The Michael Jackson Collection
Michael Jackson was a leading expert on beer and whisky. He was a prolific journalist and lecturer, whose books on beer and whisky have sold over three million copies worldwide and in fifteen languages.
Content of the Michael Jackson Collection
The Michael Jackson Collection, formed from the contents of Michael Jackson's office, includes 1,500 books from the expert’s personal library on beer, whisky and other drinks, as well as 300 copies of his own books. The books are currently being catalogued and added to the Oxford Brookes University Library catalogue.
There is also an enormous amount of research material (notes, cuttings, letters etc) contained in 28 filing cabinets. The contents of the cabinets are listed and a basic index has been produced.
Additionally, there are about 100 hand-written notebooks plus a selection of awards, including four Glenfiddich awards for food writing, plus photographs and other artefacts.
The acquisition of the Michael Jackson Collection
The Michael Jackson Collection was donated to Oxford Brookes University Library in 2008. At the time, a press release was issued, as follows:
"The ‘Beer Hunter’ archive comes to Oxford Brookes.
Oxford Brookes University Library’s impressive collection of food and drink related special collections has been boosted further by a donation from the estate of a leading expert on beer and whisky who died last year.
The executors of the estate of the late Michael Jackson, known as ‘The Beer Hunter’ have donated the contents of his office to the University. Also known as ‘The Whisky Chaser’, he was a prolific journalist and lecturer, whose books on beer and whisky have sold over three million copies worldwide and in fifteen languages.
The contents of the office, to be known as The Michael Jackson Collection, comprise 1,500 books from the expert’s personal library on beer and whisky, as well as 300 copies of his own books. There is also much research material, hand-written notebooks, a selection of awards including four Glenfiddich awards for food writing, as well as photographs, press and book reviews.
Don Marshall, of Oxford Brookes University Library, said: ‘We are very excited to receive this gift of the books and papers of ‘The Beer Hunter’. The Michael Jackson Collection will work in parallel with the National Brewing Library, already located in Oxford Brookes University Library and jointly managed by members of the Library and the Institute of Brewing & Distilling. It will also complement other special collections in food and drink - one of the key areas of research excellence in the University.’
Frances Kelly, Michael Jackson’s literary executor and agent, said: ‘The executors are delighted that this material will now be stored, organised and made available, as is their wish, for research by a new generation of whisky and beer writers, students and the drinks industry.’
The gift of the Collection to the University, has been generously made by Paddy Gunningham and Sam Hopkins, the executors and beneficiaries of the estate of the late Michael Jackson."
1. ‘The Beer Hunter’ and ‘The Whisky Chaser’ are registered trademarks.
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