Michael Jackson Collection

Archive Collection

Scope and Content

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. There is also much research material, contained in 29 filing cabinets, hand-written notebooks, a selection of awards including four Glenfiddich awards for food writing, as well as photographs and press and book reviews.

Administrative / Biographical History

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.

Conditions Governing Access

Applicants are bound by the Reading Room regulations.

The Reading Room is open between 1pm and 5pm, Monday to Friday, during the University semesters (dates available here) and researchers can visit by prior appointment outside these times; Monday to Friday 9am - 5pm. Please email us to arrange a visit or if you have any queries: libraryenquiries@brookes.ac.uk

Other Finding Aids

A partial catalogue of the collection is available on the online catalogue.

Please use the Library Catalogue, available at www.brookes.ac.uk/library for published items in the collection.

Archivist's Note

Catalogued by by Eleanor Possart, 2008, 2012, and Matthew Griffin, 2011.

Custodial History

Created/collected and owned by Michael Jackson and deposited by his beneficiaries and literary executor.

Related Material

For researchers interested in brewing and distilling, Oxford Brookes University also holds the National Brewing Library. Please visit the Special Collections website for more information.