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50 Features of Special Collections: The Noling (A.W.) Hurty-Peck Library of Beverage Literature

February 16th, 2017 by Daryl Morrison


The Noling, (A.W.) Hurty-Peck Collection is one of the world’s largest collections of beverage literature containing over 6,000 volumes. The collection was donated by the family of A.W. Noling, an Indiana businessman who built a successful beverage flavoring firm, the Hurty-Peck Company. The company was subsequently taken over by Universal Foods Corporation.

The collection presents itself as an industrial collection meant for study and use rather than collected for rarity and condition. Yet, many scarce items are to be found in the collection. The majority of the works date from the middle of the 19th century to mid- 20th century with a number dating back to the 17th century. The oldest work, the Latin book De Naturali Vinorum Historia, is dated 1596. Several other valuable works include: The Compleat Housewife: or accomplished Gentlewoman’s Companion a popular cookbook from 1729; A Rational Discourse on the Inward Uses of Water from 1725; and the 1691 Vinetum Britannicum or a Treatise on Cider, and other Wines and Drinks Extracted from Fruits Growing in this Kingdom.



Bookplate for the A.W. Noling Hurty-Peck Library

The Hurty-Peck Beverage Company, first in Indianapolis and then in Southern California, developed and sold flavors for the beverage industry, especially for colas. The company president A. W. Noling amassed a significant collection of books and pamphlets on beverages. The collection began in a very casual way around 1946. Books on soft drinks and soft drink flavors were first collected but then the collection expanded to other types of beverages. The need for more information on the source and processing of the materials required for beverage production became apparent as the search for soft drink literature (and that of the flavorings which went into them) developed. Serious efforts to collect beyond the soft drink field began in the 1950s when Noling relinquished his responsibilities as chief executive officer of the company and had time to devote to building a collection of beverage literature.

Noling TP570 .C43

The collection began to expand to include books on brewing, fermenting, distilling and rectifying which in turn led to collecting books on beer and ale, wine, spirits, etc. and their manufacture. The search for literature also included beverages associated with food such as coffee, tea, and chocolate. Books on fruits and other foodstuffs that could be developed into a flavor, such as bananas, are also found in the collection. Evident are books that illustrate manufacturing equipment and techniques such as introducing carbonation into liquids and water purification.

Prior to today’s world of on-line searching a remarkable collection was built through extensive work. A printed bibliography Beverage Literature: A Bibliography (Metuchen, N.J., The Scarecrow Press, Inc., 1971) was created by compiler A. W. Noling.

Noling had always wanted the collection to go into a research institution. Subject Specialist, Axel Borg, had been instrumental in the collection coming to UC Davis. He had first contacted the company to gain access to the collection for a wine bibliography with Maynard Amerine. In 1996 the collection was donated to Special Collections, Shields Library at the University of California, Davis, a particularly appropriate fit for our interest in food, wine, chocolate, tea, and other related interests in food and food science. John Skarstad of Special Collections, hand carried rare books back from Indianapolis for the first transport of books to the department. The collection is fully cataloged and may be found by searching Noling Collection of Beverage Literature. For the catalog record see:

Sources: Beverage Literature: A Bibliography compiled by A. W. Noling and “A Toast to Rare Books,” UC Davis Magazine Spring 1997.

Gerome says “Cheers” to Davis Beer Week

August 14th, 2015 by Jenny Hodge

Gerome is brewing up interest in beer! This weekend marks the end of Davis Beer Week, where the city celebrates and encourages our regions craft beer culture. In honor of this spirit Gerome is highlighting a book from the A.W. Noling Hurty-Peck Collection of Beverage Literature: Brew in your Stew!: Recipes and adventures in the ancient, honorable and all-but-lost art of cooking with beer! published by the National Brewing Company in 1948. While beer is an excellent accompaniment with food it can also be in your food. This wonderful book offers a series of unusual recipes involving beer.

Noling TX726.3 B74 1948

Noling TX726.3 B74 1948

If you have any interest in making Curried Beef with Beer or Beer Souffle then this is the book for you, come check it out! Here’s one unusual recipe perfect for a hot summer day:

 Iced Beer Soup

  • ¾ cup Pumpernickel Crumbs
  • 2 tsps. Sugar
  • 1/8 tsp. Cinnamon
  • ¾ tsp. Lemon rind (grated)
  • 1 ½ cups White Wine
  • 2 tsps. Lemon juice
  • 3 cups National Premium Beer [pale dry beer]

Combine in a large cocktail shaker the pumpernickel crumbs, sugar, cinnamon, rind, lemon juice, beer, wine and 1 ½ cups of water. Shake vigorously and chill thoroughly. Shake again just before serving. Serve in bouillon cups.

Gerome says “Happy National Martini Day!”

June 19th, 2015 by Sara Gunasekara

In celebration of National Martini Day today, Gerome presents recipes for the original Martini Cocktail, a Medium Martini, and a Sweet Martini, from Cocktails, How to Mix Them,  by Robert of the Embassy Club. This book, from the A.W. Noling Hurty-Peck Collection of Beverage Literature, was recently digitized through the Library’s Google Book Digitization Project. You can view the online version, which includes recipes for other cocktails, via the catalog record.

Happy National Martini Day!




Gerome says Happy Iced Tea Day!

June 10th, 2015 by Sara Gunasekara

In celebration of National Iced Tea Day today, Gerome has decided to highlight the work, Iced Tea: a Nation-wide Study of American Beverage Habits in the Summertime, from the A.W. Noling Hurty-Peck Collection of Beverage Literature. Produced and distributed by the Tea Bureau in 1948, this report is an analysis of a national survey conducted regarding beverage consumption in the summertime, with a special emphasis on iced tea. The report contains data regarding beverage consumption by geographic area, size of community, age, and economic level. Also included are two sections titled: “The Housewife’s Habits” and “The Restaurant Picture.”

Gerome hopes you enjoy a glass of iced tea today!



Gerome the gnome highlights the Noling Beverage Collection

January 21st, 2015 by Sara Gunasekara

Did you know that we hold a collection of more than 5,000 books and pamphlets related to beverage making and bottling? Well, Gerome the gnome has chosen to tell you about the collection for this week’s highlight.

The A.W. Noling Hurty-Peck Collection was received as a donation from the family of A.W. Noling, an Indiana businessman who built a successful beverage flavoring firm, the Hurty-Peck Company, which was subsequently taken over by Universal Foods Corporation. Strengths in the collection include brewing, winemaking and grape growing, liquors, cocktails,  soft drinks, cocoa and chocolate, cookery with beverages, drinking customs, coffee and tea, and flavorings.

A.W. Noling’s Beverage Literature: A Bibliography (Methuen, NJ: Scarecrow Press, 1971) is considered to be the most comprehensive bibliography on this subject to date, and was based in large part on this collection.

Items in the collection may be located through the Harvest online catalog by searching: WPC = (noling collection of beverage literature)

Stay tuned for next week’s highlight!

Gerome with the Noling Collection

Gerome with the Noling Collection