the photographs and slides included in in this series have been digitized and are available online.

Box-Folder 3.10: Photographic prints: #001-100, 1996-2000 Add to Shelf
Pictures of field irrigation, processing facilities, United States Department of Agriculture research work (pollination, stringing, dusting), Hop Field Day event.
Box-Folder 3.11: Photographic prints: #101-179, 1930-2000 Add to Shelf
Pictures of fields, spring training of plants, harvest, hop pellets and extract.
Box-Folder 3.12: Photographic prints: #180-191, 1938 - circa 1990 Add to Shelf
Pictures of harvest and plants.
Box-Folder 3.13: Color slides: #191-309, 1975-1994 Add to Shelf
Slides showing growers, fields, and equipment.
Box-Folder 3.14: Negatives: # 310-420, 1996 Add to Shelf
Negatives of harvest, processing facilities, fields, hop extract, and family gatherings.
Box-Folder 3.15: VHS video tapes, 1945-1995 Add to Shelf

The Oregon Hop Commission Historical Footage (circa 1995) video contains footage for a documentary film; the interviewer, date, locations, and many of the interviewees are not identified. Footage of hop yards, properties, barns, driers, laborers training bines, and buildings in Salem is included at the beginning and end of the video. Also included are two interviews with Adele Egan, who talks about pay day at the hop fields in the 1930s, and a group interview with five hop farmers (including Ray Kerr, Cap Becker, Andy Kerr, and Mr. Smith). They talk for nearly 45 minutes about a variety of topics, including picking technologies; family stories; the quality of hand picked hops; socio-economic, ethnic, and racial demographics of the picker population in the 1920s through the 1940s, impact of newer hop varieties like the Cascade, and the impact of micro and macro brewers on production.

The John O' Connell, Hop Growers of America conference presentation (circa 1995) focuses on the topic of the Chinese hops and beer making. O'Connell talks about the flow of information, increased interest in beer in China, the places where larger American macro breweries are involved with both agriculture and brewing, and labor practices.

The Hops farming operations (circa 1945) video shows laborers in fields, a tractor tilling alleys in fields, watering and irrigation, fields before harvest, harvest, picking machines, baling, and a public event. Adela Serris' name is on the cassette.

Series 4: Publications, 1895-2003 Add to Shelf
Series 4 includes a variety of news clippings, which are organized topically, and the Hop Market News.
Box-Folder 3.16: Oregon Oktoberfest, 1984 Add to Shelf
News clippings
Box-Folder 3.17: Brewing articles, 1983-1997 Add to Shelf
Box-Folder 3.18: Oregon agriculture, 1964-1999 Add to Shelf
Economic and industry reports, periodicals.
Box-Folder 3.19: Oregon Farm Bureau, 1971-1972 Add to Shelf
Clippings and publications
Box-Folder 3.20: Oregon farm labor, 1971-1998 Add to Shelf
News clippings regarding farm labor laws and migrant farm workers.
Box-Folder 3.21: Oregon hops, 1895-2002 Add to Shelf
News clippings and articles
Box-Folder 3.22: Oregon hops, 1912-1999 Add to Shelf
Hops history, manuscript, articles, OSU Extension bulletin.
Box-Folder 3.23: United States hops, 1961-circa 1997 Add to Shelf
Extension and United States Department of Agriculture bulletins, articles, industry reports.
Box-Folder 3.24: International hops, 1972-2003 Add to Shelf
Pamphlets, industry and symposium reports, seasonal reports.
Box-Folder 3.25: Hops Market News, 1982-1993 Add to Shelf
Monthly publications from USDA
Box-Folder 3.26: Hops Market News, 1994-2001 Add to Shelf
Monthly publication from USDA
Box-Folder 3.27: Oregon Farm Bureau bulletins & correspondence, 1962-1963 Add to Shelf
Box-Folder 3.28: Agri-Business Council of Oregon, 1969-1983 Add to Shelf
Various publications
Box-Folder 3.29: Washington Hop Commission publications, 1965-1983 Add to Shelf
Box-Folder 3.30: Willamette Valley Hop Houses, by Lynda Sekora, 1985 Add to Shelf
Research paper for University of Oregon Archaeology course.
Box-Folder 3.31: The United States Hop Industry: Structural Analysis and Forecasts, by Yoshinobou Habuki, 1984 Add to Shelf
Dissertation for Washington State University Department of Agricultural Economics.
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