Collections at the Wisconsin Historical Society

AIHP History of Pharmacy Archives Collections at the Wisconsin Historical Society

AIHP Executive Director Glenn Sonnedecker (left) confers with Wisconsin State Archivist F. Gerald Ham in 1970 during the establishment of the History of Pharmacy Archives Collection at the Wisconsin Historical Society.

The American Institute of the History of Pharmacy Archives Collection at the Wisconsin Historical Society (WHS) contains the bulk of the manuscript and archival records collected over the years by AIHP. These collections are 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 Archives Collection contains the following manuscript and archives collections:


Robert P. Fischelis Papers, 1821-1981 (bulk 1911-1968): Papers of a well-known pharmaceutical administrator, educator, speaker, advocate, and leader. Finding Aid

Donald E. Francke Papers, 1941-1985: Papers of a distinguished American pharmacist and editor of several publications. Finding Aid

Frederick D. and J. Leon Lascoff Papers, 1907-1970: Papers of a prominent New York City pharmacist and his son. Finding Aid

Rufus Ashley Lyman Papers, 1895-1958: Papers of a the Dean of the University of Nebraska College of Pharmacy and the founding editor of the American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education. Finding Aid

Robert C. Randall and Alice O’Leary Randall Papers, 1965-2006: Papers of medical marijuana activists. Finding Aid

Francis Edward Stewart Papers, 1866-1938: Papers of a physician, pharmacist, and author who worked who worked to establish standards for pharmaceutical preparations, change existing patent and trademark laws, and increase the level of cooperation between physicians and pharmacists. Finding Aid


American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy Records, 1871-1885; 1900-2008: Records of an organization whose aim is to improve and promote pharmaceutical education and research, and provide leadership among constituent colleges. Finding Aid

American Colleges of Apothecaries Records, 1939-1963; 1984-1985; Records of an organization of professional pharmacists formed to promote public health education. Finding Aid

American Council on Pharmaceutical Education Records, 1937-1991: Records of the accrediting agency for undergraduate pharmaceutical education. Finding Aid

American Institute of the History of Pharmacy Collected Sound Recordings, 1968-1982: Tape-recorded interviews, lectures, meetings, and speeches on pharmacy related topics, collected by the American Institute of the History of Pharmacy. Finding Aid No Online Finding Aid.

American Institute of the History of Pharmacy Records, 1941-1996: Organizational Records. Finding Aid

American Institute of the History of Pharmacy Retail Pharmacy Records, 1825-1923: Records of retail pharmaceutical businesses in Wisconsin, Indiana, New York, and South Carolina, consisting of prescription registers and financial records. Finding Aid

Columbia University College of Pharmaceutical Sciences Records, 1829-1976: Records of the institution founded in 1829 as the College of Pharmacy of the City of New York. The college affiliated with Columbia University in 1904 and closed in 1976. Finding Aid

International Leadership Symposium on the Role of Women in Pharmacy, Planning Files, c. 1987: Planning files kept by Professor Mary J. Berg relating to the international symposium, “The Role of Women in Pharmacy,” held in London, England, June 21-27, 1987. No Online Finding Aid.

National Association of Boards of Pharmacy Records, 1907-1972: Records of the organization of states board of pharmacy responsible for education, examination, and licensing of pharmacists. Finding Aid

Rho Chi Society Records, 1908-1991: Records of a national pharmaceutical honor society. Finding Aid

United States Pharmacopeial Convention Records, 1819-2005 (bulk 1900-2005): Records of a non-profit organization formed to establish and publish drug purity standards. Finding Aid

Willson Monarch Laboratory Records, 1889-1966: Records of a manufacturer of patent medicine, cosmetics, and animal remedies located in Edgerton, Wisconsin, from 1889 until the late 1960s. Finding Aid

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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.

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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):

May 9-12, 2024: Annual Meeting of the American Association of the History of Medicine, Kansas City, Missouri.
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.

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