From UC Davis Library:
The UC Davis Library announced today that it received a $200,000 gift from the owners of Larkmead Vineyards, Cameron “Cam” Baker and Kate Solari Baker, to preserve the work of one of California’s most influential viticulture researchers, the late Professor Emeritus Harold Olmo.
The donation will allow the UC Davis Library, which has been called “the world’s greatest wine library,” to digitize and broadly share Olmo’s work on viticulture, grape breeding and the suitability of grape varieties to different climates and terrains from around the world.
The library’s collection includes more than 30,000 wine books, papers and rare manuscripts dating back as far as 1287. Additionally, it includes papers and books from such renowned figures as wine writers Hugh Johnson and Jancis Robinson; the late winemaker Robert Mondavi; and Olmo’s well-known fellow colleague in the UC Davis Department of Viticulture and Enology, the late Maynard Amerine