Sonnedecker Grant for Visiting Research in the History of Pharmacy

AIHP Director Glenn Sonnedecker, working in his office, 1970

Assistance for short-term historical research related to the history of pharmacy, including the history of drugs, at the University of Wisconsin-Madison is available periodically. Historians, pharmacists, and other scholars working in the field (of any nationality) may apply for the next available Sonnedecker Grant for Visiting Research in the History of Pharmacy.

The program provides assistance for travel, maintaining temporary residence in Madison, and meeting research expenses associated with utilizing the collection. A brochure is available on request that describes 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. Printed sources emphasize pharmaceutical literature of Western Europe and the United States, from the Renaissance to the present day. Manuscript sources represent mainly American pharmacy, from the late nineteenth century to the present day. These resources are reinforced by collections of comparable importance in the history of medicine and the history of science. Information about AIHP Collections in Madison .

At least $1,000 becomes available annually to defray part of the expenses of a recipient, for whatever period of residence is appropriate. Grants are made throughout the year on the basis of the merit of previous historical work and on the appropriateness of historical resources on the University of Wisconsin campus to the research proposed.

Recipients of the Sonnedecker Grant for Visiting Research in the History of Pharmacy are encouraged to submit to Pharmacy in History, AIHP’s quarterly journal, a manuscript or a more informal research note based on their research while in Madison.

To obtain further information:

Email: with “Sonnedecker Grant” in the subject line.

Prof. Glenn Sonnedecker (left) consults rare books at the University of Wisconsin library with a graduate student

Brief Biography of Glenn Sonnedecker

The former Executive Director of the American Institute of the History of Pharmacy from 1957-1973 and 1981-1985, Glenn Sonnedecker is a pioneering historian of pharmacy. Sonnedecker received his Ph.D. in History of Science and History of Pharmacy from the University of Wisconsin in 1952, and he taught at the University of Wisconsin School of Pharmacy from 1952 to 1986. He was the founding editor of Pharmacy in History, AIHP’s quarterly journal, and has been the editor or author of more than  a dozen books and pamphlets and more than 100 articles on the history of pharmacy.

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