From its founding in 1941, the American Institute of the History of Pharmacy has prioritized the collection and preservation of historical material related to the history of pharmacy. Over the years, AIHP has acquired, maintained, and made available to researchers numerous important pharmaco-historical collections. AIHP still actively seeks donations of collections related to the history of pharmacy. Please see our donations page for more information about donating historical collections, artifacts, books, or other material to AIHP.
Researchers interested in accessing AIHP collections (except for the AIHP Collections at the Wisconsin Historical Society) should email AIHP (email@example.com) to arrange a time to consult the materials. Researchers interested in reviewing the AIHP History of Pharmacy Archives Collection at the Wisconsin Historical Society, should directly contact the Wisconsin Historical Society Archives.
AIHP’s historical and archival collections include:
To arrange a visit to see materials in the above collections, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The AIHP History of Pharmacy Archives Collection at the Wisconsin Historical Society contains the bulk of the manuscript and archival records collected over the years by AIHP. Available collections include the personal papers of prominent individuals like Robert P. Fischelis and Rufus Ashley Lyman and organizational records, including the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy, the American Council on Pharmaceutical Education, the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy and the United States Pharmacopeial Convention. See the full list of available collections.
The AIHP History of Pharmacy Archives Collection is not housed at the AIHP offices in Rennebohm Hall at the University of Wisconsin School of Pharmacy. The American Institute of the History of Pharmacy Archives Collection is housed at and maintained by the Archives of the Wisconsin Historical Society. Researchers who wish to consult these materials must visit the Wisconsin Historical Society Archives (816 State Street) and make the necessary arrangements with the WHS Archives staff.
The 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
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
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):
6-9 January 2022: American Historical Association 135th Annual Meeting. New Orleans, Louisiana.
18-21 March 2022: American Pharmacists Association Annual Meeting and Exhibition, San Antonio, Texas.
25-27 March 2022: Annual Meeting of the British Society for the History of Pharmacy, Manchester, UK
15-17 June 2022: Bi-Annual Conference of the Alcohol and Drugs Society, Mexico City, Mexico (Postponed from 2021).
21-28 August 2022: 23rd International Congress of Historical Sciences, Poznan, Poland, Europe (Postponed from 2020 and 2021).
7-10 September 2022: 45th International Congress for the History of Pharmacy, Milan, Italy.
18-22 September 2022: 80th FIP (International Pharmaceutical Federation) World Congress, Seville, Spain. (Postponed from 2020 and 2021).
15-18 October 2022: American College of Clinical Pharmacy Global Conference on Clinical Pharmacy, San Francisco, California.