About AIHP

The documentation and preservation of pharmacy’s heritage is the primary aim of the American Institute of the History of Pharmacy.  We do this by making available a wide variety of materials related to scholarly, professional, and popular history of pharmacy.  We provide financial support for research designed to illuminate the history of the profession, the history of drug research and manufacturing, and the history of the uses of medicines in society.

AIHP serves as consultant to professional associations, teachers, libraries, museums, pharmacy schools, communications media, and scholars in the field. The Institute has cooperated with the agencies and associations of American pharmacy to promote professional development by providing historical research, information, and insight on the issues affecting pharmacy both past and present. The Institute sponsors symposia and workshops, often collaborating with groups like the American Pharmaceutical Association and the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy, to foster research and publishing on ethics, technology, and other issues of importance to the field.

The Institute is committed to fostering the teaching of the history of pharmacy in schools and colleges of pharmacy in the United States. We provide grants to help schools purchase needed resource and reference materials. Several Institute publications have become staples in history of pharmacy courses.

AIHP supports both public and private collections of manuscript material and artifacts related to the profession. We collect and preserve the published and unpublished records of American pharmacy, and we serve as a clearinghouse for accurate information about pharmacy’s past.

AIHP is publisher of the scholarly journal, Pharmacy in History.

AIHP is located at the University of Wisconsin School of Pharmacy in Rennebohm Hall.

Learn about the history of the AIHP.

Read the AIHP bylaws.

Meet the staff and the Board of Directors of the AIHP.

“The history of pharmacy… is a curious and interesting study, even to the non-professional inquirer… The records of the past are full of teaching to those who consult them earnestly.” –William Procter, Jr., “Father of American Pharmacy”

Advancing knowledge and understanding of the history of pharmacy and medicines.

AIHP Thanks Members of the National Pharmacy Association Sponsorship program

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Join AIHP and Subscribe to Pharmacy in History

Individual Subscription For $80/year ($100/foreign) Institutional/Corporate subscription For $160/year ($180/foreign) Pharmacy Education Fund (Schools or College of Pharmacy) For $330/year

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Access the Pharmacy in History JSTOR Archive

All past issues of Pharmacy in History have been digitized and are text-searchable at JSTOR.

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Calendar of Events

Upcoming events of interest to historians of pharmacy, pharmaceuticals, medicines, science, and related fields. (Event information current when posted. In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, please double-check the status of all events): 

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