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Olympia Brewing Company records

 Collection — Box: 1
Identifier: Coll 842

Scope and Contents

The Olympia Brewing Company records consist of a single accounting ledger documenting accounts payable from 1910-1917. The ledger contains information such as the name of each account, including individuals, restaurants, and other groups the company worked with, as well as the location of the account. Each record of account documents what goods or services changed hands, for what cost, and the method of payment.


  • Creation: 1910-1917

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open to the public. Collection must be used in Special Collections and University Archives Reading Room. Collection or parts of collection may be stored offsite. Please contact Special Collections and University Archives in advance of your visit to allow for transportation time.

Conditions Governing Use

Property rights reside with Special Collections and University Archives, University of Oregon Libraries. Copyright resides with the creators of the documents or their heirs. All requests for permission to publish collection materials must be submitted to Special Collections and University Archives. The reader must also obtain permission of the copyright holder.


The Olympia Brewing Company was a brewery in the northwest United States, located in Tumwater, Washington, near Olympia. Founded in 1896 by Leopold Friederich Schmidt, it was bought by G. Heileman Brewing Company in 1983. Through a series of consolidations, it was acquired by Pabst Brewing Company in 1999; the Tumwater brewery was closed in 2003.

During the mid-twentieth century, the Olympia Brewing Company was very popular regionally, and was particularly known for its use of water from artesian wells in the brewing process. The beer produced by the company can be seen in multiple places in pop culture, including films and television shows. Daredevil Evel Knievel was sponsored by the company.


1 linear feet (1 container) : 1 flat box

Language of Materials



Accounts receivable ledger for the Olympia Brewing Company, 1910-1917.

Processing Information

This collection was processed in January 2023 by Mahala Ruddell.

Guide to Olympia Brewing Company records
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Repository Details

Part of the University of Oregon Libraries, Special Collections and University Archives Repository

1299 University of Oregon
Eugene OR 97403-1299 USA