Call for Papers: “Within and Beyond the Pharmacy as Corner Store”

Madison, WI – The History of Pharmacy and Pharmaceuticals (HoPP) is pleased to announce a call for papers for a special issue titled “Within and Beyond the Pharmacy as Corner Store.” This issue seeks to explore the multifaceted roles of community pharmacies both in the US and globally, focusing on their business, practice, marketing, advertising, retailing, and consumption.

Community pharmacies, essential healthcare providers, have faced significant challenges in recent years, from pharmacist mental health fatigue to opioid litigation. This special issue aims to foster discussions across disciplines and geographies, addressing these and other issues affecting community pharmacies. This issue follows on the success of the recent Edward Kremers Seminar in the History of Pharmacy and Drugs, which featured a series of webinars.

The staff at AIHP and its flagship journal feel that understanding the history of community pharmacies is crucial for several reasons:

  1. Public Health Access: Community pharmacies are often the most accessible healthcare providers, offering medications and advice without appointments. Studying their history highlights how these institutions have evolved in multiple ways to meet public health needs.
  2. Economic Impact: The role of pharmacies in local economies and their transformation into chain stores can inform discussions on healthcare economics and business practices that have far-reaching implications.
  3. Cultural Significance: Pharmacies are not just healthcare providers but also valuable social spaces. Their history reflects broader social changes, including shifts in gender roles, race relations, and class dynamics.

We invite scholars at all career stages to submit unpublished research based on primary sources. Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • Design and utility of community pharmacy spaces
  • Impact of gender, race, class, and age on pharmacy operations
  • Economic and cultural impact of chain store retailers
  • Marketing and advertising of pharmacy products
  • Stories behind pharmaceutical products
  • Professional lives of pharmacy staff

Submission Details:

  • Abstracts (max 300 words) and short bios (max 150 words) should be submitted by August 15, 2024.
  • For more information and questions, please be in touch with
  • Notifications and acceptance of the proposed papers will be sent by mid-October 2024.

For more information, visit HoPP Call for Papers on the UW Press website.

Contact: or

May 9, 1960: A window display in a pharmacy window promoting summer merchandise. The caption reads: “Summer window at McClord’s Pharmacy, San Mateo, Cal. ties in bathing caps with suntan preparations. Dummy head and mounted packages emphasize caps; large placard pushes lotion. Drape creates solid backdrop for staggered rows of suntan preparations.” Courtesy of American Institute of the History of Pharmacy Drug Topics Photograph Collection

Actively engaged in preserving the documents of pharmacy's past and developing materials for understanding the future.

AIHP Thanks National Association Sponsors

Read More

AIHP Wants to Document Your COVID-19 Stories and Experiences

AIHP COVID-19 ProjectThe American Institute of the History of Pharmacy is documenting and preserving pharmacy stories and experiences during the COVID-19 global pandemic for the benefit of future historians and scholars. We seek to record the effects of this public health emergency on all types of pharmacy experiences. We invite you to share your pharmacy stories, photos, videos, artifacts, and other documentation of the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic.

You can participate in the AIHP COVID-19 Pandemic Pharmacy Historical Documentation Project either (1) by immediately sharing your thoughts/experiences and/or submitting digital materials or (2) by signifying your to intention to submit materials in the future. Please comply with all applicable local or state stay-at-home orders while self-documenting.

Please click the link below to learn more about participating in the AIHP COVID-19 Pandemic Pharmacy Historical Documentation Project.

Read More

Join AIHP and Subscribe to History of Pharmacy and Pharmaceuticals

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

Note: Academic libraries seeking subscriptions to History of Pharmacy and Pharmaceuticals should directly contact the University of Wisconsin Press.

Read More

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):

May 28-31, 2024: Kremers Seminar in the History of Pharmacy webinars.
June 27-30, 2024: ADHS Biennial Conference, Buffalo, NY.
July 7-11, 2024: International Social Pharmacy Workshop, Banff, Canada.
September 4-7, 2024: 46th International Congress for the History of Pharmacy, Belgrade Serbia.
January 3-6, 2025: Annual Meeting of the American Historical Association, New York City, NY.

Read More