Sub-series F-314-4-1 - What's Brewing (CAMRA Canada) issues

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What's Brewing (CAMRA Canada) issues

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  • Textual records

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  • 1983-1989 (Creation)
    Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) Canada

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5 cm of textual records: 31 magazine issues

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(ca. 1978-1992)

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The Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) Canada was an advocacy organization based in Quebec and Ontario, formally incorporated under the national Cooperative Corporations Acts in January 1982. Its origins, however, trace back to 1978, when a homebrewers' cooperative was established in Montreal as CAMRA Montreal. Almost simultaneously a similar organization developed in Ottawa, and the two fused in the national organization created in 1982.

CAMRA Canada shared the overall philosophy and general aims of the UK Campaign for Real Ale that had been established in 1971 to revive the production of traditional cask-conditioned beer. There was no formal affiliation, however, as CAMRA UK has no provision for international branches. CAMRA Canada was a national organization with local chapters, and it produced a regular newsletter called (like CAMRA UK's) What's Brewing from 1982 to 1992. For its relationship to BC's CAMRA organization, see the SFU AtoM entry on CAMRA BC. By the mid-1990s, CAMRA Canada was defunct and the newsletter no longer appeared.

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Smith acquired the set of issues from a collector.

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Sub-series consists issues of CAMRA Canada's newsletter, What's Brewing. The run is large (31 issues) but not complete; it starts at volume 2, number 1 (Summer 1983) and runs to volume 8, number 1 (1992), with some issues missing in between. The sub-series is arranged into a file for each volume, and files are arranged chronologically.

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  • English

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All files are open with no access restrictions.

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Neither the donor, Dave Smith, nor SFU Archives own copyright in the materials; see the note on Terms governing use in the fonds-level description for more information.

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January 2024: sub-series first arranged and described

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  • English

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