Guide to the Research Collections
The ethical aspects of the subject of alcoholic drinks are covered under "Temperance," in chapter 18 of this Guide.
Of some 57 periodicals related
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to the subject of alcoholic drinks, 18 from 5 nations are currently received by the library. The subject of wines is best represented, with more than 1,500 entries in the Public Catalog for topics such as winemaking, trade statistics, wines of various nations, and the like. Some rarities are present, such as Alfonso Ferri's De ligni sancti multiplici medicina, & vini exhibitione
(1538). Periodical titles on wine and winemaking number more than 30, with 19 currently published and received from nine countries. There is additional information on individual wines.
Works on the eighteenth-century Whiskey Insurrection in Pennsylvania in the Rare Book Division include Hugh Henry Brackenridge's Incidents of the Insurrection
(1795), along with James Elliot's account and printed documents and speeches of Albert Gallatin and Edmund Randolph.
The Liebmann collection of American historical documents presented to the library by Alfred J. Liebmann in 1954 contains 226 manuscript items and a dozen printed pieces relative to the production and use of whiskey, rum, and brandy in the United States during the period 1665-1910. Included are orders for liquors, tavern licenses, U.S. Army commissary requisitions, and letters and documents signed by presidents, military commanders and others. The majority of items reflect American history prior to 1865. A small but significant group of manuscripts documents the Whiskey Insurrection.2