Librarian Elsa Reich re-files materials in the Kremers Reference Files, c. 1960

Since its founding in 1941, the American Institute of the History of Pharmacy has encouraged research and writing about the history of pharmacy. AIHP currently sponsors two grant programs intended to promote academic scholarship about topics related to the history of pharmacy.

The AIHP Ph.D. Thesis Support Grant is intended to encourage academic research of pharmaco-historical topics by doctoral candidates and offers a grant-in-aid of up to $2,000 to a graduate student to assist in historical investigations of some aspect of pharmacy. Any dissertation or thesis project devoted to the history of pharmacy, history of drugs, or other humanistic study utilizing a pharmaco-historical approach, is eligible. Any graduate student in good standing at an institution of the United States may apply, regardless of the department through which the Doctor of Philosophy degree will be granted.

The Sonnedecker Grant for Visiting Research in the History of Pharmacy  provides periodic short-term assistance for travel, maintaining temporary residence in Madison, and meeting research expenses associated with utilizing the pharmaco-historical collections, which have been developed in Madison during more than a century by the University of Wisconsin-Madison, the State Historical Society of Wisconsin, and the American Institute of the History of Pharmacy. Historians, pharmacists, and other scholars working on historical research related to the history of pharmacy, including the history of drugs, may apply for the next available Sonnedecker Grant for Visiting Research in the History of 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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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.

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  • Pharmacy Education Fund (Schools or College of Pharmacy) For $330/year

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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