Pharmacy in History Featured in JSTOR & Schomburg Center Open Library

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AIHP is pleased to announce that four articles from Pharmacy in History have been included in the JSTOR & Schomburg Center Open Library—an open-access companion guide to the Schomburg Center’s Black Liberation Reading List. Librarians and archivists at the New York Public Library’s Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture curated the Black Liberation Reading List during the summer of 2020. The Schomburg Center explains that the list features 95 “essential” books that “we and the public turn to regularly as activists, students, archivists, and curators” to foster “a greater understanding of the Black experience.”

To complement the Black Liberation Reading List, JSTOR has compiled the JSTOR and Schomburg Center Open Library, a free and unrestricted collection of articles that help readers better contextualize and understand the 95 titles on the Black Liberation Reading List.

Pharmacy in History is excited to make articles by AIHP member Metta Lou Henderson, AIHP member Richard Del Rio, AIHP Assistant Director Greg Bond, and Suzanne Poirier available for inclusion in the JSTOR and Schomburg Center Open Library. AIHP’s partnership with JSTOR will help “meet the need for content related to racism, anti-racism, and Black voices.”

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The Black Liberation Reading List includes Ann Petry’s critically acclaimed 1946 novel, The Street. The daughter of pharmacist Peter Clark Lane, one of the first registered African American pharmacists in the state of Connecticut, Petry worked in her family’s drugstore growing up and graduated from the University of Connecticut School of Pharmacy. Although she eventually left the practice of pharmacy, her drugstore experiences figured prominently in The Street. (Please read more about Ann Petry in Bill Zellmer’s recent “From the Collections” post.)

JSTOR has chosen three Pharmacy in History articles to help readers better understand The Street. Suzanne Poirier’s 1986 article, “Ann Petry: From Pharmacist to Novelist,” investigates how pharmacy influenced Ann Petry’s writing career; Metta Lou Henderson’s 2019 article, “Charting the History of Women Pharmacists,” explores the history of women in pharmacy; and Gregory Bond’s 2016 article, “Recovering and Expanding Mozella Esther Lewis’s Pioneering History of African-American Pharmacy Students, 1870–1925,” discusses the history of African Americans in pharmacy.

The Black Liberation Reading List also includes Michelle Alexander’s award-winning book The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness. JSTOR has chosen Richard Del Rio’s 2019 essay “Expanding Our Scope: Pharmaceuticals and Criminal Justice” to help contextualize inequality, discrimination, and injustice in the regulation of pharmaceuticals and in the “war on drugs.”

AIHP Assistant Director and Senior Editor of History of Pharmacy and Pharmaceuticals Greg Bond said that the Institute was “honored to partner with JSTOR and with an institution of the Schomburg’s stature to help make this vitally important history more accessible to the public.”

The complete list of Pharmacy in History articles included in the JSTOR and Schomburg Open Library:

  1. Suzanne Poirier, “Ann Petry: From Pharmacist to Novelist,” Pharmacy in History vol. 28, no. 1 (1986): 26–33.
  2. Metta Lou Henderson, “Charting the History of Women Pharmacists,” Pharmacy in History 61, no. 3–4 (2019): 118–20.
  3. Gregory Bond, “Recovering and Expanding Mozella Esther Lewis’s Pioneering History of African-American Pharmacy Students, 1870–1925,” Pharmacy in History 58, no. 1–2 (2016): 3-23.
  4. Richard Del Rio, “Expanding Our Scope: Pharmaceuticals and Criminal Justice,” Pharmacy in History 61, no. 3–4 (2019): 140–43.
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