Digitized AIHP Books

The following books published by The American Institute of the History of Pharmacy have been digitized and are freely available for use by researchers. AIHP continues to hold the copyright for these publications and makes them available under the Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial No Derivatives License.

The History of Pharmacy: A Selected Annotated Bibliography, Gregory J. Higby and Elaine C. Stroud, editors, Garland Reference Library of the Humanities vol. 1366 (New York: Garland Publishing, 1995)

“The Guidelines for including selections in this bibliography revolve around its intended use. The History of Pharmacy [bibliography] is designed for graduate students and teachers of the history of pharmacy, scholars in related fields who want an introduction to the field, and researchers in the history of pharmacy who would like to explore the literature for an area other than their own. In other words, this is intended as a selective guide to the secondary literature. The reader should expect to find a broad overview of the literature that emphasizes the most important and essential works.”

-Introduction to The History of Pharmacy: A Selected Annotated Bibliography

A Guide to Pharmacy Museums and Historical Collections in the United States and Canada, George Griffenhagen, Ernst W. Steib, Beth D. Fisher, (Madison, WI: AIHP, 1999).

“This revised Guidebook has been arranged in the following order: Museums in the United States are describe in monographs listed in alphabetical order by stats (including the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands) and then alphabetically by city. These are followed by monographs of Canadian museums in alphabetical order by province and then by city… The co-authors hope that this guidebook will prove to be as useful as its predecessors, and believe the reader/user will discover—as previously suggested by Glenn Sonnedecker—that the “apothecary’s lore linked to the nostalgic, the curious, and the beautiful, appeals as strongly to the layman as it does to the pharmacist.”

Historical Hobbies for the Pharmacist, Gregory J. Higby and Elaine C. Stroud, editors (Madison: AIHP, 1994).

“This booklet contains the proceedings of 1993 symposium in Dallas, Texas, sponsored by the American Institute of the History of Pharmacy. The session was organized and chaired by George Griffenhagen. This was the second symposium on the subject; the first was held in 1973 and led to the publication of the first edition of Historical Hobbies in 1974.

This wholly revised book covers some of the same areas most interesting to pharmacist-hobbyists: stamps, ephemera, artifacts, antiques, and books. It begins with an essay by the award-winning historian, James Harvey Young, who comments on his long avocation as a collector of pharmaco-historical items. According to Young, pharmacy collectibles “can quicken the heart with the thrill of the chase and can inform the brain, adding new dimensions of knowledge and perspective.” We are sure that this book will be a fine starting point for anyone interested in pursuing the broad spectrum of pharmacy’s historical hobbies.

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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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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.

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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 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.

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